For despite all of Samsung’s hard work on the look of the interface, the T10 can’t match the usability of the best players in its price bracket. Its main problem is that navigating long lists of tracks, albums, artists or folders isn’t particularly slick. Instead of using an index-based system such as the one employed by the Trekstor Vibez and Creative Zen, you have to scroll through each and every entry in a folder or category. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if the business of scrolling itself wasn’t so laborious. You’d think by holding a finger on the up and down arrows that the scroll speed would increase up, allowing you to whizz through long lists at speed; instead you’re stuck with a long wait as the tracks tick past at a tedious, constant rate.
Loaded up with thousands of tracks, then, the T10 isn’t the greatest player in terms of its ease of use. But instead of making up for this in other areas, it merely compounds them with more peculiarities. The first in the list is the lack of a high capacity option. The T10 is only available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB: this would have been acceptable a year ago, but with flash memory so cheap these days and players such as the SanDisk Sansa View and Creative Zen now available in capacities of 16GB and even 32GB, it seems an odd choice.
The second is Samsung’s continued insistence on using a proprietary connection for music transfer instead of something more conventional such as mini or micro USB. It’s a shame with such a svelte player that you have to carry around a bulky cable with you if you want to be able to transfer tracks at the office or when visiting friends.
Sound quality won’t matter to you at all if you choose to operate the T10 in Bluetooth mode – as all the DAC conversion takes place in the headphones – the better your output device, the better the overall sound quality. But hook things up with a more traditional wired pair of cans, earbuds or canal-phones and you may well be a touch disappointed.
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