Haier finally enters the touchscreen player competition with this sleek HV3A-4G Theatre player. I picked mine up from Target.com. This $99 4gb player appears well made. It has a curved back that fits comfortably in my hand. The chrome frame is interrupted with the USB port on the bottom edge and the headphone jack on the left side near the bottom. The small power slide switch is just behind the chrome on the top edge. There are no other external controls. The hardware seems like a good package, although the UI doesn't take complete advantage of the hardware. Read on to find out if this is one I'll be keeping.
Features include a G-Sensor/Accelerometer. Shake to shuffle. Photos will rotate with screen.
FM radio with recording.
Plays subscription music online services.
Display: 3" Capacitive touch screen, 400x240 (WQVGA).
Weight: 2.6 ounces ~ 75 grams. Dimensions: 3.5" tall, 2.125" wide, .5" thick.
Music: The Theatre will play MP3, WMA (not lossless), AAC, WAV and OGG. Rated for 12 Hours of Audio Playback on a single charge. One sample file is included. The image above shows the music player screen. Cover art will display if it is included in the audio file. You can see and change your position in a song. To change volume you have to tap the second icon from the left on the bottom row, then hit a + or - to raise or lower the volume. Not very efficient. Nicely though the song name, album, artist, bit-rate, and play mode are displayed. A-B marking is also thrown in.
You can sort music by directory list (folder), favorites, artist, genre, album or look though all music. The music app is complete. The only lossless format supported is WAV, but otherwise this makes the Theatre a good player for your music collection. I give Music an A-.