The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 is a portable media player with a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, and 8GB of storage space. It’s basically a big smartphone, except it can’t make phone calls.
First unveiled in February, some folks looking for a good Android equivalent of an Apple iPod touch have been waiting impatiently for the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 to go on sale in the US… and today it has. But it’s available from an unusual source: Woot.
Woot is selling the mini-tablet for $169.99 + $5 shipping today only. Woot is best known for offering deep discounts on items that have already been on sale from other stores for a little while, in one-day-only sales. This is the first time I can think of that Woot actually offered a product before it was available anywhere else.
That said, $170 is a great price for this little device. It supports the Google Android Market, has a built-in mic and speaker, support for Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and FM Radio, and has a VGA front-facing camera and a 3.2MP rear camera with auto-focus and flash.
The Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 measures 5.6″ x 3.1″ x 0.5″ and weighs 6.4 ounces. The batter provides up to 6 hours of audio playback or 8 hours of video playback, and the device supports a wide range of audio and video formats including H.264, DiVX, XVid, FLV, WMV, FLAC, WMA, AAC, MP3, and OGG.
Hopefully today’s sale at Woot means that we’ll start seeing the device from other retailers soon — even if it costs a few bucks more. But it’s possible that Woot (which is owned by Amazon) scored some sort of exclusive — or got some units from overseas.
Similar Android-powered iPod touch competitors include:
- Sony’s upcoming Walkman Z portable media player
- Philips GoGear Connect 3
- ICE Smart
- Cowon D3
- Creative Zen Touch 3
- Archos 43
- Skytex Primer Pocket
Unfortunately while these portable media players run Google Android and feature similar sizes and shapes to the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0, many of these devices are hampered by slow processors, low quality displays, or the inability to access the official Google Android Market to download apps.
At $170, the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 may not be the cheapest Android powered PMP, but it’s probably one of the highest quality devices you’ll find for that price.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, sellout.woot.com is also offering the ViewSonic gTablet 10.1″ tablet with a 1024 x 600 pixel display and NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor today for $239.99+ $5 shipping.