Pros USB Hosting, MP3 Encoding, Voice Mp3, Picture View, Color
Cons Slow music DB read, slow fastforward/rewind, no sync
Summary This is a great player. I have owned a IPOD and it stopped booting up and this was the replacement. Just as a MP3 player, functionality is great, with good sound, easy use, and play list on the fly. The extra features help this rise to the top with USB hosting, mp3 encoding, color, and picture view.
<USB Hosting>: My Canon PowerShot Digital Elph 410 works great with the USB hosting. Transfers pictures with out a problem.
<MP3Encoding/Voice>: I am a college student and use it to record classes. It is great to be able to encode these to mp3 directly to share and play anywhere. Since my phone plays mp3 for ring tomes this will enable me to use anything for a ring tone.
<Mobile Play List>: You have the ability to create a play list on the player. there is an issue with this. read in issues section.
<Sound>: Sounds just as great as the IPOD I owned. There are settings in Samsung that help the quality of the sound with car kits. The IPODs base would kill the sound quality from a car kit, but with this one it sounds great with my Belkin car transmitter
Here are my issues:
<boot time>: The Boot time is slow. if you have a large library it takes a bit to boot(about 15 - 30 secs).
<search time>: I also like to listen to audio books and some of those files are large. It takes it a bit if I want to get to the middle of the file or end of the file. the IPOD was better at this with the wheel. They could help resolve this if they let you rewind the song from the beginning of one song to the end of the previous and continue rewinding.
<Syncing>: There is no way to just sync the files with new ones in a directory. The problem here is this. the software used to transfer files is WMP 10 or Napster. WMP does do syncing but not with this product (currently! check to see if there are updates)but the great thing about WMP is that it will monitor directories on the hard drive so you do not need to continue telling it to import new files. Play lists from WMP do not transfer. Napster does not monitor directories. It just allows you to import the files. Napster also has no syncing ability to just put the new files on the player. Napster is the only way to build playlists from the PC and place on the player.
<mobile play list>: There is only one list that you can use. So you cannot create multiple play lists on the fly on the player.
<no sleep time>: I listen to my player to sleep. so I wish it had a timer to turn the player off after about an hour. Instead I build the mobile play list with about an hour of stuff and then let it run. it will stop at the end and then turn it self off after non use
General MP3 player issues
<The shuffle>: There should be a button on the outside of all players to turn the shuffle functionality on or off. Instead, in this player and the IPOD you have to go to settings and then select shuffle.
Pros SOUND quality,Price,Napster,really everything.
Cons Nothing. Stop your complaining!
Summary Napster without any purchases works great.Great picture shows(quality++). I bought the body glove arm band for $7. Run 9-12 miles a day. Hasn't frozen up or messed with me once. I do wish it had seperate volume buttons but nothings perfect AND WORKS OUT FINE! Last MP3 player was a 10GB w/no pic viewer.This is my 3rd. And for these guy's crying about the sound quality. Micheal Bolton never sounds good, got it!!! If I asked your boyfriend I'm sure he'd tell me a few thing you suck at!!Updated
Napster light is OK. But W.M.10 is free,easier with no glitches. Works great with this MP3.
Pros Pretty color screen. Awesome sound quality. Easy interface. Sync's well so far.
Cons Lies lies lies about Janus support and firmware upgrades!
Summary If you have a Samsung YH-925 GS player, please help do your part by going to the automated form at
and writing Samsung a complaint letter about the lack of the promised firmware upgrade to support Janus/MTP mp3s enabling subcription services like Napster 2 Go.
I just got my Samsung YH925 GS, mainly because on the Samsung site under their Product section, the desciption said that it was already compatible with Janus and in the specs it said it was Janus upgradeable in big bold letters, implying that is currently upgradeable. As I know now, these are all lies!!! If you are a Samsung YH-925 GS user, please help! If you do not own one yet, don't fall victim to the lies on the Samsung site like I did!
Otherwise the player has been nice to me so far. It's sounds great and has a pretty screen and is small. Also, a great interface. I'm not sure, but syncing has worked allright so far. I'll get back to you to let you know if this good trend continues.Updated
they finally came out with the janus firmware upgrade, but once i upgrade it and the drivers... the damn thing stopped synching songs correctly through any program (they would "skip" on the player... sounded kind of like a cd skipping). also the player would suddenly in the middle of synching stop being recognized and the synch would be aborted for the rest of the files. these are the same darn problems that I had to return the Iriver for, which was really pimp except for those problems and awful customer service. It seems that no one can quite get this Janus/MTP thing under control. My advice to any mp3 player users... DO NOT UPGRADE TO JANUS FIRMWARE IF THE OPTION IS AVAILABLE AND DO NOT BUY A JANUS COMPATIBLE PLAYER UNTIL SOMEONE GETS IT RIGHT!! i am very upset now that I'm finding Samsung is probably going to give me the same terrible service I received from Iriver. Another company that releases a product even though they're not finished with it!!! It doesn't even work. And I was demanding a fast release because it had been promised much earlier. Here we are nearly a year later and they just put out an update that is just as crappy as every other company! STAY AWAY FROM JANUS! THAT PROBABLY WHY APPLE HASN'T UPDATED THE IPOD YET! when and if this stupid samsung player kicks it, i'm going to get an ipod, which is what I should have done in the first place!
Pros size, look, solid feel, easy to use, sounds good
Cons took a while for samsung to address the firmware problems
Summary I jumped on this item and bought it a year ago when it first hit. I was draw to it immediately because of it's sleek design, storage, color screen/photo viewer, and it wasn't an iPod.
It seemed like the best 'iPod killer' on the market at the time. So I bought it and brought it home. Easy to get up and running, the non drop-n-drag issue was a little unnerving for me (considering that my computer at the time was old enough not to have USB 2.0 making syncing seem like a daylong event), but I figured that's the price I pay for being 'different'.
Then after my music was loaded I booted the thing up and noticed something interesting. In the genre section were a bunch of songs listed under numbers such as (23), (95), as well as normal genres I had assigned. I was out of luck about an answer to this problem because the product was so new that samsung had little info at all on their sight, and forums related to the product were very rare.
Well Samsung eventually released the Janus firmware update that not only corrected the genre problem, but also made the player drag-n-drop functional, as well as, allowing for playlist importing, complete syncing with WMP, and faster boot time (I have doubled the music on there since the upgrade and it loads in a fraction of the time that it did prior to the upgrade).
Since then it's been smooth sailing and I've been loving every minute of it.
My reason for the for only giving an 8 and not a 10 is due to the battery life being a little shorter than average (not too big of an issue unless you are using it 5-8 hours a day), and the fact that Samsung went ahead and released this player with so many original problems, it almost drove me nuts.
Now that it works as I just as I had envisioned it working before buying it, I'm completely satisfied with this player.
Pros Nice color screen
Cons Everything else
Summary Well I bought one of these things for my birthday and I'll tell ya, I expected a lot more than I paid for. First of all, the dang thing was overpriced when I bought it toward the end of March. Comp-U-Plus has a crappy warranty/return period. My biggest complaint about this thing would probably be the battery life. It sucks big ones. The stupid animations that it does sucks up all the battery. Like today, I used it at school and it probably only lasted me a total playback time of half an hour. It might be because I've worn it in, but for the price I paid for it, it's a serious piece. I am officially more stupid from trying to install this thing on my computer, even after I read the manual twenty thousand times. It holds up to 20 gigs, but when I had 12 gigs of media on it, it froze up all the time and took forever loading up.
Unfortunately, I haven't tried out the iPod before I bought this. I just jumped right in and bought it because it sounded like I would get a lot of features and a nice color screen, but honestly, it's crap. I would not recommend buying this product, or any Samsung product for that matter.