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Samsung's Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are the Android answer to Apple's iPod Touch, which has long been the king of portable media players. Of the two, the Galaxy Player 5.0 ($240 as of January 4, 2012) is a particularly attractive device for anyone who wishes to remain within the realm of Android for music, video, and apps, but who doesn't want to pay for monthly services with an Android phone. Offering specs similar to its iOS rival, the Galaxy Player 5.0 makes a gallant attempt at beating the iPod Touch at its own game, but falls short in audio quality. Note: Much of this review will mirror that of the Galaxy Player 4.0. The two devices are nearly identical, save for design differences and the battery size. Design The Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 looks like a larger version of T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant, save for the front-facing camera, the much larger screen, and its availability in white. Measuring 3.07 by 5.56 by 0.46 inches and weighing 6.42 ounces, the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 is both larger and heavier than the fourth-generation iPod Touch. The Galaxy Player is composed largely of plastic, but feels very well built. Unfortunately, the decorative silver-toned bezel scratched easily in my pocket and backpack, much as the bezel on the Galaxy Player 4.0 did.
The logic behind Samsung's Galaxy Player 5.0 seems fairly straightforward. You take Samsung's tailored version of the Android 2.3 smartphone operating system, put it on a pocket-size device with a 5-inch screen, and you should have an appealing alternative to Apple's popular iPod Touch. Putting aside the fact that this device is arriving about four years too late to be a meaningful competitor to the iPod Touch, the first glaring flaw in Samsung's plan is the Galaxy Player 5.0's $269 price tag. Any device like this priced over $199 has to compete not only with the iPod Touch, but with the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and a slew of discounted 7-inch tablets. Does Samsung offer some killer feature or an eye-catching design to help it stand out from the growing crowd of sub-$300 Android devices? Frankly, no. It's not a bad product, though, and if you still suspect it might be the perfect match for your particular needs, please read on. The Galaxy Player 5.0 may not be my cup of tea, but it does offer a few features that you won't find on most of its competition. First off, let's take the iPod Touch out of the equation and assume that you've found your way to this review because of some deep-seeded aversion to Apple products that acts as a cornerstone of your identity. I get it.
Think of it as an oversized iPod Touch that runs Android. The Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 fills the void for those looking to try the Android platform without having to purchase a whole new smartphone. This 5-inch device runs Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on a single-core 1GHz processor, has 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB with microSD), a 800x480 VGA display, and front- and back-facing cameras. Those specs don't match up to those of a high-end smartphone, but you get a roomy screen spread, a decent media consumption device, and access to more than 250,000 Android apps. Is that enough to take down the Touch? Try to wrap your fingers around the Galaxy Player 5.0, and it quickly becomes clear that the size of the device--stretched out at 5.6 x 3.1 x 0.46 inches--makes it awkward to hold one-handed for folks with small hands. The Galaxy Player 5.0's size and heft can be most closely compared to the HTC Amaze 4G; it weighs 6.4 ounces versus the Amaze 4G's 6.1 ounces and has the same thickness (0.46 inches). It's also bulkier than both the Galaxy S II (4.8 ounces, 0.4 inches thick) and the iPod touch (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.28 inches). We definitely felt the size and weight of the Galaxy Player 5.0 in our pockets, more than other Android smartphones we've tested.
With the Samsung Galaxy Player 50, we seem to finally be seeing a household name come out with major competition to the iPod touch. Now that the Galaxy brand is strong, the time seems right for this Android media player.Samsung's plan seems simple enough: forget the over-engineering and compete on extra features and price. It's a familiar Android tune, and one that's worked pretty damn well in the smartphone market.What we have is a touchscreen PMP with Android 2.1, Wi-Fi, micro-USB connectivity, a two-megapixel camera and a built-in microphone. It beats the iPod touch in a couple of key areas, with a built-in GPS chip, removable battery, FM radio and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of additional memory.There's already 8GB of on-board memory, so all that looks pretty good for £149 – £40 less than the 8GB iPod Touch. There's also a 16GB version for £179.All of that sounds enticing, but there are a few caveats. The 3.2-inch screen is slightly smaller than the iPod's 3.5 inches, which isn't that big a deal in itself, but the resolution is only 240 x 400 pixels.