Samsung YP-K5 (4GB) MP3 Player
With every man and their dog owning an MP3
player, developers really need to throw a curve ball into the market if
they are to get their share of the market and with the YP-K5 (4GB) MP3
Player, Samsung have really thrown a curve ball with not only a colour
screen but also FM radio and both MP3 and WMA file formats.
The first thing you will notice about the
YP-K5 is the sleek design that measures at an incredible size of 42 x 90
x 11mm which is definitely designed to give the iPod Nano a run for its
money. The screen size is also a whopping 1.7 inches and add in an FM
tuner and you have a really classy looking piece of equipment.
The menu system of the device which is
powered by touch sensitive controls is extremely user-friendly and
innovative. Match that with professional PC software and who really
needs iTunes which will definitely slow your system down.
also comes with an inbuilt screen saver which allows for animations, a
clock and even photos. The main music menu allows the user a plethora of
options such as artists and playlists to name a few of the options,
needless to say even the most technological challenged users will have
no difficulty in mastering the operating system.
Another impressive feature of the device
apart from its rather relative tiny size is that the device comes with
built-in speakers which is generally a rarity for MP3 players and I must
admit that the sound quality is rather impressive without it sounding
too tinny or forced. Once the speakers are out, the YP-K5 jumps into
landscape mode which is a clever little idea.
Apart from the in-built speakers, the YP-K5
comes with a pair of earbuds that is probably on par with the iPod stock
standard earbuds which is quality from start to finish.
The FM tuner worked quite well on the YP-K5
that picked up all FM stations from our beloved Triple J to a variety of
local FM stations. This is really a great addition that more companies
should use with their MP3 devices as sometimes you just want to listen
to the radio rather than your large myriad of music.
Another bonus feature of the YP-K5 is that
the device can also be used as an Alarm Clock that will pleasantly wake
the user with your own music. It should also be noted that the YP-K5
allows for around 30 hours of music playback or 6 hours if the
integrated speakers are used.
The only downside to the YP-K5 is that the
MP3 player does not support video which is a real shame but then again,
even on the iPod Nano, the screen is just a little too small to really
enjoy video playback so for those considering a toss up between the
YP-K5 and the iPod Nano, it definitely comes down to video versus FM
In conclusion, the Samsung YP-K5 is
definitely a great piece of hardware that comes with an exceptional
lithium ion battery (6 hours with the speakers or around 30 hours with
the earbuds) that is also incredibly small. My favourite aspect of the
device is the ability to use it as an FM radio and also the control
system on the device that is matched by an innovative animated menu
system. Definitely worth checking out!