Astonishing Astone Gadgets: Review


Astone Xinc FM: Small wonder – Nope, this isn’t a reincarnation of – the Tamagochi of the 90s. This is – the Astone Xinc FM digital audio player. It boasts of a decent 1.8 260K OLED display, MP3, WMA and WAV audio support, MPEG4, DiVX and AVI video playback, e-book compatibility, voice recording, and FM radio functionality as well as an FM transmitter so that you can blast your tunes on the car radio or your home component system. It doesn’t have an expansion slot, but the 2GB of memory is more than enough to fulfill all your music and video fantasies.

Ready to go

It also comes equipped with a car charger so that you always have juice while you’re on the road. Add that to FM transmitter functionality, then the Astone Xinc is a very reliable companion especially when you’re stuck in heavy traffic. You can either listen to your favorite tunes or watch your encoded videos on its LCD display-though it does get very tiring on the eyes after several minutes,

Bottom line

It could use a bigger and better screen resolution so that you can take better advantage of its other features, but for its size, price and functionality, this is a pretty decent buy for any music freak.


Ton of features in a small package.

Useful accessories for someone who’s always on the road.

Compatible with a variety of audio and video formats.


No regular outlet charger.

Astone Niva: Dress up your tunes

Simplicity with a twist

Despite its plain black square exterior, this MP3 player is anything but ordinary. Running on a single AAA battery, this tiny gizmo can sure pack in the tunes with its 512MB internal memory and expansion slot that supports up to 2GB of additional storage. It’s capable of playing MP3 and WMA files, has voice recording, lyric display support and FM radio functionality

Just the way you like it

What really sets the Niva apart from the rest is the inclusion of eight interchangeable covers that will make it fit whatever mood you’re in. However, we highly doubt that these covers are reusable since they’re nothing more than just stickers that have been designed specifically for the Niva to fit just right on the bare face of this digital audio player.

Back to basics

It’s equipped with a control button, which at first glance is deceptively similar to the click wheel of the iPod but, function-wise, is nothing more than a joystick controller is.

Its small monochromatic LCD display probably won’t give you photo or video playback, but it does provide enough info on the tunes you’re listening to. Using it could be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of things, it’s pretty simple to use with a no-nonsense approach to music.

Bottom line

Small, compact, and simple to use combined with customizable covers make this little DAP a music-loving fashionista’s ideal gadget. Of course, the plastic build is a bit of a turn off, but it also makes for a very light device.


Very light and compact.

Inclusion of interchangeable covers for customization.

Simple to use and responsive.


Plastic built casts doubt on durability.

Included covers aren’t reusable.