- Editor's Rating
- Low-price smartphone replacement
- Expandable through microSD
- Excellent for kids and teens
- Marginal screen
- Battery life could be better
Quick TakeA good low-end choice for the kids or the casual user who wants a few smartphone features without the cost of the real deal.
The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is Sammy\’s answer to the iPod Touch. It offers consumers an alternative to smartphones, offering many of the functions that one can find in a smartphone — minus the actual phone, of course. Though the Galaxy Player 3.6 sports small size and specs, it still manages to offer some surprising features that are welcomed at its $150 price tag.
Easily the biggest corner that Samsung cut while producing the Galaxy Player 3.6 is the 3.65-inch screen. Most likely due to costs Samsung chose a lower resolution of 320 x 480 (HVGA) instead of the 800 x 480 (WVGA) that is more commonly seen on smartphones. The small screen size makes the downgrade less notable, but the visuals still are not crisp. On top of that the screen technology also is of a lower quality, which produces narrow viewing angles.
Being a low-end device it\’s not surprising that the Galaxy Player 3.6 runs on a one single-core 1 GHz processor. Yet despite this, the device managed to outperform both the Galaxy Player 5 and Samsung Stratosphere in several benchmarking tests. It seems that the lower quality screen actually helps to boost the device\’s performance, as the lower quality images require less processing power.
Like its predecessors, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Out of the box the player comes with 6.5 GB of free memory (equivalent of about 100 hours of CD-quality music). Unlike the iPod Touch, the player has a slot for a Micro SD car. With 32 GP Micro SD cards going as cheap as $20, it\’s fairly easy to increase your memory capacity.
Being that the Galax Player 3.6 is not a cellular device, it requires Wi-Fi for internet connection. While this is only a minor inconvenience in most instances, it can cause some serious problems with certain applications. For example, the Galaxy Player 3.6 supports a full function GPS, but most popular mapping apps like Google Maps will not run without continuous internet access.
The Galaxy Player 3.6 offers a 1500 mAh battery. With its small screen and no cell phone radio to feed, one would expect the GP 3.6 to offer exceptional battery life. However, the device only has average battery life, leaving people around one day of use before the device requires recharging.
The Galaxy Player 3.6 is a device is the perfect example of a low-end device that plays to a specific market. With its features and music capabilities the Galaxy Player 3.6 is the perfect substitute for those that want the functionality of a smartphone without the never-ending costs.