After having my 160GB iPod Classic stolen from my car, I did not want to shell out another $200-$400 for a personal media player, but I did want a touchscreen with great sound.
I ventured, based on the reviews I found here, and purchased the SGP 4.0 refurbished from Walmart, for one-third of what I would have paid for a new iPod.
I already knew that this Galaxy Player 4.0 from Samsung has one of the best DAC audio chips, a Wolfson WM8994 from England, which allows you to use an application called Voodoo Sound.
This combination has surpassed any expectations I would have had from any of the iPods I have tested. It sound beyond incredible. And with good head/earphones, it is musical bliss. Trust me.
I also considered the Galaxy Player 4.2 with front speakers and the 5.0 with bigger screen and better battery, but neither of these two can run Voodoo Sound. The 4.0 has no software support for Voodoo Sound and the 5.0 has a Yamaha chip instead of the much better Wolfson chip.
If battery is a concern, I purchased a spare at Amazon for $6 to always have around as a quick replacement. If you're interested, here you go. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006KRZDUY/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
I am currently using my Galaxy player with Audio Technica's ATH-M50s and the sound is breathtaking. It can get "too loud" if that is even possible !!! :] Oh, and distortion is nowhere to be found. It has a silent floor that is eerie at times when the music is off.
The player itself, came in a white cardboard generic box from Samsung, and I, being extremely picky, looked and looked, but could not find any indication that this is a refurbished unit. I am telling you, it was in pristine, new condition with everything the original was packaged with.
The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work great and the unit itself, running Android Gingerbread, is pretty snappy. The included music application and launcher eat up too much memory, so I swapped them with Jet Audio Plus and Holo Launcher from the Android app store.
Battery wise, I would say you can get anywhere from 15-20 hours of music playing time, with that amount being shortened considerably if Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth are on.
The browser is fast and there is no lag on any application I have used so far. Camera and Video work great, although that is not what I bought it for.
I also purchased a 64GB micro SD card from Kingston and for under $200 bucks, with the player included, I have a unit that runs rings around any iPod you could throw at it. The apple sound is nowhere near what you get with this player. No matter how well you configure the iPod, the sound still lacks width, presence and timbre.
Also, if you are still considering a 64GB iPod because of the better screen and smaller size, they start at about $350.
If you are on the fence like me and researching a media player searching for reviews and tests done by pros on the web, skip all that and give this a try. I was skeptical, but now I am enjoying my music collection like I had not done before.
You can always argue that you can have all these apps on a smart phone, which I do, but the battery life and the sound would not be anywhere near this dedicated player.
The only trouble I have had has been keeping it away from my teenage daughter and my wife. I might have to buy a few more, but at this price, it would not be as financially stressful.
I hope you make as great a decision as I have, and get it while they last. Samsung has discontinued these media players, and because the 4.0 has better hardware, it is becoming scarse to find one in great conditions. I searched extensively...!!!