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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet radio CNET rating: 3.5
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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet radio

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very Good)

The good: Wi-Fi radio that tunes in to thousands of free Internet radio stations; portable functionality using six AA batteries; stylish exterior design with color LCD display; can select and save stations online; lots of bass output; five-day weather from AccuWeather; auxiliary input for connecting an iPod; can stream music from a connected PC; remote included.

The bad: Can't stream Pandora; no headphone or Ethernet jack; no EQ controls make it hard to balance sound; downfiring subwoofer can occasionally be overwhelming; playback isn't as glitch-free as competitors; no podcast support.

The cost: $134.99 - $219.95

The bottom line: The VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi radio has a slick design with a color LCD display, and is currently the best portable option on the market, but it lacks some of the additional streaming audio options found on competitors.

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Portable Internet radio options

If you love getting music streamed to you over Internet radio, but would rather not be tied down to a computer or tabletop radio, there are some great portable options out there. In truth, some of the best portable solutions these days are smartphones, such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, or Motorola Droid, which are capable of streaming over cellular 3G networks.

The following options aren't quite as flexible as a phone, but their combination of battery power and Wi-Fi will do the trick for a fraction of the price. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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