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Samsung Pebble review | MP3 player functions

Published on: Friday, May 8th 2009                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Pebble MP3 player

Samsung Pebble MP3 player

Playing music on the Samsung Pebble

The sound coming from the Samsung YP-S2 Pebble is average and will not appeal to the genuine sound-freak. While listening to music, a tone or part frequently jumps out of tune, becomes shrill, or low quality music is heard. When connecting a separate speaker set to the S2, the average sound really becomes noticeable. It all sounds somewhat muffled when it comes to the quality, not the volume, and it becomes even poor. The included ear-set has a neck cord with a 3mm jack ensuring the Pebble is fixed steadily. The rubber clip on the cord comes in handy, and since the player is around your neck when listening to music, it is well fixed and doesn't come loose. During testing, it never occurred once that the Pebble came loose. The ear-set fits well into the ear and produces a good sound. The sound is at its best through the included ear-set.

Samsung Pebble operation

Samsung Pebble operation

Buttons on the stylish Samsung Pebble

It takes a bit of time to get used to the operation of the Pebble. The buttons on the back are clear except for the 'smart' key. Firstly, this key lets you adjust the equalizer to Normal, 3D Studio, Concert Hall. Furthermore, if you keep pressing the smart key longer, the play mode will change; Normal, Shuffle, Playlist (and the color of the LED lamp on the front will indicate which mode is activated). If you pause a song and then press the 'smart' button somewhat longer, the LED on the front is activated or deactivated. If you press the volume button '+' a bit longer during listening to a song, you add the song to your playlist. The same goes for the '- ' button, but this time the song will be removed from the playlist. The playlist is able to hold 30 songs.

 

Samsung S2 memory & battery

Samsung S2 memory & battery

2GB memory & Li-Polymeer battery

The Samsung S2 is available in a 1GB and 2GB model (respectively 250 and 500 songs). The memory is not expandable. Sometimes it will take some time before you find your favorite song, especially on the 2GB version. However; a well-structured file on the MP3 player and knowledge of the music you have put on it, does help in general. The Pebble works on a Li-Polymer battery that should provide you with approximately 13 hours of music-listening, according to the specifications. To my surprise, this time is indeed quite accurate. You would not expect it from a small 'pebble' like this. This does not only provide you with a nice fashionable accessory around your neck, but also with your favorite music. Recharging the battery requires the included USB adapter.

Samsung Pebble software

Samsung Pebble software

Transferring data via the USB adaptor

Just like charging the Pebble, transferring files also happens through the USB adaptor. The disadvantage of this method, unlike mini-USB, is that it takes a lot of time. The advantage is the fact you don't need separate data cables. By the way; dragging music to and fro your MP3 player is a lot quicker than using the Samsung Media Studio Software. In particular when you want to transfer 1 or 2 GB in one go, you'd better not be in a hurry. The included Samsung software works somewhat slower and freezes for a few seconds at times, as do many other programs that come with an MP3 player. Moreover, the software seems superfluous in this case, since it is a lot easier and quicker to drag your music instead of synchronizing with the Software.

 

Samsung Pebble MP3 player

Samsung Pebble MP3 player

Samsung Pebble media player

Samsung Pebble media player

Samsung multimedia player

Samsung multimedia player

 
 
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