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Samsung S5The Samsung S5 is an MP3 player with a fun interface and excellent sound quality; the screen is a bit small, but this player is still a great choice if you want to share your tunes at the drop of a dime.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Hi I'm Jasmine France, Senior associate editor for CNET.com. And I'm here today with the Samsung S5. And the coolest thing about this MP3 player is the flip-out speaker that comes right out from back behind the player. It actually props the player brilliant nicely, so you can share the tunes in it. It's a good angle for using the players as well. If you remember this is actually a follow-up to the Samsung K5 and what they've done is just slimmed it down quite a bit and that's great because that was one of our main complaint about the K5. It's not slimmest player ever 'cause they did have to allow room for the speaker in here. But overall, it's a pretty compact device and you can leave the speaker close and listen through headphones here on the bottom. There is a touch-sensitive control panel right here. There's no buttons or tactile feedback at all, which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on how you like to use your player. Another cool thing on this player is you can choose different effects to be playing on the screen itself, while you're listening to music, so you got a little visualization on there. It offers a lot of features including built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream stereo quality audio to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. You can also connect it with your cell phones, so you can take calls through the built-in mic on the player. So it's very multi-functional. You also get a voice recorder, an FM tuner with presets and recording and photo and video playback. Photos do look really nice on this display, but it's really small displays. So, you're not really gonna be wanting to watch a lot of videos on here. Now this is truly an audio enthusiast's MP3 player. You get a nine-band customizable EQ, as well as several sound effects settings and enhancements. Now for all these features and the excellent sound quality you are gonna be paying a little bit of a premium for the 4-gigabyte player, it's about $129.99 and the 8-gigabyte goes for $159.99. But to have all the wireless and everything and that might be worth it for you. I'm Jasmine France and this has been the Samsung S5. ^M00:01:40 [ Music ]