The mobile was announced by Samsung in the late April 2009 and it started being a company for the HTC Magic and T-Mobile G1. On the whole galaxy is a filled with some of the best features like a 5 mpx camera, a D-pad instead of a track ball and 8 GB internal memory.
Inside the box
The package that galaxy comes with looks little dull, but still the small tint of black mixed with the full white has added to contrast look of the sides.
• The Samsung Galaxy i7500
• microUSB charger
• microUSB cable
• Stereo headset with 3.5mm jack
• Software CD
• User guide
The design is indeed fine though its similarity to Jet S8000 and Omnia II I8000 is very apparent along with the mix of its look from HTC magic. The Samsung Galaxy I7500 is made of plastic but sure doesn’t give you a cheap look either in its design or its feel, though this material is not touch resistive and you are to leave your finger prints all over, the phone is comfortable to handle. The screen size is 3.2 ‘’ capacitive display; with an AMOLED technology used the device can render up to 16 million colors. One best feature about the display is that the phone retains its look under direct sunlight, except that all finger prints are much more evident.
The trackballs have been replaced by a 5 directional D-pad, where the usage feels a little better than the previous ones. D-pad is circumference by 4 special keys “Call”, “End Call”, “Menu”. The right side houses the lock key which helps lock/unlock the device, left side rooms the Volume rocker. On the top is located the 3.5mm jack and micro USB. And as usual the back houses the loudspeakers and the 5 mpx camera lens with LED flash.
Galaxy has used the latest version of Google created operating system Android 1.5, although major improvements have been made to the GUI nothing is really evident in the interface available for usage. Phonebook is being integrated with google contacts and gives you a wide range of options to edit or add existing or new contacts. All messaging features SMS, MMS and e-mail messages plus you have several IM clients and integrated Gmail are very much supported.
Since galaxy is a touch based device there are no special dedicated keypads, but the typing and virtual keypad is not all that worse. The keypad is available in 2 modes and is operational in both directions of the screen. As far as the alpha-numeric is concerned the keys are well spaced and doesn’t really look like there could be a problem with typing.
The 5 mpx camera performs fine in natural sunlight and also the output is surely above average and what one can expect, but having used the latest OS I am sure there must be atleast a few newer features added to the camera functionality. But to the biggest disappointment there are no extra additional features.
Multimedia features are also not all the great atleast they are not in competition with any of the other latest Samsung models. The phones interface looks good but could have still been better. The headphone is perfect to choose the design of the phone. Galaxy lacks support to FM radio, but that can be replaced by the facility to get music online. iMeem mobile application helps you do this.
On the whole the workmanship put into galaxy is really appreciable and beautiful display. But there might also be a disappointment due to the unhandy alignment of the navigational buttons and the mediocre in-call quality.
Dimensions 115.9 x 56 x 11.9 mm
Weight 116.7 g
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 340 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 9 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 10 min (3G)
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