I am incredibly pleased with my Revi Pico RadioStation Internet radio. It’s easy to use and has a rechargeable battery so I can use it much like a regular portable radio. I wanted to have more English around the apartment so Liam hears more and to stop my vocabulary from degrading to the international English that I use in Munich if not speaking German.
Setting up the connection to my WPA2 wireless network was perfectly simple. I just chose the network then entered the pass phrase and it connected. Choosing radio stations is easy, by location, genre or search, with popular stations in “highlights” lists. When turned on it starts playing whatever station it was playing when turned off.
It gets the list of radio stations from wifiradio-frontier.com. I wish that we had access to a list like that on the Linux desktop, for instance in Rhythmbox. The website lets you set up groups of favorite stations, which then appear in the device’s UI. That’s rather clunky – for instance, I can’t correct the spelling of my “Scotlland” group without completely recreating the group. Likewise, I can’t move stations between groups. Obviously I’m concerned that the website might disappear one day, orphaning the device, but I expect the device to be technologically outdated before that happens.
The UI is very good, only limited by the two-line text display and the slow automatic horizontal scrolling. That’s particularly noticeable when choosing podcast episodes, which all tend to have the same long prefix in their titles. It would also be nice if it played podcast episodes sequentially instead of repeating the same episode. But that’s not the primary purpose of the device.
The company is based in Lanark, Scotland, though they manufacture in China. My RadioStation’s serial number of 1005 is surprisingly low.