Alright folks, if some off-the-wall PMP manufacturer
can get this whole horizontal, white, touch-sensitive, movie playing, video-out touting thing down pat, then what's taking Apple
so long? Regardless of Steve's insistence on rehashing the 5G iPod in its latest refresh
, Thomson is going for broke with its 1GB PMP251. Sporting the same ultra-thin design and video-out we saw on the PMP2008, Thomson has shifted the plane by tossing in a horizontal layout, a 320 x 240 LCD, MPEG / JPEG support, PAL / NTSC video output, musical support for MP3, WAV, and WMA files, line-in recording capability, and USB 2.0; it even boasts a few PDA-like functions such as a calendar, address book, and oddly enough, an electronic dictionary
. So if you're tired of waiting for a widescreen 6G iPod
, and don't mind giving up 29 gigs or so, you can snag the PMP251 for CNY1,380 ($174).