Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
Newest Review: ... particularly bad. The only disappointment has been the PC synchronisation software, the Samsung Kies. It is in one word, rubbish. We have... more
A Smart (phone) Purchase
Samsung Galaxy 3 i5800
Member Name: cha97mw
Samsung Galaxy 3 i5800
Advantages: all the connectivity of a smart phone at a budget price
Disadvantages: it's a bit slow, slow response and crashes a lot
This phone is my husband's phone, but I often use it on his behalf, so I thought I would share my experiences of it. It is a budget smartphone. He spotted it at a bargain price of about £70 at the Carphone Warehouse, and as his old phone was really struggling with battery life, it was a purchase he was keen to make. Although his phone gets used a lot, we don't have an expensive contract, and we didn't want to spend more on the contract to get a new phone handset.
Initially getting the handset, we were really pleased with the look of it. It is black and glossy looking, and in spite of it not being in a case and my husband using this a lot, it doesn't look tatty after 6 months use. It is not scuffed or scratched at all. It has a colour touchscreen with 240x400 pixels, and it is always looks smart.
We had to upgrade the SIM card as his old SIM did not fit into the phone, but when we had done this, we had no problems with it. The vodafone staff just transferred the old phone number onto the new SIM card so we didn't have to mess round changing all the contact details. This would have been a pain as we have a large family, and my husband has a lot of professional contacts as well as he mostly uses his phone in the line of work.
The phone came with some basic applications on it: Google maps, google mail, calculator, calendar, clock, radio, internet browser, and my husband has added some other applications himself from the android market.
My husband does now use his phone a lot, even when at home to do some of the things like checking his email. He connects the phone to our home wireless network so that he can check it all without using his data allowance on his contract. We fell a bit foul of the data allowance when we were away over the summer. The phone can be used as an internet dongle, so I persuaded him to let me log on to check a few things, which was unlimited usage at approximately £1 for that day. When we got his next bill, something had altered in the phone settings and we got billed as though we had been doing that every day that month. That bill was a bit shocking when we realised, so we are more careful nowadays to make sure we don't do this again.
Making phonecalls is fairly easy. You are given a list of recent contacts or you can browse through your phonebook. It can be slow if you decide to change from one search method to the other. There is a bit of a lag that is longer than you want for it to switch. My husband says this happens when using the applications too. Like the processor is lacking a bit of oomph. It gets there eventually. It would be no good for me as I lack patience. It can sometimes crash too and need turning on and off again to reboot. Call connectivity is good. It doesn't drop in and out. My husband gets some signal even at home, whereas my cheaper basic samsung handset on orange really gets no signal at all at home due to us living nowhere near any masts.
When texting, you see a qwerty keyboard on the screen. This can be oriented in portrait or landscape, though landscape is a lot easier to text quickly. There is autocomplete which helps my husband when it comes to spelling.
The phone has a camera with 3.15 megapixels, which has face and smile detection, so it is great to always have a camera with us to capture silly moments when out an about with the kids and we have forgot our digital camera. You never know when these moments will arrive.
Storage is a 1GB micro SD card which came with the phone, or you can add up to 32GB of storage. 1GB has been adequate for us.
The battery life is ok, standby is supposed to be 510 hours. With light use, it can last 3-4 days. When you are on the phone a lot though, it has 7 hours of talk time, but really this is a bit of an overestimate. This phone is fine for light use, but if out and about and using it heavily, then it will be flat within the working day. We do charge this most nights, and this takes about 4 hours to do a full battery recharge from flat to full charge. My budget handset is closer to 2 hours.
Overall, it is a basic smartphone at a budget price. It is more than adequate for my husband to use in a business capacity, and for me to borrow in a personal use capacity. Yet we haven't paid a fortune for the privelige of having a big brand smart phone. My husband spotted an absolute bargain at £70 when it can retail at £125. My husband likes most of all the fact that it is google powered, and he uses google calendar and mail, so he is connected all the time between his laptop and his phone. If he gets a phonecall and has to deal with something away from the office, he can do so quickly as everything is there at the touch of the screen.
I've read a lot of phone reviews, and a lot of these smart phones are laggy and suffer from crashing, and I don't think this phone is particularly bad.
The only disappointment has been the PC synchronisation software, the Samsung Kies. It is in one word, rubbish. We have never got it to work and when it was downloaded and attempting to use it, it just caused the laptop to crash. We just gave up in the end and synchronised via google.
Another little niggle was we thought with us both having Samsung handsets we could share a phone charger when we go away for the weekend and take less stuff with us. This is not the case though as the connector into the phone is smaller for this model than my handset. This is minor though as the charger is pretty compact to some we have had in the past.
Summary: Keeping up with the smartphone technology on a smaller budget.