I got my galaxy player 5 inch tablet/media player 8GB from Amazon UK 4 days ago for £135.
I got it to replace my sony 7inch portable DVD player that has a 5 hour battery playing DVD's and 6 hours with a USB key, but it weighed over a kilo (which replaced an Archos A5IT). I diddn't want a phone, as too expensive (for the screen size) and it would not have good battery life.
build quality is very good, solid and weighty. it looks like a big galaxy S2 phone or galaxy note. I've got a galaxy apollo gti5800 phone, and it's screen is 3.2 inches, that is the WIDTH of the galaxy players! The screen is huge, but it fits into a shirt pocket with no trouble at all.
Screen viewing angles are very good, resolution is 800x480. It's bright and clear, plus you can brighten the screen on video playback (something my phone couldn't do, well it was only £65), and is clear in bright sunlight (but highly reflective). it's capacitive and very resonsive to use, and feels sturdy.
The battery is 2500mah, which is impressive. And my first test results are:
It's lasted 9 1/2 hours of standard def video before the battery warning came on! (that will get me to the USA, india or africa), playing 2 films in 22:9 ratio and the rest filling the screen in 16:9 (screen set to 50% brightness and volume to 50% as well)
I've just played a 720p HD video, and it still lasted 7 hours before the battery warning came on. Strangely it played the file with no problem, but my friends gen 8 101 needed the cinema pluggin to play it. considering the website quotes only 5 hours for video playback, I'm stunned.
The best thing is, it plays all my avi files without problems (I needed the cinema pluggin with the Archos A5IT), downloads and DVD rips, that was my biggest concern. MP4's don't work in my DVD players, so I don't use that format.
The stereo speakers are loud and pretty clear, but quiet recordings could be a problem due to the EU volume limiter. The headphones have good sound quality, but the jack is in the bottom of the device, so would need to go in a pocket upside down! They are not that comfortable to wear, but it does have a mute/pause button on the chord, which is handy. The power button on the unit also acts as a lock, thats stops all controls working, except volume, which I love.
wifi signal is strong, much better than my phones when upstairs, away from my router. The processing power is also way better than the 600hz processor and 256mb RAM in my phone.
It uses micro Sd cards up to 32GB, and goes in the top of the device under a flap, with easy access.
still got lots to play with, I want to make a kick stand to make it free standing, and got to get some sort of case for it.
BBC i player, ITV player and ch5 player all work, i only get occasional buffering due to my internet speed being really slow (max download speed is 1/3mb at 6 to 8am!) as I dont live near an exchange or have fibre optics. Live TV is beyond my internet capability unfortunately,
downloaded a few games (not a gamer, have a ps2 and 4 games, yes, a ps2!), and the graphics are really smooth, the touch screen is responsive as is rotating the player.
One thing I have noticed is when viewing web pages, the text can look a little pixelated, only a little, but you can see it up close. Not a big problem, but it could annoy some people.
Going to look into if I can stream video to a Tv or from hard drive to this device, DNLA? haven't a clue how to do it
Overall, very glad I took the plunge, don't regret it one bit. This is a very underrated device, and samsung should try promoting it properly.
however, the playing continues!