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SiriusXM Lynx satellite radio receiver hands-on

Michael Gorman, @Numeson
January 13, 2012
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It's been a few months since we first caught wind of Sirius XM's $250 Lynx satellite radio receiver, and today at CES we finally got to see it in person. It's a solidly-built device that's about the same size as a 5th generation iPod, has an 1150 mAh battery with a microSD slot underneath a soft touch plastic back cover. The Lynx runs a heavily modified version of Android, but when we inquired about the possibility of Android Market access or non-Sirius XM apps making their way onto the Lynx, we were told that there were no such plans -- so sorry folks, no Angry Birds or Gmail to be had here. Unfortunately, Sirius XM was coy about what silicon lies beneath its touchscreen, so full specs remain a mystery. We also had a chance to see the Lynx's Bluetooth-equipped home dock and remote and a speaker dock (with remote) that works with both the Lynx SiriusXM's other sat radio units.

The interface is fairly simple. There's a pair of home screens with six self-explanatory options: Satellite, Internet, My Library, Show Finder, Bluetooth Connect and Settings options. Because of all the wireless interference on the show floor, we weren't able to fully test its functionality, but we did get a tour of some of the radio's musical features. Users can have up to 25 preset stations and set up alerts attuned to recurring shows, songs and artists to receive notifications when the content you want next plays. When the Lynx has satellite signal, it can record up to 200 hours of content from your favorite stations. Additionally, your presets have a rolling buffer so that you can always start songs streaming from the beginning no matter when you tune in. Want to know more? Check out the Lynx in action in the video after the break.







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