Comparison of sound reproduction systems of Cowon S9 Curve and Apple iPhone 4
27 February 2011
Summary: All in all both Cowon S9 and Apple iPhone 4 offer a similar sound quality, which is not high, but it still meets the entry level requirements. The difference is obvious only with high quality headphones or in a head to head comparison without considerable pauses. Do not choose "heavy" models and go for earbuds.
Owners of Apple iPhone 4 are advised not to look for a dedicated player, but select appropriate headphones.
Excerpt: One of the main selling points that Cowon has managed to stabilize is the copy-paste media option wherein users won’t need to waste time converting videos for playback. While I believe that to be true, I also believe that one of the drawbacks to their franchise is the fact that their players, brilliantly large displays and all, are rather heavy and generically designed. The Cowon S9 seems to be a horse of a different color however and here’s exactly why.
Summary: The Cowon S9 is a sexy-looking gadget with exceptional audio and video quality, but its construction quality and user interface pale in comparison to the competition.
Pros: Cowon's S9 portable media player offers a gorgeous OLED touch-screen display, long battery life, and features such as Bluetooth audio, voice recording, FM radio, Flash media support, audio and video playback, a photo viewer, and a text reader.
Cons: The Cowon S9's user interface isn't quite as polished as the competition, the plastic construction feels flimsy, and it lacks Wi-Fi, memory expansion, and a standard USB port.
Summary: The COWON S9 is the latest in the popular gadget field of touchscreen digital MP3 players. Along with expected features like video playback and photo display, COWON has integrated some clever additions, highlighted by FM radio and Bluetooth support, into the S9. With a focus on bold design and a responsive user interface, COWON hopes to take some of the attention and market share away from acclaimed units like the Apple iPod touch or even the Microsoft Zune .
Summary: The Cowon S9 is a very good portable media player for those who want stereo Bluetooth and a touchscreen interface, and can live without the glitz of multi-touch, an app store, or over-the-air downloads. At $199 for the 8GB version (a 16GB version is available for $239), it's also $30 less than a similarly sized iPod touch 2G . Although we lament the nonstandard USB port, odd button placement, and limited photo compatibility, the Cowon S9 is still a prime-time player.
Conclusion: The Cowon S9 is a solid player. The capacitive screen is a big improvement over the D2’s resistance type screen. On the face of the player a beautiful looking AMOLED screen graces the front and runs among the top screens on current portable devices. The sound quality is what we would expect from Cowon, excellent. The UI is fairly smart and its obvious Cowon spent some time on this, but it may not be intuitive to US buyers.
Pros: Great Sound Quality, Capacitive touch screen, Great AMOLED screen, Native Xvid Support, BBE on video
Cons: No H.264 support, No expansion slot, Not so standard 20-pin connection, Audio in and Video out cables sold separately, No multi-touch, Compare Cowon iAudio S9, Cowon S9 Forum
Summary: This product is an outstanding innovation of ‘Cowon’ who had established during April 1995 and has its business domain in the segment of digital device and content. Cowon iAudio S9 MP4 Player is one in the category of best selling models for the year 2009. With reinforcement in the design, interface, features and functions, it is a joy to enjoy music and video anywhere and anytime.
This touch-screen MP3 player competes with the iPod touch. It has plenty of features and a great display, but its interface isn't the best.
Good Gear Guide.au
29 August 2009
Summary: If you’re looking for a portable media player with exceptionally good audio and video quality, and the added bonus of native XviD support, the Cowon S9 is the one for you. It doesn’t have the design flair or great interface of the Apple iPod touch, but overall it is an impressive product.
Pros: Gorgeous screen, plenty of formats supported, great battery life
Cons: User interface isn’t as good as iPod’s, plastic casing feels cheap and tacky
Excerpt: The MP3 player market is one that was grabbed by the balls and held with an iron grip by a single company, not because they forced their product on the world but because consumers lapped it up like some pleasure inducing drug. Some people however experience feelings of revulsion at being forced to adopt a specific program or format to use their hardware, these people are the ones that look for alternatives, Cowon is out to cater for these people by offering a sleek, sexy...