Fifth Generation iPod (Late 2006) 80GB

by Apple

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Z Series Mobile Media Player

by Sony

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Galaxy Player 4.2

by Samsung

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Galaxy Player 3.6

by Samsung

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Price
Pros
  • Lots of storage space
  • Sharp video playback on 2.5-inch LCD
  • Tegra 2 is great for gaming
  • Great audio quality through headphones
  • Big screen with good resolution
  • Expandable storage
  • Good-quality screen is big but not too big
  • Thin and light
  • Full access to Google's apps
  • Expandable storage
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • High price
  • Proprietary charging and data port
  • Nonremovable battery
  • Nonexpandable storage
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Plasticky, cheap-feeling build
  • Thin audio quality
  • Small, low-resolution screen isn't good for video
At A Glance

Apple's latest iPod costs a lot, but it boasts a great screen and tons of storage, in addition to a easy-to-use interface.

Sony found the right balance between big enough for video and gaming and not too big to hold and carry comfortably, but the device's fixed storage and nonremovable battery limit its flexibility.

With its generous display, expandable storage, and thin-and-light design, the Galaxy Player 4.2 is a solid option for anyone looking for an Android-powered media player.

Samsung's Galaxy player 3.6 provides a lower-priced, Android-powered alternative to the iPod Touch, but its screen and audio quality come up short.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MA450LLA NWZ-Z1040BLK    

Display

Display type Color      

Ports and Connections

USB Yes      
Firewire Yes      
Microphone input No      
Line Out No      
Headphone Jack Yes      
USB Host Adapter Yes      

Supported Video Formats

H.264 Yes      
DivX4 No      
DivX5 No      
mpeg1 No      
mpeg2 No      
MPEG4 No|Yes      
XviD No      
wmv No      
Motion JPEG No      

Supported Image Formats

BMP Yes      
GIF Yes      
JPG Yes      
PNG Yes      

Supported Audio Formats

AAC Yes      
Apple Lossless Yes      
AIFF Yes      
FLAC No      
WMA No      
OGG Vorbis No      
Audible Yes      
WAV Yes      
MP3 Yes      
WMA Lossless No      
ASF No      

Included Software

Rhapsody No      
Included Software |iTunes      
Itunes Yes      
Napster No      

Performance

Performance

Frequency Response Deviation, Average (dB)

3.3      
Maximum Usable Output Level, Average (dBV)

-2.5      
Crosstalk, Average (dB)

-68.0      
Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise, Average (%)

0.05      
Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Average (dB)

76.0