Samsung I7500 Galaxy Review: A Hitchhiker's Guide: 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

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Samsung I7500 Galaxy 360-degree spin

At 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm this is the slimmest Android phone on the market yet - even if by a whisker. There's no chin this time around, so despite its size it can comfortably slip into a pocket.

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Still the Galaxy is not a small phone by any means and has all the advantages of size. How about that AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive classy screen for starters? But that gigantic Android is still quite comfortable to handle. The weight of 119 grams isn't quite as breezy as some Symbian phones, but it's on par with the HTC Magic and lighter than the Apple iPhone (whichever the generation).

Design and construction

Samsung decided to put stock Android on the I7500 instead of going the modders way covering everything up in a custom UI. And we can't say that this is a poor thing, but we'll acquire to that. What's vital here is that design-wise the Galaxy has Samsung written all over it - figuratively speaking, of course.

Only when the classy screen lights up do you realize that Android's inside. The classy screen is easily the best part of the hardware - a 3.2" HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) capacitive Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) touchscreen. The size of the classy screen stretches the resolution a small thin but the lively colors and remarkable contrast do add up to some pleasing image quality. Not to mention the extremely fine viewing angles, which seem almost unmatched from what we've seen so far.




Demonstrating the remarkable viewing angles on the Samsung Galaxy

What's more the classy screen is very responsive. It reacts to your thumb with fantastic speed and precision that create the interface appear surprisingly snappy. However it suffers from the low sunlight legibility that's quite typical of AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screens.





A 3.2" capacitive Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) touchclassy screen • The ambient light and proximity sensors

The Galaxy front hardware buttons are generously sized and have a very pleasant click. You won't mind using them at all, even with such an excellent screen. A trackball is no longer the Android rule, in fact it's something of an HTC trademark.

The back key is obvious enough, but the menu key is marked by an arrow pointing up from a square bracket. That doesn't exactly scream "menu". The home key - that looks like an Nseries multimedia knob - is squeezed between the back and discontinue button. This Home key is small but comfortably raised, so pressing it is distress free.

As far as key assignment is concerned, you can download the free application "Spare Parts" off the Market. It will let you create minor tweaks including the behavior of the End button. You can set whether the End key should lock the phone, return to home classy screen or go to homeclassy screen and then lock.




Samsung don't like trackballs - we do

The styling of the phone is quite plain, more on the cheap than the conservative side. It's plastic all around, and the silvery accents on the control and navigation pad do small to glam up the simple black front.

The sides of the I7500 Galaxy are not that different from the typical Samsung touch-operated handset. On the left there's just the volume rocker. The right-hand side has the shutter key, which can be half-pressed to handle autofocus, and a hrecent key. The shutter key is very soft and responsive.






The volume rocker on the left • shutter key and hrecent key on the right

The top has the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, a lanyard eyelet and a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is covered, but the audio jack is left exposed.




The 3.5mm audio jack and the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port on top

The all-plastic rear is rather plain - uninspiring piano black finish and flat as a pool table. The only things to note are the lens with flash beneath, loudspeaker grill and the lonely Samsung logo (for whatever reason, there's no Google logo this time as opposed to the first sample we had for early previewing).

The capturing camera lens is placed in the top left corner, so your support finger occasionally gets in the way of the picture.



A see at Samsung I7500's rear

The 5 megapixel autofocus capturing camera lens is enclosed in a slightly raised frame, which also accommodates the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. This frame is the lens' only mean of protection against scratches. The loudspeaker grill has two small nubs, so it doesn't acquire muffled on a flat surface.



The 5-megapixel snapper and its companion - the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash

Removing the back panel reveals the easily accessible SIM compartment. Unfortunately, that's how you acquire to the microSD card slot as well. The memory card slot is under the battery cover, but the card can be swapped without removing the battery.

Opening the back cover often results in the battery popping out so be careful when you're swapping out the memory card. On the plus side, the back cover has "ribs", which create it sturdier.



What androids are made of

The battery is massive - 1500mAh are assumed to haged the Galaxy up and running for up to 450 hours and allow up to 9 hours of talk time. It may as well, in a controlled environment. In reality we had to charge the phone rather often - almost every day at some point when testing was getting too intense.

Overall, the Samsung I7500 Galaxy handles nicely even if it's not the most compact of phones, and the hardware controls are quite roomy. It sits well in the hand, its 11.9mm of thickness count for a lot of that.

The Plain Jane styling borders are a bit on the cheap and come out a bit too boring for a handset that's debuting a brand recent Operating System (OS) in the Samsung portfolio. The handset has a distinct Samsung face though and the brand's loyal customers will perhaps appreciate that. The other positive thing is that we have no reason to question the phone's long-term durability.




Samsung I7500 in hand

On the next page we create fine on our promise to elaborate why we liked the plain Android.


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