Samsung doesn't include a whole lot with the YP-P3, just a USB
cable, a set of headphones, and a CD with its proprietary EmoDio media
Software and Operating
Users of older operating systems like Windows XP may not be able
to recognize the Samsung YP-P3 as a mass storage device (it shows up as a MTP
device, which isn't accessible through Explorer), although Windows Vista users
can still drag and drop files as long as they make sure to put them in the
correct folders (look for the P3 folder under Computer. For many people this
means there's no choice but to use the bundled EmoDio software.
Unlike a lot of software that comes
bundled with Media Players, the EmoDio software isn't completely horrible. The
only liberty it really takes is trying to launch itself at startup, a program
behaviour that's easily curbed in the EmoDio options menu. Once that's taken
care of, it's easy to select media on a host computer and convert it into
playable formats for the media player.
Most audio formats are supported natively by the YP-P3JCB player
and so there's no need to convert them, but almost all video formats will be
auto-converted to native .SVI files which will be properly formatted to fit the
YP-P3's screen size and aspect ratio. Conversion times will vary depending on
processor speed and the length/quality of the video file being transcoded, but
for the most part the software feels responsive, and is blissfully stable and
free of bloat.
While the 8GB Samsung YP-P3JCB isn't
exactly a revolutionary product, it remains a
very solid media player that has a lot of excellent features and possibly more
extras than you really need. While there are a few gripes here and there with
the player's interface and getting it hooked up for data transfer/charging with
a non Windows Vista computer, the YP-P3's audio and video
playback more than make up for these flaws. With a price of just $140 CDN ($110 USD, £80 GBP), it's not actually in the same
price category as the Apple iPod Touch, instead it's priced directly against the
Apple 8GB iPod Nano. The Samsung YP-P3's bigger screen, better video playback
and intuitive navigation wins that competition hands down.
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