By John Castell
Samsung has led the charge in Google Android’s mission to win the hearts and minds of smartphone users and potential customers. The South Korean company’s Samsung Galaxy II and highly anticipated tablet have launched it to top smartphone billing in the world this year and have it poised to give the upcoming Apple iPad 3 some true competition. So when looking at its Galaxy Player 5.0 media player Samsung’s answer to the iPod touch, there were high expectations.
Compared to its playmates in the app-running, connected media player arena, we are sorry to report that this member of the Galaxy family line-up doesn’t live up to expectations. When considering that the astronomical advances made in smartphones, apps, and all of the associated technology and consumer inspired accessories, one has to ask: “what is the point of paying for a smartphone that doesn’t have calling ability?” Well, it’s for the storage that makes it a media-centric and media-dedicated device for consumers’ music, video, movies, etc. Accessories are designed to protect, personalize and enhance your mobile devices. Discover the latest innovative protective solutions and premium electronic accessories from the industry's most leading brands
How did this particular media player measure up? 40 GB if a microSD memory card is used as well. That is a full 24 GB less than a high-end iPod Touch. Die hard Samsung fans can always supplement this storage limitation with memory card, USBs and the like, but is something consumers need to beware.
As for aesthetics… this media player lacks the satisfying gleam and sophistication of its counterparts and also its Galaxy family members. Cheap and plastic-like with a somewhat bulky frame, Samsung missed the mark. Its physicality could be overlooked if the sound on this device was even decent. Without headphones the sound is tinny. They try to cover up the bass deficits with the headphones they include (which are decent), but use another headphone set of your choice and your eardrums and feet will be sorely let down. Leaving your valuable mobile devices unprotected is risky! Protect your devices from scratches and blemishes with our stylish top brand accessories.
The plus side is that Samsung was true to its word in regards to battery life and the hours of media play an end-user will experience. But at the end of the day, that is cold comfort for the price. Coming in at approximately $30 more than the iPod touch, Samsung will likely find few takers and a slew of excess inventory on its hands. This writer’s advice? Factor in all the costs in memory cards, USB sticks and headphones on top of below par camera, video, and sound quality. More likely than not, you are better off investing the cash in a high end, unlocked Samsung smartphone that will outperform and neatly keep all the same functionality in one pocket.
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