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Dec 30 2010   12:48PM GMT

Reports of the Death of the PDA Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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There was a time that it seemed almost everyone owned a PDA. Palm Pilots and Pocket PCs were everywhere. Then smartphones came along, and it interest in mobile devices that weren’t also phones just about dried up.

As many consumers switched their focus, the companies that had been giants in this market dropped out, including Palm, HP, and Dell.

But Apple didn’t give up, and its iPod touch series has been the best option for those looking for an affordable handheld computer that didn’t require a monthly service change. Millions of these devices have been sold.

Samsung Galaxy PlayerAnd now there’s a new company getting into the game. The Samsung Galaxy Player is going to be an Android OS-based handheld computer that, like the iPod touch, will be focused on games, video, and music.

No Compromises
Like its rival, Samsung’s offering is going to be well-supplied with features. It will be as powerful as the smartphones offered by the company, just without the phone part.

The Galaxy Player will run Google’s Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz processor, and it is going to include a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB of internal storage. This will make it ideal for those looking for a very capable music and video player, as well as a portable gaming console. It will even support video chatting.

The latest iPod touch runs iOS 4.2 on a 1 GHz processor, and sports a  3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen. It also comes in 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB versions, and has support for video chatting. It has already proved its chops as a multimedia player.

There are many thousands of games for both the iOS and Android OS, the vast majority of which sell for just a few dollars or less.

The main advantage Apple’s handheld has over its upcoming rival is iTunes, which provides users with a vast array of music, podcasts, and TV shows to enjoy on their mobile device. Still, Samsung is trying to compete with its Media Hub.

More Options Is Always Better
So there are options for those of you who have been considering a smartphone but have been holding back because you don’t want a monthly wireless service fee.

And those of you who have an iPod touch but would prefer something more open, you’ll be able to get the Samsung Galaxy Player this spring.

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