- Cowon C2-16BS 16 GB Video Player, Black with Silver
- User Manual
- USB cable (proprietary)
- An e-Music offer for free songs
- An Audible offer for a free audio book.
- MicroSD expansion slot (for up to 32gb cards).
- 2.6" Clear Color LCD touchscreen (240x320)
- FM Radio and radio recording (but with no RDS).
- 55 hour battery for music). 10 hours for video.
- Metal back.
- External Volume +/-, Menu, and Power/Hold buttons.
Music: File formats supported include MP3/2, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, and WAV. I can verify that the C2 will play WMA lossless, which is a challenge for most media players. The only format I haven't tested is APE. All other play fine and sound great. The now playing screen doesn't sit still. Instead it puts your cover art on an LP and spins it around to keep you entertained visually.
Music's Now-Playing features are a little more cryptic to find than they were on the J3, and they required an extensive examination to figure out. You can find Favorites and Bookmarks, but not easily. There is an alphabetic search option (limited to 12 characters) as well. You have the typical playback shuffle and repeat, speed and pitch controls. You can also access extensive EQ/JetEffect settings including 4 User configurations, Normal, and 34 unique presets. The music app is full featured, but far from intuitive to use if you really want to master it.
Videos: File formats supported include AVI, WMV, ASF (and MP4 unofficially). The video app is also fairly complete, but given the small screen perhaps not the best excuse for getting a Cowon C2.
The settings in the video app are nearly the same as on Cowon's other players, but again a little bit of a mystery as to where to find. A single tap on the screen brings up the play controls. Those include Prev/Rewind, Play, and Next/Fast_Forward. There is a slider to let you move to any position in the video, as well as Position (time) and Length (time) info. You can tap the lower corners to for "next" or "prev" pages which will take you to more video settings including Subtitle, Display, Playback, and Speed (to the right), with Loop, Brightness, Capture, and JetEffect (EQ) settings (to the left).
Back to that first tap on the Now Playing screen: To the right after that first tap is an Open icon which when tapped will bring up a list of the available videos. From that list a tap on the tiny "next" icon moves you to Video Favorites if you've marked any, and one more tap gets you to Video Bookmarks. A tap on "Prev" brings you to an alphabetic search page.
Pictures: JPGs appear to be the only picture format supported. You get all the basic features with the Pictures app including incremental and double-tap to Zoom, Pan, SlideShow (with transitions), and Rotate.
Documents: You can view .TXT files on the C2 with the Documents app. You can also hand write notes to yourself with the included NotePad app. Lastly, you can type notes with the Typist app. Both would be fine for making notes to yourself. The NotePad app is limited to 30 pages, and of course there is no printing from the C2. The Typist app has 60 available pages. I highly recommend using a stylus with these apps on the C2. Any PDA stylus should work, and you don't need an expensive capacitive stylus with the resistive screen.
Radio: You'll need to have the earphones plugged in to serve as antenna for the radio. All the expected features are there. A panel to the left (tap
Games: Flash games are supported on the C2. No samples came with it, and I didn't have any examples to try.
Clock: There is a timer and alarm in the Settings>Time app, with a Stopwatch (or Countdown timer) as a separate StopWatch app. Very handy. You can also use it as a simple clock. It would make a great travel companion. Add a simple stand for greatest convenience. The default theme has it's first page as a clock with inspirational sayings. Tap on the upper right corner of this page to cycle through them. I find the clock and related features to be one of the best excuses for a C2.
Summary: For codec support and audio output quality, the C2 gets an A+. The User Interface and app options are something you'll need to study awhile to get used to. All the features are there, just hard to find. I'm enjoying my C2 for its small size, light weight, and great sound. I'm not using the included earbuds though. Find a great set of headphones for the C2 and you'll be in audio heaven.
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