Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Unboxing and Initial Review

It’s been a little over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Players for the United States. The Galaxy Players have been available overseas for some time, but as of about 2 weeks ago you can purchase either model in the states. The Galaxy Player 5.0 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display and the Galaxy Player 4.0 features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display. These are WiFi only devices similar to the iPod Touch, but you still have the full Android Market and all the capabilities of a typical Android phone minus mobile data connectivity.

Both come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB built in memory (expandable to another 32GB via microSD), and Gingerbread 2.3.5. You will find a bigger battery in the 5.0, which is at 2,500mAh, as opposed to 1,200mAh for the 4.0. You can purchase the 5.0 for $269 or the 4.0 for $229 through all major retailers. So far it looks like a really nice device for those that just want something simple to use in the house for media and playing games. I will give a full review soon, but for now, check out the initial hands on after the break.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Just to let you know, its a 5mp camera, and as far as the device it has stereo speakers on the back, mic on the bottom and it makes great Skype video calls. The ear buds are excellent, and the calling sound to the caller can’t tell i’m on the buds.

    I have used my children’s ipods and they don’t make that great of skype phones, video calls are choppy and there is not nearly the versatility you find in Sammy’s player. I think you should have spent more time with this unit to appreciate it.

    As far as a tablet, it competes with a lot of major named tablets, and being 5″s is very convenient while mobile. The Samsung Player is finally great choice for those who don’t prefer apple.

    • billc – The specs on the Samsung website say 3.2MP. I agree, I haven’t spent much time with it as this was an unboxing and an initial hands on.

  • Perroloco

    Nice first look.

    You need to stop saying “basicaly” and “huhh” every 3 seconds though.

  • equalunderthelaw

    In your review, you equate “phone” with “cell phone” and say that the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0/5.0 is “a phone without the phone.” The problem with your description is that the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 both have a standard cellphone receiver speaker at the top of the display and a microphone at the bottom that are ideally suited for VOIP (i.e. internet only) phone calls via Skype, etc. I think the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 should be referred to as “WiFi-only smartphones” because they both have all of the goodies associated with modern smartphones (GPS (offline map apps exist), haptic (i.e. vibration) feedback, Bluetooth 3.0, decent 3.2MP back camera, and the latest (for smartphones) Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS) but without the versatility of a cellular voice+data connection. These devices seem well-suited for home use as a phone, remote control (via Bluetooth/internet for compatible TVs etc.), and mobile entertainment center (music, videos, books, and games).

    • equallunderthelaw – Agreed, I didn’t think of that as I haven’t spent much time with it yet.

  • equalunderthelaw

    Robert Nazarian — Thanks for the unboxing video. I’ve been following the progress of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 for months and am very glad to see them selling in the US now. When you do your formal review, you should take note some of the non-obvious differences between the 4.0 and 5.0 models:

    EARPHONE JACK: 4.0=on top ; 5.0=on bottom

    microUSB: 4.0=on top (with sliding cover) ; 5.0=on bottom (no sliding cover)

    microSD SLOT: 4.0=(behind back plate); 5.0=on top

    BACK PLATE: 4.0=removable ; 5.0=sealed

    BATTERY: 4.0=removable 1,200mAh Li-ion ; 5.0=sealed 2,500mAh Li-poly

    LED CAMERA FLASH: 4.0=no ; 5.0=yes

    VOLUME ROCKER: 4.0=left side ; 5.0=right side

    I have heard that the 5.0’s haptic (i.e. vibration) feedback options are more limited than the the 4.0’s. I own the 4.0, but not the 5.0 (yet), so I would like to know whether this is true.

    Thanks, again, for the unboxing video. I’m looking forward to your 5.0 review.

  • purple ninja monkeys

    It IS actually a 3.2 megapixel camera, with a 0.3 megapixel on the front (that’s VGA)

    And this is the unboxing, not the full review.

    I have purchased one just recently, and the Player is definitely designed for VoIP calls, and is very fit to do so. My only complaint is that they could have put a bit more memory built in, although the micro-SD slot is very useful.

  • I stand corrected, the camera is 3.2 mp. But you couldn’t convince me it wasn’t 5mp, compared to my 5mp camera on my moto droid. Sammy’s 3.2 blows away the original moto droid 5mp.