4) DingooA320: This is Dingoo Digital’s affordable alternative to the well-known Gp2x Wiz. It features 4 gigs of built-in storage, TV-out, FM radio, a picture viewer. It can also be used as an mp3 player and a video player capable of directly playing numerous file formats (including but not limited to .mp4, .rmvb, .avi)) without the need for conversion. In addition to it’s already large number of features, users can also make use of an on-board voice recorder, an ebook reader and built-in emulators for all the classic video game systems of the past.
According to many who have ordered and received a Dingoo, emulation can be hit or miss. For example, the Nintendo emulator (NES) plays games flawlessly, while Super Nintendo emulation isn’t so good. GBA emulation is said to be fairly decent. Homebreweres managed to install a dual-bootable Linux port on the handheld, which by all accounts made for a much-improved gaming experience. But since then not much has improved on the gaming front due to what seems like decreasing communal interest, so don’t expect any improvement in emulation anytime soon. Overall, despite it’s drawbacks the Dingoo A320 is very well worth the cheap $82.99 price.
3) Gp2x Wiz – This handheld beauty by Game Park Holdings is yet another multimedia device with emulation capabilities exceeding that of Dingoo.. Emulation on the Wiz is next to perfect. The Wiz’s video playback bests the SONY PSP’s, supporting .avi, .divx, .xvid, and .mpeg files at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480. Audio formats supported include .mp3, ogg vorbis, and wav.
As do other multimedia gaming emulation handhelds, the Wiz comes pre-installed with numerous games. It is also among the emulation community’s favorite handhelds. The Gp2x Wiz has been on sale since May 12, 2009.
2) Gp2x Caanoo – Weird name huh? Well, this is Game Park Holding’s successor to the Gp2x Wiz. Once again it is an open source handheld that can support a multitude of media from music to videos, pictures etc etc. It was made available August of 2010 for $150.00
The Caanoo is still new so you can expect much to come out of this handheld in the coming months.
1) Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the big daddy of’em all. Numero Uno – The Open Pandora:
This pocket beast runs Linux and has all the pros of a Linux desktop (with gaming controls, of course) in a device more or less the size of the Nintendo DS. The Pandora has the power to fully emulate the Playstation One and the Nintendo 64 (until now, acceptable N64 emulation has been next to impossible in gaming handhelds) and it boasts a full keyboard, 2 analog nubs, an ideal D-Pad and a healthy community of enthusiastic followers and developers (official and homebrew) dedicated to making sure the Pandora succeeds.
The Open Pandora’s powerful CPU allows it to run pretty much anything that a laptop can, so it is definitely well-worth the $330 price tag. Although it is primarily an emulation machine, like it’s predecessors it can also be used as a multi-media device.