Sometimes an excellent operating system can be made even better
- Stylish, slim, nice interface, Bluetooth connectivity, great screen
- Video conversion is a little annoying, touch sensitive buttons may not be for everyone
A strong competitor to Apple's iPod nano, the Samsung T10 combines a touch style interface with a great screen and a robust array of features.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
Following the increasingly popular trend of 'less is more', Samsung's latest entry into the portable multimedia market offers one of the most minimalist designs we've seen. Piggybacking on the success of the iPod touch it offers nothing in the way of tactile controls. Instead, users interact with the device through touch sensitive buttons that illuminate on startup. Aside from this feature the YP-T10 is a fairly standard media player, offering a range of features and full multimedia support.
Aesthetically this unit is quite attractive and will appeal to users who are regularly on the move. It is less than 8mm thick and weighs just 43 grams, so it effortlessly slips into a pocket or bag. Coming in a variety of colours including black, purple, red, white or the lovely lime green that we received, it is stylish and smooth with mostly rounded edges and a very modern feel.
The touch sensitive controls operate quite well. They are sensitive and respond well to light pressure although they still aren't as accurate as a regular set of buttons and may frustrate some users. Samsung has gone out of their way to make the control scheme simple, with just a basic five-way directional pad doing the brunt of the work. There are also back and menu buttons and a hold switch on the side, but no dedicated volume keys.
A really cool feature of the T10 is its interface. Samsung has included a few options, but the default one is comprised of a rather loveable animated dog doing a variety of different things. This adds a little flair to what is typically a fairly dull process. Of course, if this isn't for you there are a couple of other, simpler options.
One thing that really helps make the menu shine is the great quality 2in 320x240 TFT screen. During our video tests it rendered crisp, vibrant video footage with no ghosting or blurring and excellent clarity. It is definitely one of the better displays on a unit of this size.
Both MPEG4 and WMV video formats are supported, as well as WMA and MP3 for audio. Video files need to be converted to the appropriate resolution and format using either Samsung's included software or something like Windows Media Player, otherwise the T10 won't recognise them.
All the other features you'd expect are available. There is an FM radio complete with recording capabilities and station presets. It received decent reception indoors although there was a noticeable crackle. There is also a picture viewer and voice recorder. The music player is a standard affair with shuffle and loop modes, both ID3 and directory based sorting as well as a five-band equaliser.
Another nifty inclusion is Bluetooth connectivity complete with A2DP support. This allows easy use of wireless Bluetooth headphones. Samsung even claims multiple sets of headphones can be connected at once allowing several users to enjoy the same media at the same time; however, we only had one pair to test with. Connection was simple and the signal remained strong throughout our trial.
Audio quality on the whole was fairly standard, perhaps a little above average. It won't impress audio enthusiasts greatly but it more than adequately does the job with a nice rich sound and good detail.
Battery life is quoted at 30 hours playback for music and four hours for video, which is a little above average.
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