Today is the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy Player. This isn’t a smartphone — instead it’s a handheld computer for those who want to watch movies, play games, access the Web, or read their emails on a small Android-based device that doesn’t require a monthly contract.
There are two versions which differ in only a couple of ways, most notably display size. The Galaxy Player 5.0 has a 5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, while the Galaxy Player 4.0, obviously, has a 4-inch one of the same resolution.
Price and Availability
Both versions of this device are now in stores. The 5-inch version sells for $270, while the 4-inch one comes in at $230.
Amazon.com has both in stock, and is selling them at the regular price, without a discount. The same is true of Circuit City and J&R. BestBuy’s website is showing that the 5-inch version is already back-ordered, but the retailer says that most stores have it in stock.
Samsung Galaxy Player Overview
No matter its size, this model is powered by Android OS 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), with a version of the TouchWiz user interface layered on top. It comes with the standard suite of Google apps and the Android Market. There is 8GB of built-in memory and a microSD memory card slot for additional storage.
As there is no cellular connectivity, this mini-tablet depends on Wi-Fi b/g/n to access the Web, email, and other online content. Bluetooth is also included.
The version with a 5-inch display is 3.1 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches, weighs 6.4 ounces, and includes a 2500 mAh battery. The more diminutive version is 2.5 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches, 4.3 ounces, and includes a 1200 mAh battery.