Editors' note, updated July 10, 2009: Corrected performance rating.
The MP3 player market has done nothing but benefit from the decline in flash memory prices. One of many examples can be found in the Samsung Q2, a plain-looking device that comes in 8GB and 16GB versions for just $99.99 and $129.99, respectively. The Q2 is priced well below its competitors--particularly the 16GB version--and it delivers an excellent value, thanks to good sound quality and a nice array of handy features. However, we're not taken with the player's design.
On first glance, the Samsung Q2 appears pretty sleek, but up close, the plastic design leaves a little to be desired. The light-up touch-pad controls on the face and chrome-like border wrapping around the edges do add hints of style, but overall, the unit has a rather generic look that doesn't seem particularly innovative at this stage in the game. Of course, it's a budget player, so we can't expect the Q2 to have the slick, weighty feel of the P3. It's certainly a reasonably compact player, measuring 3.9 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.4 inch, and the display is relatively large at 2.4-inches diagonal.