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Review: Samsung Epix

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The Epix is loaded up with Windows Media Player. It is a mildly capable application for playing your music and video content. You can open it from the Today screen or by going into the main menu via the Start key. You can sideload songs directly to the phone via USB cable, or stuff them onto a microSD card first. The library segregates your content by music, videos, TV, playlists and what was played last. The music menu gives you several different ways to sort your library: all music, artist, album and genre.

Once you pick some songs and start playing them, the music player interface itself is basic and utilitarian. Once you start playing music, all of the controls are on the screen itself and you need to touch them to play/pause, or skip forward or backward.

The right soft key opens up the music menu. There are a few selections that let you adjust the player's options and check song properties. The options give you only basic control over the player.

Since the Epix does not have a 2.5 or 3.5mm headset jack. You have to use stereo Bluetooth headphones or the Samsung proprietary port-to-3.5mm adapter if you want to listen in private. The default for the music player is to play through the built-in speaker. Sound quality through the speaker was so-so.

WMP gets the job done, but it certainly doesn't raise the bar.

There are a handful of the usual AT&T music applications also thrown into the Music folder, including XM Radio, access to music videos and music communities.

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