Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review

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.



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 StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Player 3.61911273320
Samsung Galaxy S II3113607651
Samsung Galaxy Nexus2000550324
HTC One X48481102447,4


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.


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.



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.



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