Cowon S9

The S9 comes beautifully packaged and is even more beautiful to touch. Its 84mm (3.3-inch) AMOLED display is sharp, with 16 million brightly displayed colours, and the capacitive touch screen is responsive, like the iPod touch's.
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Cowon S9

The S9 scans for scenes in your videos and generates these moving thumbnails to let you easily skip to them. A brilliant feature, well executed.
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Cowon S9

Yuck--nonstandard USB. We don't like this, and neither should you. Mini-USB all the way, we say.
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Cowon S9

Here's the main menu: glossy icons, responsive screen.
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Cowon S9

And this is what you get in the box: rubbish earphones that utterly undermine the player's stunning sound quality, and a USB cable.
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Cowon S9

Physical volume controls and track-control buttons sit on the top of the player.
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Cowon S9

Headphones and nonstandard (boo!) USB sockets sit at the bottom of the S9, next to a power-cum-lock switch.
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Cowon S9

From the side you can see the S9's distinctly curvy form factor...
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Cowon S9

...and even more so from the back. You'll also find a microphone and a rest button around here. Let joy be unconfined!
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Cowon S9

Size-wise, it's a little smaller than the iPhone, but not by much.
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Cowon S9

This photo doesn't quite do the player justice, but its 16:9 form-factor screen looks smashing. Just look at that seal divulge his opinions. Look at him go!
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Cowon S9

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Cowon S9

The Cowon S9 (center)offers a slightly larger screen than the Samsung YP-P2 (left), but not quite as large as the iPod Touch (right).
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