YP-U4 and YP-Q1: how new innovations from Samsung?
Invent the MP3 player… it sounds almost the same as to “reinvent the wheel”. These small portable devices have reached the limit of its development, but also partly surrendered to the mercy of music phones and smartphones that combine many functions. However, innovations in the market periodically appear.
Today our test lab got another couple of players from Samsung, delight in the recent users original design and a good combination of price and quality. Last spring, we have already seen two very interesting model – Samsung YP-T10 and YP-P2, which was then very high evaluation. And here we have the hands – continuation of the line players from this manufacturer. Model Samsung YP-U4 is a classic musical “stick” with a miniature text display, designed only for playback of audio files and listen to FM radio stations. Well, the second model, Samsung YP-Q1 is a multimedia processor, working not only with audio and video data, but even with photos and text files. However, the General characteristics of the standard model for most series MP3 players. It’s time to get acquainted with the novelties closer.
|Model||Samsung YP-U4||Samsung YP-Q1|
|Audio||MPEG1/2/2,5 Layer3 (8 kbps ~ 320 kbps, 8 kHz ~ 48 kHz)
WMA (48 kbps ~ 192 kbps, 8 kHz ~ 48 kHz)
Ogg (Q0 ~ Q10)
|MPEG1/2/2,5 Layer3 (8 kbps ~ 320 kbps, 22 kHz ~ 48 kHz)
WMA (8 kbps ~ 320 kbps, 8 kHz ~ 48 kHz)
Ogg (Q0 ~ Q10)
|Video||–||SVI (video: MPEG4, audio: MP3 44.1 kHz 128 kbps)
WMV (video: WMV9, audio: WMA Spec to 860 kbps, 320×240, 30 fps)
|Image||–||JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG|
|The ratio signal/noise||90 dB with 20 kHz LPF||90 dB with 20 kHz LPF|
|FM radio||Frequency range||87.5 MHz ~ 108.0 MHz||87.5 MHz ~ 108.0 MHz|
|Signal/noise||55 dB||55 dB|
|Additional features||Voice recorder (record to MP3)
|Voice recorder (record to MP3)
Viewing text files
Games and additional utilities
|Headphone output power||20 mW (at load of 16 Ohm)||20 mW (at load of 16 Ohm)|
|Frequency range||40 Hz – 20 kHz||40 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Rated power||DC 3.7 V / 500mA||DC 5.0 V / 500 mA|
|Battery||300 mAh / 3.7 V||620 mAh / 3.7 V|
|Play time||Max. 16 hours (MP3 128kbps, vol. 15, the display is off.)||Music: max. 30 hours (MP3 128kbps, vol. 15, the display is off.)
Video: max. 4 hours (brightness 5, volume. 15)
|The recommended cost, RUB.||2 GB||1800||–|
Samsung YP-U4 comes in a small plastic box style set iPods and today is surprising that very unsophisticated buyer. Inside the box except the player was found in-ear earphones, software CD, and quick user manual. Full Russian-language manual are traditionally found in PDF format on the supplied CD. It should be noted that unlike box, packaging is extremely simple. And let the case for mobile devices today is not in Vogue, but at least the lace for wearing the player around your neck set could be put.
Design and appearance
Form factor innovations is a classic “flash”, as it was two or three years ago. Well, or “lighter” – as you like. This format players appeared, perhaps, one of the earliest and is still alive, thanks, oddly enough, the minimum of functionality and extreme simplicity of such devices. Many users don’t need video playback, viewing photos, or other exotic audio functions. For them, the Samsung YP-U4 will be a great addition to the Communicator, and the video with a larger screen. Practice shows that the multi-functional harvesters are not always convenient to use. For example, in sports nothing is better than a miniature MP3 player like a Samsung YP-U4 has not yet been invented (well, except that player without display).
However, the manufacturer is in no hurry to position the new product as a sports model and gives it a stylish, even a strict design. Black lacquered plastic case has a trapezoidal shape – beveled to the bottom surface of the side walls with rounded corners and sharp edges of the top panel allow you to compare a device with a flat-bottomed boat.
The front panel is presented in two colors with a gradient transition to black in the center display and the bright blue from the opposite end. By the way, the user can choose the Samsung YP-U4 is also proposed in the red and purple coloring. Next to the display is the touch pad navigation with a large concave confirmation button in the centre button and return to the previous menu item, located slightly to the side.
Recording and control of playback is performed by two conventional buttons with short stroke located on one of the side faces. Here is the sliding lock button Hold to the disadvantages which should be attributed too soft insensitive move – easy to move by accident.
Another sliding button is located on the opposite side. She is responsible for the spring mechanism of the USB interface that extends from the body automatically. But connector is removed manually.
The opposite lateral end carries a socket for connecting headphones with a standard plug mini-jack 3.5 mm and a hole built-in microphone.
Next, on the rear surface, is a plastic loop for attaching neck strap and recessed deep into the body reset button the device. Overall, the design of the player makes a very pleasant impression – it is quite suitable for both men and elegant ladies, and someone may recall the good old days when such devices were a luxury. The only drawback of new items can be considered too easily soiled plastic of the shell. The fingerprints on the Samsung YP-U4 appear immediately, but after some time he will be covered and small scratches.
Tiny display with a diagonal of about one inch is built on OLED technology. It can fit four lines of text: the top when playing traditionally occupied by icons that displays information about operation modes; the average shows a tag or a file name; the two lower are used to display the playing time. Pure classic!
All information is displayed on the display in blue color and its derivatives. The text also looks very clear and easy to read. In addition, the picture almost does not fade in the sun, which is common to all OLED displays.
The first time the device turns on in about eleven seconds, and all the subsequent inclusion committed within a few hours after the first, carried out almost instantly. Thus, in Samsung YP-U4 technology sleep. The instance we tested had firmware version 1.20 EN, which can always self-upgrade from the manufacturer’s website.
When switching on and when switching from one to another menu item, on the surface of the player light up three led indicators. They can suddenly erupt all or continuously light up in turn; can be poured or off at the same time. Perhaps this is the case when the decoration player purely decorative illuminated perfectly fit into the concept conceived and did not distract the user.
The main menu has new items, even animated icons for each item, so that is not to say that the player looks bored. Total six menu items: Music, FM Radio, Datacasts, Voice REC, File Browser, Settings. The names of the points, albeit English, but speak for themselves. By the way, unlike the “header” menu, all its sub-items in English. Yes, and with Russian tags and names of files is not a problem.
It is noteworthy that the manufacturer has paid attention to the animation not only when creating menu items, but took another four, and animated screensavers. These screen savers can be triggered when playing back music tracks (of course, if you do not wish to turn the display off).
Touch navigation was fairly easy to work with and perfectly tuned for the sensitivity of the keys. Navigating the menu is fast, without the slightest delay, and its well thought-out structure is tested and worked on dozens of other models, so unlikely to cause any problems even for beginner.
Recently among manufacturers of MP3 players has developed a unified tradition the new models just to change the design, management and functionality remain the same. It was hardly blame the developers, because MP3 players pretty quickly literally reached the limit of its development and, alas, impasse improvement. Samsung YP-U4 in this plan not an exception.
New successfully losing any files MP3, WMA and OGG. As in the case with models of Samsung YP-T10 and YP-P2, there is no ability to play WAV, which can be attributed to the shortcomings. The selection of tracks available by genre, artist, album, etc. There is also the possibility of creating five playlists. In addition, this baby works with ten (!) preset EQ and one user semipilosum, manually adjustable. In addition to the equalizer in the technology DNSe, the system uses another shared. Configured it manually and also has seven frequency bands. In addition, Samsung YP-U4 can boast with its settings 3D sound, bass and clarity.
But what was missing from models of Samsung YP-T10 and YP-P2 and that it is not realized at the Samsung YP-U4 the opportunity to set bookmarks, so that the novelty is unlikely to appeal to fans of audiobooks.
FM radio is different from other only by the support of RDS. Otherwise, this is a sensitive receiver that uses as antenna headphone cord. Modest find developers can be considered the ability to quickly mute by pressing the touch key confirmation – the same as is done pause when playing songs.
Sorry, there are no settings of the recorder. And with FM radio and voice recorder it records in MP3 format with a bitrate of 96 kbps and 22 kHz. But the quality of the built-in microphone is at a very high level of noise when recording in a room almost no.
Regular in-ear headphones look simple and sound about the same. They are suitable solely for testing new items. The potential of the player is much higher, so it is better to buy something more appropriate.