The Good The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 offers most of the capabilities of Samsung's popular Android smartphones, minus the phone and monthly fees.
The Bad Either a 7-inch tablet or an on-contract Android smartphone would be more useful and potentially less expensive. Parents should know there are no safeguards included to restrict access to age-inappropriate content.
The Bottom Line Samsung delivers Android's answer to the iPod Touch at a time when you can spend less for Android's answer to the iPad.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Editors' note: The majority of this review is repurposed from CNET's review of the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, which offers a larger, 5-inch screen and many of the same features as the Galaxy Player 4.0.
The logic behind Samsung's Galaxy Player 4.0 seems fairly straightforward. You take Samsung's tailored version of the Android 2.3 smartphone software, put it on a pocket-size device with a 4-inch screen, and you should have an appealing alternative to Apple's popular iPod Touch.
Setting aside the fact that this device is arriving about four years too late if it intends to catch up to the iPod Touch, the first glaring flaw in Samsung's plan is the Galaxy Player 4.0's $230 price tag. Any device like this priced over $199 has to compete not only with the iPod Touch, but with the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and a slew of discounted 7-inch tablets.
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