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Subject: Re: FM Recorder status web page
From: tp_at_diffenbach.org
Date: 2003-02-04


The FM has a Lion battery, which apparently can be changed; apparently it's also a non-standard Lion battery, and I'm not about to try slipping it out to admire it.

I get about 6 hours continuous play. While I use the recharger, I find I don't use it that often, as it keeps a decent charge just from being plugged into the USB, which I generally do nightly. Nevertheless, I carry the recharger with me. ;-)

The FM is physically smaller and lighter than the Recorder, basically because it doesn't have those bulging battery packs. To me, this justifies the upgrade.

The FM radio doesn't get the greatest reception, but it is a radio and it does work.

The FM firmware is somewhat lacking (very lacking compared to Rockbox). No matter what I do, I can't (contra the FM manual) get it to display the time, /except/ when it's plugged into the USB (at which point I have no need for it, as I have clocks on my PC screen).

You want radio and a slightly smaller form factor? Willing to wait for good firmware? Get the FM.

But if I /had/ a recorder, I'd wait for Rockbox to target the FM, and I'd wait for Archos to put out an FM with a larger harddrive too. (Never thought I'd use 15.9 GB for mp3s, and all of them legally acquired too; now that I have, I see the need for even more space, on the order of 60 GB.)

Quoting Jason Hamilton <jason_at_superlink.net>:

> This isn't a rockbox question, but I thought I'd ask here
> since this is a group of well educated people :)
>
> I have the recorder 20 right now -- the reason I didn't get the
> FM recorder was because of the fact that it doesn't take normal
> AA batts. I don't want to be in the situation as I would be in with
> an iPod or Zen with non replaceable batts.
>
> Can the FM recorder have it's batts changed? If so, how much?
> What kind of play time do you get, and do you think the FM
> recorder is a worthwhile upgrade from the recorder 20?
>
> Thanks!
>
> At 01:56 PM 2/4/2003, you wrote:
>
> >Anbody have any guesses when these bugs might be fixed?
> >
> >Quoting Daniel Stenberg <daniel_at_haxx.se>:
> >
> > > http://rockbox.haxx.se/docs/fmstatus.html
> > >
> > > Please let us know if there are more details and information
> regarding
> > > Rockbox on the FM Recorder we should mention on this page.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Daniel Stenberg -- http://rockbox.haxx.se/ --
> http://daniel.haxx.se/
> > >
>
>



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