I have the pink version of this MP3 player and I think it is just perfect. It is slim and light weight which is perfect for people on the go. When you receive the Mp3 player, there should be ear phones, USB cable and software needed to install to PC. The ear phones provided are just the basic standard, although there is still a good sound from them, you may want to buy a higher quality earphones. You can purchase the player in three colours, black, silver and pink. I choose the pink version but they all look good.
The screen is bright and colourful, which makes it very easy to see and allows you to look quicker through the menu. There are already wallpapers on the player, but you can also add your own pictures and use these as your wallpaper which lets you add a personal touch. There is also a slide show option, which will display all of your pictures in a slide show.
The buttons are both touch and press. The outer square is press and the inner is touch. you can connect the player to your pc with the USB cable which is provided, this can be used to transfer music, and pics and it also charges the mp3 player. There is a little battery icon at the top of the screen, this will turn green when it is fully charged. The player holds 1gb of music, which I find is more then enough for me, it should hold around 250 songs. There is also a lock at the top of the player which is helpful if you are listening to music when it is in your pocket, the lock will ensure no buttons are accidentally pressed.
To view you photos you just have to press on the menu and then photos, This will allow you to see all the photos you have on the player, the photos will come up as thumbnails but once you click on them they will enlarge and you also be able to zoom into the picture if you want to.
The settings menu will allow you to personalise the MP3, you change your wallpaper, background pictures and also the language, you can choose from English, French, German, Italian and Chinese.
I feel the battery life of the mp3 isn't that great, i am an average user, but it will depend on how often you use it. The only thing is when the battery is gone, the battery icon will go red and it will then die, I feel that it would be better if you were given more warning time, if you are out and about it will just switch off.
I think this is a great little MP3 player and I would recommend it. It is great looking and does the same that more expensive mp3 players do. It is extremely easy to use and very reliable.
This music player is very easy to use and works simply with your computer.
Navigating the menus and working out how to create playlists is straight forward and intuitive.
Changing track and volume selection are simple to adjust on the move.
The sound quality is good but the head phones don't reduce background noise and can be pulled out of your ears as there is no clip on the wire so that it drags on your clothing as you walk.
Battery life is poor and it takes forever to charge.
After a few years the battery fails so that it runs out within minutes of charging and this is when you will need a replacement player: both mine and my brothers lasted about two and a half years but most people probably upgrade to a newer model inside of that time anyway.
Apart from this it is robust: my old one has been dropped and pulled around by the cable but there is no damage, even the screen remained unscratched.
Now I have never been one to conform, and getting into the media hype about the latest and greatest I-Pod always left me on the verge of tears. My mum has one, my sister has one and so does my partner - granted they are all different types but they all bear the apple logo. Every time they have one out, within seconds there is something better, an upgrade, 500 accessories (of course in 12 different colours) and before long I found my head exploding. Therefore when I finally decided to get my own MP3 player (humming tunes during an hour long bus journey 5 times a week created several funny looks) I stuck with a name I loved and trusted. I have been getting Samsung phones for 7 years now. They are so easy to use and I was hoping the MP3 would be the same. I wasn't disappointed
What you get
You can purchase this particular model in three colours: Silver, black and pink. All of the colours are good, now you may think that sounds silly but some of you must have seen it when they get pink wrong on one of those small MP3's - Yes that's right, the one that looks like a tampax. Well Samsung hit the mark on this one and it is girly but just right.
The MP3 itself is very small and sleek. It weighs a tiny 56g which can be a pain (queue video of me panicking that I have lost it to only find it seconds later in my back pocket) but then on the same note I'm glad it's not a brick. Its width is 4.2cm, Height 9cm and Depth 1.1cm. So as you can imagine it could quite easily slip into a small pocket or a purse. Perfect for if you want some music to get you started before you go clubbing. This could also be a plus if you don't like advertising that you are carrying something of value on you (of course hiding your headphones under your hair/hat). I was mugged once in London because my old MP3 was easily visible. My mum blames that I was wearing jeans tight enough to cut of my circulation, I blame that it was so big it added an extra size to my jeans. Either way, its gone now and I'm happy knowing that my new one doesn't have its own entry song and stage lights saying "I AM HERE-STEALLLLLLLL ME".
The main thing I loved was the screen. A diagonal size of 1.8inchs, the little LCD colours screen light up in your face. It is bright and clear (Resolution 128 x 160). Very easy to read and provides a smooth guild through the menus.
The buttons are both touch and press. Below the screen lines a small black box with an outlined button all the way around it in silver. The outside box is a push button. Top: Go back one
Left: Skip back one, rewind
Right: Skip forward one, fast forward
Bottom: Power, play, pause
The inside box is both. Up and down is how you scroll though the menus and this is a touch button system. To 'accept' an action you need to press firmly into the centre of the square (where 9 small dots lay). You will then enter what you wish.
There is also one long button on the left side of the device enabling you to turn the volume up or down. (Note: Please do not put your MP3 on so loud I can hear your fascination with the spice girls. Just. Don't. Do. It.)
You also get a USB so that you can connect your MP3 to the computer, add music and charge it. It is also possible to get a charger that links directly into the wall but that would be a separate purchase.
The headphones are very basic (Inset onto top left of device). One for each ear and I found that I hated them very quickly as even with extra added ear wax they just kept escaping. However the cord is quite long which was nice instead of having to hunch down for the first 3 days I struggled with them.
The other two things are your manual (self explanatory) and a software disk with a driver on it. Now I had some serious problems with this as I have used both mine and my friend's disc but neither of them will work. We contacted Samsung and they promised to send some more still waiting.
I think the main problem people encounter with this particular MP3 is the lack of space. You only get 1GB. As an average song is approximately 4mb which means you will get about 256 songs. For me this is more than enough as I constantly change my songs. However some people prefer to have a huge selection of music ranging from artist to genre. In this case, the Samsung would not be suitable for you.
The Samsung is pretty basic, it does two things. Plays music and can show of your photos. The main menu has 6 titles which break down into smaller groups getting you exactly what you want:
Music - This then spins off to what you want. You can pick from play lists, artists, albums, genres, composers, shuffle, all songs and browse files. After picking which one takes your fancy you can then start to roll though your titles of music. To be honest, there is no need to have so many menus as they all lead into the same blooming place but I guess the variety is nice.
Pictures (JPEG Photos) - This goes into a menu of your photo album names. Simply pick the album of choice and you will see the photos for that selection. On the screen, 12 thumb clips will show at once but if you click onto one photo it will enlarge and you also have the ability to zoom in X4 - even though why you would want to I don't know (Maybe spot a pimple?!?)
Play lists - Now this is what gets my goat. When you think play lists, you think a little monster of music you have created. But NOOOOOOO, they have to play it their way. You have to pick from 'play lists' including recently added, stars rated, played the most, played in past 24hours and rated 4 and above stars. Very annoying, this is the one thing that I really dislike about the Samsung.
Shuffle All - Simple, you press play and it shuffles every single song you own and plays them at its sick little discretion (which meant in my case the fray followed by the Mickey Mouse club song OK)
Settings - This enables you to personalise your MP3. You can pick your favourite photo as a back ground picture, timer and sleep (up to 60min), select from several languages (Including English, French, German, Chinese and Italian - despite the box saying it only hosts 4), change the time and date, set your albums to repeat, backlight timer, change audio and if you wish watch a slide show of all your photos (which yes can be done whilst listening to music)
Now playing - Simply takes you back to the current playing song, so if you have been messing with the menus, looking at songs etc then you can find your way back easy.
Getting music onto it
Now this is where I found things difficult. I quickly found out two things, the software disc that comes with it is useless and I couldn't use my sisters' I-pod loader (expected to be honest). I ended up using my windows media player and using the sync section. This is mainly easy to use but the main problem is if you forget to put information in for all the different parts of each song like artist, album, genre etc then you soon find when you turn on the MP3 that your song is in several different places.
Apart form that it's a piece of cake. Copy your songs from a disc or purchase them online then transfer them onto the MP3 (remembering to do this all legally of course).
The Samsung boasts a 35 hour battery life which in my opinion is a total lie. I use it on the bus ever day for 2 hours (Longgggg journey to work and back), my sister uses too to play with photos and within a week I need to recharge it. Now this could be for many reasons, I like to go through my menus, I can't listen to a whole song, I look at my photos at the same time etc etc. But there is a dramatic fall from 35 hours to around 20 which wouldn't be annoying if they said that its only 20 - but they don't.
The second problem I have is the Samsungs need to fool you. One min you have half a battery and the next you still have 30 min of a journey and the battery is doing that scary red, flashing thing. NOOOOOOOOOO :( I would prefer it that I had a fair amount of warning so I could charge it the night before.
The main issue I have with my Samsung is that on occasion it turns on, displays its logo and then freezes. It will only switch off two ways, you connect it to your laptop or its battery runs out. Now I only turn mine on once I get on the bus and if it freezes I am stuffed all day. And to be frank, it's rather annoying. It is a rare thing but even so, very inconvenient.
Apart from that it is brilliant. Its made out of Aluminium and has a great finish meaning that if you have the silver version, it is hard to come by a scratch (black and pink, paint can come off but still difficult). It's so small I have on many occasions put my sister butt weight on it but the monster still battles on.
The sound quality is fantastic too and if you get decent headphones you can lose yourself in your little world of music.
I love my little Samsung, she is my precious baby. Apart from having the occasional hissy fit she never lets me down. I can easily carry my music around and even watch my slide show which is always cool when you are in a memories mood whilst in weird places. The main let down for a lot of people would be the lack of space but it is something that has never bothered me and wouldn't other people if they also change their music on a regular basis. Not to mention that Samsung has a good 2 year warranty and when my friends broke she had a brand new one, delivery charges paid back and a lovely letter to say sorry for the inconvenience.
Average Price: £69
Colours: Black, Silver, Pink (Limited Edition)
Built in Display: LCD Colour
Resolution: 128 x 160
Diagonal Size: 1.8
Battery: lithium polymer - Rechargeable
Battery Life: 'officially' 35 hours. Really 20
Consumers are choosing digital music subscription services and Samsung supports this trend with the first 1GB flash player to offer subscription capabilities. With its 1.8" quality LCD screen, a slim, durable body and extended battery life, the YP-Z5 stands above the competition.