Did It Replace My iPod?
And in the end, that’s really the main question. I went searching for a replacement for my 5th generation iPod and after much deliberation, I settled for the Samsung YP-P2 8GB. It has indeed replaced my iPod and I’m finding I’m using the player far more, both of which were goals I had set out. There are several reasons why I’ve been very happy with my purchase of the P2, but there are also a couple things that would have made it even better.
It’s smaller, it’s lighter and it’s something new from my iPod. It’s also far less prone to scratches, so I don’t feel like I need to baby it. The touchscreen is very slick and I prefer it to the tactile navigation of my other MP3 players. All these factors combined means I’m using it more and carrying it with me when I previously wouldn’t have brought my iPod.
The large touchscreen is a trade-off. One benefit of moving to NAND flash is the decrease in size compared to the 1.8″ or 1″ mini hard drives that dominated MP3 players in the past. The Samsung P2 is not the small flash MP3 player you take jogging. Case-in-point, I still use an old MPIO FL350 when I go to the gym – it’s far less intrusive. And although the Samsung P2 is marketed as a multimedia device, the slow refresh rate and poor viewing angles of the display really means you won’t want to watch too many videos.
All in all, the Samsung YP-P2 8GB is a great MP3 player. With what I have experienced with the player, if I had to pick a replacement for my iPod again, I’d choose the Samsung P2.
- Great industrial design
- Touchscreen usability
- Nice large display
- Good battery life (albeit, not up to Samsung’s advertised)
- Awesome sound quality
- Intuitive user interface
- Bluetooth potential
- Blue Wave firmware enhancements
- Poor viewing angles
- Slow display refresh rate
- Larger than the typical flash MP3 player
- Lacking video format support
- Inevitable comparisons to the iPod touch, in which case, it’s lacking Wi-fi and the super-slick UI
Here are a couple more Samsung P2 photos for your viewing enjoyment.