Samsung Galaxy Player 50 Android PMP
Smartphone sans phone?
Review As a connected multi-function media player, Apple's iPod Touch has never had much in the way of competition. But that is changing. Archos has already launched an interesting looking range of Android mini tablets-cum-media players, including the impressive Archos 43, and now Samsung has today released the Galaxy Player 50.
It's a bit like a Galaxy Apollo smartphone but without the ability to make and take calls.
Samsung's Galaxy Player 50: smartphone sans phone
I have to say straight away that fitting a pocket video player with a 3.2in, 240 x 400 screen doesn't seem a hugely clever idea. Yes, the display is clear and bright, and supports content resolutions of up to 720p, but for serious video playback it's just too small in this day of 3.7in and 4.3in smartphone screens.
I'm also not that struck by the Galaxy Player's looks. The ridge around the faceplate makes it look cheap, but at £150 it's not an inexpensive product. And being made entirely of plastic, it doesn't need any help in this area.
The design has a few foibles too. For instance, the power key on the right and the volume controls on the left are directly opposite each other, so every time I held the device to turn it on or off, I inadvertently ended up changing the volume to either silent or deafening.
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On the subject of turning it on and off, my review unit - a pre-production model, I must admit - took over 30 seconds to start up. That's way too long.
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What happened to.....
....decent capacity music players ?
I have a Creative Zen Vision M 60gb music player.
What happened to the 'do one thing, do it well' devices, rather than trying to get one thing to be average at lots ?
I am in intrigued by Cowons big 160gig player, but that is about all there is on the market right now.
If this Samsung f is the future, then we will end up paying for a lot of 'stuff' that is really just not needed.....
The ability to use Winamp on this device is tantalizing. Winamp has a lot of the things the reviewer found irritating, as well as sync over wifi, radio, etc.
wanna try it!
well, nice player! One of the first I would say, there will be better, more efficient and slim, more faster and more beautiful)) Personally I think that this device might beat iPod touch on several fronts. As to be more precise it has micro-SD slot for extending inner memory, you don’t need to use iTunes to download any music contents on your pmp, and very simple and convenient usage of Android Market which definitely will lover consumers to buying it, as well as GPS modile and FM-radio. Though defeating Apple stuff seems very difficult))
Orange San Francisco is £89.99 in Argos.
My mp3 player died last week, so guess what I'm treating myself to? Pick-up tomorrow.
The icon is for Samsung's pricing department.
Wow! you utterly convinced me with a whole series of well reasoned arguments that it's a bad buy, but then award it 65% ? From the write-up given surely it's in 35%-45% territory.