Samsung YP-R1 MP3 player review

Has Samsung finally nailed the small music player?

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  • Incredible sound
  • Jaw-dropping video
  • Nice earphones
  • Lovely interface
  • Small but tough


  • No WiFi
  • Unresponsive touchscreen
  • No speaker
  • A touch fiddly

Samsung has always occupied a grey area in the tech world. With neither the establishment of Sony, nor the consumer-friendliness of Apple, the South Korean company's products have nevertheless garnered impressive reviews from us.

In spite of its amazing netbooks and televisions, one area Samsung has lacked in is MP3 players.

It's never quite cracked the lucrative market, although its MP3-playing phones have shown some headway recently.

Samsung's range of MP3 players - known as Yepp to Apple's iPod and Sony's Walkman - have shown some fairly hefty improvements, though. 2006's Z5F's interface was reportedly designed by Paul Mercer - he of iPod user interface fame - and it went on to sell over 1 million units.

yp r1

Samsung's latest, the YP-R1, is competing directly with the likes of Creative's new Zen X-Fi 2 and Apple's most recent iteration of the iPod Nano.

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yp r1

Like the Creative player, Samsung's includes a touch screen, and, like Apple's, it's got an FM radio. But is it enough to keep Samsung in the MP3 player game?


Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Battery Built-inYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer, FM Recorder, Voice Recorder, FM Tuner
Maximum Audio Battery Time1 Day
Maximum Video Battery Time5 Hour
Product Familyyepp
Brand NameSamsung
Image FormatsPNG, BMP, GIF
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC
Screen Size6.6 cm (2.6")
Video FormatsAVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, QuickTime MOV, ASF
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Height54.5 mm
Width85 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Product ModelYP-R1
Product Nameyepp YP-R1 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product Lineyepp
Manufacturer Part NumberYP-R1JEB/XEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Now you can watch more, and wait less. The R1 puts instant entertainment in the palm of your hand with its extensive file support in a slim package. The 2.6" LCD screen lets you see the whole show, not just pieces of it. And Beat DJ lets you play mix master with your favourite tunes. Add to that a sleek, scratch-proof finish and you won't want to hide this beauty in your pocket no matter how easy it is. Make the most of your precious time with this multi-talented media player.

Package Contents
  • yepp YP-R1 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • Earphones
  • Earplugs
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty24 Month
Weight (Approximate)50 g