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Samsung YP-D1 MP3 Player
Portable Audio/Video Players | First Looks
Mon 20 Mar 2006

Samsung's Do-It-All


Appearance of a mobile phone but it doesn't do phone calls though.

Power charger and USB data cable.

2.0-megapixel camera with flash.

Barely a day goes by without the notion of convergence being trumpeted or symbolized on advertisements and commercials. Indeed, with technology for computers and consumer electronics supporting one another and overlapping in many areas, the clear distinction that once separated computer from consumer electronics products and vice versa is becoming smudgy in recent times. Take the new YP-D1 from Samsung for example. Unsuspecting window shoppers could easily mistake it as another mobile phone from the Korean electronics giant when it is in fact an MP3 player integrated with camera functions.

Multiple Identities 

A meticulous glance through its specifications reveals that the YP-D1 has much more to offer than merely playing audio files and taking still images. Making GSM calls is definitely not possible but what you do get out of this little gem apart from its main functions are voice recording, digital photo album with slide show function, onboard speakers for jukebox playback, USB storage, video recording, FM radio and TV-output. Considering all these functions are available from a player of such diminutive dimensions, it wouldn't be inappropriate to classify the Samsung YP-D1 as a portable media player at all.

Audio Factor

The Samsung YP-D1 uses solid-state memory and is available in 512MB, 1GB and 2GB flavors to store anywhere between 128 to 500 MP3 files, or the equivalent of about 33 hours of digital music enjoyment. Out of the box audio quality was clean with mids and highs reproduced faithfully. Bass however, lacked body and conviction, but this was immediately strengthened after some tinkering with its EQ settings. Although it's not our usual practice to activate sound enhancements in the testing of audio players due to possible distortions from frequency manipulations, Samsung's DSNe (Digital Natural Sound engine) technology really works to deliver richer audio quality.

Jazz and instrumental recordings were particularly enjoyable with DSNe switched on. Enjoying tunes stored in the YP-D1 with your friends is possible as well because there are tiny speakers built into the player. 

Of Imaging and Recording 

At the back of the player sits the next selling point of the YP-D1 that will change the way you perceive and use MP3 players (that's if Samsung has it their way): an integrated 2.0-megapixel CMOS camera. Operating the onboard camera is as easy as operating your regular cameraphone, but unlike most cameraphones of this size, the YP-D1 offers up cleaner and sharper stills with surprisingly commendable color accuracy. It's just unfortunate that there is a one-second shutter delay, which means candid action shots might not turn out the way you intended.

Regrettably, the YP-D1's video capabilities are not as proficient, suffering from choppy video recording and focusing difficulties with moving subjects. Most modern cameraphones such as the Sony Ericsson S750 and Nokia N70 are clearly more superior when subjected to the same usages.

Pictures On and Off 

If viewing stills in slide show mode on the 1.8-inch screen is not good enough for you, simply take the YP-D1, hook it up to your LCD, Plasma or large rear-projection television and you’re all set to share and review pictures with everyone in your family.

US$167 for the 512MB version of the Samsung YP-D1 may seem a little high for the budget conscious, but when you consider the host of functions that have been packed into the pint-sized player and the handiness it has had to offer, you’ll agree that the YP-D1 is a delightful example of pocket-sized digital convergence. What’s more, it’s also available in a Zen white shade.

Product Specifications
  • Capacity: 512MB / 1GB / 2GB
  • Display: 1.8-inch TFT
  • 2.0-megapixel camera with flash
  • EQ: User EQ 7 band, SRS WOW, WOW Optimization, Preset EQ DNSe
  • 20mW per channel output power
  • Features: FM, Line-in, Text Viewer, Speed Control, Voice Recording
  • USB2.0 connection and storage
  • Dimensions: 45 x 85 x 17mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 60g