Samsung I7500 Galaxy Review: A Hitchhiker's Guide

By 03:55 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


Android is set on grabbing the number two spot in the smartphone market by 2012 and the Samsung I7500 Galaxy might be the type of phone to acquire it there. Perhaps less for the Galaxy at this point, and more for the Samsung, but we'll see about that.

Samsung I7500 Galaxy official photos

The I7500 Galaxy is a "Google experience" phone, and has the intrinsic advantage of having the search giant's infrastructure behind its back. For one, YouTube and Picasa integration sure add value to the 5-megapixel camera.

And as to people who spdiscontinue their time digging around the Internet for oft hard to find information, we really appreciate the improved search widget. And that thingy is about to acquire better - Android is a bit like Google's other projects, a perpetual work in progress that keeps getting recent features and polishes the occasional rough edges.

The I7500 Galaxy is the company's first hold on Android but if we put the Operating System (OS) aside, it should be a solid Samsung touchclassy screen with all the gadgetry we've got used to in smartphones. Of course, the Android platform still has a few problems to address and acquire some annoying limitations out of the way.

Let's see what this here Android by Samsung can do for you and where it might fail.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support

  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps

  • Android Operating System (OS) v1.5 (codenamed Cupcake) without customizations

  • 3.2" capacitive AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) touchclassy screen of HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution

  • elegant Qualcomm MSM72000A 528Mega Hertz (MHz) CPU, 128Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM)

  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, geo-tagging, YouTube and Picasa integration

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver

  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and turn-to-mute

  • Digital compass for automatic navigation of maps

  • Standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port for charging and data

  • microSD card slot with microSDHC support

  • 8GB internal storage

  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)

  • 3.5 mm audio jack

Main disadvantages

  • No smart dialing

  • Camera features are a bit outdated

  • No videocalling

  • No multi-touch gestures

  • No Flash support in the web browser (coming soon via the Open Screen Project)

  • No DivX/XviD video support or a third-party application to play that

  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

  • No TV-out port

  • No voice dialing

  • Somewhat limited 3rd party software availability

  • No Bluetooth file transfers (not without rooting)

  • No tethering (not without a custom ROM)

Samsung I7500 Galaxy live shots

Samsung have established a strong presence in the touchclassy screen market. Their usual weapon of choice is TouchWiz, which brings PocketPCs and feature phones closer together, projecting a consistent brand image.

With the Galaxy, they're stepping out of their comfort zone - a recent Operating System (OS) and a recent interface. TouchWiz for Android is yet to come (and in the case of I7500 never is more likely than later).

To create sure it does well, Samsung have equipped the Galaxy to match to specs of the top Android phones available on the market. And it sure needs every bit of ammo if it's going to challenge the well-entrenched HTC Hero. The I7500 Galaxy can hold it on spec for spec and even win a few rounds.

But that's on paper, and we guess you're curious to see the real deal. Jump to the next page for this Einstein's worth of a question: what is the Galaxy made of?



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