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Summary Donald Bell should be let go after this horrible overview of an mp3 player. Comparisons made to tablet or smartphones should not belong. And if you want to argue that point, the same can be said for an ipod touch. I'll admit parental controls would have been a great addition, but that would be one of few oversights. An ipod touch in my opinion has a few cons than the player including a Chrome backing prone to scratches and finger prints, no removable battery, no memory expansion, and mediocre still image quality. Yet it gets an outstanding rating, while this galaxy player manages only a "good" rating? honest shopper beware. Try not to be brainwashed by this sad excuse of a review.
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Summary I won't be talking about the product, just the clear bias of the Reviewer. http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-touch-2011/4505-6490_7-34167378.html?tag=subnav I simply ask watch the iTouch video review, and at around 42 seconds, you'll see his fanboy slip out of his pants. His clear attack of anyone who didn't worship Apple was further offensive. "First off, let's take the iPod Touch out of the equation and assume that you've found your way to this review because of some deep-seeded repulsion to Apple products that acts as a cornerstone of your identity" Yes... Because we're the cult...
Pros Bigger screen, replaceable battery,(in the GP4) expandable memory,(up to 32G) and better camera than the itouch
Cons Itouch has a slightly better screen (though the difference is very small), at least to my eyes. Itouch shoots 1080p video, GP4 shoots 720p.
Summary I'm greatly disappointed with this review. I purchased the Galaxy Player 4 about a month ago and i Love it! I'm a 45 year old father of 2 who was in need of a new mp3 player(I had a old Sansa Fuze). When it started to show some wear and tear I decided to look for a new player. Both my kids own itouch 4g's so my first instinct was to get an itouch too. Then I saw the SGP 4 online and thought I would check it out. After comparing the specs of the SGP 4 and the itouch 5G it was obvious to me that the Galaxy Player was at least on par, if not better(in some areas) to the itouch. The tipping points for me at least were the expandable memory, better rear camera, replaceable battery (on the 4 inch version) and bigger screen. Reviewers keep comparing this device to phones and tablets and I just don't get it. This device is a mp3/media player, NOT a phone or tablet!! As a mp3/media player this device is GREAT! Streams video like a champ,and after a trip to the andriod market the music player beats my kids itouch hands down.(Power Amp app) Mr.Bell, I just don't think you gave this player a fair review, so I felt compelled to respond with my own comments. Anyone looking for a mp3/pmp should check this device out. Compare it to a similar device (i/e the itouch, NOT a phone or tablet) and make your own decision about what is right for YOU. I did and I'm very happy with the choice I made. I should also mention that after seeing this device my 15 year old son now wants one too!! He's lucky Christmas is near.:-)
Pros Screen size
micro SD expansion
reputable manufacturer for support
Cons Price (but see below)
excellent Android Market still doesn't compare to iStore
Summary I have been in the market for a mini tablet that will fit in my pocket yet has a fairly large screen. I have a pre-paid phone and did not want or need that feature. I basically narrowed my choice down to the iPod Touch, Archos 43, or the Galaxy Player 5.0. I was not considering any 7" device. I read your review, and find several puzzling comments:Update:
"Putting aside the fact that this device is arriving about four years too late to be a meaningful competitor to the iPod Touch." I really don't care what the situation was 4 years ago - I'm looking to buy something NOW and need to compare my current choices - when Ford comes out with a contender to the Chevy Volt, should we berate them for being late or welcome the diversity?
"The Galaxy Player 5.0 may not be my cup of tea." Your personal preferences are irrelevant - you need to evaluate products from the potential user's point of view.
"let's take the iPod Touch out of the equation and assume that you've found your way to this review because of some deep-seeded aversion to Apple products." HUH??? The Apple is the most logical competition for the Player 5.0 and I need to know how they compare directly. I am leaning toward the Samsung because of the larger but still pocket-able screen size and the Pros noted above, but the Apple has a larger selection of apps and software.
The over-all tone of your review comes off as very biased and unprofessional. There are very excellent reviews of the Galaxy Player 5.0 at Slashgear, Theverge, Gadgetreview, IGN, and Liliputing (all ending in .com)and I really did expect better from CNET. Most of your readers, if they are like me, want honest, fair appraisals and do not have a preconceived bias toward or against any particular product. Also, when you were commenting about the Samsung's price, you seem to have missed that all sellers lowered the price to $229 for several days around Black Friday weekend, so a permanent price drop is probably coming after Samsung assesses the sales data.
Updated on Dec 9, 2011
On Friday, 12/09/11, the price at Amazon is $209.99. At this price point, and given all the advantages that it has over the iPod (the larger - but still pocketable - screen size, the built-in GPS, the FM radio - with stereo speakers!, and the microSD expansion,) the deal now becomes, to quote Donald Bell, a "slam dunk!" I was hesitant at not being able to access the iTunes store, but the Android Market is growing by leaps and bounds. Times change, and I do not understand Donald Bell's reluctance to acknowledge changing market forces. Understanding those changes - mostly positive for us all - should be the reason why people turn to CNET for enlightenment.
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Summary Whatta shame!! It was embarrassing to read. Now, when cnet is on Apple payroll, you cannot go to cnet for honest review or information. How disappointed! First sentence should be " My boss told me he will fire me if i won't praise Apple and will say anything nice about Samsung , so don't read any further"
You should be ashamed of yourself!
BTW, I don't have anything android or samsung.