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Nokia Music Player (HDR-1) - Mobile Accessories Nokia Music Player (HDR-1)

08 July 2002
Written By Kinny Cheng


iMobile would like to thank Hausmann Communications for supplying us with the Nokia Music Player for our review.

Sales package (should contain):
  • 1 x Nokia Music Player unit
  • 1 x Nokia Music Player CD-ROM software
  • 1 x 32MB MMC memory card (MultiMediaCard format)
  • 1 x AAA battery
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x neck strap
  • 1 x phone cable & headphone cable
  • 1 x Nokia Music Player user manual
  • 1 x warranty card
Cross-compatibility has always been one of Nokiaís strengths for its mobile phones. Think about that Nokia battery that you may have used in your 8210 thatís currently in your 5210. The best investment ever for me was the standard Nokia headset, which I am still using many years on with my latest Nokia phone :)

The Nokia Music Player is more than just compatible with a long list of Nokia phone models (see the specifications section at the end of this article). It can also be used independently, acting simply as either an FM radio receiver or an MP3 player.

Practicality


Take a closer look!

Slightly smaller than an 8310, the Nokia Music Player can be either worn with the neck strap provided or clipped onto your jacket or shirt pocket. The actual player unit does weigh a bit (50 grams) - that is why the clip at the back of the unit holds itself down quite well.

Now, if you bought the Nokia Music Player just for its music features, it should give you a good 3 hours worth of MP3 playback, with a slightly bit more time when using the FM radio instead. Conveniently, the player comes with removable media, which allows its user to have additional memory cards (the 32MB one that comes with it isnít really enough if you ask me!) Where does the memory card go? Right at the back at the base of the player - again, conveniently located.

For those who decide to use the Nokia Music Player with their compatible Nokia phone, you also get the advantage of having a handsfree function as well. This means you can take phone calls while you have the music running, which will automatically cut out and back in when a call is taken and ended respectively. Lastly, the callerís voice (and any other sounds, whatever they are) will come through both headsets when the player is on.

One downside I found while using the Nokia Music Player with a phone was the number of cords that I had to deal with. I was alright with the headset cable (obviously) and the neck strap. But when the phone cable was attached to the opposite side of the player and to my Nokia phone, it all started to get a bit clumsy and inconvenient (since I couldnít find an appropriate place to put my phone where the phone cable would reach). If you have a lot of pockets, this may not apply to you :)

Styling

The Nokia Music Player comes in a very unique shape and design, with a soft light-blue colour matching together with the silver at its base, and contrasting button colours. When you first hold the player in your hand, you would have it vertically facing you.

But after you turn it on and operate the player for a while, you will have it at a horizontal position instead - since the one-line LCD reads out letter this way. Operating it with both hands at this position provides good posture for your fingers and thumbs, which made me understand why itís designed the way it is (in addition to the two adaptor plugs on each side of the LCD).

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Table of contents

Table of contents:

Overview (Page 1)
Road-testing (Page 2)
Summary & Specifications (Page 3)

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