|Samsung 4.0 WiFi Player|
|Included Headphones with Mic|
- Nice set of in-ear-monitors (IEMs) that include a microphone on the cord.
- Micro USB cable.
- AC power adapter.
- User Guide.
- Health & Safety and Warranty Guides.
- 1200mAh Battery: 36hrs Music play with WiFi and screen off. 5hrs video. Replacement batteries with greater capacity are supposedly available.
|AC to USB Adapter|
- 4.0" 800x480 Super Clear LCD
- Front Camera: VGA 640 x 480
- Rear Camera: 3.2 Megapixel
- FM Radio
- Haptic (vibration) feedback
- Bluetooth® 3.0 (added speed and power savings)
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/a)
- Stereo Speakers
- MicroSD card slot (under back cover)
- Volume Rocker
- Power/Lock button
- USB port (under sliding cover)
- Headphone Jack
|Back Off. Removable battery and MicroSD Slot|
- Music: The Music app is excellent with easy access to volume control, shuttle controls, shuffle/repeat, lyrics (if available), EQ settings (presets and 2 user settings), full-screen album art (when available), song info including artist, album, song name and track number, song position and length, etc.. There is also a LIST icon to tap to go back to the songs list. The menu icon will bring up several more options including Add to Quick List, Share Music Via, Add to Playlist, Via Bluetooth/Speakers, Set as Alarm Tone, and More. Tap "More" and you'll get a Settings and Details option. Settings include Samsung's SoundAlive, Choices for how the music is sorted, and the option for choosing a graphic to show when no Album Art is available. The Music app claims WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA (v9), WMA Lossless, and Ogg formats will play. The player also played M4A and FLAC files with no trouble. The was no left/right balance setting. The largest negative I can find is that there is no gapless playback. I'm giving music playback an A though. Just not an A+.
|Music: Now Playing|
- FM Radio: The radio app is also well done. The first time I opened it the app started searching for stations. When done there were no active frequencies in range of me that were left out, and no frequencies logged that were nothing but static or noise. You can have it output through the headphone (required for antenna) or the onboard speakers. You can turn it OFF within the app or leave it playing in the background after leaving the app. Volume levels are separate for speakers and headphones. No RDS that I noticed. No FM output via Bluetooth. No Radio recording. That leaves Radio with a B+.
- Video: Video support is great, supporting any WMV, AVI or MP4 up to 720p that I've tried. The specs claim H.263, H.264, MPEG4, 3GP, WMV (v9), Xvid, and DivX ® formats. The Video app remembers your position in the file when you return to it. Besides the normal shuttle controls, the Menu button brings up Share Video, Details, Via Bluetooth/Speakers, Play Speed, Subtitles, and Settings options. The Settings option includes Repeat, Brightness, Colour tone, and Outdoor visibility. You can resize/stretch video to fill the screen. There is also a toggle for 5.1ch audio although I'm not sure why given the player only has stereo out. Video deserves an A+.
- Photos: The larger screens get, the better they are for photo display. This is true for the 4.0" Samsung compared to my previous 3" P2, P3, and M1 players from Samsung. The Gallery app supports JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP files. Photos are vivid. Sliding between them is fluid. The included samples look great. You have Slideshow options, Share options, and Editing options including Crop and Rotate left or right. You can also delete photos from within the Gallery app. Photos get an A thanks to the great screen.
- Cameras: The front facing camera is worthless for anything other than video chat. Photos taken with it are low resolution (640 x 480) and grainy. The rear camera does a little better, but at 3.2mp isn't up to the images you'll get from most 5mp or 8mp phones these days. The lens is much better than that on the front, so with good light you can take some decent images. There are several settings and options in the Camera app. You have Shooting Mode choices of Single Shot, Smile Shot, Continuous, Panorama, Add me, and Action Shot. You have Scene choices of Landscape, Portrait, Sports, Night, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dawn, Fall Colour, Firework, Text, Candlelight, and Backlight. You can adjust Exposure Value from -2 to +2 in .5 steps. There is also a long list of Camera settings you might find on Samsung's best consumer cameras. Finally you have tools, which include Guidlines, Review, GPS, Shutter Sound, Storage, and Reset. You may want to check out a few photography books for information on how to use all these features. The Rear camera's highest resolution is 2048 x 1536. There is no flash. I'm giving the Camera app an A though. They don't usually come as full-featured as this one.
Apps: In addition to the Google Android Market, this player also comes with the Samsung Apps application. You can also add the Amazon App Store with relative ease. No need to root or hack this player to gain access to all of Google's apps. Some unique apps added by Samsung include AllShare, Samsung App(store), and Thinkfree Office. Several typical android apps (usually social or media related) also appear to have been altered (improved) by Samsung.
Conclusions: Samsung has built a great player here. At $229 for 8gb it is higher but more capable than the $199 8gb iPod Touch. GPS, FM radio, and a larger screen may be worth the $30 difference. There are other more subtle differences that should help justify that cost. I'm rating the Samsung Galaxy 4.0 a Great Buy. Consider that 9.5 out of 10, with .5 for hoping the price drops to $199.
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