Samsung’s Very Odd Galaxy Player 5.8

Samsung unveils Galaxy Player 5.8, pockets everywhere brace for impact

I was initially excited to see this but the more I thought about it, the odder a duck this device is.

It has a 960 x 540 screen. That’s lower than the 1280 x 800 resolution of the Nexus 7. It’s even lower than the 1024 x 600 of the NookColor.

Those are $199 and $149 devices. So where will Samsung price this?

Although it has a front-facing VGA camera, there is no back camera. This is the first Galaxy Player not to have a back camera.

I doubt Samsung will price this where it needs to be: $99. Because that’s really all it’s worth, compared to the screens of the Nexus 7 and NookColor.

That puts it up against eInk devices like the Nook Touch, Kobo Touch, and Kindle Touch (Special Offers Edition).

I’m not sure people will drop their eInk devices for this.

People are more likely to switch from eInk to an iPod Touch (yes, even though the iPad Mini will likely cost a multiple of a basic eInk device).

Samsung needs to realize this device doesn’t have a chance in the current American marketplace. That lack of a back camera really does it in.

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3 responses to “Samsung’s Very Odd Galaxy Player 5.8

  1. Tyconn

    What downer…. You put Kindle. Nook. Pocket plus your messaging apps on there. A little netflix. Etc. As long as it has gps well…..

    I still can’t put my nexus 7 in my pocket. And I am not ever ever spending another $600 for a smart phone plus shitty contract. So maybe….. Just maybe….

    • mikecane

      Samsung has a 5″ GP too, but it seems the updated model is not heading for the U.S.. We don’t even know if this one will, either. Likely wind up in Europe first, anyway, as their stuff usually does. We never did get the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab 7.7 here.

  2. The Samsung Galaxy 4.2 in my opinion was the best device I have used. It has a front and back camera, extremely long battery life, nice sized and quality screen, and expandable memory. If they made another 1 of those with an updated version of android I would buy it. But i don’t think i’ll blow my money on this one.

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