Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6
An inexpensive choice to an Android smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 ($149.99 list, 8GB) acquits itself good as a basic, bill MP3 and video actor that also runs many of a 400,000 Android apps available. It’s for people who wish to play “Draw Something” yet don’t wish to understanding a smartphone contract, and it costs $50 reduction than a same-capacity iPod touch ($199, 5 stars). But a low-res shade might extent a interest to status-conscious teenagers who could make adult a core market.
Physical Design and Networking
The Galaxy Player 3.6 looks like a tiny bill smartphone. Made of black and chrome plastic, it has customary MicroUSB and headphone jacks on a bottom quarrel and a matte back. The front is mostly a somewhat-dim 3.6-inch, 480-by-320 LCD shade with 3 customary Android hold buttons next it. At 4.6 by 2.6 by .4 inches (HWD) and 4.2 ounces, it’ll fit simply into any palm and many pockets.
Here’s a thing about a screen. Yes, it’s a same fortitude as many low-cost smartphones. But remember that we’re competing with a Apple iPod hold here. Because of a touch’s prevalence in this category, there are opposite expectations for media players than for phones, and this shade is noticeably dimmer and grainier than that of a iPod touch. In a quarrel of iPods, a Galaxy Player 3.6 will mount out in an homely way. That’s since we’re some-more expected to suggest a larger-screen Galaxy Player 4.2, whose 800-by-480 shade stands adult improved opposite a tip competitor.
The Galaxy Player uses a Bluetooth tie to lift off a neat trick: The handheld can act as a Bluetooth headset for a easier phone we have fibbing around. When it’s connected to your phone, we can answer calls on a Galaxy Player as if it was a smartphone. You can also dial from a Galaxy Player’s contacts book, yet there’s no normal dialer, and no easy approach to activate voice dialing. The Player doesn’t share your phone’s Internet tie over Bluetooth. To get on a Web, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection; we had no problem joining a Galaxy Player to a 802.11n network.
The comparatively low shade and miss of phone capability make for good battery life; we got 8 hours, 15 mins of full-brightness video playback time on a charge, compared to 5 and a half hours on an iPod hold with a shade liughtness set to full and 8 hours with a iPod touch’s liughtness set to half.
The enclosed earphones come with a microphone, and transparent rubber flanges that emanate a bit of a sign within a ear to urge sound and yield some unequivocally simple pacifist sound cancellation. You should still demeanour during upgrading, yet this span is improved than a signature white earbuds that come with a iPod touch.
Built around a 1GHz, single-core Cortex-A8 processor, a CPU is a same as you’ll find in many inexpensive-to-midrange smartphones. It runs Android 2.3, with no genuine wish of an ascent to 4.0. It was unused during benchmarks, yet achieved good altogether since of a low-res screen. With fewer pixels to push, a processor doesn’t have to work as tough as it does with higher-resolution devices.
Casual games like Angry Birds and Draw Something achieved well. Web browsing will feel close if you’re used to a now-more-common incomparable 800-by-480 screens, yet during slightest a Galaxy Player supports Flash 11.
Along with a customary Google Play market, a Galaxy Player comes with a Samsung Apps store, a preference of mostly giveaway apps curated by Samsung. Proprietary Samsung apps let a Galaxy Player be used as a remote viewfinder for Samsung Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, or as a remote control for Samsung Wi-Fi-enabled TVs.
There’s 8GB of on-board memory as good as a MicroSD label container that we contingency mislay a battery to use. Our 64GB SanDisk MicroSD label worked fine, so we can get utterly a lot of media onto this device. The Player rubbed AAC, WMA, MP3 and OGG format song files during a operation of bit rates, and played MPEG4. H.264 and WMV video files during adult to 640-by-480 fortitude though any issues. The Player has a tolerably loud, singular orator that delivers undistinguished, yet not extremely twisted sound shrill adequate for a tiny bedroom; we can also use connected or Bluetooth headphones.
The low-resolution shade doesn’t move video to life a approach a iPod Touch shade does, yet it’s adequate for TV shows and cartoons. Netflix, TV.com and Vevo apps work. The Hulu app pronounced it does not support this device.
The FM radio works when headphones are plugged into a 3.5mm jack. It automatically scans for stations, that is unequivocally convenient. we found that it sealed into stations simply and played them clearly.
There’s a 2-megapixel camera on a behind of a Galaxy Player 3.6 and a VGA camera on a front, yet don’t design most of possibly of them. The back camera takes somewhat hazy, unequivocally contrasty cinema with some low-light fuzz and in one case, rather peculiar fish-eye distortion. The front camera is for holding simple snapshots of your face. You can record mediocre 640-by-480 videos during 25 frames per second with a back camera; there’s no flash.
You’re not indeed saving most income by removing a Galaxy Player 3.6 instead of a smartphone. Looking usually during prepaid no-contract Android phones, Virgin Mobile has the LG Optimus V (4 stars) for $129.99, MetroPCS has a HTC Wildfire S (3 stars) for $119, and Cricket has a Samsung Vitality (3 stars) for $99.99. None of them are unequivocally standouts, yet conjunction is this device.
So a Galaxy Player 3.6 is for a niche of people who really, truly don’t wish a smartphone, yet also wish a touch-screen tool that runs apps. we consider many of those people will be kids. (They wish smartphones, yet their relatives won’t let them have them.) At $150, a Player 3.6 is a decent device that undercuts a cost of a iPod hold by $50.
With a Galaxy Player 4.2 and iPod hold now both during $199, there’s no reason to compensate any some-more for your media handheld. The comparison Galaxy Player 4.0 (4 stars) still lists during $229, with no advantages over a reduction costly Galaxy Player 4.2. The Sony NWZ-Z1000 ($249, 3 stars), meanwhile, has a faster processor yet worse battery life than possibly Galaxy Player, and no camera or camcorder. Don’t buy that one either.
But we consider those $199 products are a honeyed spot, and a Galaxy Player 3.6 is sharpened a bit too low. With each identical aspirant using during 800-by-480 or greater, a Player 3.6′s grainy 320-by-480 arrangement only looks inexpensive in comparison. Save your pennies for a Galaxy Player 4.2 or a iPod.
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