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). Samsung is one of the most important such companies, and on the 1st of September 2006, they've launched what they wanted to be a groundbreaking device, something the world had never seen before.
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. The K5 is really a neat idea and when I first saw it I was skeptical of how it was actually going to work, because lets face it, most small speakers don't sound very good at all. This truly is an exception to the case however, it sounds great.
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: 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. They put out a couple of interesting portable media devices over the past few years, but nothing with enough substance to compete with the iPod (in any of its forms) or the recent products from Sandisk.
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. It is not the lightest or cheapest available, but it's good looks and built-in speakers make it a very attractive product. I found myself missing Itunes, but it's interaction with the computer is fine and it's earphones are way better than Apple's.
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! Design The Samsung K-5 player comes with its own set of tiny built-in speakers. Simply slide them out from behind the screen. The player itself is fairly compact, sleek and lightweight.
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 to be tethered to headphones.
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
Summary: I t is fair enough to describe the Samsung K5 as a real innovation as it's definitely different to other MP3 players. It may not be the cheapest or the smallest, but it is certainly the most unusual. The speaker was a real find. You can listen to a good piece of music without an annoying plug in your ear. If you are listening with friends, the speaker is powerful enough to be heard above talking and laughter. Of course there are a few points for improvement.