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Samsung Galaxy Player 50 Android PMP

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If manually adjusting the sound is just too much like hard work there is also an option to let the system change the sound profile based on a track's 'genre' ID3 tag.

Samsung Galaxy Player 50

The screen's good - but is 240 x 400 just too darned low res these days?

The 2Mp camera is another less-than-impressive feature. With no auto-focus or flash, the end results are poor by modern smartphone standards. The highest resolution you can shoot video at is 320 x 240 which even my old HTC Hero can better.

You also get a GPS pick-up, though the Galaxy Player's usefulness as a satnav is restricted by the absence of the cellular data that Google Maps navigation depends upon to work.

Samsung reckons a full charge of the Galaxy's 1000mAh battery will be good for five hours of video playback and 30 of audio. I got four hours ten minutes of video, and 28-and-a-half of audio on a loop test - reasonable enough.

Verdict

The iPod Touch has one obvious advantage over the iPhone: price. But if you can pick up a good Android smartphone like the Orange San Francisco with its 3.5in, 480 x 800 screen for £100, why buy a Galaxy Player 50 with a smaller screen and no phone for £50 more? Either the screen needs to be bigger, or the price smaller. As it stands, excellent sound quality and very good earphones are not enough to redeem it. ®

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Samsung Galaxy Player 50

Samsung Galaxy Player 50 Android PMP

Android-based music and movie player equipped with a super sound system.
Price: £150 RRP

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