Apple iPod Touch ( 4th generation, 32GB, Black)
The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.
Apple iPod touch
The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get -- but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2
The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 is a smart phone without the phone bit. Unable to make calls, this Android-powered gadget is built with apps, music, video and web browsing in mind. It offers a big, bright screen and an attractive design, but it's only powerful enough to cope with more basic apps.
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The Cowon D3 Plenue media player offers great video and audio quality. Unfortunately, its tweaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread software is buggy, making the device frustrating to use and difficult to recommend.
Typical price: £280.00
Sony Walkman NWZ-E453
The Sony Walkman NWZ-E453 isn't quite as slick or good-looking as its iPod rivals, but its simplicity, affordability and portability make it a worthy competitor none the less. Overall, it's a winner.
Typical price: £60.00
Sony Walkman NWZ-B152
Sony's NWZ-B152 is a disappointing re-release of its B142F Walkman MP3 player. The good battery life and fast charging don't do much to make up for the outdated design, awkward menus, average audio quality and horrible jog-dial.
Typical price: £35.00
Samsung Galaxy Player 50
The Android-based Samsung Galaxy Player 50 aims to knock Apple's iPod touch off its pedestal, but fails. A number of flaws mean this media player feels rushed and generally unimpressive.
Typical price: £150.00
Sony Walkman NWZ-A846
The Sony Walkman NWZ-A846 is a great audio player with a useful noise-cancellation feature and a brilliant OLED screen. It's expensive, but it's definitely worth a look.
Typical price: £220.00
Apple iPod shuffle 4th gen
Simple yet elegant navigation and a useful VoiceOver feature make the fourth-generation Apple iPod shuffle a great little device.
Typical price: £40.00
Apple iPod nano 6th gen
The Apple iPod nano 6th gen is a great product for rich people who use the gym. For everyone else, the iPod shuffle and iPod touch offer better value for money.
Typical price: £129.00