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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

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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.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 runs the TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review


Processor:

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

Multimedia:


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.

The music player - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The music player - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The music player - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
The music player - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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.

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Sample Video:




Internet:

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.

Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review
Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 - Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
4.5Average
Display4.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (222 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
0.5 GB 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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