I bought one of these around 2.5 years ago from play.com for around £79.99, considerably cheaper than the iPod. I bought it mainly for the soul destroying 25 mile trip to and from work. I wanted something that allowed me to listen to music / podcasts, watch videos as well as having bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen; luckily this little device had all of those.
There are no buttons on the front of the device just a very generous 3 inch touchscreen. The player is very light weight and easily fits in your pocket. The home screen has 9 icons and is operated by pressing the icon with your finger, the screen is very responsive. I've had many touch screen devices; many have had me tapping away at the same icon trying to get it to work. This touch screen is not like this; if you gently touch the screen the input is almost always instantly recognized. There are two buttons to the side of the device; these are for volume control and to lock the mp3 player. The lock button comes in hand whilst the device is in your pocket as it stops you from accidently activating an icon on the touchscreen. You are able to store music files, videos, podcasts, pictures as well as games. It comes with a number of touchscreen games but others can be easily downloaded. It also has a fm radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth connectivity was the main reason I purchased this player as I wanted to be able to use wireless headphones in the gym. This is a fantastic feature and makes the device unique compared to other mp3 players. I currently used this feature with a pair of Motorola s9 wireless headphones and am very impressed with how easy it is to pair the two devices.
I can't find any faults with this little mp3 player, of course it is always going to be compared to the iPod touch but in my opinion for the price difference this is much better value for money.
I bought my 'P2' about 2 years ago now. I still use it 5 days a week at work, and so it is built to last. Obviously the main competition comes from Apple, but I wanted something different and this Samsung is a very useable alternative. I paid around £100, but they are now cheaper than the Ipod and so I would imagine they are ever becoming a much more attractive option.
There are no buttons on the face, it is entirely touch screen. Other than the screen, there is a light just below on the front of the mp3 player. When it needs recharging this lights up red, and a fully charged player lights up blue. There are 9 icons on the main menu when you turn it on using the buttons to either side of the device. You can store and play video, music, pictures, and it also has an FM radio. The Samsung also has bluetooth connectivity. There are 2 buttons on either side, two for volume, a power and a 'lock' switch that you can use to prevent accidently changing song whilst it is in your pocket. The fact that it is so light and slim makes it a great alternative for those music fans that want to carry something a little bit different around with them. I havnt noticed anything negative about this product, but I can understand that there wil always be the Apple 'sheep' that just buy anything they manufacture.