Samsung P2 review by A.A. Fussy
Samsung YP-P2 review by A.A. Fussy:
Price: $140 at Myer (http://myer.com.au)
Capacity: Tested model has 8GB
Samsung’s YP-P2 is a touchscreen media player offering a great feature set including music, video, FM radio, “Prime Pack”, datacasts, photos and Bluetooth.
Packaging and Design:
Like the YP-T10 that I reviewed previously, the P2 comes in a hard plastic box with a transparent front showing off the player and its headphones. This makes it great to give to someone as a gift.
Photos of the packaging and contents:
Inside you get a excellent set of accessories-these are:
For best results, I would highly recommend that you download Emodio from emodio.com instead of using the supplied Samsung Media Studio version on the disc.
The player is quite beautiful looking-mine is in black and has the following physical features:
Also comes with some great pre-loaded content-including a video designed by Samsung to showcase the highlights of the P2.
Here is a photo of the P2:
it has a intuitive menu system called the Emoture UI-which is easy to get around by using your fingers.
As it is a capacitive type screen, there is no need for stylus-it is very responsive to your actions.
Included are 3 preloaded themes:
Music playback is fast and easy to use.
The music playing screen is organized nicely-with direct access to music controls, DNSE and the pop-up playback menu.
The DNSE icon is replaced by a A-B repeat icon in later firmware releases.
You can select different visualizations-these are lively and add a nice aura to the experience.
Also via the pop-up menu-a interesting horizontal stroke feature for skipping through parts of song by a swiping gesture across the screen and DNSE access (with more recent firmware versions).
Music browser modes are:
Radio presetting and playing is good-and took only about 20 seconds to do and reception on the Gold Coast with the T10 (in my office) is excellent.
I liked the preset buttons when in the FM radio section-makes selecting preset stations quick and fuss-free.
There's a customizable EQ and Samsung's DNSE you can enable-more on that later.
Also:2 general sound effects are on offer :street mode and clarity.
The photos section has a very neatly laid out thumbnail view, with instant access to a slideshow via the touch screen controls.
Works quite similarly to the T10-but photos are displayed in a landscape orientation and can be easily be viewed with a swiping like gesture.
You can view photos in portiat or landscape orientations-there is a changeable setting for this.
SVI,WMV,MPEG4 is supported and video playback is very smooth in and in a landscape viewing style and three selectable DNSE presets-action, drama and normal.
Via a Samsung USB dock cable, takes a while to charge when you first use it, but quick after that.
Transfer speed is excellent.
MTP is supported out of the box for Windows users, and Linux or Mac users may want to install a a newer firmware for UMS from :
Samsung Media Studio is supplied: a all-in-one media player that can transfer playlists/songs to the YP-T10, also there is a podcast section called "datacasts" and is for Windows only.
Datacasts also can be played on the P2 using the Datacasts section.
Emodio is a replacement for SMS, and it's got a much nicer interface and feature set-I suggest using that for full functionality.
This has to be the most surprising feature:bluetooth.
At first it can be quite difficult to pair and connect-but it's worth the wait: it took me several tries to pair it with a Mac and a Vista PC, but got it working after a while.
Initially you could connect to a headphones, but later firmwares let you wirelessly send music or use the mic with a BT equipped cell phone.
Bluetooth has its own menu screen and works similarly to the T10
Works well-it's perfect for folder based music browsing and you can delete unwanted songs using this .
Prime Pack, firmware and games:
Samsung provides a nice set of applications called Prime pack which has a world clock, a alarm, calendar and a text viewer.
Multiple firmware updates have expanded the P2’s already rich feature set with new ones like:
Great sound-especially if DNSE is enabled.
Virtually distortion-free, with wonderful sound across all frequencies.
The supplied earphones:it's just nice sounding with lots of bass.
Settings menu is used to access the EQ with a 7 band EQ.
You can cycle through the DNSE presets when playing music by pressing on the DNSE icon in the music section.
Also:2 sound effects:street mode and clarity-you can enable this while playing songs
Like with the YP-T10, I was impressed with its intuitive touch controls and enjoyed using different GUI styles plus Bluetooth and iPod like touch screen is a highlight and I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a alternative to an iPod touch.
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Last edited by babya; 08-25-2009 at 08:34 AM.
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