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conclusion:We're mixed

79

Of the many versions of Samsung's Galaxy Player, the 4.2 comes closest to being a challenger to the iPod touch. For the same price as the touch, it has a larger display, an FM radio, the ability to add extra storage via a microSD card slot, GPS, and a universal remote app for your TV. If you're looking for a portable media player, and want something with a larger display than the touch, or have a large music or video collection that could benefit from the Galaxy Player's expandable storage — or if you prefer Android over iOS — the Galaxy Player 4.2 is the best option currently available. (If you want an even larger screen, the Galaxy Player 5.0, which was $70 more than the iPod touch when it was released, is now available for about the same price as the 4.2.)

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Critic reviews

7.1
10 reviews
  • Sound quality
    8.2
  • Video quality
    7.0
  • Ease of use
    7.0
  • Portability
    8.8
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Media support
    9.0
  • Capacity
    5.2

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User reviews

8.0
2 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jun 20, 2012

100 percent of the functionality of this device is available in any recent smartphone. Therefore, for this device to shine, it really should smack its core features. It doesn't.

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8.0
PC World Jun 6, 2012

The Galaxy Player 4.2 is a good all-around performer with a nice big screen, strong audio and video performance, solid gaming options, and passable rear- and front-facing cameras.

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7.0
CNET May 31, 2012

The bottom line: When it comes to competing with Apple's iPod Touch media player, the Galaxy Player 4.2 is Samsung's best effort yet, but it's still playing catch-up.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 12, 2012

A viable Apple iPod touch alternative, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is a great way to run Android apps without buying a smartphone.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 9, 2012

We still prefer the iPod touch for its sharper screen, more premium design and superior app selection. But if you're looking for an Android-powered alternative with better sound, the Galaxy Player 4.2 is a worthy alternative.

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9.0
SlashGear May 28, 2012

If I had to choose one Galaxy Player from the whole lineup released or announced thus far to work with, this would be it... Here at $199 this may well be the best deal on the mobile market if you’re not in the market for a tablet-sized device.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jun 5, 2012

It has better speakers than most phones, an attractive design, great audio and video support plus access to plenty of Google goodies. These days you can get an Android phone with similar specs for the same money and its video skills are held back a bit by the single-core 1GHz processor.

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7.0
TechRadar Jul 31, 2012

For those squarely in the niche, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is a capable media player, offering a decent mix of style and expandability at a competitive price – particularly for users not tied into the iTunes ecosystem.

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6.0
T3 Jul 6, 2012

Furthermore, the device fails to offer users any reason to opt for it instead of saving pocket space and a not inconsiderable sum of money and simply utilise the music player features on their latest high-end smartphone.

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5.0
phoneArena May 30, 2012

We definitely appreciate the larger display and better build quality of the Galaxy Player 4.2. In the end, though, it’s still lacking the value that’s found with some of the sub-$200 priced prepaid Android smartphones out there – so yeah, you’d better invest in one instead.

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8.0
jpatrick408 jpatrick408

I love the fact that the Galaxy Player 4.2 plays lossless audio codecs. It doesn't have the strongest processor in the world, but it does what it needs and does it without failing. If want something that's mainly used only for playing audio files and don't want to pay the price of a iPod Touch,...

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