"Great multimedia device"5.0 starson by bebopcola77
Pros: Good screen size and display
Built-in STEREO speakers
expandable memory (microSD card slot)
good battery life
supports most audio/video codecs
web browsing (flash support)
large market of apps and games
Cons: 5.0 does not have a removable battery
4.0 does not have a flash for the camera
Summary: The Galaxy player is a great multimedia device. The screen is bright and clear with rich colors and deep blacks. Despite being 800x480, the large screen size makes for easy movie viewing and text reading. Web browsing is fast and flash is always a welcome plus.These are frequently on sale at various locations like amazon and best buy for $30 off which brings the Galaxy player 4.0 $199 and the 5.0 $239. However, the Galaxy 5.0 is discounted even more at best buy and is currently(12/07/11) listed as $209! I'm not sure how long this price will last, but the larger 5" screen size, longer battery life and flash for the camera at this price makes for an interesting argument if you are comparing the 5.0 to the 4.0, or any other device for that matter.
The built-in STEREO speakers and fm radio (not mentioned at all in the cnet review) are surprisingly good and a nice feature to go with your music collection and internet radio apps.
This player can play almost anything you can throw at it: MP3,M4A(AAC,AAC+,eAAC+),AMR,WMA,Ogg,WAV and FLAC music files; AVI(divx,xvid),MP4,3GP,WMV,ASF,FLV and MKV video files. I was able to play all my videos and music without any problems or conversions.
I generally listen to the galaxy player with a pair of klipsch s4 headphones (awesome headphones btw), but I stream my music in my car through the bluetooth a2dp and use google maps with the gps. Everything sounds great as long as you are listening to high quality or lossless files. The native equalizer is handy if you want to tweak the levels.
Thanks to the microSD card slot, I was able to bump up the storage to 40gb (8gb on board + 32gb microSD) for an extra $35. So, even though $229 for the 8gb 4.0 Galaxy player is more than the $199 8gb ipod touch, the expandable memory makes the Galaxy player 4.0($229 +$35=$264) more comparable to the $299 32gb ipod touch. The Galaxy player 5.0 is $269, add the card and it's $304 for a beautiful 5in 40gb full-featured multimedia device.
Updated on Dec 7, 2011