Apple IPod 20GB Versus Toshiba Gigabeat G20

Posted: Jan 27 2004, 10:50pm EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:53am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips


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Apple iPod 20GB versus Toshiba Gigabeat G20
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As part of the exclusive review we did on the Toshiba 20GB MP3 Player, we created a comparison table betweent the iPod 20GB and the G20. There are several key aspects where the Toshiba Gigabeat G20 is better than the iPod. Size, weight and battery life are the biggest wins for the G20. The iPod on the other hand is the quasi standard for hard-drive based MP3 players and with the iTunes music store its a complete convienent solution.
Comparison Table

iPod versus Gigabeat G20:
Key Aspect Apple iPod 20GB Toshiba Gigabeat G20 Comment
Size 101.6x15.7x67mm 76.5mm x 12.7mm x 89.5mm in Volume terms: iPod takes 106cm3 and the G20 takes 86.9cm3, that means the G20 has 20cm3 less volume.
Weight 159g 138g G20 is lighter by 21g.
HD 20GB 20GB Pretty sure both use the same Toshiba 1.8" HD
Interface  USB 2.0 / Firewire USB 2.0 equal footing here, besides the G20 is only supporting Windows PCs.
Design white Apple Look Japanese Electronics Style Different looks but both attractive
Formats MP3, Wav, aiff WMA, MP3, Wav iPod cannot play Windows Media Files
Screen Size 2" 1.8" iPod has a bit bigger display.


AAC n/a iPod uses its own DRM system that works with iTunes. Toshiba seems to have no support yet for Microsoft's DRM.
Battery Life 8 hours 11 hours The Toshiba goes 3 hours longer!
Remote Control yes yes  
Docking Station yes yes  
Price $399.00 $599.00 The Gigabeat is only available in Japan. When Toshiba releases the Gigabeat in the US, it will most likely match the price. The Japanese street price is around $450.

See Also:
Toshiba Gigabeat G20 Review - iPod Killer?
Sony DSC-T1 5MP Full Review
Sony DSC-50 vs. Casio Exilim S20

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