There’s one important quality about the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 that needs to be noted. That’s price. At $230 for the 4 inch model and $270 for the 5 inch model I’ve reviewed here, the Galaxy Player might not seem to be that great a deal compared to a comparable smartphone priced at $200 or under. That’s deceptive, however, since smartphones also come with the requirement for a data plan. The “total cost of ownership” of that $200 smartphone is the original $200 plus a $30 per month data plan for a minimum of two years. Add it all up, and that’s $920 that you’re committing to by buying a smartphone. While many find that a worthwhile tradeoff, the Galaxy Player offers the option of smartphone-like features without the same price tag, perfect for those who don’t need Internet on the go that much, or as a “starter” device for someone who doesn’t need a phone.
For what it’s intended for, the Galaxy Player 5.0 is a good device. It’s a viable alternative to an Apple iPod touch for those who prefer Android, and a viable alternative to a smartphone without the cost commitment of a data plan. Unfortunately, Samsung missed the opportunities to make it a great device. More memory, HDMI out, and an AMOLED screen would have resulted in a better, lighter, and more impressive device that could really one up the iPods.
- Whopping battery life
- Complete feature set
- Low cost of ownership
- No HDMI out
The Galaxy Player 5.0 is a decent hybrid of a basic media player and a mini-tablet, and would make a good choice for entry-level users who want to play with Android without having to commit to a smartphone. More demanding high-end multimedia users may want to wait for the next version, though.