Mp3 players have become virtually a necessity of modern life. These days, if you enjoy music or movies then chances are you don't store them in a cabinet or on a bookshelf – those little plastic discs are practically obsolete. Instead we carry our library of entertainment media with us wherever we go, on increasingly complex and high-performance devices that fit in the pocket. The iPod has long been the undisputed leader of the mp3 player industry, but more and more consumers are stepping away from Apple and looking for other options. So what are the best mp3 options besides iPods?
There are a lot of choices out there on the market. While Apple build its brand name empire, other electronics producers – some with a lot more experience in the audio gear department than Apple can claim with its “computers only” origins – were quietly honing and manufacturing mp3 players of their own, some with more features, better capabilities or even lower price tags.
If you step into an electronics store and walk past the iPod display you can find a dizzying array of mp3 players made by just about every name brand manufacturer there is, and some generics. It can be hard to tell them apart. So what's the best option? Opinions will vary, but if you cut past the brand loyalty and look purely at specs, my money is on Samsung's line of Galaxy Players.
The Galaxy line comes in different sizes and colors depending on whether you want the 4.0, 4.2 or 5.0 model, but all three are cutting edge and have large screens with 800 x 480 resolution. They feature strong batteries, 1 GHz processors and memory space of up to 16 gigs. Impressive specs that match any iPod, but what really pulls them together is the Android 2.3 operating system they all use. Android has become an industry darling and many users find it to be superior to Apple's OS.
If you want an mp3 player option that is not an iPod, I recommend taking a serious look at the Galaxy Player.