Top five iPod Touch alternatives you can buy

Every time Apple brings some extraordinary product in the market – it gets popular right away. Whether it’s iPod Touch, iPhone or the iPad, other manufacturers also launched me-too products soon after that. In today’s world, the iPod is a ruler in this world of PMP’s (Portable Media Players). But the fact is, not everyone can buy iPod Touch – may be due to availability issues or pricing. So for those who love the bling of iPod Touch and want similar other product in low range here are top five iPod Touch alternatives.

Top five alternatives to iPod Touch

The best and top five choices to iPod Touch are:

  • Samsung Galaxy Player
  • Microsoft Zune HD
  • Philips GoGear Connect
  • Sony Walkman X Series
  • Cowon S9

alternatives to iPod Touch

1] Samsung Galaxy Player

Samsung is precisely doing what Apple does with the competition. Galaxy S is a competitor for iPhone 4, Galaxy Tab as a competitor for iPad and now Galaxy Player as a competitor for iPod Touch 4G.

Samsung Galaxy Player 4 sports the same as Samsung Galaxy S phone. Except for the calling facility same as that of iPod Touch 4G to iPhone 4. The specifications are close to iPod Touch 4 and in some cases better than it. Let’s have a quick look on specs.

Samsung Galaxy Player

  • Cortex A8 1GHz processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Rear camera (3.2mp) front camera (VGA)
  • Available in 8GB and 16GB versions
  • microSD card slot, expandable upto 32GB
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 4inch WVGA Screen
  • DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG4, and H.264
  • MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, Flac

Microsoft Zune HD

Sweet 3.3inch buddy successor to the Zune, brings all new features on an OLED display with Gorgeous Metro user interface. Not as compelling to the current generation PMP’s but still worth its price.

Zune Music Player

  • Nvidia Tegra APX2600 processor
  • Microsoft CE 6.0
  • No camera
  • Available in 16GB and 32GB and 64GB versions
  • No microSD card installation slot
  • WiFi only
  • 3.3inch OLED Screen
  • WMV, MP4, M4V, MPEG4, H.264
  • WMA, MP4, M4A, M4B, MP3

Philips GoGear Connect

From the makers of consumer electronics, Philips brought all new Philips GoGear Connect a PMP that runs on Android OS last year.

Philips Music Player

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • Camera specs unknown
  • Available in 16GB version
  • microSD card slot, expandable upto 32GB
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS
  • 3.2inch TFT Screen
  • WMV, MP4, AVI, MPEG4, H.264
  • MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, Flac

Sony Walkman X Series

Announced at CES 2009, Sony Walkman X series PMP’s are one of the best touch screen PMP’s I’ve seen. With a sleek look and unique design its perfect for all those audiophiles who want better show off than iPod Touch.

Sony Portable Music Player

  • Windows Media Player 11 software
  • No Camera
  • Available in 16GB and 32GB version
  • No microSD card installation slot
  • WiFi only
  • 3.0inch OLED Screen
  • AVC, H.264, MPEG-4, WMA, M4V
  • MP3, WMA, MP4, M4A, 3GP, WAV

Cowon S9

Released in 2009, Cowon S9 is the first touch screen PMP of 2009. Sexy looking, lightweight and with mind-blowing user interface Cowon S9 is surely iPod Touch (2G) killer. In the race to buy a better solution, I’ll always suggest Cowon S9.

iPod Touch alternatives

  • 500MHz CPU
  • Proprietary OS
  • No Camera
  • Available in 16GB and 32GB version
  • No microSD card installation slot
  • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
  •  3.3inch AMOLED screen
  • H.264 MPEG-4 WMV
  • APE, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

Do I miss any? If you know any other best alternative, do share with us!

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