Originally Posted by tubemonkey
Some quick comparisons between the Galaxy Player and two Android phones (Galaxy Ace/ Galaxy Dart). The Player does not require a data plan; and depending on your carrier, you may be forced to pay for a data plan for a smartphone. The Galaxy Player is currently selling for $150 on Amazon.
- Play= 800x480 -- 4.0" -- 2.3 Gingerbread
- Ace= 480x320 -- 3.5" -- 2.2 Froyo
- Dart= 320x240 -- 3.1" -- 2.2 Froyo
Processor/ RAM/ Battery
- Play= 1.0 GHz -- 384MB -- 1,200mAh
- Ace= 0.8 GHz -- ----MB -- 1,350mAh
- Dart= 0.6 GHz -- ----MB -- 1,200mAh
Cameras: Rear -- Front
- Play= 3.2MP AF no Flash -- 0.3MP
- Ace= 5.0MP AF w/ Flash -- none
- Dart= 3.0MP FF no Flash -- none
I have the Galaxy Player because it has better specs than low-mid range Android phones; plus, I don't have to pay for a data plan. I don't have a smartphone because I absolutely refuse to pay for a data plan, and my carrier (Verizon) requires it for all smartphones (both subsidized and non-subsidized).
Minor correction: Galaxy Ace runs Gingerbread 2.3.4; at least mine does.
Here, in Canada, for several smaller telcos, (Koodo, Wind, Public Mobile, Virgin, Mobilicity) you don't need to get a data plan at all unless you wish to, whether the phone is subsidized or not, prepaid or not (except for iPhone).
OP did mention having a Kindle Fire so not needing another small device other than the phone.
Also, OP hasn't said where they live, but I am assuming US because of the Kindle Fire. Doesn't the US have plans/pre-paid offerings that don't require contracts or data plans? I always thought that there was more choice and flexibility outside of Canada. Did I assume incorrectly?
It is also possible here to buy an unlocked GSM smartphone (from wherever, not the telco) and just pop a SIM card into it, keeping your current plan without getting data even with our larger telcos (Bell, Rogers, Telus).
Surely such choices exist in the US?
Just curious! I've spent a lot of time looking into that stuff here for myself and my daughters and I'm wondering how it all works in the States...