Commuting, running, cooking, cleaning. Whatever I do, I love listening to music. Before my iPhone came along I relied on mp3 players which I carried as an addition to whichever phone I had at the time. The Samsung YP-S2QW (pebble) jumped off the page in Argos at me one cold winters day when I'd had enough of listening to people coughing and spluttering and kids shouting on the bus to and from work. I chose the purple-pink version (anyone who knows me won't be surprised at this) and couldn't wait to get it home. When I had finally got into the plastic outer packaging and into the inner box I pulled out the dinky plastic pebble. Small enough to sit in the palm of my hand at least twice over, I fell in love with it. A smooth rounded front surface with a light at the bottom and headphone socket at the top and all of the buttons in a neat circular arrangement on the back it was convenient, lightweight and aesthetically very pleasing. There are 6 buttons in total on this mp3 player - 2 volume controls, 2 track selection controls, the central play/pause button and then a little tab on the outside of the circular arrangement which allows you to select the play order of the tracks (random, list order) Don't press it for too long as on my model it also acts as a reset button. The mp3 player comes with basic headphones, a usb adapter and installation disc. I didn't use the headphones as I can only use in ear models and these are quite basic. The installation disc was handy but I didn't really use it as I dragged music straight from windows media player - for anyone who doesn't use media player I suppose the samsung media player is a handy feature. The usb connection works best at 2.0 for optimal charging and when fully charged this little mp3 can give you 13 hours worth of battery time. Small and mighty long lasting, who needs the duracell bunny?? Unlike some mp3 players with a specific charging slot, this is charged through the headphone socket for space saving purposes. Remember that small light I mentioned? Well it serves a couple of functions. It flashes and changes colour depending on what it's doing. Red means you need to charge it and you probably have about an hour when it first comes on, green indicates you're in random mode and blue is the standard playing colour. When changing betwenn the play options, the light flashes to show that the mode has changed. The only downside to this type of mp3 player is the lack of display means that unless you have memorised your entire playlist, you can't see whats playing next. This model isn't as widely available as it used to be. I bought mine from Argos and at the time paid £30 for it. Amazon currently don't know when it will be back in stock and after a quick search, if you're buying one of these it will more than likely be on ebay. I for one won't be getting rid of this little pebble. Should the day come when my iPhone isn't working, I know what I'll be using.
I have purchased the Samsung Pebble from Best Buy while in USA. The price for it was extremely low, only $30.00, plus I had $25.00 in the reward zone dollars so I was ecstatic. To be honest, I first chose it based on its looks. The white there are a few different colours, I chose the white one as it actually looks like a marble stone. I believe I saw some black ones that also had a marble effect. It is the size of an average rock, but much lighter and shinier! The pack came with the MP3 player, earphones, USB adapter and an installation CD. The Samsung Pebble is a pretty basic music player. Pretty much it has the Play, Pause, Playback, Volume and on and off buttons. I have found that my pebble mostly shuffles songs, however it doesn't always do it. The one I have bought is 1GB and that is plenty of space for me, as I am a bit ADD with music anyway so I change my playlists frequently! It imports music from a laptop/pc via the USB adapter which also serves as a charger. So you can get your music sorted on the player and charge it the same time. My Samsung Pebble also came with this tiny clip so that you can clip it onto your clothes. And it doesn't look intrusive at all when you do! So that was another big plus. I will be honest I am not the nicest person to my pebble. The poor thing has been dropped, kicked, thrown at hubby's head and it still soldiers on. The side with the controls has a rubbery sort of feel and has darkened in color slightly (after more than a year) however the other side is scratch free and shiny as ever. I have initially bought this because it was a 'cutesy' little player and haven't expected much from it but I am extremely happy with it!