MEDIA: ZEITGEIST - The Roberts Gemini 1 model offers a killer application to boost digital radio's appeal

Soon the false dawns and broken promises will just be a memory because, at last, the digital radio revolution has arrived. There are some affordable portable sets in the shops - and even some for less than £30 on the internet. Chances are you will either be giving or receiving one this Christmas.

It's somehow appropriate that the market leader is Roberts, the Rolls-Royce of radio. And the model everyone is raving about is the Gemini 1 because, as well as crystal clear sound, it features what could eventually become one of digital radio's killer applications - a storage chip and a "rewind button" that lets you go back and listen again to something (a few seconds or even minutes ago) that you just missed. It also offers a digital record and playback function.

These won't stay on the shelves for long. Tell Santa soon.

Manufacturer: Roberts

Model: Gemini 1

Price: £200

Available: Nationwide distribution by the end of October