Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2015

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

Are you ready to part with between $199 and $199.99? If that is the case then it might be a good idea to consider the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Android. It has all the qualities that we normally expect from the Android set of smartphones without the difficulties of paying monthly fees and buying new phones. On the downside the processor and its software are not quite up to date. There are also no safeguards for parents who want to control the content that their children access.

Specifications: It is true that the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is effectively competing against established rivals such as the Apple iPod Touch which costs $249.99. It is a very good effort by the brand. They took the tailored version of the Android 2.3 smartphone software and then inserted it into a pocket-size device which also has a 4” screen. Ideally they are hoping that consumers will be tempted away from the iPod Touch from Apple. In this review we felt that they had done a fairly good job which is worthy of praise. The challenge would be to price their product appropriately and to ensure that performance was up to scratch. They got it wrong in the Galaxy Player 4.0 and its 5.0 descendant.

The screen does not suffer from the low-resolution issues which have destroyed some other brands. The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is in fact one of the thinnest smartphones ever. You get a color choice of black and white. The plastic does not feel cheap. At 0.35” thick, it can be carried anywhere. The smartphones has a removable back plate which contains a replaceable battery. There is also a microSD memory card slot.

Samsung Galaxy Player

Samsung Galaxy Player

The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 has a standard volume rocker as well as a power button on the right edge. A headphone jack and micro-USB port is included at the bottom. A pair of good headphones with an in-line mic improves the specifications. You also get a standard USB cable and a power outlet adapter. There are front and rear cameras as well as GPS systems. The smartphone comes with Bluetooth 3.0 specifications as well as support for the suite of official mobile applications from Google. That means that you get access to Gmail, Google Talk and Google Play.

In addition to the 4.2” IPS 480 x 800 pixel screen, you get 8GB internal memory and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS system. It has a 2MP main camera as well as a user-facing VGA camera. There are specifications for TouchWiz UI and a 1GHz OMAP processor.

Pros: The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 can do everything that a smartphone can do without subscription fees.

The bad: The girth may be a problem for some fussy consumers. However in this review we were happy to ignore this potential failing.

Editor Rating: 4.5 stars are sufficient for this smartphone.

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