Samsung P2 Review: Bluetooth Boosts Flash Player

Samsung P2
When Samsung’s P2 was announced, there was plenty of buzz over this slick and slim touch-screen player with innovative Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities. Sadly, the ability to answer phone calls through the player- arguably the coolest feature- did not work at press time. Samsung promises a firmware upgrade fix early in 2008.

Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the flash memory based P2 is a devilishly handsome gadget with a sharp 3-inch screen, FM radio, and the usual quality array of excellent Samsung user controls (like a seven-band EQ). The high-res touch screen looks fantastic, but the iPod touch’s screen is definitely easier to navigate.

File support is so-so. For audio, you get MP3, OGG, and WMA (with AAC support to come); MPEG-4 and WMV for video (though you get conversion software on the included CD) and JPEG for photos, Album art, photos, and video clips look fantastic on the horizontal 16:9 screen.

The P2 is a less-expensive yet elegant alternative to the iPod touch, but I’d hold off on buying one until those firmware upgrades unlock the Bluetooth capabilities.

Samsung P2 Short Review
Price range: 4GB, $200 list; 8GB, $250

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