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This was originally a Christmas present, which I was disapointed to open and not find the glittering fashion of an Ipod. However, since I have used it, it is a device I have cherished. Its design is something you come to love with its elegant colours available in examples such as grey and black. It is a pleasure to hold and is thin enough to slip into a pocket but is not too wafer-thin to make it difficult to hold. The Samsung name is trending even more these days, which means that it can stand alongside the Apple devices it competes with.
However, with an mp3 player, sound quality is the most important thing. Partnered with the Samsung headphones provided, it uses a DNSe system to automatically adjust to the track, which is an excellent feature. It produces a smoth, clean sound that can accept some base. Though it is not a touch screen, it uses an elegant set of buttons on the smooth bottom half of the device to control it and this makes it easy to scroll through menus and access songs. Playlists are easy to create and video quality is high if you need it, with podcasts and BBC Iplayer able to be downloaded onto the device. There are also some quirky features which make it even more appealing such as the ability to listen to your most played tracks, a radio player, background films that adapt to the character of the song, a picture player and more features besides.
I have only bought this MP3 player about 2 weeks ago. I have bought this in preparation for my holiday that I go on in 6 weeks and 1 day - who's counting. I would be lost without Music when flying and although I have an MP3 player which I have had for years and don't use all that much the Pins where you plug it in seem to be wearing out a bit. I had recently bought another MP3 player but that is just for the Gym and full of Pumped up Gym type tracks. I had been looking online for a player and didn't want to spend all that much money on 1 as they have got pretty cheap thesedays, but when I saw this one I thought it looked great, and also the brand of this is recognaisable as well.
To look at this I think it looks like a Mobile. In the picture it may look a bit large and chunky but it is pretty small. Yes, not the smallest player I have seen but it is pretty compact. The screen on this is large enough and this plays MP4 videos as well - which I have only got round to putting 1 on so far. This has an FM Radio as well and the reception of the Radio seems to be ok.
The instructions that came with this wasn't all that informative. I think sometimes with electronic devices the manufacturers "assume" that you know what you are doing with them, and although this follows the same idea as any other MP3 player - plug it into a Laptop/Desktop, download Music etc then they all can be a little different can't they. After about 5 minutes my hubby had set all this up and it was happily transferring Music over.
The only actual Button on here is the 1 to turn it off and on. The rest of this is done by the touch sensitive bits. I've used to Touch sensitive devices so I didn't find it all that hard to get used to this. Like the iPhone (and no doubt any other smartphone/touch screen mobile) you can change the background and that on this, but i've not really go into customising this as yet - as long as it plays Music then it is fine for me.
This is a 4GB player and I paid £30 for this which included postage as well. You can get this in larger memory sizes but I thought that 4GB would be just fine for me as it will really just be Music that goes on it.
I can't comment on Battery life as i've only been using this so far for a few hours, but the Battery hasn't moved all that much and according to this you should get about 50 hours playback which sounds good. It didn't take long to charge this up when I first got this either.
The sound from this is alright. The Headphones that came with the player are pretty good and the Bass sounded good enough and the sound was nice and clear. I have plugged more expensive Headphones into this and it does sound a bit better but it isn't all that tinny sounding with the original Headphones anyway.
This seems to be a good enough MP3 player and i'm sure this will keep me entertained on my upcoming holiday and many holidays to come.
Something I can clearly remember fondly is when the Sony Walkman first appeared. I couldn't wait to get one and loved listening to my cassettes on the shiny red model I proudly owned. It doesn't seem like all that long ago, but things have moved on a lot since then. Cassettes are rarely seen anymore and even the more recent CD seems to now be second best since the advent of music downloads.
The most popular product on the market for listening to your music library appears to be the iPod and indeed I do own an iPod Nano which I share with my partner. As we have similar music tastes, we have been happy to share one iPod, which I tend to use with a speaker dock, with my partner using the earphones and/or the speaker dock when he uses it. We have been more than happy doing this, so when my daughter gave me a brand new MP3 player which she had no use for, I didn't really think I had a need for it either.
However, it crossed my mind that if I had my own MP3 player, then I could have a few tracks on it which I personally liked that my partner isn't so keen on. Although we share a love of bands such as Big Country, Bon Jovi and AC/DC there are one or two artists or songs we like that the other doesn't and I realised that if I had my own MP3 player, then I could have one or two of my guilty pleasures on there, just for me...
~~ Samsung Q2 Video MP3 & MP4 Player ~~
On first glance, I thought how much the Samsung Q2 looks very similar to my Samsung mobile phone. The size, weight and design are not a lot different my mobile. Indeed the main difference is the colour as this MP3 player is white with a silver edging.
I have always been happy with my Samsung mobile and have owned three by this brand, so I hoped that I would find the MP3 player to be as satisfactory and easy to use as my mobile, given that I am not a very technically-minded person.
Bearing that in mind, I searched the box for the operating instructions, to find only a tiny paper booklet showing you how to connect the MP3 player to your pc, a diagram of what the buttons and touch sensitive buttons were for and a small diagram on how to listen to music. To be honest most of these things I could have fathomed out for myself, it was instructions on tranferring music etc that I wanted information on. Never mind I thought, maybe when I plugged it in, there would be some sort of on-screen tutorial or instructions and on scanning once more through the tiny booklet, I did indeed notice that you are informed that there is a user manual and pc program to download once you connect the MP3 player to your computer via the USB cable provided. So, I plugged it in as directed and this is where my problems began...
Despite following the instructions to access the user manual, it would not work. I tried it several times and then summoned my daughter to assist as she has a far greater knowledge than me about things like this.
My daughter was unable to access it either, but did tell me that I didn't need it anyway as it was easy - yes easy for her I thought! I then found myself mumbling on about how my Sony Walkman had been so easy to use and why was everything so complicated these days, before realising how old I sounded, as my daughter gave me one of those 'looks'.
To be fair, she was probably right, as I found transferring the music from my computer was actually as easy as she said it would be and it was a case of selecting songs and then clicking to sync them to the MP3 player. It also offers a handy drag and drop for your files.
However, I don't see why they couldn't include that information in the instruction booklet.
As well as being a MP3 player, the Samsung Q2 is also a video player and has a built in FM radio and voice recorder. The only features I really have bothered with personally though, is listening to my music and the radio on occasion.
Once you turn it on via a button on the side, everything else is touch sensitive. The menu and features are easy to use by tapping the screen but I do find sometimes it skips forward further than I intended due to the sensitivity.
The usual features such as a clock, wallpaper and album art etc can all be utilised here on the 2.4" LCD screen. I find the menu very straightforward and easy to navigate and spent some time playing about with it at first, changing settings and messing about with the graphic equalizer. I found I quickly got to know how to use it once I became familiar with the menu.
When the MP3 player is fully charged you can expect to receive 50 hours audio playback. The charging time is 4 hours. Whilst the memory at 4GB is a lot less than my iPod Nano, it is more than enough for my needs and still holds a considerable amount of music. The playback is decent enough, though I don't care much for the earphones which are provided. They are sleek and shiny, but I find that they won't stay in my ears and kept falling out each time I tried them. Although the sound wasn't bad, after a few seconds, or when I moved my head, they fell out and there was nothing I coud do to keep them in. The other thing I have personally found with earphones though, which is not Samsung's fault at all, is that I tend to feel slightly nauseous when using them for some reason. I find I am much better with small headphones that fit over your ears rather than inside them. I am not sure if this is just something that happens to me, as I have never heard anyone else say this, but it is definitely something I have noticed when I try to use earphones. If you are ok using earphones, I would still recommend you purchase another pair, as there are better ones on the market than these suppiled here with this model.
Of course I can use this MP3 player in my speaker dock also, so this combined with headphones suits my needs.
The RRP for the Samsung Q2 is £50, although you can pick this model up on Amazon for around £43. Overall, the Samsung Q2 isn't going to cause a stir and certainly it doesn't really compete amongst the latest high end models on the market, but its extras ensure it is better than a basic MP3 player. Its sleek design makes it look more expensive than it actually is and if the 4GB memory suits your needs, then you will be fine with the Samsung Q2. Indeed the only niggles I have are that I couldn't access the user manual, all the instructions are not included in the booklet and that the earphones are poor, but then again the supply of poor earphones with MP3 players is a common problem and one which is not exclusive to Samsung.
Overall, the Samsung Q2 is a decent product for the price.