Delphi MyFi: Great Idea, So-So Execution
Early adopters who have purchased the MyFi agree that the idea of a personal, iPod-like receiver is a great one, and may be the "killer app" that drives growth in the nascent industry. However, the MyFi does not appear to be that killer app. Users have complained that MyFi is expensive (about $350), large, heavy, hard to use, and gets poor reception. However, users appreciate many of its features, especially a removable battery, on-screen alerts, a remote control, and -- perhaps best of all -- a built-in recorder.
It may be premature to compare MyFi with the Apple Newton, the bulky, finnicky PDA that pioneered the market in the early '90s, and that was eclipsed by the superior Palm Pilot several years later. But it's tempting. Perhaps the true killer app will be a combination MP3 player and satellite FM receiver, elegant in design, size and functionality. In the best of all possible worlds, the killer receiver will be compatible with both XM and Sirius broadcasting (the MyFi works only with XM).
UPDATE: Engadget reports that talks between Apple and Sirius satellite radio have fallen through, and that, contrary to rumor, Apple has no plans to add Sirius or any other satellite radio capability to iPods anytime soon.
Source: The New York Times
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