While we're still waiting for the Samsung K3 digital audio player to hit our area, those wily Koreans have already reviewed it and it looks to be a hit. It has the same interface found in Samsung's other recent DAPs, like the K5. The K3's main draw is its size, boasting a thickness of only 6.95mm. It's important to note that, while thin, the iPod nano is thinner at 6.60mm. The K3 also has those love it or hate it touch sensitive buttons like the LG Chocolate. While I personally can't stand touch sensitive buttons (it's not a button if I can't push it), plenty of other folks do. Additionally, the player's small size does result in some drawbacks

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Don't bother using the K3's picture viewing function since the display's ho-hum resolution (160 x 128) just makes photos look like dirt. There's also a bunch of other accessories with limited appeal, such as FM radio for listening to morning zoos and a text viewer. Why you'd want to read text for a prolonged amount of time on such a tiny screen befuddles me, but I'm a grumpy old man anyway.

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Overall, the K3 looks like to be a fine little DAP. It'll have a tough time knocking the iPod nano off its high horse, but a certainly has a more attractive design than other players out there.

Paper thin K3 [popco.net via dapreview.net]