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Old 11-19-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Just got a Stiletto - first thoughts

Just picked up a Stiletto and Home Dock at Best Buy this weekend (they didn't have the car dock in stock, neither did Circuit City). My first thoughts are:


1. Very cool device. It is much smaller and lighter that I had imagined when looking at the pictures of it. One reviewer mentioned it felt like "holding a brick", which couldn't be farther from the truth.

2. The user interface is incredibly easy to use and to figure out. I explored through everything quickly and with no confusion.

3. The Internet radio feature was very easy to set up to use with the wireless network in my house. It took no more than two minutes to get it working (most of this time was spent entering my password for the router).

4. The Radio Replay feature is very cool. I can just leave it in the dock (on satellite radio mode) tuned to a station and get stuff recorded...very cool.


1. Obviously, I wish it could get better live reception indoors. I know this is just the nature of satellite radio, just wish it was better....but I won't hold that against Sirius.

2. The rubber wheel on the device seems a little fragile. I would feel better if it was more like the iPod wheel, but there's probably some sort of patent on that....we'll see how it holds up.

3. It doesn't come w/ a home or car dock ($69 extra for each, if you can find them). This just plain sucks.

4. The FM transmitter sucks. I plugged into the home dock, set up the FM transmitter, then turned on a radio in another room....nothing but static. My Sportster (old version) transmits to my whole house and about 100ft outside my house. I don't blame Sirius for this, it is all about the FCC restrictions.

5. Antenna everyone else has already said, they are ugly an uncomfortable. I took one look at them, tried them on, then decided that I will probably never use them.

6. Recording features. Can only record from live satellite stream, not from Internet stream. In my opinion, this is absolutely the worst part about the Stiletto. Now, I have to set up a second antenna in my house (since my Sportster with the good FM transmitter is using the other one) just so I can get stuff recorded onto the Stiletto. It also sucks that you cannot save a song out of a Radio Replay or a scheduled recording. You have to actually hit the record button while the song is playing live.....I would love the ability to record a 6 hour block of a channel (while I'm sleeping or away or whatever), then pick and choose which songs I want to keep. I don't know if these things are because of RIAA restrictions, or something that Sirius did for some reason.

Ok, so my "bad" list is longer than my "good" one, but I will say that I love this device. It's small, sleek, light, easy to use, and so far it works great. The limited recording features make me mad, but that's really the only thing about it that really bothers me
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