Comparing specs: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 vs. Apple iPod Touch

The challenge

Samsung has just floated up its iPod touch killer portable music player Galaxy Player 5.0 Wi-Fi. The device that runs on Android is exclusively meant for music listening like Apple’s runaway-success iPod touch. Apple has been reigning over the portable music industry since iPod touch’s arrival in September 2007. As of now, adding into the worry of Apple, Samsung, which is already a leading manufacturer of Android smartphones, has emerged with Galaxy Player 5.0. Some reviewers sternly believe that Galaxy Player 5.0 will raise stiff threat to iPod touch, which recently got its fifth generation upgrade with iOS 5.

Samsung  Galaxy 5.0-vs-ipod-touch
Samsung Galaxy 5.0-vs-ipod-touch

Samsung has been talking about its Android based music players – Galaxy Player 5.0 and Galaxy Player 4.0 – from last year. The Korean technology maker put on display the devices at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas. The company has now realized the 5-inch version of the Wi-Fi-only music player. The 4-inch one may roll out of furnace early next year. Anyway, here we bring you a detailed comparison of the music players from Apple and Samsung.

Comparison Attributes

Dimensions and weight

Apple iPod touch is largely smaller than its Samsung competitor. The Apple product rocks the dimensions of 110 x 58 x 7.1 mm and a weight of just 101 grams. On contrast, Galaxy Player 5.0 has the dimensions of 141.3 x 78.2 x 11.9 mm and it weighs at a hefty 182 grams.

Winner: Apple iPod touch.


As its moniker reveals, Galaxy Player 5 features a 5-inch display at a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is a WVGA TFT LCD that provides better clarity and performance. On the other hand, iPod touch has the same 3.5-inch display of iPhone. As the former Apple CEO Steve Jobs said iPod touch is indeed an “iPhone without contract.” Its display is an aluminosilicate glass-covered LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels at 326ppi.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0.


Galaxy Player 5.0 is to play on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is when Apple has just updated iPod touch with iOS 5, the game changing version of the software. Of course, iOS 5 has more stunning features than Gingerbread. In fact, Android’s reply to iOS 5 is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, not Gingerbread.

Winner: Apple iPod touch.


Galaxy Player 5.0 has only two internal memory options; 8GB and 16GB. Meanwhile, the new generation iPod touch comes with three options; 8GB, 32GB and 64GB. Moreover, iPod touch has iCloud cloud computing integration for additional storage.

Winner: Apple iPod touch.


Apple has slotted in a 0.7-inch rear camera on iPod touch. It can record video at 1280 x 720 up to 30 frames/s and audio. A 0.3-inch VGA camera is there in the front panel of the device. Samsung Player 5 sports a 3.2-megapixcel camera in the front. However, the device drops a front facing camera for video calls. In difference, iPod touch with FaceTime application will be a better choice for users.

Winner: Apple iPod touch.

Battery life

Battery life of a portable musical device is highly important. People often want to listen to music for long hours. Here Galaxy Player 5.0 outshines iPod touch with Li-Ion 2500mAh that ensures 60 hours audio playback and 8 hours video playback. Apple iPod touch has a Lithium-ion battery that offers only 40 hours audio playback and 7 hours video playback.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0.


The winner of the comparison is visibly clear. Apple iPod touch is far better than its Samsung competitor under several parameters. A music lover, who doesn’t obsessively worship Android, may go for iPod touch for better music experience.

The verdict

Samsung has been creating hypes about its Android music player for a while. The device has now realized with lots of features. We have an Android challenger to iPod touch now. Apple’s domination in portable music industry may be hit with Galaxy Player 5.0’s arrival. Of course, a large part of music lovers will go for Galaxy Player 5.0 instead of iPod touch now.

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