Pros The player supports almost anything, it runs android really well, and its screen is absolutely amazing and is only a little worse then the iPod Touch's screen. However, the Player has a bigger screen than the iPod Touch has better. Amazing speakers.
Cons I wish it was thinner.
Sound quality is ok, I was expecting better from Samsung.
Summary This is an amazing device and the only alternative to the iPod Touch that makes sense. Why would you get this? I got it because I wanted an Android experience without having to pay for a stupid data plan. I do not agree with the CNET review for this mainly because Donald Bell claims there is no point to this device, but I beg to differ. This device offers all the same things as an iPod Touch except with a bigger screen, amazing speakers, Android, amazing customization (but that's a given with Android), a better camera, Google services, and amazing file support. So yes, there are many reasons to buy it.
Pros GPS, Camera with flash, FM radio, size
Cons Learning curve, lack of accessories
Summary Like the cnet review I will base my views mainly on my experience with the 5.0, the main reason being that the cnet review seems to have a huge bias and simply does not make a fair comparison with similar devices, and there needed to be some review to counter this one. When the inclusion of a GPS is seen as a negative because of possible privacy issues for your child, and features like the inclusion of an FM radio are not even mentioned, then there is something seriously wrong with the review.
First off, I am not some Apple hater that purchased my device because it simply wasn't an Apple product, in fact I still actively use my 4th generation iPod touch, and enjoy it a lot. The reason I purchased my device is because it had the following features that the similarly priced iPod touch doesn't:
An FM radio, a feature I very much missed from my non iPod mp3 players.
A GPS chip, which is nice for those apps which use location services that I could never use on my iPod.
A Larger screen, which is great for someone with larger hands and fingers.
A better camera with flash, which is nice for those times I don't have my point and shoot, but would like to take more then a VGA resolution photo with whatever I have handy, plus the flash makes a great flashlight with the right app.
Expandable memory, as someone with a lot of music I own the 32GB iPod touch, which cost me $299, I bought by galaxy player on sale for $180, and then popped in a 32gb Micro-SD card that I purchased for $35, which gave me a 40gb device with more features then my iPod touch for $215, or $85 less then my iPod. Even without the sale price, expandable memory makes this device fair nicely with the iPod in price.
This device simply can't be compared to a tablet as it fulfills a different need. It is exactly like the iPod touch in function, in that it is a pocket-able personal media player with access to smartphone like features and Apps without the need for a smartphone. I still have a messaging phone as I am usually in an area with WiFi, and I just never saw the need to get an expensive Smartphone plan if I'd spend most of the time using it on WiFi anyways. I also prefer to keep my media use separate from my cell phone, as having my phone available is necessary for those times when my boss or family need to contact me in an emergency. A dedicated media player can be used to listen to music, play games, etc, until the battery is completely dead without negative repercussions, and again, can be stored in your pocket unlike a tablet. As such I think the only thing this should be compared to is devices like the iPod touch, and on that front, the device compares pretty well.
The galaxy player wins in additional features, which can be seen above, the iPod touch wins in compatibility with accessories, better screen resolution, and in overall ease of use, although once mastered widgets have made mt galaxy player easier to use then my iPod. The galaxy is a bit clunky in size though, taking up more pocket space then my iPod touch with it's Otter Box case, and the lack of a good iTunes like software to interface with can be annoying. Overall though it's a great device, as is the iPod touch, and your choice in devices should be based on what are the most important features to you.
Pros Android, Not Apple, syncs with my Android phone, Lots of different music organization since it depends on what service, did I say not Apple, yes I have had an I touch since day one, now have 4th generation, bricked on update
Cons White, not much I will write back when I figure one out.
Summary A must have for a advanced MP3 player at a decent price, with a reputable Company Samsung, A I touch without the I tunes,I also have the Galaxy Phone , you might ask why buy the player , well its a player with 4 x the battery life than the phone, Sometimes I go days without power source and now I have a player and a phone Glaxay I can duplicate my contacts , well every thing. After 8 years using Apple products and their tight control on everything I really enjoy Android.
Pros Expandable memory
Bigger screen on the 4.0 than the iPod Touch
Drag and drop functionality
Stereo Speakers sound better than the single speaker on the iPod
Cons None so far and we've had these for almost 2 months.
Summary I am not anti-Apple. I have an iPod Touch and an iPad 2. I bought one of these for each of my kids instead of an iPod because of the expandable memory, stereo speakers, and the fact they don't have to use iTunes. Once they got them I was so impressed, I tried to trade them my iPod Touch for their Galaxy players. No deal. They love these things! Movies look great and can be in almost any format. Music sounds great as well. They really like that they can download the same games that I can get on my Android phone. The GPS works great and unlike the CNET reviewer, I like that I can track the device if it gets lost or stolen. Or for that matter, if my kid went missing I could track them with this device.
The only difficulty I've had was finding accessories, but it looks like some companies are finally making screen protectors and cases for it. I have recommended this product to everyone I know.
Pros Non-sealed replaceable battery
Add 30g extra storage for $30
Bright screen, good colors
Wifi phone with no data plan
FM radio with good reception
easy to use touch screen typing OR
Speech recognition for text, email or navigation
Cons Sometimes response is a bit slow, but this is my first smart device, so I'd guess they all sometimes lag.
Summary To call these MP3 players is a dis-service, they are so much more.
I bought two of these for my kids for Christmas because the price $199 wasn't that much more than for an Apple MP3 player. Got them home and started using them and realized I wasn't going to be able to give them up, so we bought two more for hus and I.
I WON'T pay for a data plan, we use prepay cell phones, so now we have 4 phones (using GrooveIP app + google voice phone number) or Skype.
I had a 160g iPod classic that barely lasted 2 years and I hated iTunes. Much better choice.