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An MP3 player that just plays music

Maxfield's new entry has limited functions but a beautiful scratch-proof design

It wasn't that long ago that mobile devices were pretty easy to distinguish from one another: A phone looked like a phone, a PDA looked like a PDA, etc. Today, everything could be anything, at least at first glance.

Maxfield

When we first saw this MP3 player from Germany-based Maxfield, for example, it could have been any number of gadgets or combinations thereof but--gasp--it just plays music. The "MAX-IVY" does display pictures on its 1.8-inch screen but has no video, camera or phone, according to Tech Digest. So why do we like it? Two reasons: It has a beautiful design with a "touch-screen pad," and it has a scratch-proof magnesium case so it will stay that way. And when you're as clumsy as we are (yet aesthetically appreciative), that alone might be worth buying it.