Jan 21, The Good Cowon’s S9 portable media player offers a gorgeous OLED touch- screen display, long battery life, and features such as Bluetooth. Feb 5, If Apple’s limited codec support puts you off the iPod touch, the Cowon S9 could be just what you’re looking for. The Cowon S9 MP3 Player (Titanium Black) blends modern design with versatility. The sleek, yet simple, curved shape of the S9, fits naturally in your hand.
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The S9 is a beautiful-looking device that, unfortunately, feels pretty flimsy compared with the glass and steel of the iPod Touch. Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. When pressed, some of these controls EQ, for instance pop up new menus that overlay across the screen, requiring a precise click to close. The bottom edge of the S9 offers a power-hold switch, headphone jack, and a pin USB jack more common to cell phones than MP3 players. The only glaring weak point we found with the S9’s construction is the thin, plastic play button lodged into the top edge of the screen.
It is, in fact, a rather difficult machine to use all-round, thanks to Cowon’s preference for customisability over usability: Like the iPod Touch, a tilt sensor inside the S9 changes the music-playback screen to an album browser when the device is turned on its side.
Videos fair much better, thanks to a 3. It’s big to handle, but it’s very lightweight. On the same top edge of the player you’ll find a track-skip switch also duplicated onscreen and a volume switch. Unfortunately, despite being Cowon’s best effort, Apple and Samsung have set the bar incredibly high with the interfaces of their touch-screen media players, which have benefited from the parallel development of touch-screen mobile phones.
The Good Cowon’s S9 portable media player offers a gorgeous OLED touch-screen display, long battery life, and features such as Bluetooth audio, voice recording, FM radio, Flash media support, audio and video playback, a photo viewer, and a text reader.
It’s worth noting that the player works well with Cowln Media Player, but can also be filled up using simple drag-and-drop.
Mac compatible Linux v2. In fact, the feel of the unit doesn’t match the luxurious looks or premium price-tag; instead it feels a little plasticky and insubstantial.
Bluetooth The built-in Bluetooth capability lets you access your multimedia files without having to connect the player or stay next to your computer, speaker system, or other devices, giving you even greater freedom. Intuitive Controls The touch-screen design of the S9 gives you a wide surface on which to view options and scroll through menus.
Cowon S9 Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it cowoh and stay on topic. Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world. New ‘phones won’t fix everything The headphones aren’t quite as nasty as they look, but they’re not far off, producing a rather s and thin delivery. The Bottom Line The Cowon S9 is a sexy-looking gadget with exceptional audio and video quality, but its construction quality and user interface pale in comparison to the competition.
The music-playback screen includes album art, track controls, EQ settings, file information, and options for bookmarking songs or adding them to an on-the-go playlist. No Longer Available Update Location close. Korean company Cowon has been quietly but doggedly chasing the MP3 market leaders for years now, and this S9 is its most stylish and sophisticated player to date.
Oh, and the built-in accelerometer means you only have to turn the player on its side for the picture to rotate and take advantage of the genuine For example, in order to fit controls for shuffle modes, song repeat, play and pause, skip, A-B loop, EQ, and tilt-sensor lock onto the S9’s music playback screen, Cowon used a control strip across the bottom of the screen that flips around to reveal a second set of controls. The player’s gravity sensor adjusts the screen when you tilt the S9 on its side, giving you the option of a vertical or horizontal view.
Be the first to review this item. Review Sections Review Specs. Having the headphone jack smack in the middle of the S9’s bottom edge makes it a bit awkward to hold in landscape view, and unless there’s a good excuse, we always prefer to see mini-USB jacks on portable devices than specialized connectors.
The mobile world might finally get exciting again in And if you’re really after a portable movie player, Apple’s Touch does it better for similar money. For Excellent screen delivers sharp, vibrant pictures very good format support decent audio detail.
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Galaxy S9 brings Samsung two steps forward, one step back. Our overriding criticism of the S9’s user interface is that it tries to do too much.
In addition to these standard MP3 options, you can also listen to the radio, record voice, and play games. The Bad The Cowon S9’s user interface isn’t quite as polished as the competition, the plastic construction feels flimsy, and it lacks Cowpn, memory expansion, and a standard USB port.
We can appreciate the ambitious amount of options Cowon is trying to offer the user, but at some point it just becomes messy–especially on a touch screen. See any cowo on cwon page? The Cowon S9 doesn’t just look and feel good – it also brings excellent audio quality to the table, along with video, photo and text options, just to name a few.
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User interface Hardware has always been Cowon’s strong suit, but its track record with user interfaces has been hit or miss. Continue to next page 01 Not only does the S9 use d9 lightening-fast capacitive touch interface comparable to the iPhone’sbut its 3. Bluetooth capability gives you even more freedom with wireless access to multimedia files.
The one you’ve been waiting for. We’ve changed, we promise. In spite of all the little faults we could nitpick about, the Cowon S9’s hardware scores big when it comes to the screen. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read.