I have owned the Samsung YP-P3 Player for a number of months now and i am overall very pleased with what the player provides you with. I think it is the best value player on the market as in some places you can get it for under £100. Don't take the first offer you find, take a look around and you will be surprised about what great deals you can find.
The looks of the player are very nice, it is clear that a lot of time and effort has been placed into designing the player. It is a very smart and sleek player. When first looking at the player the thing that catches the eye is the whole of the front of the player is Touchscreen. The player is comfortable within the hand and is very light. Although the player feels light it also feels very firm and strong because it is made of metal.
The battery life of the player all depends on how seriously you use it and what for. Obviously using the blutooth feature constantly whilst watching high quality video is going to drain the battery pretty quick. I find that using it for around 2/3 hours a day on reasonably heavy use leaves the player lasting around 4/5 days which is acceptable. Unfortunately you need a lot of time to charge the player using a USB lead, this seems to take a good while.
The player has a small number of hardkeys which can be used to make the most out of the player. These are a power/hold key, press and hold to turn the player on/off and tap to lock the screen. Volume up and Down buttons are also found upon the top of the player next to the power button. These are useful when you want to change the volume of songs or videos that you are listening to/watching.
The touch screen, after updating the software to the most recent update, is responsive. With a player at such a cheap price you cannot expect the touch sensitivity and usability of higher market players like the iPod Touch. Saying this the screen is very usable and the HAPTIC feedback of the screen gives a small vibration to the palm of your hand when you touch the player. The screen has very good viewing angles and impressive display even in bright sunlight.
The music quality is very good and much better than that of the iPod Touch. However it doesn't quite reach the fantastic quality you can get from a Sony Walkman X Series. I would recommend going out and buying a decent pair of headphones/earphones as those that come with the player just don't quite cut it. With various settings that can be edited the sound quality can be personalized to fit you taste in music.
I have not tested too many videos on the player as i actually own an Archos which has a much larger screen. However the P3 plays video well and is very acceptable to watch TV programmes and short films. When it comes to a feature length movie it would be down to opinion due to the screen size, however the sound, colours and quality is great. The player also supports BBC iPlayer allowing you to watch missed TV, this needs to be downloaded to the computer and then played in Windows Media Player (which works well with the P3 which i will come onto later) to obtain the licensing rights. Once all this has been done you can transfer the video to the player. I personally find this process a bit of a hassle and don't do it often.
There is also a picture viewer, which i haven't used, i have flicked through the per-installed pictures and think that they make good use of the players screen and colours.
The software that comes with the player is the largest downside of the whole Samsung brand. The emodio software that comes upon a disk is quite frankly awful. On a powerful, substantial, and stable computer you can still expect lagging and even crashes of the software. When transferring music and video you have to constantly monitor it to make sure it doesn't crash. Fortunately the player works very well within other music management programmes like Windows Media Player, Winamp etc.
The extra features on the player are mostly a bit gimmicky and usually have no real use. It is nice to have them there when you first get the player but the novelty soon wears off. There is also a map of all major undergrounds/metros/subways on the player, living close to London i find this useful but i appreciate not everyone will. On top of this there is a flash player which allows you to download any flash application and play it on the device. This includes games but you have to be careful when choosing games as they have to be ones that would only include a mouse so that they work on the touch screen.
The datacast area of the player allows for you to update the player with RSS feeds. Unfortunately this needs to be gone within the Emodio software so most of the time don't use this feature. When Emodio works the Datacasts are very useful and i can imagine them being a nice addition to the player but the hassle isn't worth it and i don't have the time.
Bluetooth is a very nice addition of features to the player. This allows you to send files without wires to a computer or mobile device. It also allows for you to play the music through wireless speakers. The feature i like the most within the bluetooth area is the handsfree, connect the player with your phone and sync your contacts allows you to make and answer calls with your player. Meanwhile your phone can be in your bag or something.
Overall the Samsung YP-P3 is a very nice player and stands up well to others in its market. Although most of the time it doesn't beat the competition it maintains its position due to the low price. Once the software is updated (which is easy to do) i have very little problems with the player.
At first glance, this is a very attractive & lightweight personal media player which will easily fit in your pocket, whilst at the same time feeling well built. Also it seems to support a wide of different file formats of audio & video, I've not yet found anything that it won't play.
As well as playing your music & videos on this device, you can also listen to FM radio which is built in. One feature I particularly like relating to this is the ability to record from the radio to playback again in the future.
However unfortunately the positives of this device end here. Although the sound quality is more than adequate, it is nothing to shout home about. I think this device focuses far too much on creating an interface like the Ipod touch but ends up with an inferior version of it which doesn't seem to flow so well and have the same experience. Another disappointment is the lack of Wifi & no support for bluetooth, which both seem common nowadays in such devices.
Overall I would say that although this is a sleek looking pocket sized device, for the money there are better solutions out there that will give you better performance overall.
Even the name of the player, P3 Pulse, leads us to think about a cutting edge and futuristic device. Thankfully, it does live up to its name and is a rather good all rounder.
Since it was launched purely to complete with the iPod Touch, it does have a resemblance to it. Although the player also uses a touch screen meaning at 3 inches, it scrolls horizontally by brushing of yours. In order to access the main features of the player, you simply select the widgets that are placed on the screen. It also allows you to rearrange them in any order that you want, making it even simpler to find your favourite functions. Although the use of widgets is quite effective overall, the touchscreen display itself is not as accurate as the ones found on the Ipods.
In addition to the standard features, the player also has a wide range of cool extra functions, such as the ability to record voice and built in speakers which does quite a good job at playing music when not using the headphones. It even allows you to answer calls, yes, by simply paring up the device with any Bluetooth enabled phone, it instantly makes it possible to take your calls via the player's built in speaker and microphone.
Samsung is a well known Korean brand, and is very experienced in creating a wide range of electronic products for the home. This portable MP4 player is no different, and is a worthy contender for the iPod touch.
The design is flawless, with an immensely stylish rectangular shape, sharp edges and smooth crisp curves. The screen is large, measuring 3 inches, taking up the front of the player. There are no other buttons on the front as it is entirely touch screen.
On the top are volume inc. and dec buttons, aswell as the ON and Hold button. These are small, discreet yet manageable and easy to use. Also on the top is a small yet powerful mic to play your music out loud!
The interface is great, with large app icons, which you can freely move around and play with. The backround is also customisable. It has fun widgets such as a gingerbread man you can tap and break, butterflies flying around your screen, and more...
The player comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, with a wide range of features and tools:
Music- This is the main section for listening to music, supports a range of formats, including mp3 and wma. The sound is amazing, it is loud enough for headphones at vol level 2, and for speaker about 5 if quiet. It would surely be great for outdoors if you ever want a picnic and want to listen to music! It also has street mode, Vibe woofer, and Dsne for different effects!
Video- The video option allows for video playback of many different file types, as the software includes a video convertor! The screen is flawless and looks great with any video. I have had no problems with this feature, and it plays extremely smoothly. There are also subtitle input features.
Radio- It is a normal radio feature, where you use the headphones as your reception antenae and steam radio stations. The reception is abit unclear at times, and difficult to find "the spot" where it is perfect, but nevertheless a good feature and works 80% of the time. You can also record from any radio station too! which i think is an immense feature!
Images- This is basically photo album, and shows any images you have in a clear coloured screen looks fantastic. There is a slideshow feature and you can use your picture as a background.
Games- It has a range of fun games, but not super. The best one is the bubble pop one, where you have to pop the bubble wrap. However, it is a small screen, and it is abit fiddly to play. I avoid them, and only when im super bored to i venture to play, but never play more than a few minutes.
Voice Record- You can record your voice and radio as i mentioned before, and play it back.
Text- You can put documents or text into the player to read, and with text to speech, you can have it read to you! The range of languages available make this great for language learning, and if you have audiobooks, this is fantastic.
Calculator- A simple calculator
DataCast- You can subscribe to datacasts online, from blogs or news sites, and everytime you load your player on the computer, it will download them onto your player, so you can listen to it later!
Address book- Bluetoothing contacts between phone to the p3.
Rail Map- Railmaps for many cities around the world, including London, and many US cities.
Sketch Book- A paint like pad, included with firmware 2.07 only
Dictionary- Dictionary only available with different regions (eg Korea)
Alarm Clock- A basic alarm clock feature, where you can set the time and it will ring when it is that time. You can switch your player off and it will ring when the time has come. You can also choose any of your music files as an alarm sound!
Bluetooth- With bluetooth you can pair up to other P3s to play games, or to any Bluetooth device to transfer files. It is also possible to replace your mobile phone through bluetooth, with calls being sent to the P3 instead! This feature is immense, as my mobile is old and somewhat dysfunctional, so this will be great!
Overall, the design of the player is impeccable, it is stylish, simple and sleek. The interface is easy to use, and navigate. The features are acceptable, although a few more i touch apps would be good, yet it does have a FLASH player, so anyone good with flash will be able to generate apps for themselves and others.
The battery life is great. It takes about 4-5 hours to charge on the PC, and will last me atleast 30 hours of music, depending on the volume.. but if i watched one 2 hour video a day along with music, it wud last about 3 days.
It has a good regular firmware updates (almost 5 to date), all increasing speed and solving problems etc, which is great support from Samsung.
The 16GB player can be bought on play.cm for 139.99 and that is a great price and bargain for an original, stylish and reliable product. Stand out of the crowd with your Samsung!