If that wasn’t enough, you can also choose between different menu styles. In addition to the 3D menu, which isn’t the quickest way to get around the device, you can instead have an image of your choosing in the background with the icons running along the bottom of the screen, or plump for a simple matrix-style menu with all the icons arranged in a plain old grid. Other nice touches include the ability to create playlists on the device and browse by folder as well as ID tag – useful if you’re into your classical music and own lots of obscure Naxos recordings. These are rarely tagged consistently on the various CD information databases.
Not even the price should put you off. Again, it’s not exactly bargain basement but around £99 for the 2GB model, £109 for the 4GB and £150 for the 8GB puts it firmly in iPod nano territory, and apart from its slightly larger size this is in every respect the better player. Compared to the Touch, which is around £200 for the 8GB model, it’s looks positively cheap.
Of course there are some negative points. The YP-P2 doesn’t have the world’s greatest file format support. All you get for music is MP3 and WMA (both protected and unprotected), and SVI (an MPEG4 format) and WMV for movies. Another annoyance is that the player uses a proprietary connector for connecting to your PC. And despite the fact that you can drag and drop to it, it’s only an MTP device. So it’ll work with Windows Media Player in Windows and not much else; Linux and Mac OS users will miss out.
I’m willing to overlook the niggles because I like the YP-P2 a lot. Not only is it an extremely attractive and well-built device, it’s also easy to use, is stuffed with features – including that Bluetooth functionality – and has superb sound quality and a wonderful screen.
In its 8GB guise it is a little more expensive than the nano, but if you’ve fallen in love with the touchscreen way of doing things and just can’t bring yourself to pay £200 for the 8GB iPod Touch, why not go for a YP-P2? It doesn’t have Wi-Fi, but it is a cheaper, slimmer and more compact alternative.
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