Samsung Galaxy Player Brings the Android Without the Phone

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Caboose

test post...

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QuadraQ

I'm glad to see this in a way, since competition is good for consumers. However, getting music on the iPod is rediculously easy, and on Android it's... well not. Until users have a way to easily purchase audio, video, and text based media that's as simple as the iTunes store, I don't see this taking off. Excellent for developers though. All the Android goodness without the monthly fees.

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Caboose

Um... How is it easier? With an idevice you NEED to use itunes (Stevie gets all pissy otherwise). As long as it doesn't die on your pc.

With an Android device, you plug it in, tap "enable mass storage" and away you go. It operates just like a USB drive. Copy the music in to the *ghasp* music folder. Once you're done, you eject the phone just like a thumb drive and then launch the music app of your choice and away you go.

Frankly, Android is much easier than an iPod. You don't need to load up any extra software, oh and it works on all current OS' (MacOS, Linux and Windows).

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Caboose

New spam filter is working much better, but still flagging legit posts as spam.

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violian

SuperClear 800x480 display? Guess it's still technologically behind the Retina display. Give it 3G option and I'm in. If it has 3G with consumer friendly pricing packages and 16GB of storage, I'd be willing to pay $300.

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Peanut Fox

Funny thing about this, is that you can get a Samsung Galaxy S full featured cell phone (Vibrant like the one in the picture) for $350 unlocked from Amazon.  Even at $200 bucks you're only $150 dollars away from adding a full fledged cell phone with out a contract.

To me this thing doesn't make a lot of sense.  Unless they have a bunch of unsold devices just sitting in a ware house they need to get rid of, as a dedicated media player there isn't a ton of appeal here.  Unless Samsung is going to go the whole nine yards with this thing, and design software that quickly organizes displays and catalogs music and videos.  

I think this will be a great device that offers a lot of features but will be a crummy media player. 

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Eoraptor

um.... if it had "a 3g option" it would just be an unlocked Galaxy S. That kind of defeats the whole purpose.

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Eoraptor

except that increasingly people are moving away from tethered contract cell carriers to wifi-driven skype or voice chat over IM's. Yeah it hasn't exactly hit a tipping point yet, but there' a LOT of people out there who carry a combination of a media player and a prepaid cellphone who would quickly make the jump if someone just pointed out the chance at using something like this with skype over public wifi.

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violian

That'd be me. I carry around an iPod Touch and a TracPhone. Paying on average $8-10 a month for my phone service. I only use internet and such when I'm at a coffee shop or at work where wi-fi's are always prevalent - so that's what the iPod Touch is for.

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Eoraptor

Same here... the only reason I haven't puled the trigger on an Ipod Touch is I am loathed to be tether to Itunes and quicktime, or jailbricking my device to get full functionality out of it.

and I know a lot of people in the boat of carrying a payphone and a music player, when you live between the coasts, getting even 3g connectivity can be hit or miss, so there's not much point to paying through the nose for it.

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MleB

I don't get it. Why?

Sure there's the iPod Touch - but that's only really intended to be a Content Delivery Device to Apple's iTunes Store (the real money spinner), but with an Android device, you're not necessarily beholden to any one App store - so, what, we're really looking at a multimedia PDA? Like the old Palm TX?

Most folks now expect their smartphone to be a multimedia PDA - but without a phone (like the Dell Streak) and not really big enough to be a full-time tablet (like their Tab or the iPad), it seems its just another device to drag around with you.

The device is about a decade too late.

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Peanut Fox

Completely agree

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machine73

Sign me up. It would be nice to have a Gal-s that I can leave at home and still have all the functions (sans phone) of the Gal-S. I've had my Vphone for 2 months and love it. Have to admit I've been looking at some of the tabs out there but this would suit my needs much better.

Would love to see a price point below the 3 bills mark. Unlikely but would be nice.

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Stockislander

About a year too late... i needed something to replace my palm tx and got an ipod touch. we'll see in a year...

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EvilGenius

Nope - I have a Galaxy S Vibrant phone and the volume is just too low be used as a media player.  If this is set the same then it's hopeless. 

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Caboose

I think yours is defective. I watch movies and youtube videos on mine and have had no issues whatso ever. Unless you're the type of person who likes to let everyone listen to your music and stuff at the same time too (if you're using headphones)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I would never buy one of these because it has bluetooth and wifi built in..

I'm a security professional so I would never connect my media player to any network of any type

I also never use any OS with DRM management built in or DRM updates

I never use any walled garden device that only lets me use "Approved"  applications

and I never use the NSA's most popular spyware platform called Windows 7

if I want to play music or video's, I'll do it on a non-restricted / offline only media player

I like to be the one who controls what I can or cannot do on my devices

I would, however, probably buy one if they only cost $2 or $3 and then give it to someone I don't like, but I prefer security over connectability EVERY TIME!

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Caboose

I think your tinfoil hat is on a little too tight! But don't take it off! The government will get your credit card numbers and know your thoughts!

And don't pay any attention to the black van parked outside of your home.

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lunchbox73

OMG, you again? It's been awhile since I've enjoyed one of your Windows 7 spyware rants. Welcome back!

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Caboose

No No! Not welcome back! He needs to be gone!

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aviaggio

So I'm guessing you carry around an old school Walkman and use the AmigaOS? Whatever works for you I guess.

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avenger48

The only reason anyone bought an ipod touch was to avoid a switch to AT&T.  The iphone has everything the touch does, and costs less due to contract discounting.  The problem with the Galaxy Player is that anyone can get a Galaxy S with all of the features and more, on their carrier, for probably less money.  It is not economical for Samsung to charge less than the discounted phone price, and it doesn't make sense for the consumer to pay more for less.

That, combined with the usual Apple fervor, will kill this device.  It's a shame too, this looks VERY promising.

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quantumnerd

200 bucks would be a very fair price. Remember, it has to compete with the iPod touch.

 

Personally, I wonder how long this category will last. Cheap prepaid phones are about 30 bucks, so you know the cell phone circuitry barely costs anything. The best choice for a budget phone would be to mash the smart PMP and a prepaid phone together into the perfect companion device.

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