We all knew that Samsung could come out with a solid MP3 player. This company has always had the potential to make an alternative to the industry's best portable audio players but up until recently their offerings have been somewhat disappointing. They put out a couple of interesting portable media devices over the past few years, but nothing with enough substance to compete with the iPod (in any of its forms) or the recent products from Sandisk.
Lately Samsung has done a great job of turning things around. The company has seemingly decided to really make some headway in the digital audio market with a few devices that combine form and function in a way that we would expect from Samsung. In the T9 Samsung has a solid product that has finally managed to get some attention as a great iPod alternative, but the really exciting product from them this season is what we will be looking at today: the K5.
The K5 (the full name is the YP-K5) has a few things going for it, but the foremost is an integrated set of speakers. That's right, built-in speakers in a Nano-sized player. None of your friend's are going to care about the 1.8" OLED display, FM tuner, or the 4GB capacity when you take out the K5, put in on your desk, and flip those speakers open.