The Cowo n D20 follows the same design a fresh ccooaatt tohf paint and a larger speaker grille, it looks practically identical. The player is chunky and has a very reassuring and solid feel to it. At just 2.5-inches and with a display resolution of 320 x 240, it’s not much to look at. You can’t play videos, but that’s just as well because we can’t imagine why anyone would play any on that tiny screen. Most mobile phone screens today are double this size. The ports and buttons are scattered around the player. The sides feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and flap- covered miniUSB and microHDMI ports. There’s a full-sized SD card underneath the D20 for viewing images off a camera, or even expanding the internal storage.
The D20 is available in different versions with storage capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB. The interface is easy to navigate, and you can switch between two themes to give the user interface a different look. The bundled apps on the D20 include the music and video player, FM radio, picture viewer, a document reader, a flash player, a file browser, and some other general apps such as calculator, stopwatch, alarm, notes and so on.
The D20 carries forward the legacy of the BBE+ audio and JetEffect enhancements that have popularised Cowon players in the past.There are around 48 presets to choose from (out of which four are user defined) as well as other enhancements like Mach3Bass and 3D Surround. There’s a long list of supported audio codecs as well, and FLAC, APE, OGG are supported alongside the popular MP3 and WMA audio formats. The D20 has full support for 1D3 tags as well, and reads tags up to version 2.3.
The music player displays album art with a vinyl record animation. The main controls on the screen can be toggled on or off, and advanced options like favourites, bookmarks and different playback options such as repeat, shuffle or toggle between different effects are present.
The audio quality is very good, just like any Cowon audio player in the past, and enabling the effects makes a big impact on the overall sound. The bass is punchy, and the highs and mids are well defined. However, the user interface is quite slow overall, and you need to be precise when using the screen, as inputs aren’t registered correctly all the time.
For Rs 11,500, the D20 is simply too expensive to even consider. It almost seems like a product that belongs in the past, because Cowon hasn’t updated the D20 enough for it to be relevant in this day and age. Apple’s 16GB version of the iPod nano makes a much better gym or travel companion at Rs 11,900.