updated 06:20 pm EST, Fri January 13, 2012
Android powered Satellite Radio
SirusXM made its Lynx Portable Radio, the first to use Android, official at the end of December and has given us a chance to try it this month. The actual device is relatively small, roughly the same size as a fifth generation iPod, and can be docked into a number of accessories. While most of the internal specs have been kept under wraps, we do know that the device incorporates a Wi-Fi radio, microSD slot, and an 1,150 mAh battery. The Lynx runs a heavily modified version of Android that doesn't include the Android Market, and according to Sirius XM, won't anytime soon.
The interface has been kept relatively basic, with two home screens and six self-explanatory options: Satellite, Internet, My Library, Show Finder, Bluetooth, and Settings. Three touch sensitive buttons surround the Lynx's display, however, most interaction goes through the multi-touch display. Screen responsiveness was mostly unimpressive, and often didn't properly register swiping gestures. This made it very difficult to scroll through lists, which are fairly common throughout the interface.
On the device, users can save up to 25 preset stations, and when connected to satellite, record up to 200 hours of content from favorite stations. In addition, the Lynx provides a rolling buffer that allows users to always star songs form the beginning regardless of when they tune in. The Lynx is currently being offered at the discounted price of $190 by itself, or $250 when bundled with a home or car kit.