Nu Dolphin Touch MP3 player
The Nu Dolphin Touch lets you listen to MP3s and FM radio while underwater
- Player and earphones work surprisingly well underwater, very sturdy construction
- Unintuitive controls and antique LCD screen
If you’re keen for music while swimming or in the bath, the Nu Dolphin Touch is the player for you. Its interface isn't great and the bundled ear-buds aren’t comfortable, but its waterproof nature and rugged body mean it can go where more civilised MP3 players can’t.
Price$ 169.00 (AUD)
The Nu Dolphin Touch is a waterproof MP3 player, and combined with the bundled waterproof ear-buds it delivers good sound. It is sturdy enough to stand up to significant abuse and the 4GB storage capacity means it can store a workout session’s worth of music.
It is nowhere near as stylish as the Apple iPod Touch, but that’s because the Nu Dolphin Touch has been designed with a specific purpose in mind. Constructed out of brushed black aluminium and accompanied by a set of headphones with a screw-in headphone jack, the Nu Dolphin Touch is designed to be waterproof to a depth of 1 metre. One metre is enough for lap swimming, bathing and river-fording.
It's 66mm long and 21mm in diameter, looking like an AA battery on steroids. It has an embossed power button on one end and the other end houses the screw-in connector for the earphones (you can also plug regular headphones in).
Apart from the power button, four touch-sensitive buttons are the only controls. They’re not particularly intuitive to use, but reading the manual will soon educate you as to their purpose. There’s a volume toggle, a menu button and multi-purpose forward and backward buttons; you tap the power button once to start or stop tracks. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the Nu Dolphin Touch it is easy enough to use, but we think there’s plenty of room for other buttons.
The Nu Dolphin Touch has a 96x24 pixel screen that only displays a single line of text, with around 12 characters visible at any time. This makes viewing song titles and information nearly impossible, but we don’t think you’ll be looking too often while underwater.
Sound quality using the bundled earphones is acceptable, but nothing special. The earphones seal well thanks to silicone tips and they have a decent amount of bass extension given their low price. The Nu Dolphin Touch can only play MP3 and WMA files, which leaves anyone with a comprehensive iTunes library out in the rain (pun intended). There’s an equaliser available if you want to laboriously navigate through the menu, with different presets like Rock and Pop.
The integration of the MP3 player’s FM radio is interesting: we often got better reception under water than above it. It is easy enough to operate and adds value. The 4GB of onboard memory is enough for around 1000 128 kilobit MP3s.
Battery life is an unimpressive eight hours at a reasonable listening volume. The player charges through a nifty USB-to-3.5mm adapter.
The Nu Dolphin Touch stumbles on some key points like battery life and file compatibility, but if you want a waterproof MP3 player it is worth considering. By the way — the experience of swimming or showering while listening to music is novel, but we don’t think it will catch on any time soon.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P9 review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
- 2 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 3 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 4 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 5 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCUser Experience AnalystACT
- FTTechnical Business Analyst (Integration background)NSW
- CCSolution DesignerNSW
- CCInfrastructure ArchitectACT
- CCContract Junior Programmer (JAVA / SQL) 160621/JP/224Asia
- CCSharePoint Consultant - Office 365NSW
- FTTechnical Lead - Tier 1 Customer interfaceACT
- FTTechnical COE SpecialistACT
- FTTechnical Consultant - ServerSA
- CCScrum Master with Java development backgroundACT
- CCSAP ABAP - Senior developerVIC
- CCLead Solution Analyst - BMC Remedy softwareVIC
- CCMedia AnalystNSW
- CCSharepoint Developer | Air Force project | NV1 clearanceNSW
- CCIT Helpdesk Support- Remedy ticketing systemNSW
- FTSenior Architect, TechnologyNSW
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160621/P/866Asia
- CCIT Business AnalystNSW
- FTMobility Developer x 2 - iOS and Android positions available!NSW
- CCSenior Project Delivery ManagerACT
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160629/AP/793Asia
- CCICT PreSales SpecialistVIC
- CCSystems Trainer - Networking/ RadioVIC
- FTJunior Web DeveloperSA
- FTEnvironments Lead (Linux/ Automation)VIC