Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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

Android buttons and speaker

Front cam and speaker - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (bottom)

Power and volume keys (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Power and volume keys (right)

Top side - 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


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

Back

Camera - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Camera

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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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15 Comments

1. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

2. SSyar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

how about video calls on skype and gtalk ??

3. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

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

6. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

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

4. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

why not review the 5“ galaxy player?

5. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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: Apr 20, 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: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

12. rraallvv

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

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

13. ckping

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Samsung galaxy player 4.2 can call people

14. LizaJenifer

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

15. LizaJenifer

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 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.
Galaxy Player 4.2
  • Display 4.2" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh

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