Slacker has just announced the G2 Personal Radio Player, which serves as a follow up to the original Portable Player that was announced last November. We were able to get out first glimpse of what to expect with the G2 when we saw the FCC approval come through last month, and thankfully it seems the released player has kept the looks we expected.
First off, I am not 100% sold on the new design as it still seems to have the style of either an older PDA or very basic touchscreen phone. With that said you cannot really argue the fact the design has been very much improved from the previous version. Aside from the new design, the basic features remain the same as the original player which means that it will allow you to have a personalized listening experience without having to purchase any music or even subscribe to a service.
The G2 features a 2.4-inch display and has an “ultra portable design” which according to Slacker makes for a “sleek, comfortable design” that allows “for easy one-hand operation.” The G2 also offers up to 15 hours of battery life, which sounds a little low, but can be considered an improvement from the original player that offered just 10 hours. The device can be synced using either an available wireless connection or USB.
The new Slacker G2 is currently available at www.slacker.com in either a 4GB (25 station) or 8GB (40 station) model and is retailing for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively. In addition, the G2 will be available at Best Buy retail stores as well as Amazon and Buy.com. The Slacker G2 ships with a set of premium headphones, a USB adapter, and carrying case with removable belt clip. If you order your radio directly from Slacker then you will also have the option of having the device pre-loaded with your current favorite stations.