Review Price £137.66
There's a fundamental problem, however, with the storage space recognised on the device. Let alone the fact that the Galaxy Player 50 only shows 6GB of internal storage, when it's supposed to be an 8GB device, it also shows "0.00B/0.00B" of it as being available to install applications, or transfer media, to. In other words you pretty much can't use the Galaxy Player 50 as a media player out of the box and have to add your own storage.
Curiously enough the camera is able to store images on the internal flash memory, despite the player insisting there's no capacity. Aside from that it isn't likely to win much affection. While it is indeed able to capture images digitally, that's about the best that can be said of it. The resultant photos are low detail, noisy and often blurry as it’s hard to hold the player still and the shutter speed is a little on the low side. Video recording is also hampered by the Galaxy Player 50's low resolution but playback is smooth, so if you decide you really need it it's not a complete write off.
It's disappointing to see the Galaxy Player 50 running version 2.1 of Android, which is getting long in the tooth now. Samsung has softened that blow by skinning the OS to give it a slightly less clunky feel; features such as dedicated video, music, web browser and applications shortcuts parked in a tray at the bottom of the main home screen (there are others on which you can place widgets and shortcuts) work well.
With the biggest of the Galaxy Player 50's issues, all of the aforementioned problems pale in comparison and all praises are rendered insignificant. From time to time, for no apparent reason the devise resets itself to its factory state. This seems to hark back to the schizophrenically unavailable memory space of the Galaxy Player 50, with some applications happily storing data (the camera, for instance) and others failing to accomplish, well, anything.
We're sorry to say it, but can't remember a single time we tested a product this fundamentally broken. So far as we can tell the major problems are all in software, so could be fixed with updates, but even were the Galaxy Player 50's software working perfectly, we still couldn't see ourselves not waiting until we could afford the extra money for an iPod touch or the Samsung Player YP-GB1 arrives .
The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 has the makings of a decent android-based media player. However, even without the software issues, the hardware would still be too expensive compared to the much, much better iPod touch.
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