Pros size and design
Cons slow to start, freezes frequently, drop it and the mp3 is lucky to survive
Summary i've had the player for about 4 months and for the first month everything was fine. but, after using the majority of the available hard drive space and a firmware upgrade... everything goes down hill. first of all, when scrolling through the library for a song, it continuously slows down, then when you listen to the music, the mp3 freezes and in need of a reset (the only way to actually restart when it freezes) which means that when your exercising unless you have something small and pointy you're out of luck.
also, firmware upgrade (that miraculously worked on the 7th try) is close to impossible. i called samsung and they told me that the yh-820 that my sister has had to be sent in for a firmware upgrade because for some reason the one available on the website didn't work (they also told us that because it's been over a month we had to cover all shipping & handling).
also, when i was in south korea (where samsung is originally from) the merchants at a samsung specialty store actually told us that the yh-820 has frequent hard drive crashes and bugs in the initial programming!
before the samsung i had (and still have) an i-river ifp-100 and i-river igp-100 and after using an i-river (which caused me very little pain), samsung yh-820 is in need of great improvements in programming
Pros Works Perfectly
Cons Short Battery Life
Summary This a great player because it does more than than the Ipod for about the same money. It can play more media formats and do subscriptions. Plus you DON'T need Napster to load songs on the player, Music Match, Windows Media Player 10, and Rapshody can all do it. However Napster is the the only player that can make a playlist for the player. That's no big deal for the most part because you can still download Napster no matter where you are and use it online or offline. Napster is to this player what Itunes is to the Ipod, the only difference is Napster can do subscriptions.
Pros Color display, small size; Thin,
Cons No Fm Radio, poor transfer software, Cheesy ear buds,comes in a nasty blister pack,no user replaceable battery
Summary No Fm radio and the requirement to have to sign up with Napster just to transfer files is unacceptable. I have heard you can transfer with Windows media player 10, but there is nothing in the instructions (although there is plenty about signing up with Napster).Slow Boot times, The Zen is much faster, The transfer cable is a joke.The battery is not user replaceable like it is in the zen, the earbuds suck, I returned it after trying it for a week; then I bought a Creative Zen Micro, which I'm very happy with.
Pros Tiny, photos!, everything else except radio
Cons No radio - bummer! slight pauses between screens
Summary My friend has one that I borrowed for a couple of days- it's a really tight looking player- samsung's packed alot into it without it being too overburdened in terms of controls. But the processor seems a little weak for all the features-- i have to wait a couple of seconds every now and the; I do like the sound quality though the headphones that it ships with are pretty bunk.
"HDD Failure"on by llamaofthesea
Pros Nice looking. Small size. Color Screen. Line-In and Microphone Recording. Decent Capacity for the price.
Cons Hard Drive Failure. Overheats when charging. Non-Standard Sync/Charge Cable.
Summary I bought a used Samsung YH-820 off of eBay for fairly cheap. The unit worked when I received it, so it was sold in good faith. However, not even two weeks after I bought it, I began having trouble booting the unit. All that I got were some clicking sounds of the hard drive spinning and a message that read "Device can't HDD initialize. Device will be turned off." This problem worsened for about 2 days, then the thing just died. After searching the internet for this error message and reading more reviews on the YH-820, I found that this is a very common problem, which cannot be fixed unless the unit was covered by Samsung's warranty and Samsung replaces the hard drive disk. I've tried multiple versions of the software, drivers, etc. but nothing has brought the YH-820 back to life. Now, it sits at the bottom of a desk drawer unable to boot and I have moved on to another MP3 player. Would not buy again.