Portable radios are nothing new, but the portable satellite radio has only grown in popularity in recent years. A mid range priced hand held portable radio is the XM XPMP3H1. This is more than just a radio, it is a completely portable music facility. As well as receiving broadcasts from around the globe, it also has the ability to record songs as you listen to them. You can also schedule the recording of your favorite shows should you be unable to listen to them. It is very easy replay and pause up to 30 minutes of XM programming and the music manager software allows you to upload and manage MPA/WMA files. There is a generous 2 GB memory on board, which is further expandable with a microSD card. Weighing 2.4 pounds and costing around $150, there’s a lot of technology packed into this little unit.
Also if you are looking for a hand held satellite radio and price around $390, take a look at the Sirius Stiletto 2. This good looking, robust and extremely versatile handset benefits from the superior Sirius satellite reception for crystal clear clarity of sound. And allows you to schedule recordings and capture up to 100 hours of Sirius programs.With expandable memory through a microSD card, the possibilities are endless with this little beauty. The Sirius satellite radio delivers over 130 channels of music and other channel, and the 60+music channels are completely commercial free. There are also sports channels, chat shows, special interest shows, and many more. For sports fans there is live coverage of all the NBA and NFL games, as well as the NASCAR races. This is an excellent piece of equipment that embraces the adage “you get what you pay for”.
For $80 less than the stiletto you can get yourself the Pioneer GEX-INNO2BK. Small, stylish and powerful, and carrying the renowned Pioneer brand name, this model is becoming increasingly popular. It has a 1 GB storage capacity, large enough to hold 5O hours of music and a single charge will give you five hours of live XM radio or 15 hours of playback. One touch recordings of your favorite programs are played back through MP3 or WMA files. The 1.7 LCD display is full color with a pixel resolution of 180 x 180.
Although not strictly portable, the Audiovox car XMCK5 XpressEZ brings you satellite radio while you drive. This is the latest of Audiovox’s products and it’s a good one. The large 3 line display is easy to read and the singular button to tune and dial ensures you find your favorite programs quickly. It also has the facility to save your 10 favorite XM channels and the sleek appearance would look good in any motor. Retailing at around $40, this is a good quality at a bargain price.
If you have $80 to spend on a satellite radio, the Samsung YP X5X neXus 25 is right on your budget. This is a satellite receiver and top quality music player. Record and playback your favorite XM content and it supports the XM + Napster files. A Docking station allows you to connect it your your home stereo to add and remove files as you wish. The memory can hold 25 hours worth of playback and it is light and ideal to pop in your pocket.