Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

The Good The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 offers most of the capabilities of Samsung's popular Android smartphones, minus the phone and monthly fees.

The Bad Both the software and the processor are relatively old by smartphone standards. Parents should know there are no safeguards included to restrict access to age-inappropriate content.

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

Editors' note: The majority of this review is repurposed from CNET's review of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0, which offers a slightly smaller, 4-inch screen and many of the same features as the Galaxy Player 4.2.

The logic behind Samsung's Galaxy Player 4.2 seems fairly straightforward. You take Samsung's tailored version of the Android 2.3 smartphone software and 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.

Now, we've already seen Samsung ruin this recipe a few times, in its overpriced, underperforming Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0. Where the Galaxy Player 4.2 has an advantage is its $199 retail price, which matches the iPod Touch's.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $200
  • Brand Samsung
  • Type Digital player / radio
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color black
  • Capacity 8 GB
  • Diagonal Size 4.2 m
  • Weight 4.2 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC, PCM, WAV, WMA, AAC-LC, FLAC, MP3, MPEG 1 Audio, MPEG 2 Audio, MPEG 2.5 Audio, OGG, Ogg Vorbis
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Type LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
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