Perfect for music lovers, Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.2, 3.6

Samsung beefs up its Android-powered Galaxy Player family with two new additions, the Player 4.2 and 3.6. We go hands on for a closer look.

We first spotted the successor to the Samsung's line of handheld, portable media devices at last year's Mobile World Congress . Despite the fact that the Players have a form factor of a mobile phone, they do not come with any contract or data fees.

Today however, Samsung officially showed off these Wi-Fi-enabled alternatives to the iPod Touch during a press event in San Francisco.

The first is the Galaxy Player 4.2, which aptly has a 4.2-inch screen and is the more robust of the two new Players. It runs on Android Gingerbread, has a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, a 2-megapixel camera in the back and a VGA camera in the front, 8GB of internal memory, and a MicroSD slot, which can be expandable up to 32GB.

The 4.2 has a resolution of 800x480 pixels and has front-facing speakers so you can play music while placing your Player upward. Because it is Bluetooth 3.0-enabled, playing music wirelessly with other audio equipment comes easy. It's equipped with a gyro censor inside for playing games.

Speaking of which, it's preloaded with three games: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, FIFA 12, and the ad-free version of Angry Birds. It will be available for preorder on May 4 in two flavors: black and white. Its retail release date is May 13 for $199.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is another device that gives users a standard, multimedia, music-oriented experience. It runs on Android Gingerbread and has the same CPU, camera, and memory specs. Its display has a resolution of 480x320 pixels, and has a retail price of $149.99. It is available now at Best Buy.

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 (black)

The Bottom Line: When it comes to competing with Apple's iPod Touch media player, the Galaxy Player 4.2 is Samsung's best effort yet, but it's still playing catch-up. / Read full review

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Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6

The Bottom Line: The Galaxy Player 3.6 costs $50 less than the Apple iPod Touch, but it's easy to see where Samsung cut corners. / Read full review

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.



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