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Samsung YP-P2 review

£129 inc VAT (4GB)

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Samsung's YP-P2 multimedia player looks like a slightly smaller and skinnier version of Apple's flagship MP3 player; and like the iPod touch, it provides a touchscreen for navigation.

Samsung's YP-P2 multimedia player looks like a slightly smaller and skinnier version of Apple's flagship MP3 player; and like the iPod touch, it provides a touchscreen for navigation.

Available in 4GB (£129 inc VAT) and 8GB (£149 inc VAT) flavours, the Samsung YP-P2 features a crisp and colourful 3in widescreen (480-by-272-pixel) display, which makes video viewing a pseudo-cinematic experience. Its abundant EQ settings and audio presets are ideal for people who love tweaking audio settings.

Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity lets you pair the Samsung YP-P2 with a set of Bluetooth headsets or speakers. Unfortunately, the player's FM radio doesn't support Bluetooth 2.0, so you can use Bluetooth only for digital audio and video playback.

We tested the Samsung YP-P2's wireless performance with Samsung's own portable BS300 Bluetooth speakers, and the device demonstrated good wireless range. Given a clear line of sight to the speakers, audio streamed without interruption from about 85ft away. Through a closed door, audio streamed uninterrupted from about 30ft away.

Although menu navigation is clean and intuitive, it took us a little while to get used to the Samsung YP-P2's touchscreen control. When you turn it on, the main screen displays three options: videos, music, and pictures.

But more menu options lurk below those; to see them, you must swipe your finger downward on the Samsung YP-P2's screen. Doing so brings up the Bluetooth menu, settings options, a file browser, an FM radio with 30 presets, and podcasts (which Samsung calls "datacasts").

File support is a bit limited. The Samsung YP-P2 works with WMV and MPEG-4 video, MP3 and WMA music files, and JPEG images. Digital video download/rental service support is restricted to CinemaNow and Vongo.

You can drag and drop files directly on to the Samsung YP-P2 or use the bundled Samsung Media Studio software to put music, movies, photos and datacasts on the device via the bundled USB cable.

To supplement its touchscreen, the Samsung YP-P2 has volume buttons (on the right side), a power button (on the left side), and a hold switch.

You'll definitely want to engage the hold switch while wiping off the screen because, otherwise, accidentally wiping the Samsung YP-P2 with your sleeve can trigger the player's customisable "horizontal swipe" function, resulting in skipped tracks.

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Samsung YP-P2 JC 8GB reviews verified by Reevoo

Samsung YP-P2 JC 8GBScores 9.2 out of 10 based on 26 reviews
4GB media player (8GB also available)
Lithium-Polymer battery type
manufacturers battery life (audio): 35 hours
(video): 5 hours
USB cable included
earphones included
supported digital audio standards: MP3, WMA
ID3 tags support
TFT LCD touchscreen, 480x272 pixels
supported image formats: JPEG
FM tuner
3.5mm headphone jack
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Samsung YP-P2's wide aspect ratio and superb screen support great viewing, while excellent audio quality and an abundance of equaliser options are major draws for serious sound buffs. It's a somewhat pricey option for anyone seeking a better overall experience than the iPod touch provides, along with integrated Bluetooth connectivity. The navigation, design, and touch-screen experience fall short of Apple's latest, though.

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