Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy GT-i5500, sleek and good looking.
Samsung GT i5500 Galaxy 5
Member Name: panandtilt
Samsung GT i5500 Galaxy 5
Advantages: Good screen size, good features for an Android
Disadvantages: A little tricky to navigate the settings
Samsung Galaxy Europa GT- I5500
I have had this phone for about a year now and have been very pleased with it. I got it free with my '3' contract and I suppose I was drawn to it because it was smart, slimline and had features enbedded that I already used like social networks and Google search. I teach and my school PC will not allow any forum or social networking sites to be loaded (which is fair enough) so using my phone to check emails and my facebook etc was a benefit to me.
It is my first 'Andriod' phone and to be honest until recently I didn't really know what it meant. Andriod is the software which is used in these phones to enable them to be used like a computer. So the fact that I can access in built features such as 'Facebook, 'Twitter', 'Ebay' and 'Youtube' is all down to the android software.
My Samsung is pretty easy to use and has never really let me down. It has once or twice randomly frozen but I just took the battery out and re-started it and it was fine. I think most phones do this sometimes so I don't think it is a fault with the phone. The touch screen size is around 50x70mm, not huge but big enough, The colour resolution on the screen is good and all images, photos and video appear bright and not blurred.
Text is black on white for actual messaging and white on black for the mesage infomation page (lists all message senders/recipients). This is a handy page for me as you can simply scroll down to a sender or recipient and tocuh name and it will bring up the message history, even if you don't communicate with them often. My oldest one is April 2011. This saves you from searching for them in your contacts, much quicker I think. Each sender/recipient in the list has a picture of a robot (andriod linked I suppose) next to the name and if you touch the picture you get a new bar which gives you the option of calling, messaging, 'whats apping' (I will go over this later) or accessing their saved information. Just touch the messaging option and it wil take you to the message list for you and the recipient. Their name is displayed along with all the messages. Depending on whether you have the phone held landscape or portrait (it will automatically turn for you - if the option is checked in the settings as some might not lke this option) the amount of messages you can see without scrolling is different. I prefer landscape mode as the keyboard is stretched and is easier to see/touch without my glasses and will show me 2 or 3 recent messages. Messages are also displayed with the time sent and each lot of messages come under the date sent. The current box for typing in is surrounded with an orange trim, this tells you immediately that you need to work in that box. One touched it will open up displaying a half page area for typing in and the landscape 'querty' keyboard. The number, capital letter and symbol options are all easy to access while typing. If you go over the standard amount of words/symbols it will automatically take you to another message and tell you it is being sent in 2 or more messages. I think if you have that much to say then you should phone! Photos are easy to add to messages and photos that are sent to you via a message just need to be toudhed to open fully.
The camera is pretty good compared to others I have had. It has a zoom option, 4 photo effect options (normal, black and white, sepia and negative) and the pictures taken are JPEG format. The camera is easy to use, just touch the camera icon on your main screen and press the central enter button on the bottom of the phone to capture your picture. Pictures are automatically saved to your gallery. I think this is a better option than having to say yes or no to keeping, especailly when you are trying to capture pictures quickly. Accessing them is easy, just touch the gallery icon and you will see them displayed in a layered effect, just touch the top one (the most recent picture) and you can then view them by using the arrows at the bootom, the touch screen swipe option or even as a slideshow. Once you have a picture in your screen you can enlarge/reduce it and access a menu which gives you options to delete share or edit the phot, just like a real camera really. Obvioulsy picture quality is not as good as a real camera but I think it's pretty good and gives me the pictures I need. The phone comes with a usb lead which allows you to acces your pictures via the PC too.
>> general stuff<<
Obviously the phone has lots more features which would simply take me ages to go into. Here are some others in bullet point form:
140mb memory (with option for more using a memory card)
bluetooth and wifi
The samsung Galaxy is a sleek phone, it's quite slim and light and looks good. It has lots of features and many usual phone options such as a good range of ringtones etc. My favourite thing about the phone is the ability to download APPS from the market, many are free, most are fun and my favourite is the 'WhatsApp' APP. This APP allows you to send free messages and photos to others with the same APP. If you have a limited message allowance (like I do) it really helps you to keep to your allowance. All my family have downloaded it and I now send them free messages. My husband has an iphone now and when my contract is due for renewal I will consider which phone I want. I really feel that the Samsung phones are a good solid option and I hope there is something similar on the market in 6 months time. Thanks for reading and I hope this review has helped.
Summary: A smart little smart phone
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