Samsung Galaxy W I8150 Review: S Plus Lite: Google Maps, Android Market, Kies Air, Conclusion

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Google Maps is essential

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 managed to acquire a GPS lock in just under a minute without A-GPS. A-GPS can speed up the lock (but it involves data traffic). Cell-ID and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) positioning are also available if all you need is a rough location, but they need a data connection too.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we’ve covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.

Google Maps

The latest version uses vector maps, which are very data efficient and easy to cache. The app will reroute you if you acquire off course, even without a data connection.

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can utilize two-finger capturing camera tilt and rotate to acquire a better view of the area.

Android Market has it all

The Samsung Galaxy W has the latest version of the Android Market. Upon launch of the Market app you’re greeted with the tiled interface of the Featured window. A swipe to the correct takes you to the Categories view.

Swiping to the left takes you through Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending (the ones with growing popularity). New sections are available such as Staff Picks, Editor’s Choice and more.

Android Market

Downloads are easy and won't hold more than a couple of seconds. Before you agree to download an app, the Market will show you what features the app requires access to (e.g. Internet connectivity, access to the file system, etc.).

Downloading an app

Kies Air turns your phone into a web server

The Samsung Galaxy W comes with Kies Air preloaded. The app connects to the local Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network (or it can create a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot) and gives you a URL to type into your computer’s web browser.

From there you can manage just about anything on the phone – from contacts, messages (including composing messages), to browsing images, videos and other files straight in your desktop browser. You can grant or reject access to computers and see who’s connected to the phone at any moment.

The cool thing is you can stream music with handy playback controls. It works for videos too.

Kies Air in Google Chrome

Final Words

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 stops a few paces from the top in Samsung's Android lineup, but you can disclose that the R&D for the top dogs has trickled down the ranks.

TouchWiz 4.0 is one of the most flexible Android modifications and the standard set of apps is quite complete - from the SNS-enabled phonebook, through the excellent video player and smooth 720p Flash video support to third party goodies like the very capable Polaris Office.

It’s the hardware that takes some criticism. The display has fine viewing angles but poor contrast. We would’ve liked the 8GB built-in memory of the Galaxy S and S Plus. Still, the chipset did very well in both Central Processing Units (CPU) and GPU benchmarks, so one of those fancy chipsets with dual-core processors wasn’t badly missed.

The Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus costs about the same as the Galaxy W. Along with the same chipset (and the extra storage we mentioned), it gives you a bigger 4.0" SuperAMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen and a slimmer body (9.9mm).

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V offers very similar hardware, but the BRAVIA engine boosts the image quality of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display and you acquire a microHDMI port to pair with HDTVs.

Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V

If size isn't the reason you're interested in the Galaxy W, the HTC Sensation XL offers a slightly faster version of the chipset (except when it comes to graphics), 16GB of storage and more RAM, plus an 8MP camera. But its defining features are the 4.7" classy screen and the iBeats headset in the box.

Or how about a Windows Phone handset? The Samsung Omnia W I8350 packs a better 3.7" classy screen than the Galaxy W - a SuperAMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) - and you acquire a thinner body with metal on it. The upcoming Nokia Lumia 710 is also worth a see if you're not in a hurry, it's got a ClearBlack display and free voice-guided navigation to acquire you interested.

HTC Sensation XL • Samsung Omnia W I8350 • Nokia Lumia 710

From a certain point on though, something a small better costs a lot more. The Samsung Galaxy W is near that threshrecent but there are phones that acquire even closer. The Galaxy S Plus is one, being priced only a small higher for a few better specs. If you've considered those options and still want the Galaxy W, it's not a poor choice.



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