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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Introduction:

As we’ve plainly pointed out in our review of the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6, it would astound us to know that someone would even fathom choosing it over an entry-level Android powered smartphone from any of the prepaid carriers out there. Frankly, you’re throwing away $149.99 down the toilet with the purchase, but if you can somehow inch out and invest another $50 to the tally, there might be enough validity in buying the beefier Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 as an alternative media player solution.


Design:

Wow! We have to admit that the change is dramatic between the Galaxy Player 3.6 and 4.2, as the latter simply looks and feels like the superior device. Although it’s still flaunting that typical Samsung-made design, it employs enough lovable qualities to appease us – like a solid build construction, lightweight feel, and streamlined body.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 has a solid build construction, lightweight feel, and streamlined body - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 has a solid build construction, lightweight feel, and streamlined body - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 has a solid build construction, lightweight feel, and streamlined body - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 has a solid build construction, lightweight feel, and streamlined body


Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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Taking a peek around its sides, we’re presented with a host of things like its 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, volume control, power button, and a spot for a lanyard. Similar to the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy Player 4.2 sports a dedicated home button with the capacitive back and menu buttons surrounding it. Moreover, it features a front-facing VGA camera and two speakers that hug closely to the top and bottom edges.



Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Android buttons and speaker - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Front cam and speaker - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
 

Android buttons and speaker

Front cam and speaker


microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Power and volume keys (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Top side - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (bottom)

Power and volume keys (right)

Top side

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2


Around the rear, its 2-megapixel fixed focus camera is squarely in the middle towards the upper back portion of the device, while removing the plastic rear cover provides us access to its 1,500 mAh battery and microSD card slot.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Display:
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Seriously, we were repulsed by the poor display thrown onto the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6, but this time around, we’re happy to report that things are more suitable with the Galaxy Player 4.2. Specifically, it’s packing a well-sized 4.2” WVGA (480 x 800) LCD display that’s light years more agreeable to the eyes. Although it’s still not as attractive versus other displays, it’s nevertheless effective with most things.

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posted on 31 May 2012, 05:25 5

1. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Aww..poor one...nobody gives a comment?? no worries m here.....i give you 1 out of 10........xD

posted on 31 May 2012, 05:29

2. SSyar (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


how about video calls on skype and gtalk ??

posted on 31 May 2012, 05:53 4

3. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


If you want to stay away from itunes.......
This is the best option for portable media player...

posted on 31 May 2012, 06:49 10

6. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


No? Sony Walkmans are much, much better...

posted on 31 May 2012, 06:37 1

4. rob5150 (Posts: 129; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


why not review the 5“ galaxy player?

posted on 31 May 2012, 06:41 2

5. rob5150 (Posts: 129; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


and to add a comment about the internet “jerkiness ” described. If they only tried it on phonearena.com .. Then I'm not surprised about the poor performance. Phonearena has so much going on its very staggered load on most of my mobile browsers. When I turn off ..load java auto... Then its smooth.

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:52

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It's hilarious that you mention that because nearly every other website I visit, my phone's browser is very smooth. But thanks to the thousands of flash ads, photo ads, hundres of photos of phones, etc etc etc. It takes the most powerful processor and optimized browser to be able to run it smooth.

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:23

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Is there a possibility that this galaxy player can be updated to ics?

posted on 31 May 2012, 11:11 2

8. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Honestly, there's no point in buying this when there are cheaper Android smartphone alternatives and better media player options.

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:25 1

9. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


lol. Dear John, what's up with you? I usually like your articles. But come on, it's a media player - audio quality is a major aspect - which you pretty much ignored here. Sony Walkman Z also runs android and destroys this galaxy in all major aspects. I can't believe you didn't compare those two here.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:25 1

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Awww...too bad Sammy got run over by Johnny while playing the phone-y games! :P

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 21:14

12. rraallvv (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


have I missed something, or it's NOT got wifi?

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 21:08

13. ckping (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Samsung galaxy player 4.2 can call people

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:03

14. LizaJenifer (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


well! I think if i talk about the Android Box TV

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:17

15. LizaJenifer (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I want to say more about Android Box TV that I think it takes the most powerful processor and optimized browser to be able to run it smooth. I also want to say that, I'm really glad to find this websites which contain very helpful and latest updates regarding Mobiles and other Products.

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Display4.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (222 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.89 x 2.60 x 0.35 inches
(124.1 x 66.1 x 8.9 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)

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