Samsung Is Launching Two Android-Powered iPod Touch Wannabes

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Samsung is expanding its line of Android-powered Galaxy devices with two new media players aimed denting the iPod Touch’s dominance.The Galaxy Players come in two screen sizes: four inches and five inches.

We had a chance to test out the Galaxy Players today. Here’s what we thought:

  • As far as functionality, they’re basically smaller versions of Samsung’s seven-inch Galaxy Tab. They have all the same features of any Android device, including access to the Android Market.
  • We were most impressed with the five-inch model. It feels like a nice balance between phone and tablet, and is the perfect size for watching and streaming video.
  • The cameras were pretty weak. Both models have the same 3.2 MP camera, but the quality wasn’t that great.

  • The four-inch model feels just like Samsung’s line of Galaxy Android phones such as the Galaxy S 4G and Nexus S. We still liked the five-inch model better for video.

Here are the rest of the specs. There’s not much difference between the two models other than screen size:

  • Front-facing VGA camera and rear 3.2 MP camera with flash
  • Wifi
  • Compatible with Flash 10.1
  • The four-inch model will be able to make VoIP calls over wifi using Skype
  • HD Video Playback
  • 8 GB of storage, with expandable microSD storage up to 32 GB

There’s still no word on pricing or a specific release date, but Samsung says the Galaxy Players will be available this spring.

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