Ever wanted an iPod Touch but didn't want to buy into the Apple way or found it a bit limiting? Then the Samsung Galaxy Player YP-GB1 could be right up your street. Essentially a Samsung Galaxy S without the phone bits, it packs in a high-quality screen, Wi-Fi, access to the Android app store and much more besides. While out at CES, we got to have a play with it.
Centred around a 4in screen, the phone feels just like its cellular brother in terms of both dimension and finish. Unfortunately this does mean it suffers from the same ever so slightly flimsy, hollow feeling of the Galaxy S and moreover has a glossy finish which picks up fingerprints with aplomb. Not that it will fall apart without a bit of abuse but it's certainly not the sturdiest device.
In terms of buttons and connections, you get the same three navigation buttons under the front screen as the Galaxy S, with Menu, App Launcher, and Back on offer. The outer two are touch-sensitive while the middle one is an actual button, which is a slightly odd arrangement. They are nice and responsive, though.
A volume rocker sits on the left edge while power is on the right, where it's easy to reach. Up top is the headphone socket along with a microUSB socket and a telescopic TV aerial. This pulls out from the body of the player to be about 25cm long, fully extended. It is alarmingly thin and we really can't imagine it lasting all that long even in fairly careful hands, despite having a freely rotating hinge at its base. We tried tuning into some local TV but the Las Vegas convention center didn't prove to be the best place to receive anything. We're still awaiting word on what configuration we'll get in the UK and whether it will be compatible with our TV signal.
In a change from the Galaxy S, the YP-GB1 doesn't have an AMOLED display but uses Samsung's Super LCD technology. This uses one less layer to make the display, allowing for greater contrast, brightness, and colour saturation. While this could easily be dismissed as rhetoric, it certainly seems to work as the display is lovely.