Product Type: Samsung MP3 players
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Not to shabby as an MP3 player, but not a serious video device
Member Name: colinbmw
Advantages: Excellent Sound, Good battery life
Disadvantages: Video, Software
As other reviewers have mentioned, the sound quality on the Q3 is very good. The menu system is not particularly good, but it does not make you run into circles either. The same button locks the device (so buttons will not respond to bumps) and turns the device off, which is the single most annoying part of the Q3's design.
The screen is small (about 1/3 - 1/4 that of a smartphone) so don't expect much in terms of watching video, there are some shows which lend themselves to this format (cartoons and talk shows) but most movies or anything involving action will be too pixelated to be enjoyable. While BBC iPlayer is supported, it is a pain to use because of the copyright protection. It may be worth doing if you are going on a long flight, but for commuting it is more trouble than it is worth.
The software Samsung provides for the Q3 is designed for their mobiles, and using it is more of a pain than plugging it into a computer and copying files as if the MP3 player were a standard USB flash drive. Fortunately its not too difficult copying podcasts from a PC to the Q3 which is particularly useful for commuters.
Battery life is good, my only problem being is that the battery indicator tends to overstate the amount of power you have left when you are below 25%, which if your forgetful as I am means you rarely charge before the battery has died completely.
While the Q3 is not going to kill off any Apple products, it has its pluses as an MP3 player provided you do not watch videos often. It is a reasonable middle-range option, but if you are going to watch videos regularly get something larger (and probably more expensive).
Summary: Good Value MP3 Player, but video is so-so at best
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