"Great Player with minute issues"4.5 starson by jdtommy
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.