If the Galaxy Players of the past didn’t fit your personality and/or your hand, the new Galaxy Player 3.6 may fix both problems. Now the past Galaxy Players were the 4.0 and 5.0, larger versions of the same exact device but their number one competitor, the iPod Touch still remains at a 3.5-inch category and since its Apple, they still remain number one in sales in the portable media device company. Now the display on the Galaxy Player 3.6 is very close to the one found on the iPod Touch, almost the same size and almost the same technology. But there is one huge difference, but we will get to that in just a bit.
Overall the Galaxy Player is not going to win any prizes for a radical design, it honestly looks like a mix of an iPhone 3G/3GS and a Samsung Galaxy S. Very flat, very minimal but it works for me. The corners are nice and rounded instead of sharp and edgy like other Galaxy devices, and more importantly it feels high quality. It doesn’t have that Samsung hollowness to it, it may actually survive a few drops unlike iPod Touch, it may even survive a screen first drop. But hey, we are not advising you to throw your Galaxy Players against concrete.
Now the Galaxy Player 3.6 does pack some fire power, but it does not have the biggest guns, some may even say it brought a knife to a gun fight. It does pack a single-core 1GHZ A8 Cortex processor, the one we have been praising on the older Galaxy S devices. Now this does seem a little under powered, especially since we are now entering the world of Quad-Core mobile devices, one core is pathetic, but don’t let that frighten you. Overall, the thing moves around its own operating system without incident, it only shows struggle when you load some preposterous application that sucks up 1,000 cores of processing power, or open up a large website, like Gadget Experts in its full desktop glory. Other than those two times, the thing flies.
Buttons are also minimal, the only hard keys are the Power/Lock switch located on the top right, volume rockers right below that, thats it. On the bottom we do have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a MicroUSB port for charing this thing up. Also, on the back we do have a 2 Megapixel camera with no flash and on the bottom left, there are speaker grilles.
Now the display is again a 3.6-inch LCD. The resolution of this particular display is 480 x 320, which if you can rewind your brains back to iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd Gen and back, that was the resolution of the displays. Its really disappointing when you turn the display on, you can see pixelation from miles away and images just look fuzzy. The viewing angles are also very bad, if you get about 120 degrees off, the screen just looks like a sheet of white glaze with odd looking shapes from the beams of light shining through it.
So this isn’t a super device, it only costs $149, but at least put some current generation technology inside this thing, but they decided to put 2007 technology into this device, maybe they just want to clear out inventory?
Since the 3.6 isn’t really a power house, it is unfair for us just top say its a terrible device. It was never meant for achieving Mount. Everest in tests here. But the thing does show its horse power through its own menu structure and home screens. TouchWiz is a beefy skin over Android and can make some really powerful devices become weak and helpless, but we have not experience one single incident with it running Android. As I stated earlier, unless you have too many applications open or trying to navigate through huge desktop websites, you should be just fine with the performance of this thing.
Now on to battery life. We are not sure how we managed this but with just music playback, we got just under two full days of music playback, thats 24/7 music playing through headphones, not the speaker. With us using this device as a internet browser, we got around 12 hours with moderate use of YouTube, Email, and Browser. Not bad at all.
Let’s start with that this is, the Galaxy Player 3.6 is a great device for someone who is looking for Smartphone properties without the phone part to it. Someone how has lots of ripped music on a computer that they can’t put on an iPod so they require a MicroSD card slot to put there music on. Casual web surfer and YouTube watcher. Now this is not for the power house user that needs every single pixel of their device to deliver high quality content. It will not handle every website and may even crash the web browser. But to end off here, for $149, this is not a bad deal, I just wish they gave it a bloody better display. I’m still not over that.