With the large holiday season ahead, shoppers are looking for great buys and even better, quality built products. Since Apple released the iPod Touch, manufacturers have followed in their footsteps to create devices that will interest buyers, minus the monthly data costs.
Since the Apple’s release, companies have engulfed the MP3 player market as one of the most popular touch screen players. More notable in the android division lies Samsung, who is drastically changing the consumer playing field with such devices as the samsung Galaxy S2, and the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus.
Let us venture into these new products so maybe you can buy your child, grandchildren, wife, or even yourself one of the best MP3 products for the holidays.
Samsung Galaxy 4.0
The name does say it all. This device packs a friendly 4.0 inch screen for easy viewing at a reasonable size, without the hassle. For software, it carries the familiar Android 2.3.5 along with Android Market.
With competitors such as the iPod Touch, the Galaxy 4.0 lists for a current deal price on Amazon, around $5 more, for a total of $189.00; list price of $229.00. However, for that price you get access to just about anything that’s on a regular Android Smartphone, just without the phone part.
In addition, there is instant access to a 8GB Micro SD Card which can be upgraded to a large 32GB card. You can find a spanking deal on the internet, especially with extended Cyber Monday deals for around $31.00 here, with an included reader.
For those picturesque moments, the Galaxy 4.0 carries a 3.2 MP camera in the rear, and a VGA front facing camera for video calls. With a 1200 mAh battery, it will last you about a day.
Wrapping it up, the phone is a great deal. It really brings something different for those who are looking for an affordable device, without any contracts or monthly fees.
Samsung Galaxy 5.0
This MP3 is quite a player indeed, with its massive screen size of 5.0 inches. If you like large devices but do not want a tablet size, the 5.0 is up your alley with a deal of $229.00 on Amazon.
Even though this is the same as the “list” price of the 4.0, you are still saving $40 when you decide to buy online. Included in the price, you get more of the same features as the 4.0, such as the 8GB card upgradable to 32GB, 3.2 MP camera on the rear, and VGA camera on the front, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi compatibility, and Android 2.3.5.
Even though the price on amazon seems well worth it, the list price will set you back around $270.00. A little far fetched for an inch larger? But, if you want to be the holiday gift giver that out beats the rest, go for it!
Creative ZEN Touch 2
If you are looking for a more slimmed down “price-wise” device without every single feature known to mankind, take a look at the Creative ZEN Touch 2.
It doesn’t have much for a camera or video recording, 2MP to be exact. However, the compact player offers a reasonable 3.2 inch touch screen display.
For storage, the ZEN Touch offers a nice 8GB of internal storage, with an SD Card capacity up to 32GB. There is also a 16GB Internal storage version available.
You can find it available here, on Amazon.com for around $149.99
Philips GoGear Connect 3
The final item on the list is the Philips GoGear Connect 3 MP3 Player. This puppy features Android 2.3.3 OS with a little style. This is a great alternative to the quite pricey, Samsung Galaxy players we listed. Just like the ZEN, is has a 3.2 inch touch screen display.
A nice addition is that besides the Android Marketplace, you will be able to access the Amazon App Store as well. Like the others, it has around a day’s battery charge capacity. For storage, you will find 8GB of internal storage, and a 16GB card which can be upgraded to 32GB.
To seal the deal you will also discover that sound-isolating earphones are included, as well as surround sound performance.
All in all, these devices offer the user great choice in picking their next audio device. Thank goodness we are no longer monopolized by Apple’s torture and have more variety for the upcoming holiday season.
Will you get one of the devices? How do you think it compares to other devices on the market, or even the one you have now? I would love to hear your comments.
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Meh. I’ll wait for Sony’s Android-powered (non-smartphone), Walkman devices, which are due to be released in Japan soon… And hopefully everywhere else soon after.
Nice. Looks like a very interesting device.
Picked up a Virgin Mobile LG optimus to be my mp3 player. Its only $65 for the phone, add in a SD card and for $85 you got 16gb’s Android MP3 player
Nice… Yeah some electronic markets are weird, but sweet deal man! Glad you read the article :-)
That was a good idea not sure if I’m a fan of LG though
Creative Zen looks like a good one to have. I wonder if Sandisk Sansa will ever support Android on their devices? I’d grab one of those in a heartbeat. Sound is great.
anyone have any idea when sony might be releasing one? probably ces 2012???
I like how they’re making better android mp3 players, that way apple actually has some competition in the music market. In turn they will make their iPod devises much better. Hopefully they get rid of that scratch magnet they call the back of the iPod.
Agree that the optimus is great. I recommend this app for playing music too: bitly.com/GEtgpV