Feeds
90%
Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP

Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP

Small screen sensation

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Aside from core media playback, the R1 comes with all the goodies we have come to expect from Samsung including an RDS FM radio, voice recorder, Flash player, Bluetooth and a TV-out so you can connect it to your telly. Cables for the latter, however, are not supplied.

Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP

Beat DJ: entertainment for small people

You also get the slightly silly Beat DJ software, which lets you 're-mix' music, a memo-pad with handwriting recognition that has a mind of its own and a selection of cutesy decorative widgets that may amuse Korean under-12s but left us both cold and irritated in equal measure. Of course, you can simply remove the widgets for these from the 'Desktop' and forget they exist.

Battery life is not the R1's strong point. Samsung reckons a full charge will get you 25 hours of audio or five of video. But that first figure assumes you are playing 128kbps MP3 files, have the DNSe system switched off and the volume at half-mast. We weren't doing any of those things and so only got 18 hours. On the video front, the best we managed was 3 hours 45. Battery capacity has clearly been a victim of Samsung's efforts to keep the R1 dinky.

Shop around and you can find a 16GB R1 for around £120, that's around £15 less than you can find a 16GB iPod Nano for and the R1 sounds much better, comes with a far superior set of earphones, has much more comprehensive format support and a larger screen. OK, the new Nano has a camera, but who today has a mobile phone without one of those?

Verdict

There is a lot to like about the R1. Video playback is, by some margin, the best we have come across on a device with a screen smaller than 3in, while the sound quality is up to Samsung's usual very high standards. While there are 8GB and 32GB models also available, it’s a shame the R1 has no memory expansion slot and uses a proprietary USB port, as it would be damn near perfect. ®

More PMP Reviews...


Archos
5

Philips
GoGear
Muse

Apple iPod
Touch 3G

Cowon
D2+DAB

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

90%
Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP

Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP

A cracking little device that packs high quality video playback into a credit card-sized package.
Price: 16GB (£130), 8GB (£100) RRP

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.