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