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 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. The Bad The Cowon S9’s user interface isn’t quite as polished as the competition, the plastic construction feels flimsy, and it lacks Wi-Fi, memory expansion, and a standard USB port.
The Bottom Line Cowkn 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. Visit manufacturer site for details.
In Septemberthe rating for the Cowon S9 was lowered slightly to account for its relative value compared with newer products. 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.
Mistaking the button for a retractable stylus, we nearly ripped the button off just cowonn after taking the S9 out of the box the button has been a bit wobbly ever since. Luckily for us, the S9’s play button is duplicated by the onscreen playback controls. On the same top edge of the player you’ll find a track-skip switch also duplicated onscreen and a volume switch.
If it were up to us, we’d lose the S9’s play and skip buttons to lessen confusion, because more often than not we brushed the play button accidentally or hit track fowon when we meant to turn up the volume.
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. 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 xowon portable devices than specialized connectors.
In spite of all the little faults we could nitpick about, the Cowon S9’s hardware scores big when it comes to the screen. Not only does the S9 use a lightening-fast capacitive touch interface comparable to the iPhone’sbut its 3. The S9’s screen isn’t as large as the 3. User interface Hardware has always been Cowon’s strong suit, but its track record with user interfaces has been hit or miss. For the most part, the onscreen user interface of the S9 is one of the best we’ve ever seen from Cowon.
The main menu is spacious, the touch screen is responsive, and we ocwon the extra details, such as icon animation and page transitions. Unfortunately, despite being Cowon’s best effort, Apple and Samsung have set the bar incredibly high with the interfaces of their touch-screen media ocwon, which have benefited from the parallel development of touch-screen mobile phones. Our overriding criticism of the S9’s user interface is that it tries to do too much.
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. When pressed, some of these controls EQ, for instance pop up new menus that overlay across the screen, requiring a precise click to close.
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. The music-playback screen includes album art, track controls, EQ settings, file information, and options coowon bookmarking songs or adding them to an on-the-go playlist.
Like the iPod Touch, a tilt sensor inside the S9 changes the music-playback screen to an album codon when the device is turned on its side. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.
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We delete comments ciwon violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Don’t show this again. Review Sections Review Specs. The S9 is codon beautiful-looking device that, unfortunately, feels pretty flimsy compared with the glass and steel of the iPod Touch.
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