Cowon's latest, greatest portable media player--the D3--landed on my desk packaged like a tree-hugger's dream. The box is made from untreated cardboard, printed with soy-based inks, and uses recyclable plastic inserts.
Priced at $370, let's hope the D3 isn't destined for the garbage heap anytime soon.
On the bottom of the Cowon D3, you'll find a headphone out(left), a dock connector (middle) for USB transfer or HDMI out (sold separately), and a port for the power adapter (right), which is necessary for recharging or any hope of playing an HD movie back to your TV without running out of juice.
There are a bunch of buttons on the right edge of the D3--too many, in fact. You get a pair of volume buttons (left) and three track control buttons for skip back, skip forward, and play/pause. The X-ray vision required to tell these buttons apart in the dark is not included.
Booted up, you can see that Cowon did a lot of work to make the Android interface look unique. Even common Android interface gestures--such as swiping up to access the apps menu--have been changed (needlessly).
Of course, once you dig into the Cowon D3's collection of apps, it begins to sink in that there's no Android Market installed, and no hope of pushing the devices capabilities beyond its stock features--short of rooting the device and side-loading your own software.