Samsung YP-P2

The Samsung YP-P2 is a well-designed player and distinctly affordable for what it does. The only problem is that what it does just isn't as impressive as it could be.


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Samsung's new YP-P2 follows the South Korean manufacturer's excellent YP-T9, which scored 8.3 in our gruelling tests. Like the T9, the P2 comes equipped with stereo Bluetooth, video capabilities and a stylish design. However, it enters the market with Apple's iPod Touch and the innovative 3rd-generation iPod Nano -- tough competitors on all levels.

The YP-P2 comes in 4GB -- which we review here -- and 8GB capacities, costing AU$299 and AU$369 respectively. With these aggressive prices, not to mention Bluetooth, has the P2 got the guts to take on the dominant iPods and win?

Design
Admit it: the YP-P2 looks a lot like the iPod Touch. The P2's large 76mm (3-inch) touchscreen takes up almost all of the player's face. Below, there's a small circular function LED light. Unlike the touch however, physical volume controls sit on the right hand side of the device while play/pause and hold controls sit on the left. A proprietary USB socket lives at the bottom next to a 3.5mm headphone socket.

For a small flash-based player it's surprisingly weighty at 85 grams, but the result is a very solid-feeling device. It's still notably lighter than the touch which, with its massive glass screen, weighs a chunky 120 grams. Still, the P2 is a lovely player to hold. The only downside to the large glossy touchscreen is its ability to retain mucky fingerprints, which stick like glue.

The small microphone underneath the player currently doesn't have a function. Samsung told us a firmware upgrade in the future will add functionality that lets you answer calls through the P2 when it's paired with a compatible mobile phone.

Features The YP-P2 plays just MP3 and WMA -- protected and unprotected. There's no AAC, no lossless WMA and not even WAV support. It's not surprising then that there's no love shown for FLAC, the lossless format that costs nothing to implement in a player. The lack of AAC support means DRM-free songs from the iTunes Plus music store aren't compatible and audiobooks from Audible are also not supported.

MPEG-4 and WMV video is supported, as well as JPEG photos. A zoom control lets you zoom into images and sweeping gestures let you navigate the enlarged image. You can also choose to view you photos with a slideshow and use them as backdrops to the player's menus.

A gesture-based navigation system makes browsing the P2 quite refreshing. The main menu, for example, requires you 'stroke' the screen up and down in order to navigate through the stylishly animated menu. Similarly, when browsing a list of artists, fast scrolling is possible by 'throwing' the list in the direction you want to travel. It's similar to the same feature in the iPhone and iPod Touch, though the slightest delay makes the process less fluid on the P2.

Context menus give access to a bunch of useful options within the P2's various function screens. Although built-in stereo Bluetooth allows, say, joggers and gym fanatics to use wireless earphones, a jogger will have a hard time navigation menus blindly, thanks to the lack of physical navigational buttons.

Finally, a clock, text viewer and calender feature alongside an FM radio. The text viewer will display your .txt files and thankfully, it'll preserve formatting, so brief reading sessions aren't out of the question on the high-resolution screen.

Performance
Browsing the P2 is really easy and instantly comfortable, even if you're used to an iPod. After switching off the hideously irritating menu sound effects, we plunged into some music. Sound quality is generally pretty decent. First up for testing was Tarantula by Pendulum, a powerful drum 'n' bass track from the Australians. Pendulum's wonderfully distorted bass was as driven and heavy as it should be. Ambient sound effects in the background were clearly audible and free of any interference.

Glósóli by Sigur Rós, the dream-like track full of ethereal ambiance and regimented stomping, was reproduced wonderfully. Very few people will take issue with the P2's performance, other than the fact that it doesn't support lossless audio -- a big disappointment for anyone who likes to plug their players into a Hi-Fi.

Although viewing angles are quite poor, video playback is generally impressive on the 16:9-format screen. High-quality movies are bright, crisp and exceptionally smooth. None of our usual test library of video files would play, some of which use typical video podcast resolutions. Samsung's Media Studio software will convert clips, very slowly, to .SVI format, but the results aren't impressive.

Quite nice is the integration of RSS subscriptions. Although you need to use Samsung's functional, if clunky, media manager, you can subscribe to RSS feeds and have their content automatically downloaded to your machine. It's not as seamless as the podcast support in iTunes, but it's good enough.

If you're planning on using Bluetooth earphones, you'll be pleased to hear it's a simple process to set up. The P2 supports A2DP stereo Bluetooth, so sound quality through some decent wireless earphones will be top notch.

Conclusion
Despite trying to be the iPod Touch and failing somewhat, Samsung has produced a solid new player. It's stylish, easy to use and distinctly affordable. We were disappointed with the number of audio formats supported, and very sad not to see support for lossless audio. The P2's massive screen makes video the killer app. The only problem is that video playback can be a pain due to the restrictive number of formats and resolutions the player supports.

All in all, the YP-P2 is capable and affordable, but hindered by some annoying software restrictions. If you're looking for an affordable and great looking player, consider the P2. But if you want a polished and sophisticated video experience, you may want to shell a few more quid and plump for the model the P2 is so obviously styled after, the iPod Touch.



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Ange posted a comment   

Hey I am wondering if someone can help me. I have a CD player with a USB Dock but when I plug in I am unable to play music thru the player. Does anyone know if there is a way I can play the music on my Samsung P2 thru my car radio?

 

Eileen.o posted a comment   

The Good:cheap, efficient, all rounder

The Bad:limited applications, need to convert videos which take a long time and take up alot of space in the memory

I own one of these a 8gb it is just like a Ipod touch but in a lower standard. sometimes the touchscreen bothers me a bit and need to get used to but after that this system is very good and good for those looking for something cheap but the same as an ipod.

 

man posted a comment   

The Good:man

The Bad:man

shut up guys.

samsung is the best mp3 ever.

I bought ipod nano 8gb 2weeks ago

and it is **** up..

it came out only apple logo
**** ipod.

I don't know why I bought iPod.

Samsung is the best
**** iPod.

john
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john posted a review   

WORST MP3 PLAYER EVER.

brandons idea of a good mp3 player
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brandons idea of a good mp3 player posted a review   

The Good:the games are fun the sound is great (BLUETOOTH) how much better does it get

The Bad:Samsung Media Studio is not that great but all i use it for is to convert videos

wow i was going to get one for christmas but i found it and my mom went ahead and let me use it and i must say AMAZING ten times better then any ipod i've ever used i love the big screen and it fits in the palm of your hand it's not so bulky like the ipod touch. overall the best thing out there for the money go ahead and get one no need to read the reviews. love it love it love it

nazs_kiss
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nazs_kiss posted a review   

The Good:Quality of sound
very fluid movement with movies
easy to use.. didn't even need to read any instructions..
light, smaller than an ipod

The Bad:even my tiny fingers missed and hit the wrong thing, should be able to use a stylus
the software
should be a larger version for holding lots of movies and lots of songs..
no silicon cases and armbands available in Aus as yet.. (its so light im scared to drop it!!)

i love my new p2.. its clarity is nice.. but the earbuds are a little uncorfortable..
and as for the software.. i found it to make a great coaster.. i just drag and drop music files.. that way i don't have repeats/ previewed files or files from games going onto it.
its awesome.. but im wondering if i should have got the 8gb instead of the 4gb.. id like to have a few movies on there..

Keef
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Keef posted a review   

The Good:- Samsung updates their firmware so you can expect more features.
- Best sounding mp3 player I've ever heard, makes even generic computer sound cards sound like rubbish (even with foobar2000).
- Awesome battery life, lasts for a few days (not straight :P) usually of listening to music.
- It can read ebooks, play games, it's got a calender, calculator, world clock, alarm, it can voice/fm record... the list goes on.
- Bluetooth, I can change my ringtone, and receive calls on it whenever.

The Bad:- Samsung Media Studio/Emodio sucks but mencoder/ffmpeg can be used to convert video easily.
- MTP sucks but there is a hack floating around to change it to UMS.
- The USB cable is proprietary.
- It takes ages to charge, almost two hours.

Wonderful player. What Samsung needs to do now in my opinion is make a big brother for it with more space, like 60GB. Either way it's the closest you'll get to a perfect mp3 player even if the capacity is lacking.

maxh77
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maxh77 posted a review   

The Good:Great audio and video quality, huge widescreen display, small and light, impressive features. Bundled software isn't bad either.

The Bad:Hardly any! Not many audio / video formats supported, but conversion is easy.

Really great video and audio quality, small size and very good value for money. The bundled software (Emodio) is also pretty decent and similar in features to iTunes. Impressive quality and value for money.

Niko Belick
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Niko Belick posted a review   

The Good:-bluetooth 2.0 (wireless & file sharing!)
-DNSe 2.0 (Digital Natural Sound Engine)
-Touch Screen 3"
-sexy slim and compact design !

The Bad:-should be able to use a touch pen
-samsung media studio pops up and freezes the comp !

This is by far the best player on the market for touchscrren, its fast, super clear audio quality (DNSe 2.0) and with the new firmware upgrades the player just keeps getting better .

Kriwolf
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Kriwolf posted a review   

The Good:Easyto use touch interface, BLUETOOTH!!(Handsfree headset capable and filetransfer +stereo headset support)
widescreen and strange but fun games
and so compact

The Bad:yeh studio sux.. also lack of screen protectors and cases etc.. but that may be because its new..

Wha?? why only 7.7?? its better than the archos, it stuggles to connect to my router which is right next to it and the battery sux not to mention beign chunky and fragile... the P2 is way better


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  • Ange

    Ange

    "Hey I am wondering if someone can help me. I have a CD player with a USB Dock but when I plug in I am unable to play music thru the player. Does anyone know if there is a way I can play the music o..."

  • Eileen.o

    Eileen.o

    "I own one of these a 8gb it is just like a Ipod touch but in a lower standard. sometimes the touchscreen bothers me a bit and need to get used to but after that this system is very good and good fo..."

  • man

    man

    "shut up guys.

    samsung is the best mp3 ever.

    I bought ipod nano 8gb 2weeks ago

    and it is **** up..

    it came out only apple logo
    **** ..."

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