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Samsung YP-U5 (2GB) review



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Samsung YP-U5 (2GB)
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Six months or so after releasing its YP-U4 ‘Litmus', Samsung is back for another crack at the Shuffle-sized Mp3 player market with a new player, rather unimaginatively named the YP-U5. Looking back, I've a soft spot for this one's predecessor. While spoilt by average sound quality and a mediocre battery life, it was a nicely designed and very usable player, putting the vast majority of its competitors to shame on several counts. The U4 was extremely compact, made effective use of a tiny screen and had surprisingly practical controls.

All of which makes it a little odd that Samsung has junked so many elements of the design with its replacement.

Out, for a start, goes the colour graduated finish, in favour of a range of solid colours - red, white, pink or black. The unit is marginally narrower and thinner, but a couple of millimetres longer, and the clever slide-out USB connection of the original has now been swapped for a more conventional USB connector covered by a pop-off cap. Strangely enough, while the U5 is the new and improved version of the U4, it actually feels like a more conservative product.

Still, the all-plastic construction feels good and solid, and it's arguable that the standard USB plug fitted here offers a more robust connection than the slimmed down, coverless plug sported by the old U4. I suspect that might be the reason for the change.

Switch the U5 on and it's much easier to see the similarities between it and last year's model. The screen, a 1in, four line, 128 x 64 pixel OLED affair, is identical to the old version's, and while the touch-sensitive D-pad of the U5 has been replaced by a tilting, white directional ring surrounding a physical pause/play button, the player operates in much the same way.

The ‘back' button is now mounted on the top of the unit (viewed horizontally) along with a context-sensitive function button, which does various things depending on what mode you have the U5 in. Volume is adjusted using the up and down directions on the white ring. The only other control is a dual function power toggle/lock button on the bottom of the unit, and it's this that brings me to one of my few complaints about usability. It's all too easy to accidentally engage the lock while you're trying to use the top mounted buttons, which is a small but irritating nuisance during everyday use.


July 5, 2009, 3:27 pm

OGG and FLAC support is why I like samsung :)


February 25, 2010, 4:02 am

One thing that was surprising, perhaps I shouldn't really mention in this review as 1. nobody probably read this anymore 2. it's not really about this player, is that the earbuds I got from my YP-U3 is surprisingly good, sure, it has little to no bass, but compared to my Phonak PFE's, they're only a minor fraction behind in terms of clarity and punch. At first, when I got my Phonaks, I thought I was going crazy 'cos I couldn't tell major differences between the two even though the Phonak's are one of the clearest earphones out there.


April 3, 2010, 3:57 pm

Hello, does anybody know how different is this thing from Samsung YP-U3? The thing is that U5's price is lower than U3's, which confuses me a lot. I listen to rock and metal, so I'm afraid about buying U5, according to what they say in this review...

Keith Distin

September 23, 2010, 11:59 pm

The review says you can enable gapless playback. How do you do that?

I have one and can't find it anywhere in the settings.


December 26, 2010, 4:42 pm

i bought a 2nd hand of yp u5, it's still in good shape and works perfectly fine. there are so many differences of u3 from u5, if you say that u3 is much costly than u5 it is because of the touch screen system and the technology that was based from. i had u3 before and loved it so much i just misplaced it unfortunately. if you own a u3 and want to upgrade to u5 it would be much better if you use your u3 till it wreck out, because it's like touch screen technology makes it pretty than u5, u5 don't have clip on the package that's the only thing i really hate. yet u3 is almost good for plain mp3 player.

i recommend it for it's design ang flexibility.

for those who are first timers and wants a cheap mp3 player i really recommend u5, though no touch screen technology it's all worth it and much techy than u3. and all the downside of u3 and u4 where improved by the u5. that's it!!


November 3, 2013, 12:07 pm

how do u fix it if the light does not work

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