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Old 09-10-2010, 04:12 AM
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Default My Samsung Galaxy Player 50 Preview

Here are my first impressions on the Galaxy Player 50, the first one in the "Galaxy Player" range. It replaces the Samsung M1 (The YP-MB2 should have been the successor but from my informations its release has been cancelled)
The one I had in my hand was a sample with a very beta firmware and there was no working wifi network around so I was not able to test many things.


So basically it looks like a small (105,5 x 54,2 x 11,1 mm) Galaxy S without the phone features. The design is not ugly but not very original either.

On the front there is a TFT LCD 3,2" WQVGA 400 x 240, one tactile button and 2 touch buttons. On the side there is the power/hold button and the microSD slot. On the back you can see the 2MP camera and the built-in speaker. There is a microUSB connector. And the PC connection mode is MSC/MTP

Nothing special regarding the interface, it's Android 2.1. Contrary to some competitors (Philips GoGear Connect for instance), you can access all Google services with the Wifi B/G/N: Google Chrome + Flash Lite 3.1, Youtube, Google Apps (Gmail, Gtalk, Agenda etc). You can also download applications on the Android Market.
There is also bluetooth 3.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, PBAP). A GPS and a G-Sensor are embedded.
I'm a bit disappointed by the screen. It's just a normal LCD, not Amoled, and the resolution is not high (only 400*240 for 3,2"). I hope there will be a better screen on the future Galaxy Player models

Okay the Galaxy Player is almost like a smartphone but it remains a mp3 player so what's about audio?
It supports many codecs: MP3, M4A (AAC, AAC+, eAAC+), AMR (AMR-NB, AMR-WB), WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC. So almost everything except APE. Battery life in audio is 25hrs
Nothing special to say about the now playing screen. There is something new though: As you can see on the picture, you can browse by letter now. That's great if you have many songs on the device.
And of course there are the new SoundAlive effects. But there are not in their final version yet. I was not able to test the sound quality (I only had Creative EP630 with me and the environment was noisy)
There is also something really interesting: The microSD card integration is great, finally. Like on Cowon and Sansa DAPs, both internal and external memories merge in the music library. And that should be the case on all future Samsung DAPs with a microSD slot. Now I know it's useful to harass them for a specific feature. I'll continue until we get the gapless playback too^^

The Galaxy Player 50 can play videos without reconversion (MP4, 3GP, AVI (DivX, XviD),WMV, ASF, H.263/H.264). The screen size is enough but as I previously said, you can see the lack of definition.
Battery life in video mode is 5hrs

There is also a RDS FM tuner. The interface is a bit like on the R1 or M1.

And you can take pictures and videos with the 2MP camera. 3,2MP would have been better for flagship product like that.

Conclusion: This is a very interesting PMP for those like me who don't care on the phone features. There are many interesting features. My biggest disappointment is the screen. It will be available in France in 8GB (€199) and 16GB (€249) in November. So with the well intregrated microSD slot, that's potentialy a 48GB DAP Don't ask me for the US release, I don't know
I'm French^^ *GenerationMP3 Samsung Moderator*

Last edited by lebellium; 09-11-2010 at 10:18 AM.
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