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Cowon J3


$179.95 Released March, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:MicroSD memory expansion for additional cheap add-on storage. Great battery life - up to 64 hours of audio, 11 hours of video. Cowon is known for their MP3 players, with high audio quality compared to the competition.

The Cons:Prices are hard to swallow - the same as the basic Touch for the 8GB model ($199). Proprietary data transfer cable. Bluetooth audio streaming has terrible quality.

The Cowon J3 is a portable media player (PMP) launched in Korea during early 2010. It features a 3.3” AMOLED touchscreen display (480x272), Bluetooth wireless technology, and up to 16GB of internal storage memory.

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It is expected to also sport Wi-Fi, as well as a digital TV tuner. Additional known features include a built-in speaker, a voice recorder, a dictionary, a TV-Out, and a MicroSD memory expansion port.

Features

  • PMP (Korea)
  • AMOLED Touchscreen Display
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • 4/8/16GB Internal Storage Options
  • Integrated WiFi Technology
  • Digital TV Tuner
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Voice Recorder
  • Dictionary
  • TV-Out
  • MicroSD

User Reviews (28)

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Pros
  • 8

    MicroSD memory expansion for additional cheap add-on storage

  • 8

    great battery life - up to 64 hours of audio, 11 hours of video

  • 8

    Cowon is known for their MP3 players, with high audio quality compared to the competition

  • 6

    3.3" AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display (480 x 272px resolution)

  • 6

    redesigned UI

  • 5

    FM radio

  • 5

    2010 reddot design award winner

  • 4

    customizable EQ settings with a healthy number of presets

  • 4

    Great if you hate apple.

  • 3

    4, 8, or 16GB of internal flash storage

  • 3

    quality brushed aluminum build

  • 2

    smaller size than the S9

  • 2

    available in white and black

  • 2

    nice packaging

  • 1

    Bluetooth connectivity

  • 1

    built-in speaker and microphone

  • 1

    made in Korea

  • 1

    Flash player with apps available if you find them online!

  • 1

    great support for non-standard but widely used file formats such as the open source lossy OGG and lossless FLAC

  • 1

    capable of recording from the radio, its built-in microphone or a line-in source

Cons
  • 4

    prices are hard to swallow - the same as the basic Touch for the 8GB model ($199)

  • 4

    proprietary data transfer cable

  • 1

    Bluetooth audio streaming has terrible quality.

  • 0

    Plastic back, brushed aluminum front

  • 0

    interface is far from as refined or intuitive as Apple's offerings

  • -2

    no WiFi / browser / apps

  • -2

    no date or release information for North America

  • -7

    Made in Korea

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