O2

by Cowon

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Galaxy Player 4.2

by Samsung

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Z Series Mobile Media Player

by Sony

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Galaxy Player 3.6

by Samsung

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Price
Pros
  • Large, responsive touch screen
  • Excellent sound and video quality
  • Expandable storage
  • Good-quality screen is big but not too big
  • Thin and light
  • Tegra 2 is great for gaming
  • Great audio quality through headphones
  • Big screen with good resolution
  • Full access to Google's apps
  • Expandable storage
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Won't play DRM-protected formats
  • No ID3 tag sorting
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Plasticky, cheap-feeling build
  • Proprietary charging and data port
  • Nonremovable battery
  • Nonexpandable storage
  • Thin audio quality
  • Small, low-resolution screen isn't good for video
At A Glance

The Cowon O2 supports an astonishing number of formats, but lack of ID3 tag support is disappointing.

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.

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.

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 O232WH   NWZ-Z1040BLK  
Inventory Number 43879      

Display

Display type Color      

Ports and Connections

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

Supported Video Formats

H.264 Yes      
DivX4 Yes      
DivX5 Yes      
mpeg1 Yes      
mpeg2 Yes      
MPEG4 Yes|Yes      
XviD Yes      
wmv Yes      
Motion JPEG Yes      

Supported Image Formats

BMP Yes      
GIF Yes      
JPG Yes      
PNG Yes      

Supported Audio Formats

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

Included Software

Rhapsody No      
Included Software |      
Itunes No      
Napster No      

Performance

Performance

Frequency Response Deviation, Average (dB)

1.8      
Maximum Usable Output Level, Average (dBV)

-4.7      
Crosstalk, Average (dB)

-50.0      
Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise, Average (%)

0.02      
Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Average (dB)

85.0