Samsung YP-T7

Samsung's YP-T7 is a tiny flash-based MP3 player, which isn't as cheap as an iPod Shuffle, but it features a voice recorder, in-line recording, an FM radio and a 65K-colour screen that can display JPEG photos.


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Upside: Samsung packs a lot of features into this ultracompact flash player, including an alarm clock, a voice recorder, line-in recording, and an FM tuner. Most notably though, the YP-T7 has a 65,000-colour screen that can display JPEG photos, album art, an equalizer and song information. The matchbox-sized player measures only 37 x 15 x 63mm and tips the scales at a light 36 grams.

Like SanDisk's Sansa E100 series, different coloured models represent different capacities on the YP-T7. It comes in three different models, blue, black and silver, which correspond to 256MB, 512MB and 1GB of storage space, respectively.

Supported music formats are MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG and ASF and unlike Apple's budget iPod Shuffle flash player, which has no display, the Samsung YP-T7 sports a text viewer. An interesting feature is that it allows you to schedule recordings FM radio, which it then stores as MP3 or WAV files.

Accessories bundled with the YP-T7 include a neck chain, headphones, CD, carry case, USB cable, direct connect USB adaptor, line in cable and charger.

Downside: The YP-T7's 65K-colour screen is going to draw a lot of power from the internal battery, which might mean more frequent recharging. However, the Korean manufacturer claims the battery lasts up to 10 hours - we'd be interested to see how long this means in real world situations, though. Without any room for expansion cards, users wanting to add more memory as their digital music collection grows will need to purchase a higher capacity player.

Outlook: The recommended retail price for the YP-T7 starts at AU$229 for the 256MB model. The 512MB and 1GB versions have an RRP of AU$279 and AU$329, respectively. With the advances in flash memory, Samsung is hoping to have 2GB and 4GB solid state players on the market by the end of 2005.

Another colour-screen flash player, the YP-T7F, is expected to be released locally in August, 2005. Samsung claims the TF7 will play DivX files on its screen and allow direct DivX encoding from sources such as a DVD player, provided it is not copy-protected content.



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tuti posted a review   

I love it! its just a shame the battery life disappears after a movie ...probably not designed for it, but perfect for sneaking it into class!!!

 

hii posted a reply   

how can i put music into it

alternate
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"Mostly delighted, some annoyances"

alternate posted a review   

Been using for 4 weeks; first time used an mp3 player and am very pleased with this product.

POSITIVES
Extensive range of accessories described elsewhere, 2 usb connectors (cable and double-ended plug)very handy.
Lithium-polymer battery (next generation development of li-ion)lasts around 10 hours and takes 2 hours to charge with included transformer. The player clearly shows state of battery during charge and when finished, as well as during play.

The ability to record direct from inbuilt FM radio or from an external source's headphone output 'on-the-fly' mp3 files is fantastic! (Admittedly there is the limitation of signal-to-noise hiss by this method but it is still a great option).

This player can be used as a usb flash drive for file transport....why pay $150 for a gigabyte usb memory when you can have the Samsung unit for an extra $50-100?

NEGATIVES
Won't play WMA files recorded by ME Windows Media Player.
Easily accidently turned on if 'lock' switch isn't activated.

Menu operation is awkward at times but I'm learning its logic.

Inbuilt voice recorder is fine for voice but distorts with live music.

Anonymous
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"lots of features- great value!"

Anonymous posted a review   

I bought my yp-t7 a couple of days ago and so far i think it's great. yes, it is a bit pricey compared to other flash mp3 players with similar storage sizes (although i got mine on sale anyway), but i think the many features more than make up for this, especially line-in record which basically lets you record from anything with a headphone jack.

Included with the player is a set of headphones, a belt-clip case, a neck-chain, a line-in cable and 2 USB cables (1 short & 1 long) so you can make the most of its features without having to worry about buying extra cords etc.

Also, to address another one of the criticisms below, the joystick is very easy to use once you're used to it (I even use it while jogging).

 

"lovely design - rotten controls"

Anonymous posted a comment   

I owned one VERY briefly (my husband bought it as a birthday present) but I took it back to the shop. What looks like the control panel is just decoration and operating the menus from the 'joystick' in the middle is just about impossible (and my 17 year old son had problems so it's not just my old fingers. If you enjoyed crystal sets, you'll love this.

Anonymous
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"Gotta love it ;)"

Anonymous posted a review   

Mr_typeR
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"Best in it's Class!!"

Mr_typeR posted a review   

I just bought my YP-T7Z a week ago and i've got to say it's the best flash mp3 player i've ever used. I also have apple shuffle, and it's nothin compared to this beauty. The only down side is the price...it's kind of pricey but it's all worth it. Other then that it's PERFECT, couldn't ask for anything better.

NICK GREETHAM
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"IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

NICK GREETHAM posted a review   

THIS IS 1 OF THE BEST MP3 PLAYERS EVER,I MEAN IT HAS COLOUR SCREEN AND DIFFERENT MEDIA FORMATS.............................................................................................................

Cristian DAvila
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"Great Player!!"

Cristian DAvila posted a review   

This is Media player, not an MP3 player, beacuse it plays more than just MP3s it Plays WMA, Secure WMA, OGG, ans to top it of JPEG. All the features are great, specialy the recordin function. With recording bit rates of up to 192. The only bad thing is the necklace hole. This often rattles, not a problem when listening to music, as it is very loud, but when recording this can add uneeded background noise. Overall this is the "MP3" player of my dreams.




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  • tuti

    tuti

    Rating8

    "I love it! its just a shame the battery life disappears after a movie ...probably not designed for it, but perfect for sneaking it into class!!!"

  • alternate

    alternate

    Rating1

    "Been using for 4 weeks; first time used an mp3 player and am very pleased with this product.

    POSITIVES
    Extensive range of accessories described elsewhere, 2 usb connectors (ca..."

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

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    "I bought my yp-t7 a couple of days ago and so far i think it's great. yes, it is a bit pricey compared to other flash mp3 players with similar storage sizes (although i got mine on sale anyway), bu..."

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