Samsung YP-P2 8GB MP3 Player Review

Introduction

I set out over a month ago to find an MP3 player that could replace my 5G iPod Video. It was rarely used, sitting on my desk gathering dust. It was too bulky and fragile. Apple produced a fantastic looking device, but that ‘feature’ made me afraid to use it. The iconic iPod was also starting to lose its luster in my eyes (and according to Apple’s latest earnings report, perhaps in other peoples’ eyes as well, iPod sales growth is slowing, with replacement sales being the main driver). I wanted something smaller, lighter and required less babying. Truth be told, part of me just wanted a new gadget to play with. I ended up buying the Samsung YP-P2, a touchscreen, NAND flash media player. I’ve already described my reasoning behind selecting the device as the replacement MP3 player in earlier posts.

After extensive use for a couple months, I’m ready to write the review.

Samsung

To start things off, here are some specifications of the P2 8GB MP3 player, courtesy of Samsung.

Samsung P2 Specifications
Samsung P2 Dimensions

At present, the highest capacity offered is 8GB and with no expandable memory, that’s as far as you can go, for now. If the plan is to use it as a video player, 8GB may get chewed up awfully quickly. Do keep that in mind.

Unboxing and packaging

I can’t comprehend why companies still insist on putting their products inside these sealed plastic packages. Not only is it not attractive, it also necessitates numerous self-inflicted hand wounds when forcing open the package.

Samsung P2 packaging

Unfortunately for Samsung, even once the buyer is past the dreaded plastic, the unboxing experience is still decidedly mediocre. Since the player is fully visible through the plastic packaging, there isn’t much in the way of anticipation. You merely have to get through the multiple layers, all the while looking at the gadget. A plastic box opens up and you’re greeted with the colorful backdrop to the player and the earphones. Depending on your taste, you may like the colorful and visually stimulating design – I tend to prefer a more muted or conservative approach.

Samsung P2 box

After digging out the top half of the contents, which holds the earbuds and the MP3 player itself, you’ll see the driver and software CD, quick start guide, a USB cable for charging and file transfer, a little stand, earbud covers, and a warranty information card. Nothing really out of the ordinary, although some will bemoan the lack of a wall charger. However, if you have a Samsung cell phone, you can use its charger – cross-computability is a wonderful thing.

Samsung P2 contents

Some Samsung P2’s shipped with a companion clear plastic case in the United States. Unfortunately, Futureshop did not have this case nor did it have any other case for the player at all. While it doesn’t seem as scratch-prone as the 5G iPod it’s replacing, I’d feel much more comfortable with some form of protective casing.

25 thoughts on “Samsung YP-P2 8GB MP3 Player Review”

  1. Great review, as always. I’m thinking of picking up a new MP3 player when I’m visiting Rushan for his ordination later this year, and I’ll definitely check this out (possibly the 4GB as I don’t watch videos and I always have trouble filling more than 2GB).

    What other ones were you considering?

  2. I wrote about a bunch of different MP3 players and what I (quickly) thought of them when I was deciding. You can read it here.

    I’d take a hard look at the Samsung T10 if I were you.

  3. I’m going to say that iPod sales growth is slowing (but not down year-to-year) mainly because everyone already seems to own one. It’s almost like a disease now that everyone has.

  4. Then why aren’t we (as good capitalist consumers) buying second, third, fourth or twentieth ipods? You’re not saying that people can have enough stuff….are you Rene?

  5. Because unless it breaks most people don’t go around buying a new iPod every week for kicks. Being capitalist consumers doesn’t always equate to frivolous spending. If you already own one, and its not broken, then why get another? It’s like anything, TVs, cars, steroes. If the newest technology isn’t miles better than what you have, why spend the money?

  6. Rene, I agree with you. The same thought actually hit me when I looked around my study period, and everyone listening to music was listening to it on an Ipod. And there were a lot of people listening to music. With the prices on the simpler models so low, I think most people who would ever buy them have already done so. And I think Nick was joking. Or being sarcastically cynical.

    The T10 actually seems like the right player for me. Let’s hope my problems with Samsung (see YP-Z5) won’t continue with this. Forgive my ignorance, but what does bluetooth in an MP3 player do?

  7. Ah, but Rene, I think you’d be surprised at just how many people have multiple iPods – they have a 4th gen, but hey, that iPod touch is awfully cool. I’m sure my comment will be accused of being stereotypical, and it is, but Apple fans can get especially caught up in the hype. A broken iPod is hardly the most common reason for upgrading. Just for the sake of it and keeping ‘with the trend/times’ are often just as good reasons in their minds (and sometimes, shamefully, in my mind as well).

    Will – Samsung’s players have progressed a hell of a long way since then. I remember fiddling around with that Z5 and it sure was frustrating. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a Sammy nowadays.

    As for Bluetooth, the most common use is probably Bluetooth headphones (ah, the wonders of wireless) but a cool feature of some of the new Samsungs is the cellphone pairing capabilities. I’m actually writing something about it, but in short, you pair it with your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone and you can make and take calls with your MP3 player. You’ll be listening to music and it’ll fade out and indicate an incoming call. No need to take off the headphones and swap devices.

    I don’t foresee myself using it much, but it could be useful if you have earbuds stuffed in your head all day…

  8. Excellent review, particularly the information regarding video formats and the Badak converting freeware. If you have details of the settings used in Badak to convert to a working format it would help.

  9. I have a problem connecting my samsung p2 with the computer,I have windows xp sp.2 but when i connect it,nothing shows on,even there is no like a new hard drive??

  10. Veljko – Check the player when you connect it to your computer. Does it show that it’s connected or does it not recognize that fact at all? Windows XP should have automatically installed the mass transfer drivers for you.

  11. I can’t understand all the hype about IPOD. I’ve got Sansa Clip mp3 player and it beats IPOD shuffle in terms of cost and quality. I think there’s a lot of alternatives available like this samsung player you’ve got reviewed. Great review anyway!

  12. i got one and i loved it
    its the best thing i have ever bought i think
    then one day i go to use it and i have no screen
    its just black but i still got music playing
    is there anything i can do about it?
    i have tried reseting it a number of times and still wont work?
    does anyone no what to do?

  13. yeah pretty nice gadget..pushes the competition..sad that samsung sort of doesn’t make it clear that the bluetooth feature wont work with the FM radio..the earbud wire is needed for an antenna..That info would not of stopped my from buying the one I bought,,that said, I think its a bit of a call for buyer to beware..still..nice gizmo though..all the same..I suppose

  14. Right now in Canada, the mp3 is selling for $99.00CA – should I get it, or save my money for other new technology? Because it sounds great and everything, but it does have some bugs I may not be able to be patient about (I have the T10, and sometimes its so sensitive i end up restarting the song than going to the next one).
    Please answer back!

  15. Hey uh I have a problem. Mine doesn’t seem to be charging at all. Whenever I connect it to try to charge it it only takes about 7 minutes for it to show the green light; but whenever I disconnect it, the bars are not full D: plus when I’m listening to music it turns off by itself and says “turns off due to low battery life” in red letters

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