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Samsung Yepp YP-P3JCB 8GB Portable Media / MP3 Player Review

Samsung Yepp YP-P3JCB 8GB Portable Media / MP3 Player Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Electronics giant Samsung has just introduced a new 8GB touch screen sensitive video MP3 player called the Samsung YP-P3. As you might expect, it's practically bursting at the seams with features, chief amongst these being a large, bright 3-inch colour LED display that has a swanky new touch screen interface, the kind popularized by a certain competitor's iProduct.
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Filed under: MP3 Players Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Aug 18 2009   A. Edmond  
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Touch Screen Haptic Interface

Navigating though the menus and media on the Samsung YP-P3 is done through the touch screen interface. The YP-P3 can be configured to vibrate when buttons are pressed to signify input, but in our testing we preferred to disable this and save on battery life.

If you've ever used an iPod touch or any number of touch-based smart phones like the iPhone or T-Mobile G1 you'll be familiar with it. It only take a few basic swipes to find any item on the menu.

Some of the menus (especially the media browsers) can be navigated several sub-menus deep, but it's always possible to escape back to the root menu by tapping the top of the screen and clicking on the home icon.

For the most part this interface is pretty responsive, but at times it can be difficult to select a specific song out of a list, or skip to a certain point in a video. The touch screen simply doesn't allow for that fine control over the interface, and trying to select a song on the touch interface while moving (or standing on a moving train or riding a bus that's on a bumpy road) can make it difficult to tap exactly where you need to.

One particularly annoying omission, however, is the YP-P3's lack of support for external playlist files. If you rely on M3U or PLS files for managing your music, you're going to have a lot of re-organizing to do in order to sync your music up with the YP-P3.

Aside from MP3 playback, the Samsung YP-P3 also has a built-in FM tuner. Radio reception obviously depends on your location, but here at the PCSTATS offices the signal quality was quite clear. It's even possible to record audio directly to a compressed MP3 file, so you can capture songs off the radio for playback later. It's a bit of a shame the otherwise excellent radio player has such a poor scanning interface; it takes ages to scroll through the FM radio spectrum, the only quick way to select a station is through assigning up to six preset stations.

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Contents of Article: Samsung YP-P3JCB
 Pg 1.  Samsung Yepp YP-P3JCB 8GB Portable Media / MP3 Player Review
 Pg 2.  Video Playback on a 3-inch Screen
 Pg 3.  — Touch Screen Haptic Interface
 Pg 4.  Software Accessories and Final Thoughts

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