Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 Review: Corby With Brains

By 09:24 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


Don’t know what Android is? Don’t sweat it. Prepare to want one. The Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 looks like a Corby, but walks and talks like a smartphone. More importantly though, it’s got no problem finding an audience to talk to. With so many Corby phones around, there must be enough users mustering up their courage to hold that extra step – and upgrade to something more advanced and more exciting.

We’ve seen plenty of Corby variations – QWERTY keyboards, 3G, Wi-Fi. There’s even music Corbies. Those who thought a smartphone was in order, can finally have their told-ya-so.

Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 official photos

With the Galaxy 5, Samsung are encouraging young users to give smartphones a thought. A Corby smartphone makes it all so much easier. The name says it all: we’re looking at a cheap and friendly touch phone with premium connectivity and a smart OS. In a way, this is some fine news and some poor news. No one would say no to high-speed network data and Wi-Fi. But smartphone just sounds too scary for some. Well, not any more.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • 2.8" capacitive TFT touchclassy screen of QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, 16M colors
  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.1 Eclair
  • 600 Mega Hertz (MHz) processor
  • 170 Mega Bytes (MB) onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB), 1GB card included
  • 2 megapixel capturing camera with geotagging, QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 15fps
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) slot
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Excellent audio
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • TouchWiz UI v3.0
  • Accelerometer for UI auto-rotate
  • Social networking integration with direct file uploads
  • SWYPE text input method

Main disadvantages

  • Small QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screen: not to fine for browsing, limited choice of apps
  • No multi-touch support
  • Poor still imaging and video recording
  • No DivX video support
  • microSD slot under the battery cover
  • No dedicated capturing camera key
  • No secondary video-call camera

Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 live shots

There’s much to question about the Galaxy 5 if you’re a seasoned smartphone user. This isn’t who this phone is for though. It’s a Corby, remember? There are weak spots of course, but calling them deal breakers would be too much. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is for those who hold one step at a time. An entry level smartphone for learners, not pros.



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