Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
At its core, there’s nothing particularly new with the experience as the Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the all-too predictable last-generation TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Indeed, it offers all of the vast personalization of Android that we’re familiar with, but when compared to others, it’s unfortunately limited to a few widgets out of the box.
Call it a test of patience, but we’re again frustrated by the molasses slow performance of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2. Under the hood, it’s powered by the same 1GHz single-core processor in use with the Galaxy Player 3.6. Keeping the interface clean from any widgets, it exhibits a reasonable amount of responsiveness, but it’s all lost in a heartbeat the moment a single one is used. As if we needed more of a reassurance to its poor performance, the benchmark results are actually similar to its pint-sized sibling.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2||1972||2697||13,7|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
|HTC One X||4848||11024||47,4|
|Samsung Galaxy S II||3113||6076||51|
Perplexing in many ways imaginable, this so-called beefier version is lacking the “disc view” option with its music player, which is available on the Galaxy Player 3.6. Outfitted with a left and right speaker, its quality is adequate enough to accept wholesomely without coming off too strained at the loudest volume setting.
Lacking the pizzazz that accompanies some of its respectable smartphone siblings, we’re more than satisfied with the Galaxy Player 4.2’s performance in playing our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution.
There’s no love with this one when it comes to taking photos. Not only does it employ the same 2-megapixel fixed focus camera as before, but the results are once again unchanged, which is pretty sad come to think about it. With still shots and its VGA video recording, it lacks any fine details to make it crisp looking, but rather, it simply appears too muddy for our tastes.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Sample Video:
Holy choppiness Batman! The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 loves to test our patience in more ways than none, since it’s blatantly jerky with its navigational control. Yeah, we’re able to get that desktop-like experience thanks to Adobe Flash support, but when it’s this choppy with its operation, it doesn’t necessarily provide the most optimal experience.
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?