1. Philips GoGear Muse

    Philips GoGear Muse

    It's larger then your average MP3 player, and there are a few foibles for sure, but we really like this classy design from Philips

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  2. Cowon iAudio 9

    Cowon iAudio 9

    Cowon's iAudio 9 is a nippy little MP3 player that does much right - unfortunately, pitted against the Apple iPod nano it just doesn't shine

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  3. Archos 5 Internet Tablet

    Archos 5 Internet Tablet

    This media player from Archos certainly looks the business, but we found the touchscreen deeply frustrating to use

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  4. Creative Zen X-Fi2 (32GB)

    Creative Zen X-Fi2 (32GB)

    This multimedia player may represent good value, but while Apple's around, its performance is just mediocre

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  5. Cowon iAudio 02

    Cowon iAudio 02

    This Cowon's a solid and dependable machine - it just looks a little outdated against some of its contemporaries

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  7. Sony NWZ-S544

    Sony NWZ-S544

    Ignore the speakers on the Sony NWZ-S544 and it's a decent alternative to Apple's iPod nano

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  8. Sony NWZ-X1050 (16GB)

    Sony NWZ-X1050 (16GB)

    It's got an amazing sound, but this Sony falls down flat on its poor internet browsing capabilities

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  9. Philips GoGear Spark SA2940

    Philips GoGear Spark SA2940

    You'll get an impressive amount of bass weight from the Philips GoGear Spark SA2940, but the overall sound needs to be more refined and subtle

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  10. iriver Mplayer

    iriver Mplayer

    This iRiver MPlayer, with its Micky Mouse head, may look fun but the sound is poor

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  11. SanDisk Sansa Clip

    SanDisk Sansa Clip

    The SanDisk Sansa Clip is an intuitive little device that doesn't sound too shrill or tinny

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