Samsung YP-P2 8GB MP3 Player Review

User Interface

By default, the menu interface is set to ‘Cosmos’, which forces the user to immediately operate the device using finger gestures. This menu system portrays a starry cosmos with icons that allow the user to access the various functions of the device. To navigate the menu, the user needs to swipe up or down to find the option they want – the ‘Cosmos’ whips by in a 3D-like transition, that presents the feeling of ‘flying’ through the menu options. In my opinion, setting this as the default menu system wasn’t a good idea on Samsung’s part. Without any prior knowledge of the touchscreen operation, it’s very difficult for a new user to discover how to move through the menu. When I first used the device, I had severe difficulty getting my finger swipes to register as I intended, instead of accidentally selecting the menu icons. In addition, I was not impressed with the usability of the menu system, so quickly switched it to the much more utilitarian 4×3 matrix of menu icons.

Samsung P2 Cosmos menu
Samsung P2 Grid menu

The interface is a very attractive and operates without any performance issues. Transitions between screens are fluid and quick. There is no delay in scrolling or movement between menus. Switching songs is also near-instantaneous. Browsing through photos can slow down a bit if images are skipped through quickly before the buffer can prefetch the next photo.

Photos and Videos

Photos are displayed initially as a grid of thumbnails, which activating will enlarge to full screen. Flipping through the images can be accomplished by horizontal finger swipes or the left and right buttons of the interface. Pressing and holding anywhere on the image will bring up the rest of the menu options, including starting a slideshow or zooming in. Music will continue to play in the background.

Samsung P2

Videos play in landscape orientation so you’ll want to turn the device. Like the image viewer, pressing and holding will bring up more options, including a navigation bar that is used to navigate within a clip. Horizontal swipes can also be used for navigation.

Samsung P2

A little stand is provided so you can view videos without holding the device. It unfolds and you just prop the player on the stand. It holds quite sturdily.

Samsung P2

Music

The most used feature of the player will be music for most and Samsung provides a couple different ways to navigate your music collection. Music can be transferred to the device through drag-and-drop right in Windows Explorer or automatically through a program such as Windows Media Player or Samsung Media Studio. In either case, a library index will be generated, which sorts the music by Artists, Albums or Genre. In addition, Playlists can be created on the device. Finally, there is a Music Browser that displays all the music in a folder view. If you’d prefer to manage how your music is stored on the device, the Music Browser will be very useful for navigating.

Samsung P2

Each screen can display up to 8 items, be it artists, album names or songs. In album view, each album is accompanied by a small thumbnail of the album art, if it’s available.

Samsung P2 music navigation

Now Playing

The Now Playing music interface is divided into three parts. At the top, the name of the song is displayed and below that is an area that displays your choice of album art, album information, or visualizations. Finally, the navigation buttons are at the bottom, which includes previous, play/pause, and next buttons. The progress bar can be used to access specific parts of the song that is currently playing. Horizontal swipes across the album art area also navigates according to a user setting, which can be anything from skip 5 seconds to an entire file. A vertical swipe along the right-hand side of the album art area adjusts the volume.

Samsung P2

There’s not a whole lot outside of icons and fonts separating the user interfaces of most MP3 players today (although the iPod Touch’s implementation of Cover Flow is extremely slick), so Samsung can’t be faulted for what they’ve done, but also can’t be praised for pushing any boundaries. The touchscreen interface does make interacting with the device a bit more natural, but the obvious competitor, the iPod Touch is still a bit out of its user-interface reach.

COMMENTS

25 Replies to “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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