Conclusion: All in all the U3 is a nice player with some flaws, but still a viable option if you’re in the market for a miniplayer. Price wise it’s about the same as the alternatives (although the MSRP is higher) so it all comes down to what features are more important for you. It does radio and voice recording well and the integrated USB plug is a nice treat.
Pros: Integrated USB connector, Good radio, Good voice recording quality, Lots of sound enhancements, Sleek design
Cons: Annoying settings and voice recording menus, Sound quality could be better, MTP only, no UMS, Touch buttons are annoying, Battery life well below rated
Summary: The Samsung U3 is the proof that a basic MP3 player doesn't have to be ugly and featureless; it's simple, inexpensive, cool-looking, and perfect for the gym.
Pros: The Samsung U3 features a cool design and a built-in USB interface. It's inexpensive and easy to use, yet still offers some handy features such as an FM tuner and a voice recorder. It also supports OGG and WMA subscriptions, and the package includes a snap-on belt clip and a headphone cable wrap.
Cons: The Samsung U3 doesn't offer the best sound quality, and the touch-sensitive controls won't appeal to everyone. It has a small, monochrome display.
Excerpt: Samsung MP3 players have always been a hit-or-miss affair. The U3 is a progeny of the U2, which was credited to have a few tricks up its sleeve. Now, to relive the glory, Samsung improved on it to give us the U3. It's tiny, lightweight and looks like a USB pen drive. Sticking to the theme, Samsung has kept the player simple and without any frills. There are two ways of looking at this player.
Conclusion: Technical Department As the size predicts, U3 is less in features. Even though it is the case, it surprisingly supports number of file formats for audio playback including MP3, OGG, ASF and WMA. U3 includes standard playback options such as shuffle and repeat, a nine-band customizable EQ and a set of sound effects which consist of 13 preset EQs. Unlike other budget MP3 players, U3 has a voice recorder and a FM tuner which has 15 preset slots.
Excerpt: In a world full of expensive MP3 players, Samsung is doing its part to make an MP3 player that is inexpensive yet full of features that the consumers are looking for. They have achieved this goal with the Samsung U3. One of the main arguments regarding inexpensive MP3 players is that they are going to be unattractive or bulky. But that's not so with the Samsung U3. This hot little MP3 player is so small that sometimes it is mistaken for a small pack of chewing gum.