OK, so I knew the GP32 and more recently the GP2X existed but what I didn't know was how seriously to treat it, given recent handheld stories about Gizmondo etc. I was kinda on the fence, should I, shouldn't I.
It is really a great handheld?
It is worth the money?
Can I play great games?
Thanks to shane's review earlier this year i decided to go for it and order my brand new GP2X from www.gp2x.co.uk. The other site as most people will have heard of is www.lik-sang.com but i think the product is gaining popularity and you may find a local distributor.
OK, so I've got one in front of me as I write this. Am I happy? Was it worth it?
You bet your ASS!
Short of giving you guys a review I would love to share with you a few reasons why I think this is one of the best purchases you will make this year.
1. ULTRA slick presentation.
The user interface is a no nonsense approach to front end design. Games are here, movies here, photos here, music here and books(*.txt files) here. Although the product is flexible in terms of what it can do (Linux is the OS), the front end is definitely for the End User, for the guy or gal who just wants to play Games, Listen to music etc.
2. Ease of Installation and use of software.
Couldn't be easier. Just copy over relevant files onto your SD Card and away you go. Most apps have a *.gpe extension and all you have to do is fire it up and click on the name of the game, off it goes with no complaints.
3. Quality of Emulation.
Absolutely frikkin perfect. Here is a quick list of well known platforms where emulators are available.
There are actually to may to list here but most of the retro-platforms have an emulator project underway and the well known ones above? - they work 100%. You will not have any problems.
4. You can play it on your TV!
This i couldn't believe when I got it going. I'm actually looking at Manic Miner on my TV, just like back in the day. I nearly fainted.
5. Value for Money
I spent 150 pounds and I got:
Starter Kit with pdf manual, letter, CD with cool stuff on it including the emulators and 2 batteries!
TV Out Cable
www.zen78587.zen.co.uk/GP2x Front End.jpg
Is that not incredible in this day and age of 400 dollar plus consoles with 70 dollar games?
My tip for 2006 is buy one and never look back (and no I don't work for the company!)