Excerpt: The market of portable digital audio players is one of the most competitive ones in the consumer electronics' field, quite a large number of companies fighting for that second place (the first being held firmly by the iPod).
Summary: In the world of MP3 players, it seems like almost everything has been done, and lately I haven't really seen many new MP3 players with new features that really impressed me, well at least until I took a look at the K5.
Conclusion: Like I mentioned above, having great and unique features is a good way to attract impulse buyers who have a lot of disposable income. If you really want to attract long term customers you need to have longevity built into the device.
Excerpt: We all knew that Samsung could come out with a solid MP3 player. This company has always had the potential to make an alternative to the industry’s best portable audio players but up until recently their offerings have been somewhat disappointing.
Summary: Love them or hate them, Samsung is definitely on the right track. The K5 proved itself to be a flash-based portable music player that is completely unique and very stylish, but still easy and fun to use.
Conclusion: Samsung’s K5 caters to a specific crowed and is not for everyone, myself included. However, it is a great player for its innovative design and surprisingly loud external speakers. I think that the player would be great for someone who listens to audiobooks, podcasts, or radio shows and doesn’t want...
Pros: Unique Design, External Speakers, Supplied earbuds good with bass and sound isolation
Cons: FM radio will not work without headphones plugged in, Touch interface can be inaccurate, Supplied earbuds may be uncomfortable for some people, No on-the-go playlists, No custom EQ, Proprietary USB cable
Conclusion: This combination MP3 player and speaker folds up to the size of the LG Chocolate phone. It's a very hip idea, though I'm not quite sure people will pay a premium for the integrated speaker. The slider mechanism seems sturdy enough, though, and the device makes a great travel alarm clock.
Pros: The built-in speaker is louder than you'd expect. Very good sound quality.
Cons: Bulky for an MP3 player. Earbuds are oddly shaped. No PlaysForSure support
Conclusion: There are times when you want to listen to good music, but don’t want to stick headphones into you ears, but there doest seem to be any way you can come over this situation. Samsung YP-K5 has found a solution by putting extra built-in speakers into the YP-K5.
Excerpt: If you can't keep your music to yourself, and you must share it with everyone around you, then having just earphones and an MP3 player probably won't do it for you. You'd need to have a set of speakers on you, in addition to the visually attractive Samsung's new K5, to do the trick!