Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Spica AKA Portal android phone
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700
Member Name: twinkle-star
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700
Advantages: trendy with lots to enjoy thanks to the Android
Disadvantages: freezes and crashes on a daily basis
I am writing this review from a "non-techy" perspective!
It is very easy to go to a search engine in order to gain access to the full specifications of this product, so I would advise you to do that if that's the kind of information you are after.
My review is about what the phone is like to own and use from a qualitative perspective, and I will try to give as balanced a view as possible.
If you don't have time to read the full content of this review I have summarised they key pro's and con's at the bottom.
- What made me choose this phone?
I am a 3 customer and wanted a free upgrade whilst remaining on the same price plan, therefore my search was limited to a few products, this being one of them.
Out of the products available to me I was looking for as close to an i-phone as I could get, and this seemed to be it. (It was April 2010 at the time).
I did look at comparisons against other phones in terms of battery life, camera quality and reliability, but to be honest being the girl that I am it was the phone's appearance that won me over!! I chose the white version and I really like the look of it! I also wanted a decent MP3 facility as I do not own a separate MP3 player.
-How I got on with the handset:
I read all the booklets provided as soon as I got the phone, and although I recommend doing this, they do not tell you everything you need to know. I find that I am still finding things out purely through trial and error.
I was particularly frustrated by the fact that I didn't know how to check the report status of messages I had sent. I have since learned that a whole menu pops up if you press and hold on the text you want to view!! This menu gives you the option to "lock message", "forward", "copy message text", "view message details", "delete message", "view report".
In terms of typing words with it, I also find that my fingers are seemingly too fat for the individual tiles and I accidentally select the letter next to the one I actually want quite often. I do use the predictive text facility and I personally find this helps with this problem in most cases though not all.
Navigating around the phone is quite easy with the help of key icons. there is a switchers icon that allows you to turn GPS / WIFI / Bluetooth / Auto sync on and off very quickly and easily, which is brill given that you don't always want to be connected to the internet plus these features drain the phone's battery much quicker.
In relation to the battery, I find it lasts a good amount of time in-between charges (approx 2-3 days of having the phone switched on all the time, except when it crashes of course!)
Beware though that when it gets down to the last bit of green it is only about half an hour away from going red and switching off!!
-Reliability of phone:
To be honest this is is not a very reliable phone. My Dad and step-mum also have the same phone and they have similar problems as me. It keeps freezing and/or shutting down randomly.
It has a mind of its own and apparently a sleep regime of its own too!!
It happens all to often when I am in the middle of a telephone conversation and I notice it has gone silent. I look at my phone and it appears I am still connected to the call but I can't hear them. This sometimes results in the phone shutting itself down and re-booting, but sometimes I have to take the battery out and switch it back on again. MOST ANNOYING!! - particularly if it is an important telephone call. As I don't bother using my home phone ( I don't even know the number) I rely heavily on my mobile, and I have to say this phone is not very reliable. In fact I have just looked at my phone now and it has turned itself off while I was writing this review haha!
The Android Market is full of downloadable app's and lots of them are free. I have a few games like Mahjongg and gem miner which come in handy when bored waiting for the train etc. Because of the Android, the phone does not come with any games installed when you first get it.
There are lots of free backgrounds and ring tones to choose from as well which I like.
One downside is that sometimes I can't get into the Android Market as it comes up saying "a network error occurred". I have not managed to figure out why this is yet.
I like the MP3 player on it and the sound quality is good when listening with the earphones.
Its also good for using social network sites when away from my laptop.
In summary, there is so much to choose from from an entertainment perspective.
Summary of advantages:
- looks nice!
- Android Market is full of stuff plus free applications available including Google maps
- battery life is good
- MP3 player is very good and the phone comes with decent, comfy earphones.
- good as an alarm clock and for reminders
- good for watching BBC i player - the picture is really quite good
- there is lots of space to store various numbers and addresses for each of your contacts
Summary of disadvantages:
- the help manual is not brilliant
- phone freezes and crashes a lot (mostly every day at least once)
- Despite pressing the key pad lock my face presses icons when I am talking on the phone and the person at the other end can hear me pressing buttons!!
- I get a network error message quite often when trying to access the Android Market.
- Calendar function is not particularly great
- camera does have an inbuilt flash but it is not brilliant
- there is no facility to block specific numbers
Summary: if you can find the features of this phone in a more reliable handset you will be onto a winner!
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