Samsung readies Android-based iPod Touch killer
Smartphone minus the phone bit
Samsung has launched its latest media player, and it's a clear case of 'iPod Touch meets Android'.
It even looks a lot like the early Touches.
The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 borrows branding from Samsung's smartphone line, along with the kind of 4in, 480 x 800 LCD touchscreen, 1GHz processor, front and rear cameras - 0.3Mp and 3.2MP, respectively - 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS you'll find on its phones too.
The player runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and is linked to both Google and Samsung app stores.
There will be a choice of 8, 16 or 32GB models, but you can add more storage using the players' Micro SD slot.
Like the recently released Galaxy Player 50, the Galaxy S WiFI 4.0 will come to Britain first, before being rolled out to the rest of the world. It's due some time before the end of June, but Samsung's not yet saying how much it'll cost. ®
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This will need to be cheap.
This will need to be cheap. £99 maybe. Any more and all is lost.
I have a 2nd gen touch and the biggest problem is Apple control freakery. I was interested in upgrading but I'm getting sick of having to jail break my current iPod ever time I want to install an update or hearing about the latest app to get killed, so I've been waiting for something with similar features or better that is not from Apple. I'll be looking for real reviews to see if this is it.
I just hope Samsung don't fine some way to screw it up, and that it shows up in Canada.
failpod touch... Seriously
Deary, deary me...
I don't really see your problem. They've sold lots, so certain people obviously like a particular device you don't. That doesn't make them stupid, they just have different requirements.
As for why would you want 2 devices, here's a couple of suggestions:
First and most obvious is battery. iOS and Android ones tend to be heavy on the battery, and crap out after a day of moderate use. Add in an hour of watching some telly on the train, and you can't get your work done.
Then you've got the people with work smartphones, who may not want their personal email on their work device. This, tethered to a MiFi or other smartphone can be a combined emailer, diary, address book and games/media device.
Personally I have a cheap, dumb-phone. I like it. It's simple, the battery lasts ages, I can make 3 hours of calls in a day and still have enough charge for tomorrow. I can read the screen in sunlight. I can drop it. And it's got large text, so I can make calls without my reading glasses. If I get a smartphone I lose a lot of this. But if I get a cheap(ish) iPod touch / Android mp3, then I could have semi-mobile internet and email, plus games and music.
My phone is for work. I can't justify a smartphone (or the data contract), so I'd have to carry 2 devices anyway.
I'll probably go for a smartphone myself in the end. But it doesn't stop the other being a sensible choice. Especially as Samsung appear to have stuck GPS on it.
That's not the way most people see it
Their machines are already bloated monstrosities because their manufacturer helpfully included McAffee, etc. So the main experience of iTunes is that when they plug the device in, it just sorts itself out. No need to do anything manual whatsoever. Easy.
Nevertheless, a version that didn't seem primarily built of treacle is something Apple really should invest in.
The Sony push will help
The Playstation phone is Android based, with Playstation games to be sold via the Google Marketplace. That should do wonders.