Written on: 19/11/2010 by B2010ing (1 review written)
The aluminum body looks very sturdy. While the previous version, U5, was more of a cute design with round shapes and in plastic, U6 has a sophisticated and simple design, rate in low-end products. Same as iPod Shuffle, products with metallic design certainly give a more luxurious feel. The tactile button is simple and easy to use. Looking at the design of Q3, which is launched together with U6, it seems like all MP3P of Samsung will use the same tactile button design.
- USB Port
Different from U5, the USB port has changed from cab type to sliding type. With cab, there is always the risk of losing it. Sony's USB MP3Ps are also in cab type. I really don't understand why the manufacturers stick to a design that consumers find very inconvenient - maybe because cab breaks down less frequently than sliding type. Well, anyhow, Samsung does seem to quickly react to consumer complaints. I think the USB port is what distinguishes it the most from U5.
- Sound quality
Proprietary sound effect technology 'SoundAlive' is really awesome! Just as the reviews on U5 and Q2 on Amazon reads, consumers give thumbs up when it comes to the 'SoundAlive' function. Well, U6 is not a premium product and its affordable price leaves the customers not expecting much from its sound quality, but you will be surprised. You can also play FLAC file, which is a Lossless Audio file. In particular, low and high tone are played very vividly.
- Fitness Mode
No, you cannot expect something like the 'nike+' function of iPod touch. I mean, we are talking about a tiny mP3P of a finger size! However, all the core functions you need when you workout are all provided. Set the target weight and input the calorie consumption goal and an audio guide will inform you of the calories burnt while you are working out. You can also compare your record. The functions are just right for a product like U6 which is a good size to use when you are working out.
On top of these 3 functions, a cute character icon called 'Popcon' is something that kids will surely like. It's not a critical function or anything, but it's quite cute if you see it in a small display. If you create your own character, it will dance when you listen to music!