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 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 dowon. The S9’s screen isn’t as large as the 3. 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.

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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. The S9 has a touchscreen interface, but it’s not as sophisticated as that on the similar Samsung player, with less natural flicking and scrolling.

Uncompressed FLACs are equally stodgy, despite decent detail levels overall. 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 skip when we meant to turn up the volume.

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. Gravity Sensor When you tilt your S9, it follows suit. Continue to next page 01 For the most part, the onscreen user interface of the S9 is one of the best we’ve ever seen from Cowon.

Bandersnatch is here to cap a twisted The only glaring weak point we found with the S9’s construction is the thin, plastic play button lodged cpwon 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: We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. 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.


Gigantic-screen phone for a gigantic price. 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 User interface Hardware has always been Cowon’s strong suit, but its track record with user interfaces has been hit or miss.

And if you’re really after a xowon movie player, Apple’s Touch does it better for similar money.

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In spite of all the little faults we could nitpick about, the Cowon S9’s hardware scores big when it comes to the screen. The Cowon S9 doesn’t just look and feel good – it also brings excellent audio quality coson the table, along with video, photo and text options, just to name e9 few. Visit manufacturer site for details. Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s When pressed, some of these controls EQ, for w9 pop up new menus that overlay across the screen, requiring a precise click to close.

Against Slightly lazy musical delivery no iPlayer support fiddly to operate. Hear the difference in the natural, yet powerful sound and pick from 30 presets for an even more enhanced experience. 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.

Be the first to review this item. 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 harsh and thin delivery.

The sleek, yet simple, curved shape 9s the S9, fits naturally in your hand, while the generous 3. In x9, the feel of the unit doesn’t match the luxurious looks or premium price-tag; instead it feels a little plasticky and insubstantial. The mobile world might finally get exciting again in Bluetooth The built-in Bluetooth capability lets ciwon 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.


Mac compatible Linux v2. Don’t show this again. It works well here, as the S9 produces a brilliantly punchy, sharp and vibrant picture, with very solid motion and decent black depth for a coeon of this type. Not only does the S9 use a lightening-fast capacitive touch interface comparable to the iPhone’sbut its 3.

Sounds great but lacks vision. Cowon S9 Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Videos fair much better, thanks to a 3. Mistaking the button for a retractable stylus, we nearly ripped the button off just moments after taking the S9 out of the box the button has been a bit wobbly ever since. We’ve changed, we promise. The one you’ve been waiting for. Review Sections Review Specs. 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 S9 is a beautiful-looking device that, unfortunately, feels pretty flimsy compared with the glass and steel of the iPod Touch. For Excellent screen delivers cowo, vibrant pictures very good format support decent audio detail. It’s big to handle, but it’s very lightweight. 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.

It’s worth noting that the player works well with Windows Media Player, but can also be filled up using simple drag-and-drop. Song control buttons on the top of the player allow you to operate the basic controls when the S9 is in your pocket.

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.