I had a great big review half-written for my Samsung Behemoth, but I scrapped it – I didn’t like how my finger words were coming out. I will instead sum up my thoughts in one sentence (followed by some additional sentences):
I like my Apple devices better than this particular Android device.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced device to get into the App World, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0/5.0 is a good choice. You can get an 8GB 4.0 (the only difference is the screen size) for $150CDN, which doesn’t SOUND much better than the comparable 8GB iPod Touch – until you realize that the Player has a microSD slot, allowing you to add up to an extra 32GB to your device.
You’ll have to trade features for features: if you want a device to take pictures, get an iPhone or iPod Touch. The Player’s 3.2MP camera is not even in the same universe as the 8MP camera Apple devices have. However, if you loathe iTunes, you’ll want to go Android: load your device by ye olde drag and drop, and you can use Winamp. Remember Winamp? It still really whips the llama’s ass, which made me all nostalgic for 2001.
Display: Apple’s Retina display is gorgeous, but as long as you don’t hold the two devices next to each other and nitpick the imagined flaws, you’ll never notice.
Basically, this –
Samsung Galaxy Player Wins:
- Expandable memory
- Android developers constantly trying to prove they’re better than iOS developers; will work harder to give you cool shit
- Much more reasonably priced
- 5″ screen option excellent for anyone who doesn’t want to drop $500+ on a tablet
Apple iPhone 4/4s/4th Gen iPod Touch Wins:
- Display makes angels weep
- Camera is amazing
- Staggering number of apps available
- Is not the size of a mini van
It all boils down to what you want to do, and where your fanboy allegiance lies. There’s room in my life for both devices, but my iPhone will always be number one with me. Your mileage may vary – decide what is important to you, and do your research.
Tonight I am going screen printing!