Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
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.
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
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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.
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (bottom)
Power and volume keys (right)
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2
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.
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
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...
6. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 389; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
No? Sony Walkmans are much, much better...
5. rob5150 (Posts: 77; 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.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; 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.
7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1105; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Is there a possibility that this galaxy player can be updated to ics?
8. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; 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.
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.
11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Awww...too bad Sammy got run over by Johnny while playing the phone-y games! :P
12. rraallvv (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)
have I missed something, or it's NOT got wifi?