Samsung Q2 review: Samsung Q2

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MSRP: $109.99
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Samsung Q2 is incredibly inexpensive and offers solid sound quality, a nice screen, and a decent array of features, such as an FM tuner, voice recording, and games.

The Bad The Samsung Q2 has a cheap, plastic design that's generic looking. There's no dedicated volume, and the touch-pad interface is not ideal for all users. The battery life for audio is appalling.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Q2 offers excellent bang for your buck thanks to its rock-bottom pricing, plentiful features, lovely screen, and solid sound quality.

6.7 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0

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.

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