Samsung Galaxy W I8150 Review: S Plus Lite: Connectivity, Hubs, Web Browser, Office, Organizer

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Connectivity is rich in features

The Samsung Galaxy W has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and dual-band 3G with HSPA+ (14.4 Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink).

Moving on, there’s Bluetooth 3.0 for quick local file transfers. Then there's Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n support and a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot option.

The AllShare app allows you to stream content to and from various devices (TV or computer) over DLNA.

AllShare app

The web browser is good

The interface of the Android web browser has hardly changed. Its user experience is, as always, flawless.

Browsing on the Samsung Galaxy W

The browser supports both double tap and pinch zooming along with the recent two-finger tilt zoom. There are niceties such as multiple tabs, text reflow, and find on page and so on. A neat trick is to pinch zoom out beyond the minimum – that opens up the tabs view.

Yet another neat trick is the browser-specific brightness setting. You can, for example, boost the brightness in the browser to comfortably view your web pages but haged the general brightness low to conserve battery.

Page options and settings

There’s Flash 11 support, which means you can watch YouTube videos correct in the browser (videos up to 720p worked smoothly) and play Flash games too.

Watching a YouTube video • Playing a touch-optimized Flash game

There are a couple of Samsung Hubs preinstalled

The Social hub we’ve seen before – it combines your email accounts with social networking (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and email accounts and shows all incoming messages as one list with handy shortcuts to reply, imprint as favorite and so on. There’s filtering by message source too, to assist manage the inflow of incoming updates.

The Social Hub

The Music Hub lets you browse music online (with search tools, charts, lists of recent releases and so on). You can preview songs (30 seconds each) and buy tracks or whole albums.

The Music Hub helps you discover and buy recent albums and songs

Finally, there’s the Game Hub, which will quickly become your go to place for finding recent games. The titles break down into Social and Premium, and there’s a news section too. You also acquire to try before you buy. The nice thing about that Hub is it includes the titles by Gameloft, which are otherwise not available on the Android Market.

The Game Hub is remarkable for mobile gaming fans

You are fully covered in the office department

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 comes with the Polaris Office preinstalled. It’s one of the most feature-rich mobile editors we’ve seen. You can view, edit and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Office 2003 and Office 2007 are supported) and there’s a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer as well. The app enables searching your office files just like in a file explorer.

There's a large number of editing options - from font size and style through justification and bullet options to table styles. You can easily pick Excel functions from a list too (a feature commonly missing in mobile editors).

Polaris Office

Capable organizer

The calendar has four different types of view: list, daily, weekly and monthly. Adding a recent event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

The calendar

The list view (often referred to as Agenda view) shows a list of all the calendar entries from the recent past to the near future. It’s a very handy tool when you need to check your appointments for the next few days.

There is also a calculator aboard. It is nicely touch optimized - the buttons are gigantic enough and easy to hit. Turning the phone landscape reveals more advanced calculator functions.

Calculator • Advanced view

The Samsung Galaxy W features a decent alarm clock application with a huge number of alarms to be set, each with its own start time and repeat pattern.

The Clock app and the alarm options

The Memo and Mini Diary are self-explanatory. The first app works with text only, while the Diary lets you also attach pictures.

You also acquire a To-Do app called Task and a Voice recorder to round off the organizer functionality.

The Memo and Mini Diary • Task handles your To-Do list • The Voice recorder



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