Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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67 thoughts on “Review: Samsung P3 (YP-P3)

  • Great review Jenn!

    Competition in the touchscreen PMP market is tighter than ever, with the S9, P3, and upcoming X1000. Cowon and Samsung are battling it out through firmware upgades. The S9 recently got widget support, and the P3 better video support. It makes it tougher for the consumer, err..me to decide which to get :D

    I definitely like the aluminum build of the P3, and the interface looks nice and colorful. I’m still not sold on the widgets, but hopefully Samsung continues putting more of them out. I’d also like for them to support some User-created widgets. That’d make it more like the iPhone/iTouch in regards to user apps.

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  • I’m really impressed with how meaty Samsung and Cowon’s firmware upgrades are. The widgets on the S9 are a nice addition, but I don’t like how they’re separated from the main icons. I also don’t care for the UI in general. It’s one of the things that prevents me from using it more often (I’ve had it since Dec). The touchscreen isn’t as responsive as the P3’s either.

    The S9 is more comfortable to hold because of the curved back, but I like the P3 better. I think Samsung *will* allow user-created widgets at some point since they’re pretty big on UCIs.

    As for the X1000, it will really come down to the browser for me. It *has* to be very good given how many iPod touch comparisons it’ll get. The general look and feel of UI hasn’t changed for a few years either, so I’m also interested to see how it will take advantage of the touchscreen. At least we know the sound quality will be great. :)

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  • too bad it’s not expandable with removable flash memory cards

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  • Seem the window for iriver is closing if they doesn’t step up by now.

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  • Yeah, that would’ve been a nice addition. Maybe if the competition was doing it… ;)

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  • Does the P3 have a ‘add to now playing’ feature or something similar?

    I don’t know about you, but I tend to be listening to something, and then I’ll randomly want to listen to something else, so i’ll want to add that to the list of songs i’m already listening to. If you know what I mean, lol

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  • Closest thing to that is ‘add to playlist.” Not very useful if you’re not already listening to that playlist (there are 5 on-the-go ones) but it’s not difficult to navigate to it and you’d only have to do once. After that, adding new songs to the playlist would be the same as a “add to now playing” feature.

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  • In regards to size will P2 cases fit the P3 as I can’t find any P3 cases online.

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  • P2 cases *do* fit the P3 but because of the cosmetic differences on the front of the players, certain cases aren’t ideal. The Noreve case for the P2 – http://pocketables.com/2008/01/review-noreve-s.html – covers the touch strip area on the P3 and has the cut-out for the P2’s blue “ring”. Regular pouches or cases with open fronts would be fine, though.

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  • Great player witha Great review!!! Thankyou!

    By the way, is that P3 possible to listzen radio via Bluetooth?

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  • No, the radio doesn’t work over Bluetooth.

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  • What about transferring music form the player to a mobile phone via bluetooth?

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  • Does P3 have full screen keyboard for input? Or even better, does it support T9 input like most pda phone have?

    Will P3 be compatible with those small bluetooth keyboard build for pda phone?

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  • P3 is not that impressive except screen, I am waiting for ipod touch gen 3, apple sooner or later will release amoled screen. Plus itune store is huge factor to make device useful, you can get so many apps and games from there, until cowon, samung, iriver or whoever can beat itune store (even cydia or installer, you know what i am talking about), their plays are just in niche market.

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  • Good review, actually..great! I have seen and heard a few rumors about how good the P3 really is compared to some other PmP’s. I hope that when it hits U.S stores, or i get one of my own..(hehe)..it’ll be even better than the P2 i used to have. The P2 showed a fair game, and was a very strong opponent compared to my other MP3’s. So i hope the P3 will not disappoint.

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  • I have a hard time taking anything samsung does seriousely anymore. The menus look like they’re made by a kid with ADHD in paint. If its not dogs (sammy) they stuff on their menus, its random cookie figures and butterflies. Sometimes i wonder if the samsung firware devs are 4 years old, or if they think thats their target market

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  • Avatar of Radu FLX

    I’ve got a P3 for two weeks now, and it sounds great(with another pair of headphones) the videos are super , the fm radio has a very good sensitivity and almost all the other features and widgets are useful. I am very pleased with it !

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  • Aw, I really like the UI. Very colorful and cute. Some of the widgets are completely superfluous, I agree, but others have value.

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  • can you tell me where you got your p3 at? i really want one! please&thank you. =)

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  • Noreve has a P3 case on the market. I found one other but cannot remember the manufacturer. As the player has been released in several large world markets I am sure we will be seeing more P3 dedicated cases with each passing day. Good luck.

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  • Avatar of A. Hamilton

    Can you tell me if this player works with audible and perscription music sites like Rhapsody and Napster?

    How is it on Audiobooks in general?

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  • OMG, perscription music, no wonder doctors are getting richer and richer, they have a cut from music industry too.

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  • does it come up with a software that converts files to mp3? i mean also changing the bitrate like Creative Media Center. I have a zen micro and i always like to keep all mi music on a 128 bitrate. Still dont know if ill buy p3 or zen x-fi!

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  • Avatar of deryk barker

    Can I ask a silly question: I don’t have a windows system (ours is a 100% linux household, all 7 working computers) and so it is absolutely necessary that any MP3 (or Ogg!) player I buy has a standard USB interface and looks like a hard drive to the system.

    Your review indicates this is so – can I ask you to confirm this for me, that you *don’t* need to install the included software to transfer files to the player?

    thanks

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    Oh yes, one other thing – the spec mentions the batter charge time ‘from adapter’ but the package doesn’t seem to mention containing one. Am I missing something?

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  • Yes, as stated in the review, the P3 is a UMS (Universal Mass Storage) device that will be recognized by a computer in the same way as a standard USB drive.

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  • i have the P2 and my mom is getting the P3 while she’s going to visit S. Korea =D (i’m korean XP)

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  • Avatar of deryk barker

    Well, I did say it was a silly question…:-)

    One thing ou might mention, by default it does not connect in UMS mode but in some other. My system did not see the device until I’d gone into setting, changed it and restarted the device.

    Looks very cool though and I’m currently loading a small portion of my music library onto it.

    Thanks for the review, it was a major factor in my decision to buy this.

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  • Oh, mine *did* connect in UMS mode by default. I think it may have something to do with the firmware. I hope you enjoy the player as much as I do. :-)

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  • Avatar of Sam Park

    Hey Jenn! That was an awesome review; I absolutely loved it.
    Anywho, I was wondering about the price of the P3. Apparently, the P3 was supposed to rival the IPod Nano (rumor), but why is it so expensive? I know it’s a new and all that, but don’t you find it a tad expensive?

    Right now, in British Columbia, they only have the 16GB released. Are the other memory capacities available, or are all the major outlets in North America like that?

    Thanks.

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  • Official US pricing is actually very competitive and incredibly reasonable for all the P3 can do: $149 (8GB), $199 (16GB), and $299 (32GB). The player still hasn’t been released in the US (that’s set for next month, I believe) but I’m expecting that all three capacities will be available at around the same time, especially since Samsung already announced all the price points.

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  • Avatar of Sam Park

    Well, In Canada, the 16GB P3 is $279… In B.C. anyway.

    Thanks for the info!

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  • i’d like see a bluetooth pmp that can use cell phones internet over bt

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  • We just got a P3 and it works fine with any site that sells MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA or FLAC formats. iTunes sells non-encrypted music in M4A format, but it’s very easy to convert your iTunes music to high quality MP3 from within iTunes (see Apple’s FAQ for more info).

    Encrypted (DMA) music won’t work AFAIK – but anyone who encrypts their music is (a) a moron (it can easily be ripped), and (b) you shouldn’t buy. ALL of iTunes music is now unencrypted! :)

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  • ebay… order it from the stores on their site… they ship anywhere in the world, any size too!

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  • then get a cretive zen or zen x-fi because i have a creative zen and i can create unlimited playlists on the go with add to now playing feature, which is actually called add to selected. u can also name the playlists and delete them if u want to

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  • Avatar of perscriber

    so does nokia ovi, but that’s not the reason to buy Nokia; Apple iPods are at the bottom of the audio players list and its only for teenagers with free money.

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  • would a P2 wall charger fit a P3?

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  • wat do u mean with another pair of headphones? are the p3 headphones that ome with it any good

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  • I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Margaret

    http://bluetoothspeakerphone.net

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  • Hi, silly question, maybe….has anyone tried reading an e-book on this gadget? I’m looking for an e book reader, but they are a lot more expensive than this. I have a samsung tocco cell phone, and it’s great…looks like it performs similar to the P3, but I can’t read e books on the tocco. Thanks.

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  • Avatar of Marcene

    is that a firmware update that allow the p3 to pair with more bluetooth headsets than the standard ones it comes with?

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  • yeah. this may not have an itunes story library or an accelerometer but its 100 bucks cheaper and not made by apple. i can then trust that it wont become obsolete a month after purchasing like ipods do.

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  • Thanks for the review.
    Yet another stupid question here: could P3 be used as bluetooth headset for internet voice chats? I mean communication through bluetooth with notebook or smth. like that.

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  • Avatar of bLAKE L.A.

    warehouse123.com is cheating u……. go 2 samsung.com and the cost way less for the p3 8gb and 16gb

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  • Avatar of Miranda

    Hey, I would love to get a better look at a P3! Where could I potentially buy one? What’s my best bet?

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  • Avatar of Bakhtar Shaikh

    well i need to know how about the sound quality of it
    does it leave itouch behind
    what are the accessories in the sealed box
    as other Mp3 players i have often heard of battery problems
    can u give any info about fibre handsfree not common rubber handsfree
    cuz i feel that give better sound loudness then any other ordinary handsfree

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  • because after I formatted does not make me put the images ??????and how do I lose games?
    ?

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  • Avatar of Updated P2 user

    Hi Jen, first of all, thanks for your review! I got something to ask you:
    i. I notice there’s a dictionary function elsewhere on the P3. Could you give some details about it?

    ii. What do you think will happen if firmware v. 2.07 of P3 (which contains Xvid and Sketchbook apps) is transferred to P2? Since the updated P2 (w/ games, subway maps, password, calculator etc.) is almost identical to P3 minus the haptic sensor and widgets, do you think that particular firmware update can juice up P2? My, that would be so cool…:-) Can you find anyone who’s brave enough to find out?

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  • Ihave the P3 and find it to be a great toy ,if only the software would work . Any ideas when EmoDio will function properly or will there ever be a software that functions for this player?

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  • Avatar of squeezebox

    Thank you. This looks like a great device.

    I have viewed Samsung’s user manual, and it talks about bookmarks for video, and bookmarks for text files– but it does NOT mention the ability to set a bookmark for audio files!

    Can you confirm?

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  • Hi i am looking to buy the p3 does it come with a case or do you have to buy the separately and if so how much?

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  • Can u text on the p3 if you haven’t got your phone with u?

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  • The P3 plays FLAC files and sounds very good… BUT it does NOT support FLAC tags so you will not be able to select your tunes by Album, Artist, Genre, Track Title or even Track Number and you will see no album art. All you will get is a very long list of file names. Absolute pants!

    Further, the included Emodio software will silently install a windows component called ‘contentSAFER for Winmax’. This piece of malware does not play nice with iTunes and completely trashed my Squeezebox Server installation. What’s worse, it cannot be uninstalled in the usual way. You have to find and delete its files and then find and delete its registry entries (not for the fainthearted). Apparently this malware is also installed with Samsung phones. Thanks Samsung. You are now on my blacklist.

    I am returning my P3.

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  • Where do you get the firmware upgrades?

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  • yes it is compatible with rhapsody and napster

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  • No, you can’t. This is a Portable MEDIA Player, it’s not a phone so it doesn’t have phone capabilities such as calling and texting.

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  • GREAT REVIEW!

    I have a few questions:
    1. Is charging the battery simply plugging it into the computer with the USB cable?
    2. To type the memo, is there a built-in touch screen qwerty keyboard?
    3. When connecting with the phone, how does it work?

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  • 4. Is it possible to download other apps?

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  • The problems with this little POS is that it has no checking for errors. Something I wrote into its memory causes it not to present the touchscreen menu and to ignore the touchscreen. It is dead, resetting doesn’t help.

    Control software can still see the memory.

    Miserable software makes an otherwise OK device miserable.

    Also, their video demonstrating the use of the product is way too fast for me.

    They have many dozens of models. It would be better to take the time to get the software right for some of them. A big plus would be supporting FLAC as well as the microsoft format.

    There is a reason that Apple owns this market.

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  • I have worked in places like Samsung must be. The attitude is always “the next product will save the group/division/company”.

    No concept of quality in their software. I would never recommend Samsung for anything that contains software. Components are OK, memory, … but the YP-P3 has soured me on the company completely.

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  • where can i fixed my p3 if its loosing touch? or can i need to do..im at philippines, manila…plz reply! tnx

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  • where can i fixed my p3 if its loosing touch? or what can i need to do..im at philippines, manila…plz reply! tnx

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