Samsung YP-R1 MP3 player review

Has Samsung finally nailed the small music player?

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It's fairly obvious that Samsung has taken a few cues from the iPod Nano with the YP-R1.

It's virtually the same size, and has a similarly tough brushed metal shell. Unlike Apple's bestseller, the YP-R1 includes a 2.7" display, as opposed to the Nano's meagre 2".

Our biggest concern with the tiny display was its ability to function as a touchscreen, but the YP-R1 manages to stay functional without the iPod Touch's volumous interface.

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It's a resistive rather than capacitive screen (when will they learn?), which means it's not as responsive as Apple's offerings. And the titchy nature of the icons means its easy to miss vital controls sometimes.

But once you get used to the screen, it does work. Samsung has done a good job with the interface, and has made it as easy to use as any Apple offering without feeling too derivative. It's orientated in a landscape fashion, and everything's clearly laid out on three scrollable screens.

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The YP-R1 is very intuitive, too, with a tap of a light bulb icon to adjust the brightness, and a sweep of the finger to change tracks or fastforward. Samsung has added some fun applications, such as a few touchscreen games and widgets, including SleepCat, which will turn your player off after a set interval.

Gadgets aside, the Samsung is actually a remarkable media player, and certainly the best we've seen at this price point.

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Music sounded incredible thanks to what Samsung terms the DNSe sound engine, with James Holden's intricate "Lump" sounding rich and fleshed-out.

There's also the Beat DJ, which, with its time- and pitch- shifting abilities would be great for virtual DJs. But, alas, it can't support more than one track, so you'd have to buy two before hitting the decks at Gatecrasher.

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However, where the YP-R1 really excels - and we weren't expecting this - is as a video player.

Drag and drop pretty much any video onto it and it'll play it with no fiddly conversion. The screen really excels here too, the smoothness is astounding for such a small player. Hold it close to your face, turn the volume up and it's like you're actually in a cinema.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
BluetoothYes
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
ColourBlack
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
USBYes
Height54.5 mm
Width85 mm
Depth8.9 mm
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelYP-R1
Product Nameyepp YP-R1 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product Lineyepp
Manufacturer Part NumberYP-R1JEB/XEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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