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Samsung YP-P2 8GB Media Player - Samsung YP-P2
I began my listening tests with a bit of KT Tunstall, and after a few minutes it became clear that the YP-P2 can't match players such as the Trekstor Vibez and Creative Zen for clarity and atmosphere. But where it does perform well is with louder rock and electronic music - Biffy Clyro's Puzzle is pounded out with a real sense of purpose and Robert Miles' Dreamland is delivered with an equally positive sense of purpose. It's great for quiet recordings too. I have a recording of the unparalleled John Williams playing Villa Lobos' Asturias which other players, including the Trekstor Vibez and iPod Touch, struggle to play loud enough to render enjoyable. That's not the case here, with the plucked nylon strings gaining a real sense of attack.
Watching video on the YP-P2 is a similarly pleasurable experience. The 3in screen might not be quite as big as that on the Touch, but it is crisp, fast and colourful and watching video on it is as comfortable as I can imagine it being on a device this small. You will have to do a fair amount of file conversion as it won't play stuff back properly that's larger than its screen resolution and it doesn't play DivX or XviD files natively. However, this is the case with most other video-enabled flash players.
I liked the interface too. The touchscreen doesn't work quite as well as the Touch's - it just doesn't seem quite as accurate or as responsive - but it offers access to similarly funky menu features. A flick of a finger up or down the screen in track or albums lists activates an impressive 'realistic' scrolling animation that sees the lists move quickly at first, then slow down gradually and stop. In the music view, sliding a digit up or down the right side of the screen controls the volume, and in the main menu a swipe activates the attractive-looking 3D icons, making them fade into and out of view as if you were flying through them.