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Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

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Interface:

Right away, we’re greeted with a familiar interface, as the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the manufacturer’s very own TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Of course, it’s great that we’re given the full functionality and features available with Android, but we’re perturbed that it’s lacking most of the wealthy set of Samsung widgets found with its smartphone counterparts.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is featuring the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread



Processor:

Once deemed as one of the most cutting edge things, especially when it was found in use with the original Samsung Galaxy S, the 1GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor that’s hiding under the hood of the Galaxy Player 3.6 is effective with most operations – albeit, we experience some bouts of slowdown every now and then. For the most part, we’re accepting of its overall performance, but then again, don’t expect anything mind-blowing. Even more when its benchmark results barely raises our eyes.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 1911 2733 20
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4


Multimedia:

Somewhat a relief to see, we’re grateful to find the device sporting an eye-catching “disc view” with its music player interface, which presents us with a cool looking carousel. As for the audio quality from its internal speaker, we’re pleasantly surprised with its loud output, which can be enhanced thanks to the multitude of equalizer options that are available.

Music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

Music player interface


Interestingly, we’re able to load a video on the device that’s encoded in MPEG4 1280 x 720 resolution. Naturally, it’s able to handle its playback with no problem, but its poor quality display doesn’t make for an endearing experience.

Outfitted with a 2-megapixel camera in the rear, there’s not much to expect out of it, since it fails to impress us with its muddy details. Additionally, it struggles most in low lighting conditions, as images come out blurry, noisy, and bland in tone. More of the same, we can actually say the same thing about its VGA video recording.

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Sample Video:




Internet:

Indeed, it’s not the fastest thing out there, but we’re gladly accepting of its web browsing performance. Sure, we might see some choppiness every now and then, but for the most part, it’s tolerable enough to handle most complex pages – even with ones that have heavy Flash content.

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 - Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6



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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:51 5

1. mercorp (Posts: 984; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Dont get it,please.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:00 4

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Agreed, this device is just horrible, good for a very very budget minded person, but you could probably get a decent tablet like the kindle fire or something ANYTHING for a little bit more.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 11:38

12. ThePhoneCricket322 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)


Definitely. It is just terrible. Got it for christmas and instantly regretted it.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 11:23

16. ThePhoneCricket322 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)


Sound quality is amazing compareed to the Nexus 5 though

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:20 1

3. -box- (Posts: 3876; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


So good for kids that want to play games with their friends, and good for those parents who don't want their kids to spend their time on the phone or texting when they should be doing homework or something, and with the added benefit of affordability. Granted a used phone with a dead SIM would work in the same capacity, but that adds added bulk and more complications for replacement if something happened to it

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:24 4

4. mercorp (Posts: 984; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Even the ipod touch can do better than this.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:32 1

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


^^^^lol

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 18:02 1

7. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Thats the new S3!! OHHHH

posted on 11 May 2012, 02:57

11. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


But can it call?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 11:39

13. ThePhoneCricket322 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)


The S3 can call (only in cellular versions)

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 18:03

8. LordBonztie (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


iphone vs sgs
ipod touch vs sgs player

posted on 01 May 2012, 00:10 2

9. BattleBrat (Posts: 1174; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


At least with the Walkman Z series they put some EFFORT into it!

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:06

10. Chadl (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2012)


How come every time I see a review on a galaxy player they start talking about phones. However they don't say it about the iPod touch. I own both and I don't use the iPod anymore. Why, the camera is better, It has GPS, ever once in while I just want to hear the radio and I can use it in place of my smart phone to save the battery when I'm in a wifi area. I don't have the 3.6 but I have the 4.0. I see them compare the phone to a smart phone and they suggest I buy a smart phone. Ok, if I want a smart phone plan yes that's what I will do but just suppose you have a smart phone and you wanted a device like this do you think that even is a partly wise suggestion? There are no smart phones I know of new for $150 that won't cause a few issues because it is designed to have phone service. Just stick to the point. It is a MP3 media player that has a camera and will allow you to use it in place of your phone. Also, why not mention the GPS, Radio, that you can tether it via Bluetooth to a not so smart phone and answer and make calls. I would like to see a review using the iPod touch as the bench mark and go from there not a cell phone a consumer buying this type of product wants to know to get this or a iPod not a phone.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:45

14. waterbear (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


GPS is not working on the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6!

Google: galaxy player 3.6 GPS issues.
That is a shame!

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 11:23

15. ThePhoneCricket322 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)


I know right

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