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  • It's an Internet alarm clock -
  • Pandora Radio Internet music service
  • iheart radio, SHOUTcast Radio, tens of thousands of Internet radio stations with digital clarity
  • Podcasts including NY Times, CBS and Mediafly
  • Programmable alarms
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Technical Details

  • Model: CHB802XXXX

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • ASIN: B0030QUU4M
  • Item model number: CHB802XXXX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,375 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2010

Product Description

Chumby takes your favorite parts of the Internet and delivers them to you in a friendly, always on, always-fresh format. It's a window into your internet life that lives outside your desktop, so content like weather, news, celebrity gossip, podcasts, music, and more has a place to play away from your world of documents and spreadsheets. Just plug in your chumby, connect to your network, and use your computer to create a lineup of favorites from over 1,500 apps in more than 30 categories, with new ones arriving all the time. Then let your chumby do its thing streaming everything you like, from sports scores to stock quotes, from video clips to interactive games, from photos to trivia.

Fall asleep to music or nature sounds Music from iPod and memory sticks FM radio It's Chumby - Create custom channels with 1,500+ apps; Wide variety of news, weather, sports, gossip, games, clocks, and much more; Facebook photos and friend updates; Your photos from Photobucket and Flickr; Twitter tweets; Play YouTube and TV clips, movie trailers, sports highlights, and other video; Send customized e-card greetings; New content added all the time Where does it belong - By your bed - Fall asleep to a favorite internet music station; wake up to a Zen gong, a news podcast, or Pandora Radio; In the kitchen - Consult your Google Calendar in the morning, check the weather, and cook to streaming internet music; On your desk - Watch your photos stream by, follow your friends on Facebook or Twitter, or get alerted to that craigslist find you've been waiting for It's simple to use - Intuitive touchscreen operation; Step-by-step Wi-Fi setup; Connects to your home wireless network; Manage content directly on the Chumby One or from the website;

Customer Reviews

Pandora works great on this as do some of the other internet radio stations.
After looking at it, I thought it was really cool and got the Chumby One to surprise her.
William G. Ryan
If you have WiFi issues where you live or a weak signal, do not buy this device.
Doug E.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William G. Ryan VINE VOICE on October 1, 2010
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My wife was thinking of getting me a Sony Dash for my birthday but then heard me say "Why would anyone want something like that - why not just buy a netbook" in passing, so she opted not to get it. She let me know afterward she was looking at the Dash and Chumby (which I hadn't heard of even though they make the Dash). After looking at it, I thought it was really cool and got the Chumby One to surprise her.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we vote with our wallets. Two days after we received it, I ordered two more. It's not perfect but it's great.

The FM Reception is non-existent as another commenter noted. I'm going to try using a 'real' antenna today to see if that makes a difference, but if not, I really won't be too bothered. If it's a feature it should work, but FM clock radios have been around for years and FM stations aren't why I bought it.

We've only had it about a week but we have experienced none of the reception problems others mentioned. We have a ton of wireless devices in the house and have had a lot of problems with interference on other devices, but so far, the Chumby has worked without a blink. Although we have several repeaters throughout the house, I connected it to the primary link which is on the far side of the house (which has a moderately weak signal in our bedroom) and we still didn't have any problem. Full disclosure on that - I just did it as a test and let it run for about two hours but if a problem was going to surface, i'm quite sure it would have by then. Suffice to say - at least so far, we've had great connectivity and no problems.

The setup process was very simple. I wished I had a real keyboard when setting up the wifi b/c our Wifi keys are insanely long, but that's not the fault of the Chumby.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cranky Dutchman on May 13, 2010
It's OK, has some nice features and some major shortcomings. It works well as an alarm clock as you can customize alarms as much you want and offers a variety of sounds. The available widgets vary greatly in their usefulness. It can be pretty handy to wake up to the weather.

On the other hand, as a previous reviewer pointed out, the wifi reception is poor and the Chumby is very frustrating to use as an internet radio. At times it can stream music such as Pandora without problems but other times it constantly skips and freezes. The customer service responded very promptly to complaints but tried to blame the problem on interference. There are a number of complaints on the Chumby forums about weak wifi. The FM radio is worthless. I can't get a single station.

The speaker is decent. It is fine for alarms and spoken broadcasts, not so much for music. The touchscreen is also rather mediocre and I occasionally have to touch the screen a few or even several times for it to register.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nuknuk TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 26, 2011
I have been following the development of Chumby since it was shown on many techsites years ago. Back then it was a cute leather pouch. Now they have a new one coming out called Chumby 8. (Wait, where are the Chumbys 2 to 7?) It looks like more of a digital picture frame. If you want to see it, just go to their site. Chumby 1 has the same screen size as an iPod touch but in a 4:3 configuration instead of widescreen.

My main purpose of getting it is to play Pandora, an alarm clock, and as a weather station.

You will need a PC to register and set up your Chumby. After that you can set up your channels for each person who wants to personalize their apps selections.

What it can do:
- Touchscreen
- Play Pandora
- Fantastic bedside alarm clock. We love the Bugle alarm.
- Weather
- Built-in sleepsounds. Rain, wave, rainforest, etc.
- Connect to many photo sites like Flickr, Google (Picassa) Web Albums, Photobucket, etc., and play slideshow.
- News update from many major sites
- Thousands of apps to choose from.
- Has its own speaker (mono) but you can plug it in stereo to bigger speakers via the audio jack at the back.

What it can not do:
- Browse the internet like a regular pc
- Play Netflix movies
- Wireless N. It can only do up to G.
- Widescreen

- Forget about FM station. Even the strongest FM stations in our area are useless - full of static even if you take out and extend the wire antenna fully.
- Uses a hard to find flat cell/camera flat battery which lasts only 1 hour. Why not regular NiMh double AAs?
- Connects easily to my wireless WEP network, but poor connection as evident when I play videos on sites like YouTube.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jsue on March 10, 2011
I had never heard of Chumby. I got an offer in my email through CNET for a discounted one. It sounded cool to have another alarm clock for a 4th setting--sigh. And I liked the idea of having Panadora in the bedroom without having to hook something up all the time. I have used it for 1 day--HA! I am satisfied with the 40%+ savings for what I already know I got.

Re: wifi: I have AT&T U-verse. It set up without a hitch and played all day without a bump in the next room from the AT&T wifi with the door closed and the bedroom TV connected to the wifi too. On the other hand I often had issues connecting my PS3 10 ft away from my own network setup when everyone in the apartment complex got home from work and turned on their networks. So interference can certainly cause problems if your network isn't strong enough.

I was thinking I might get one for a grandson or two. I would also really like one in the kitchen. When I get a recipe on the internet I run back and forth to the computer to check it. It would be nice to have a small radio and a recipe device. The choice of listening to big stereo sound from another room is not always the best option in an apartment. Boom! Boom!

As for being chintzy or flimsy: Chintzy is in the eye of the beholder. But flimsy I have not found it to be as of yet. I had it sitting loose on the car seat, when a car stop suddenly causing me to slam on the brakes. The Chumby went flying. When I got home it set up without a hitch and works fine. Nothing chipped or fell off. Another reviewer says his 2-year-old plays with it. How flimsy can it be?
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