The Good The incredibly compact and durable MobiBlu Cube2 takes the cute li'l shape of the original Cube music player and adds in photo and video support; comes with podcast software and packs in a range of features such as an FM radio, FM scheduling, voice recording, and a customizable equalizer; supports OGG and subscription tracks; includes dual UMS and MTP transfer modes.
The Bad The Cube2's menu system is a pain to navigate and requires a lot of clicking to call up new content; viewing your photos and videos on the small screen is novel, but much of the image gets cut out; uses a nonstandard USB cable; no simultaneous picture viewing and music listening; flaky FM reception and subpar battery life.
The Bottom Line No doubt the cult of the Cube will continue with this new model, the world's smallest multimedia player. While it doesn't offer an ideal user experience, it makes up for it in style.
The original MobiBlu Cube (DAH-1500i) was as technically impressive as it was just plain adorable, packing music, recording, and radio features into an itsy-bitsy block-shaped player. Now its successor has arrived, and it also has both the "wow" and the "aww" factors covered. The dimensions haven't changed, but the now color-screened MobiBlu has impressively added photo and video playback. It joins the ranks of the MPIO One and the Cowon iAudio U3 as a supercompact multimedia flash player with a thumbnail-size screen. Unfortunately, the Cube2 is saddled with a menu navigation system that's clunky in the extreme.
The durable and pocketable (though somewhat odd to hold) Cube2 measures 1 inch on each side and comes in four colors (blue, silver, black, and pink) and capacities of 1GB ($99.99) and 2GB ($119.99). The 65,000-color OLED measures about 0.6 inches diagonally, and though tiny, it's bright and colorful, and it has awesome viewing angles. The Cube2, with its rounded corners and sunken lanyard loop is definitely more elegant than the original, which had sharp corners. The controls have been modified only slightly for this release; Hold and Menu buttons are on the left side, and playback controls are on the right. All buttons are rubbery and tactile. The top holds the combined audio and power jack. Like the previous version, the Cube2 charges when connected to a USB port; it doesn't come with a wall charger, although you can buy one separately. Take good care of the uncommon USB cable.