- Editor's Rating
- Good value
- Solid feature set
- Weak camera
- Casing is cheap and prone to smudging
Quick TakeA strong media player that doubles as a decent device for many other things, even if it's not the prettiest thing in the world.
Smartphones are great, but service contracts stink. Users could be paying $100 a month to get voice and data service. But what if there was a device that can do all the cool stuff a smartphone can but without the monthly fee? Well, there is. It\’s called the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2.
It has the features of a mid-range phone and a $200 price. But that\’s all the money that\’s needed — it gives users Internet access from Wi-Fi, which is available in all sorts of places. The GP4.2 is a flat black plastic rectangle. It\’s not bad looking, but it\’s pretty much completely lacking anything eye catching. It\’s surprisingly thin and light, though.
Those who are wondering what the \”4.2\” in the name is, that\’s the size of the screen: 4.2-inches. That\’s decent for playing games, and reading email, and tolerable for going to web pages. The pixel-density is 220 dpi — not as sharp as the high-end screens above 300 dpi, but about the best you can get in an inexpensive device.
This version of the Galaxy Player runs Google\’s Android OS. It\’s not the latest version — merely Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. In daily use it\’s fairly snappy, and has the horsepower for lots of games and lighter-weight video to boot.
There is a bit more than 4GB of room to store videos and music, and users who want more just have to get a microSD card, which will let them add up to 32GB more.
Anyone considering the GP4.2 is probably thinking about playing games, of which there are thousands available on the Android app store, which is called Google Play. Beyond that, though, users also have access to Google Music, Google Movies, and Google Books.
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is a good combination of features at a reasonable price. And no monthly fees.