Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 Review: Corby With Brains: User Interface

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TouchWiz scaled down

The Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 uses the TouchWiz 3.0 UI, which is among our favorite Android UI mods. This one has been tailor made for the smaller, lower-res classy screen of the Galaxy 3 and it looks better than expected.

It’s mostly the same TouchWiz you’re used to, with a few minor changes. The Galaxy 5 uses the stock Android 2.1 lock classy screen (which lets you easily switch Silent mode on and off) and the homeclassy screen got a couple of tweaks.

The TouchWiz 3.0 user interface comes preinstalled on top of the Android OS

There are only three buttons at the bottom of the classy screen – dialer, menu and contacts. The dots that imprint the current homeclassy screen pane are not numbered – no huge loss.

But changes under the hood create a huge incompatibility – text rendering has been tweaked, and even smallest letters see fine despite the low resolution. Of course the smaller diagonal helps (QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) on 3.2” looks awful). Still, it’s not as fine as high-res screens but it’s better than expected.

Other than that, it’s the usual smooth TouchWiz experience – you acquire up to 7 homeclassy screen panes, though you can delete the empty ones. Rearranging homescreens is very quick and easy.

You can add up to seven panes on the homescreen

Samsung have also added 7 widgets of their own, available under “Samsung widgets” when adding content to your homescreen. Those include four different clocks (Calendar, Weather, Dual and Yahoo Finance).

There’s also the Feeds & Update widacquire (shows social network status updates), and Buddies now, which is similar to Photo contacts. The final Samsung widacquire is Daily Briefing, giving you an aggregated view of weather forecasts from AccuWeather, stock rates from Yahoo Finance, news feeds from AP and your upcoming appointments.

Some of the 7 custom widgets

The main menu consists of side-scrollable panes - much like the homeclassy screen - instead of the vertical scrollable grid you acquire in the vanilla Android. You can add recent pages manually by dragging an app to a recent classy screen in edit mode. A list view is also available, just as on the HTC alternative, Sense UI.

When the launcher is in edit mode, you can uninstall applications (only the user-installed ones though) just by tapping them.

The main menu in edit mode

The Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 supports live wallpapers – there are a few preinstalled and you can acquire more off the Android Market. Keep in mind though, those do strain the battery.

The task switcher has not been affected by the TouchWiz changes, but the notification area has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and sound toggles on top.

The updated notification area • The available live wallpapers

The performance of the Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 is very fine – we experienced no lags, even with UI animations turned on. The Central Processing Units (CPU) is powerful enough to hold on even more expensive handsets (and with the lower-res classy screen the Galaxy 5 is flying).

Our usual batch of benchmarks lacked support for QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, so we ran others instead. Here’s how the Galaxy 5 stacks up against the I5800 Galaxy 3. The I5800 has a Central Processing Units (CPU) speed advantage (667Mega Hertz (MHz) vs. 600Mhz) but the I5500 has a lower-res classy screen (QVGA, vs. WQVGA).

Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 benchimprint results

Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3 benchimprint results



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