"IT FITS IN YOUR POCKET."4.0 starson by The7arryIII
Pros: -5" screen (literally a tablet by Android standards), but it still fits in an average pocket (unlike a 7"-10.1" tablet)
-No contract (unlike most other Samsung Galaxy devices)
-Expandable memory (up to 32GB)
Cons: -Many games in Google Play that you can find for the iPod touch in the App Store are incompatible with Galaxy Player 5. No Modern Combat 3.
-Larger battery takes a long time to charge
-Built-in music app UI is kind of gross.
Summary: I got this device because tablets are too big to fit in a pocket, on-contract phones are outrageously expensive, and the same phones off-contract are still not worth it.
I used an iPod touch before this, and I loved it. But some thief decided he needed it more than I did. I used the opportunity to try out Android. My first device was an LG Optimus V (good starter device), but I soon found out about this slightly more expensive, but much more powerful option.
My first impressions were BIG HUGE SCREEN, FASTER PROCESSOR, and IT FITS IN MY POCKET. I bought Shadowgun and World of Goo (tablet only) for $.49 apiece, and I was impressed by ensuing mobile gaming entertainment. I wanted more, so I looked up other such games. Dead Space. That's all I found (because Gameloft doesn't do it for me). So I looked up Gameloft games. I learned that there aren't many Gameloft titles compatible with the Player 5.0 either.
That surprised me, because I looked up the hardware specs, and they're a little better than those of the iPod touch. It has the same (1GHz) CPU as iPod's underclocked A4 SoC (Samsung's Hummingbird), 370+ MB of RAM (compared to iPod's 256), PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor (iPod has SGX535, not sure what the difference is), and fewer pixels on the screen (less work for the GPU). I guess that means that the weak link of graphical performance is Android itself.
But you don't need graphical performance to read ebooks! Reading is about half of what I do on the Galaxy Player. It has a big screen with color and decent pixel density, and many possible ebook sources. AND IT FITS IN YOUR POCKET.
I also like using this to watch movies. There is a pair of pretty decent and loud stereo speakers on the back, and 5" of "hdpi" movie beats out watching shows on a 3.5" iPod touch. And it's better than hauling around a 7"-10" tablet any day BECAUSE IT FITS IN YOUR POCKET.
There are some other nice features too, which I don't often use: Decent web browsing with Flash support, FM Radio, 3.2 megapixel camera (I DO use the LED flash as a flashlight), Android's Gallery app, and ThinkFree Office, among others. And it thinks it's a tablet that FITS IN YOUR POCKET.
My main gripes with this device are:
Relatively weak Wi-Fi reception
Limited Bluetooth functionality (still better than iOS
Long time to charge the large battery (about as fast as iPad)
Android's inherent graphical performance issues
The headphone jack is on the bottom
Smartphone keyboards cheat on button hotzones. You have to type slightly lower on the keyboard than you'd think, or risk unintentionally hitting the key above.
I'd recommend this for:
Android lovers on somewhat of a budget
Phone service provider haters
People who like big smartphone screens
People who like LED flashlight apps
People who like stereo speakers built-in
People who like showing off
People who like tablets that FIT IN THEIR POCKETS.
P.S. I found mine on eBay, used but in perfect condition for $200.