iPhone Nano? Nope, it's a Slickr

CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell shows a first glimpse at the Venzero Slickr MP3 player.

Photo of Venzero Slickr MP3 player.
It's like an iPhone Nano minus 90 percent of the features. CNET Networks

At last, we have the Venzero Slickr MP3 player in our cold, gadget-lusting grip. The German gadget manufacturer has been taunting us with images of their Slickr MP3 player for months now. We've only just opened the box, but we wanted to share a pre-review glimpse with our loyal Cravers.

Photo of Slickr MP3 player package contents
Show me the loot. CNET Networks
Photo of Slickr next to iPhone
Is Slickr the iPhone's illegitimate German love child? It has daddy's looks, but that's about it. CNET Networks

The Slickr sports 2GB of built-in memory along with an SD Flash memory slot. Despite its iPhone-like design, the Slickr does not use a touch screen, but instead uses button navigation located on the top of the player. The audio player supports MP3, WMA and WAV files, but it doesn't look like it'll take DRM-protected files (we'll see). There's also a radio, built-in speaker, JPEG photo viewer and an AVI movie player.

Another selling point on this guy is the built-in MusicMarker feature that records a 10-second sample of any music source and later identifies the artist and title of the song when the Slickr is connected to your computer. I'm not sure how much I would use that feature, personally, but I'm curious to see how well it works.

The Slickr will be available in the U.S. later this month for $129. If you just can't wait, you can order the Slickr directly from the Venzero Web site--expect international shipping fees, however.

Read the full CNET Review

Venzero Slickr

The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a small, affordable portable video player that's short on frills, the Venzero Slickr will suffice. Music lovers, however, should look elsewhere. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.



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