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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
At a very short event held today in New York City, Samsung lifted the veil of its two premium entertainment devices that offer all the functionality of Samsung’s line of Galaxy devices, but without the need of cellular connectivity. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0, which are Galaxy branded devices that offer the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity only – while still priced competitively to keep your wallets stuffed.

Checking out the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0, it definitely looks and feels much like the original Galaxy S device with its overall appearance and choice of material. Constructed out of plastic (of course), it’s definitely a lightweight and form fitting device that doesn’t seem to be too cumbersome to hold – plus, the chrome trim adds a dash of elegance to its looks. In terms of hardware, it features a 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD display, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and a 1,200 mAh battery. Initially, we were told that it features a dual-core processor, but it’s not explicitly stated in Samsung's press release as to what’s running under the hood. Meanwhile, it’s running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0





If 4-inches isn’t enough for you, then you might want to consider checking out the significantly larger Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 – with its massive 5” WVGA LCD display. Indeed, it’s gargantuan in size for anyone to wield, especially with its wide body, it’s still relatively thin at 0.46” all around. Again, it’s typical Samsung with its glossy plastic casing, which contributes to its relatively low weight. Everything else is pretty much the same with the exception that it’s sporting an LED flash in the rear to accompany its 3.2-megapixel camera and a larger 2,500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0





Thankfully, both are expected to land on October 16th with the Player 4.0 and 5.0 priced at $229 and $269 respectively. Come to think about it, that’s reasonable seeing that fully equipped Galaxy smartphones are priced exorbitantly out-of-pocket at the $400 and up mark. Therefore, if you really love Samsung’s line of Galaxy devices and don’t need the cellular connectivity, then you might want to consider checking out these bad boys.

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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:58 2

1. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Samsung is producing new devices almost every month.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:59 2

2. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Where is the HTC Music player? Moto Nexus Player? Acer LiquidTouch?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 19:04

3. ruh (unregistered)


why didn't he show the music player?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 19:39

4. duh (unregistered)


cause he doesn't like you

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:45

9. EA (unregistered)


My thoughts exactly

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 19:44

5. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Yawn. Gimmick.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 20:46 5

6. Ronref95 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)


In my opinion it looks better than the iPod touch

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:24 1

8. Thatoneguy... (unregistered)


I love android as much as the next guy but come on its not even on the same level as the ipod touch

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 10:47

24. equalunderthelaw (unregistered)


Except for the slightly lower screen resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0's hardware features appear to be superior to the iPod Touch 4th Gen.

Which specific features of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 fall short of the iPod Touch 4th Gen?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:11 1

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I can almost guarantee you that neither of these devices are dual core.

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 10:49

25. equalunderthelaw (unregistered)


The current iPod Touch 4th Gen also has a slower single core processor, so that should be the basis of the comparison. The future iPod Touch 5th Gen may have a dual core, but no official specs have been release yet.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:55

10. Lala (unregistered)


It was released at the philippines a month ago it is not a dual core device

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:51

11. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Really? ipod touch.....

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:17

16. Haha korean (unregistered)


Haha actually in korea there are galxy player...kk bu the design is almost same as galaxy s.. I think this is other country version... Because except the system ui it is almost same..

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:53

17. PeterIfromswedin (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


They need to make Bada powered mp4 player, it will be very popular among teenagers!

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:10

18. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


No it won't. People only want ipod/touches, especially teens.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:43 2

20. sarb009 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


f**k off u peter, why every where u come with ur mad ass talking abt bada

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:17 2

19. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


peter u are mad

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:23

21. jemolian (unregistered)


hoped that they would have upgraded the screen and the camera from the last appearance but they didn't... real disappointment...

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 11:11

22. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


As appealing as they look, I just dont see them making much of a dent in the Ipod touch. The Ipod touch, with the exception of having a smaller screen size, is as good or better than this device for the same price. Samsung's more competitive on the phone front. For example, an 8GB Ipod Touch current gen is same price, but another gen will come out with the A5 processor for around the same price point in the future that will bury this with this just coming out now a year after the current gen Ipod Touch and doesnt even surpass that particular model. As much as I favor Android, it is an indisputable fact.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 21:36

23. adl (unregistered)


pls tell me galaxy player 4.0 and 5.0 have a gorrila glass display

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 12:03 1

26. equalunderthelaw (unregistered)


Granted, the iPod Touch 4th Gen's 3.5inch diag 960×640 "Retina" LCD resolution is better than Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0's 4inch diag 800x480 Super-TFT LCD and 5.0's 5inch diag 800x480 TFT LCD displays. However, sacrificing a little resolution (which may not be noticeable beyond 6inches away) for a bigger screen to maintain lower costs may be worth it to many.

It is also fair to mention that both Samsung Galaxy Players have features that the iPod Touch 4th Gen does not:

1. Larger screens (diagonally meaured: 4.0's 4inch and 5.0's 5inch compared to the iPod Touch 4th Gen's 3.5inch)

2. GPS (can use with downloaded maps when WIFI is not available)

3. FM radio (awesome feature when no WIFI is available)\

4. Vibration for silent alarms, button touch feedback, and games

5. File transfer via Bluetooth

6. Expandable memory (supports up to 32GB MicroSD card)

7. Removable battery (I can't wait to pay Apple $70 + shipping to one day replace my iPod Touch 4th Gen's battery. Apple can't possibly want to force me to buy a new $230+ device by making battery replacement so difficult...Or can they?)

8. LED Camera flash (Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 only)

9. Broader audio/video code support (including open source codes like ogg) and built-in viewers for Microsoft Office files.

10. Adobe Flash support (iPod Touch web browsing is very frustrating on sites with Adobe Flash)

Apples iPod Touch 5th Gen specs have not been officially released yet. But when the time comes, the new iPod Touch will have to contend the features listed above to stay competitive -- simply removing an additional physical button or increasing resolution beyond human detectability is no longer a meaningful upgrade for the iPod Touch.

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 17:02 1

27. rp 4 lyf (unregistered)


you ar f****n mad the samsung galaxy player will hurt apple's sales and you know i am right come on man the next ipod/iphone 5 th gen will only have a 3.7 inch screen because it is "to expensive to have a 4inch screen"and plus flash player really hurts apple's sales but as for me if the new ipod touch comes out and has flash then nothing will compare to it.It will blow all their competitors into the dust

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 21:26

28. cookiemonster435 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


In my opinion, the galaxy player 4.0 is better than the iPod touch in some ways.. First of all the screen is bigger by .5 inches. I have used this myself and it just feels better in your hand. Secondly, their are 2 markets that you can shop from. Either the android market, or the Samsung app store. So you get more than one option without having to jailbreak anything like with the iPod. Whether you get more apps in total or not, you still have more options. And because it's android, you get customizable homescreens that you can put widgets and shortcuts on. You also have live wallpapers. Honestly, it's just what you prefer. If you like iOS, and you think that it's better, fine. I am simply sharing my opinion.

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