MobiBlu DAH-1200 series
MobiBlu's sleek but notably clumsy DAH-1200 is packed full of features. This flash-based portable, available in 128MB ($100), 256MB ($120), 512MB ($150), or 1GB ($190) versions, takes the opposite tack of Apple's iPod Shuffle.
A study in minimalism and focus, the Shuffle lets you listen to audio files, and that's about it. The MobiBlu DAH-1200 follows a different path. It starts with a screen cluttered with information, and the far right side is wasted on a list of all the stock EQ profiles that are better left to inner menus. The player also has an FM tuner (20 automatic presets), a voice recorder, and, like many WMA flash players with those features, the ability to record from FM. It can also encode directly to MP3 through a line-in jack. Along with DRM-protected WMA files, the DAH-1200 can play OGG and MP3 files; unfortunately, thanks to a USB 1.1 connection, it takes a good long while to sync these files onto the player.
Measuring 2.9 by 1.5 by 0.8 inches and weighing 1.5 ounces with a AAA battery, the DAH-1200 is shorter but wider and thicker than the iPod Shuffle. It's larger in every respect than the Creative MuVo Micro, though. It comes in two colors: Pearlescent White for the two smaller versions and Polished Black for the two larger capacities.