Philips’ admittedly lovely Luxe MP3 player is a curiosity. At $95 for a scant 2GB, it’s far pricier than its competition, and the one-line LED screen isn’t going it any favors either.
Where it tries to separate itself from the competition is with its novel Bluetooth function: it will pair with your phone and cut your music and display the caller ID number on its display when a call comes in, allowing you to answer the call on your device with its dual mikes.
That’s pretty neat, but I’m guessing in the age of iPhone and the Android we’re going to see phones get increasingly sophisticated audio playback functions, with built-in earbud headsets. This bridge device is all too likely to be a redundant gizmo of the status quo in the next year or so.