I get the feeling that my newly purchased Samsung P2 8GB MP3 player is defective. Something this new (not even 2 weeks old) shouldn’t be flaking out.
A few days ago, I turned on the player and was greeted by a completely garbled screen. No amount of touches or blind navigation through menus fixed it. I did a soft reset, using the power button. Upon reboot, the user interface looked fine again. I chalked it up to a one time thing. But perhaps I shouldn’t have.
I then started to notice that album art was being swapped – as in art for one album was appearing for another. I chalked that up to improper tagging or possibly a bad sync, but maybe it points to some form of memory/database corruption?
The deal-breaker occurred a couple hours ago. I was in the middle of switching songs when the touchscreen all of a sudden became non-responsive. The music was kept playing. No presses on the screen did anything. Attempting to reboot the device using the power button was also futile. None of the hardware keys registered. I had to resort to a hardware reset, using the little pinhole button on the back of the device. After the reset, the player was back to working order.
Regardless, this thing’s going back to Futureshop for a replacement. Luckily, I’m well within the 30 days that Futureshop covers, so it should be a quick 5 minute exchange. I haven’t heard anything about defective Samsung P2’s so I’m hoping mine’s the exception and not the rule. I really do like the device.