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Samsung YP-Z5 (4GB)8. Samsung YP-Z5 (4GB)
Price range: $214-279
The good: Outputs clean and punchy sound; relatively large, bright color screen; well-designed menus; solid aluminum chassis; exceptional battery life; ability to simultaneously view photos and listen to music.
The bad: Touch pad can be difficult to deal with; lacks FM tuner and on-the-go playlists.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a tiny, well-built color-screen MP3 player with excellent sound, the Samsung YP-Z5 is a great choice. Just make sure you're comfortable with the touch-pad controller before you buy.
Samsung YH-J50 (6GB)9. Samsung YH-J50 (6GB)
Product Type: Portable Audio Player
Interface Type: USB 1.1, USB 2.0
Storage Type: Hard drive
Supported audio formats: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA
Rated battery life (audio): 25 hours
Other features: USB host; games; photo viewing
Supported video formats: MPEG-4
Sony Walkman Bean NW-E307 (1GB)10. Sony Walkman Bean NW-E307 (1GB)
Price range: $64-119
The good: Great battery life; unique USB-jack design; superb FM reception.
The bad: Background hiss during playback; lethargic transfer rate.
The bottom line: Although the Sony Walkman Bean NW-E307 is short on features, it still got some of the basics right.