I was cruising around the net doing some Christmas shopping the other day when I came across this article covering the best mp3 players of 2012 for multiple age groups. The winner of the older age group was surprisingly not the iPod Touch, but was instead the Samsung Galaxy Player (5.0 model).
I looked at an overview of both MP3 Players and came to the conclusion that the reviewer is probably right, the Samsung model seems to have a richer feature set not to mention a significantly lower price tag. Why was I so surprised then? I think I fell into the same trap that it seems like just about everyone has fallen into. Apple’s iPod has been so dominant for so long that most people have stopped even considering the other options in the market. If you do a little research though it’s quickly apparent that there are other options in the market that deserve consideration.
In the end, I still might settle on the iPod Touch despite the “on-paper” comparison that appears to favor the Samsung, but I’ll definitely consider other options first.
Often it seems that when one company has been dominant in a market for a long time that dominance can lead to stagnation and a lack of innovation, Apple doesn’t appear to be immune to this with the iPod’s, they haven’t really done anything new in quite a while as far as I can tell. Why should they? It would be odd to think they should make radically innovative changes to a product as dominant as the iPod.
That leaves the door open to competitors with much less to lose to come along and change the game. The Samsung Galaxy Players, based on the Android mobile operating system are well designed and packed with features, but I’m not sure anyone could say that the Samsung hardware, or the Android software has really changed the game.