“ Manufacturer: Samsung / Storage Capacity: 8 GB / Audio Input Type: With Microphone „
I've had this MP3 player for a few months now and maybe I have been spoilt by only ever owning good quality Creative Zens (2 different models) but this Samsung MP3 player has not lived up to expectations.
This is a touchscreen player which has button volume control so you don't need to 'unlock' the touchscreen in order to change the volume which is a nice feature. It also has little 'widgets' on the screen which you can move around and they are there to play with. For example, a gingerbread man who crumbles the more you press the button. These kept me amused for all of the first 20 minutes from opening the box. There are a couple of others which I suppose are added extras to jazz up the player. It is nearly impossible to change the date + time on this thing, I thought I had it but then it reset. Turns out it was part of the calendar function!
There are tasks, notes, voice recording, video playback etc which are good features if you'll use them. One big thing I don't like about this player is that it is not the normal mini/micro usb connection, it is a special Samsung one which also means that there are no official car/mains chargers and the only way to charge it (without risking a unofficial charger) is through your PC/laptop. As I have a laptop I have to make sure it is plugged in before the Samsung drains all the power. Once the power is in the player it doesn't last long at all and as I'm not permanently attached to a computer it is hard to remember to charge it when the special Samsung cable is around.
One problem I have been having as well might just be a glitch and not found on other players but it randomly restarts songs in the middle of playing them and sometimes shuts down for no reason, full battery and no sleep timer active. Also, you can't add tracks to 'Now playing' as I could with my Creative but then I don't know if any other brands have this feature?
All this being said it is a nice compact player with a good range of memories (I have the 16GB memory which is plenty for my needs) and it is a pretty decent price. It is also solid and not a fragile piece of equipment. I personally wouldn't recommend this to anyone as for me it just doesn't do the job.
I was looking to replace my S-series sony mp3 player, which unfortunately had just packed in - to say I loved that machine may have been an understatement. My obvious first port of call was the new S-series Sony walkman, but they had removed many of the features which I had found appealing on the older model - the higher quality bundled earphones, had been replaced by speakers, and aesthetically it left quite a lot to be desired. As I was browsing other possible options, I came across the Samsung YP-R1.
I was able to buy the 8gb version for £60 - a gud £20-£30 cheaper than the equivalent Sony S-series, and significantly cheaper than its Ipod Nano rivals. So the question arises - what do you get for that money?
The R1 has a beautiful 2.7inch screen - signficantly larger than both its Sony and Apple rivals, and it displays both pictures and videos immaculately. The latter is particularly impressive due to the machine's ability to handle .avi files on the fly - I can simply drag and drop .avi videos into the video folder, and play them - no need for converting, and the quality is fantastic, despite the small size of the screen. It also offers a fantastic array of codec compatability - which, when discovered, was a pleasant surprise.
The main way Samsung has been able to make the screen so large is by making it a touch screen. Initially it is somewhat counter intuiative, but once you have got the hang of it, it is very easy - even though it makes a screen protector and the use of the hold button paramount. The volume controls are on the actual machine, which is very convenient when the player is in your pocket, and you simply wish to adjust the volume, without removing the product from your pocket - which it very easily slips into given its minimal depth.
Sound quality is brilliant, even with the bundled earphones - which have significant drivers, and are able to provide a very deep bass - impressive given that they are bundled. Samung has provided an equalizer, which also has, what I would argue, are a few novelty features, allowing you to imitate conditions within a cathedral etc.
Unlike the Apples, Samsung allow for music transfer to occur via several different formats, as well as drag and drop. I enjoy using Window's media player, although Samsung does provide its own proprietary platform - Emodio. Emodio also doubles up as a method for transferring firmware updates, and occasionally new games - which whilst not cutting edge, can be somewhat amusing. There is the option to create a maximum of 4 playlists on the machine, as well as importing several more from your PC - a nice touch, which is a bit friendlier than Sony's mood song selecter.
There are a few other novelty features, including Widgets - the sole purpose of which seem to be to put a smile on our faces, although a few could be conceived as being useful! The bluetooth is a nice addition, although its necessity may be questioned - I am yet to find a good quality pair of bluetooth headphones, but it is something I would like to explore. In a similar vein, there is the ability to display videos from the machine on TVs, via a TV-out cable, but I am yet to utilise this feature.
An FM Radio, with record facilities is also included - although it is sometimes difficult to get satisfactory reception. Whilst the machine doesn't have speakers, which is a slight shame, it is equiped with a microphone - which has proven to be useful!
The machine doubles up satisfactorily as a memory stick, as it can be connected to computers via its USB cable, which also charges it. A downside is that fact that rather than using a standard USB jack on the machine, Samsung opted for its own jack, meaning you must take care of the cable! Charging times are good, with a full charge taking me about 3 hours, and lasting well over a 28 hours if i am playing just music.
I was also impressed by the customer service of Samsung. After about 5 months, one of the earphones stopped working - I believed it to be a fault in the wire. A phone call, and two days later I had a brand new pair of earphones - fantastic service in my opinion.
My major issue with the player is its temperment! Occasionally, if finger strokes are made too fast, or sometimes if the machine just doesn't feel up to it, it will crash, and then it takes a good 30-60seconds for the R1 to reboot. Whilst this may only occur every few weeks, it is still a shame, and hopefully something that will be addressed in future firmware updates.
Overall, probably the best £60 I have spent (bought from TJ Hughes), and a fantastic inital spot by my mother!