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Samsung has announced its upcoming Galaxy Player (Translated Link), an Android-based device that will serve as a competitor to the iPod touch. According to the press release, the Galaxy Player will feature both front- and rear-facing cameras—VGA and 3.2 megapixel, respectively—between 8GB and 32GB of internal storage with a MicroSD slot for expansion, a 4-inch “Super Clear” 800 x 480 LCD display, a 1GHz CPU, GPS with a free 3D navigation app, Bluetooth 3.0, a removable 1200mAh battery, HD video playback, Wi-Fi, and SoundAlive audio enhancing technology. The report claims that the device will run Android 2.2 Froyo—not the newer 2.3 Gingerbread version that runs on Google/Samsung’s new Nexus S smartphone—and will have Android Market and Samsung Apps access. Notably, while the screen’s size is larger than that of the iPod touch, its resolution falls short of the fourth-generation model’s Retina Display, as does its top internal storage spec. North American availability and pricing have yet to be announced, but will likely be revealed next week at the 2011 CES, where the device is expected to be showcased.

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@sb

In your blind obeisance to Apple products, you apparently failed to grasp the intent of my post. God forbid anyone say something unpleasant about Apple.

Of course, I know the primary or even secondary purpose of the iPod Touch is not to take pictures. Nobody in their right mind would buy a product like iPod Touch for photography. I even stated it was unrealistic to expect an iPhone 4 like camera (and other iPhone features) in the iPod Touch given the huge price difference. My point was it was lamentable that Apple installed a camera in the iPod Touch that was basically unusable and that didn’t have to be. Cell phones 5 years ago came with a better camera than the one in 4G iPod Touch. So, we know price couldn’t have been a big factor. A decent camera, say 3 MP,  probably would have cost Apple a few dollars extra.

Besides, my reasons for enthusiasm for this upcoming Samsung product are not limited to its better camera. You can bet the 5G iPod Touch will not come with a GPS, removable battery (happy with your iPod Touch’s battery life?), and a microSD card slot.

Posted by caesar on January 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM (CST)

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@caesar: exactly. Sure, nobody buys a touch or an iPhone for its camera as any dedicated camera that costs less than either device will do multitudes better at capturing anything truly camera worthy. That didn’t mean the camera had to be truly awful, though. Although, yes, somewhat better as far as raw resolution goes, in terms of overall quality, the touch’s camera is no better than my Nintendo DSi’s cameras, and the Apple ads for Facetime are so obviously faked it’s a joke even to my 6 y.o., because, in reality, the video stream looks no better than it did from webcams from over a decade ago.

In fact, while I suppose you could chalk it up to her being my offspring, it says something to me when a 6 y.o., who is generally oblivious to the tricks of advertising, notices mere days after getting a touch that the ads for Facetime on the 4G touch are obvious constructs that bear no resemblance to the actual product, mostly due to the quality (or lack thereof) of the camera.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on January 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM (CST)

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competition is what brings better inventions to the market. please when the product i out finally, enlist me as part of the people that would test this device.i am sure this invention will make life esaier for the populace.

Posted by Alabetutu Bowofoluwa on January 10, 2011 at 5:22 AM (CST)

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Ehhhh maybe if they changed the shell I’ll buy it. Looks too much like an iPhone

Posted by Stan on June 24, 2011 at 3:26 AM (CDT)

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