The world’s coolest portable digital video players.
Philips PET725/44 ($385) features a 7-inch color LCD and plays standard DVDs/CDs or Internet-downloaded ones (MPEG4 movies/MP3 music). Four-hour playback with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into a wall or car cigarette-lighter outlet. —Mike Kepp
Italians pick the Zen Vision M by Creative. This $374 video/MP3 player attracts fans with a 2.5-inch high-res LCD screen (over 260,000 colors) and the freedom to download videos and music in various different formats. The player is available in black, white, blue, green or pink. —Vanessa Silva
Available for six weeks in Australia at press time, Apple’s fifth-generation iPod was already a bestseller. The device comes with either a 30gb ($298) or 80gb ($392) storage capacity, which means up to 20,000 songs, 25,000 photos and 100 hours of video. No wonder it has swiftly endeared itself to photographers, filmmakers, schools and teenagers. —Patty Huntington
Japanese hipsters are enjoying DVDs on the go with Sony DVP-FX810 ($199). The player features a six-hour battery life and 180-degree turnable display in a small, lightweight device, which means this handy player has a home on bedside tables and in briefcases alike. —Koji Hirano
Los Angeles trendsters love the Panasonic DVD-LS91 portable player ($299.95). With a battery life of up to six hours—twice the life of its competitors—there’s no stress about recharging and you can ogle (enter indie star du jour here) on the player’s 9-inch screen. Plus, at 2.4 pounds, it hardly weighs down your Marc shopper. —Ana La O’