Advantages Sleek, Battery Life, Easy to Use, Great add-ons
Disadvantages Cleaning the god darned thing, Earphones
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The YP-K3 is one the most recent ontakes of the Ultra-Slim range of MP3 players. It had a heatpad touchscreen which pops out of nowhere when you turn it on, a very large (For me) 2GB memory (Which is slightly less with every MP3 Player). It is extremely thin which makes it very appealing to the eye, and the ability to listen to the radio, and view pictures. So with the latest iPod nano craze, i wanted to go a little different, and so i chose the YP-K3 by Samsung!Anyway, Some factual things first.
Out with the boring stuff, in with the new!How, lets test what i think a good MP3 player should have.
I consider a decent battery life to be around 15 hours. So i'm very happy with 25 hours as you can imagine. Although, thats what the product says, but all around the internet, some say 20, some say 25. It says on the box 25, so thats what i go with. Although, thats what they advertise, it's NOWHERE NEAR the truth! 10 hours maximum is how long mine lasted from fully charged. Wasn't at all happy with that. Whats worse, is that the battery life drains with age... NOw it only lasts 5 measly hours, and my music is so important to me, and i don't let any MP3 player get in the way of that. Unimpressed, eek. ANd BTW i talk from personal experience.
8 buttons. Up down left right, back, select, lock and powere toggle and menu buttons. The iPod nano is bloody awful to use. I hate that circle you use your thumb with. I borrowed by friends. And after using the darned thing for a while and then sleeping, my thumb hurt so much. This on the other hand, is very simple. All you need to do is up and down to selct your song, and select to listen to it. Use up and down when in the song to affect the volume, and the triger up to lock it so you can put in your pocket and go. Simple enough, right? Pictures are easy too. Up down left right to change the picture, and select to view it. And back to go back (Hence the name of the button). FM tuner even simpler. Left and right to change the frequency, and up and down to change the volume. How difficult. Hehe! Thumbs up on ease of use!
The picture speaks for itself. It's half the width of a cd case, and it feels like ice in your hand, in a good way! You can feel and see the quality. Whilst all the Year 7's are showing off their silly iPod nano's etc, i show them this and their jaws drop to the core of the earth.... Nice! It's so sleek too. People ask me where the buttons are when it's off, and i hold the button down, and their jaws drop to the other side of the world when they see them appear out of nowhere (People were paying me to see if it worked, and it did by the way =P) and i recieved £10 in the end! So yes! Thin, Sleek, and DEFINATELY something to brag about... Although don't show it too much, people may be tempted to steal it... I'd die inside of someone did that to my poor MP3 player...
- The earphones which come with these are good for sound quality, but i've had to replace them twice. Well, once, but the wires are pulling out so i'll need to replace them soon.
- In the freezing hot or the boiling cold is can sometimes have a mind of it's own, which is kind of creepy...
- The battery life measure is scary. Heres a ratio of how it works (Obviously not actual time, i'm just making a point)
4 bars lasts for 60 minutes
3 bars for 10
2 bars for 4
1 bar for 1
And then dead.
As with all other samsungs, the battery life measuring system is on 4 for ages, and then goes down from 3 to 2 to 1 so fast you hardly have time to say 'I need to charge it'. And this is bad for the MP3 player itself.
Thanks for reading my longest review yet (nearly 1200 words, wow! Does your brain hurt yet? My fingers do...)""-Necromancer!""
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