Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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A nice phone which is easy to use
Samsung GT i5500 Galaxy 5
Member Name: lynnmc
Samsung GT i5500 Galaxy 5
Advantages: looks good, has useful features
Disadvantages: not any better or worse than any other phone, doesn't stand out from the crowd
I was using this phone for a couple of months when my old phone broke and I had to wait for an upgrade. The phone costs £40 used and £70 new on Amazon.
The phone and screen are a good size and it is easy to see what you are doing.
This phone came with a charger and a USB cable so I can charge it when it is plugged into the laptop, I can also transfer videos and music between my laptop and phone.
This was my first time using a Samsung mobile and I was worried that it would be tricky to use but due to the fact that it is an Android phone and touch screen, it was easy to use as my previous phone was an android.
At first I would forget to lock the keypad and would phone people by accident but pressing one button locks the phone and sliding an icon across the screen unlocks it which is easier than others where you need to put in a pin code.
You can text on a keypad screen, a QWERTY keyboard screen or actually handwriting by drawing in a box on the screen. I was used to the keypad input method from previous phones so I stuck with this. If I was planning on keeping the phone for longer than a couple of months I would have maybe tried the keyboard input method. You can also copy and paste from other screens on your phone.
It is simple to make and receive a call either by dialling a number or browsing through the phonebook.
You can insert your own memory card, so how much you can store on your phone depends on the size of the card. My card was 4GB and I had lots of room. You can play music on the phone which I only did once or twice, I just had a couple of songs for ringtones really. The ringtones and message tones I find loud enough.
The camera is 2 megapixel and is good, I only used it to take normal pictures but you can use other features such as continuous mode which takes several pictures after one another, panorama mode, smile shot and video camera.
There is a calendar, calculator, alarm clock and memo on the phone which are all useful. You can use the phone to send emails, browse the internet and send files to other phones using the bluetooth function.
You can also download apps, some of these are free and some have a small charge, there are some good free games available.
The phone is a rectangle shape with rounded corners and is shiny and black on the front and back. I find this shiny finish means the phone gets very smudged with fingerprints and I was constantly having to wipe it clean.
There's only a couple of buttons at the bottom of the phone used to answer and end a call, zoom in, go back to the home page and select things. Most of the phone functions can be done using the touch screen though.
I liked this phone, but was used to a bigger phone with a better camera. If it wasn't for the fact that I could get a better phone on an upgrade I would have been happy to continue using this phone. My daughter uses it now and she thinks it's a great phone. The only negative really was that I had to charge it just about every day, this seems to be a common issue wit android phones.
The phone looks and feels good and is simple to use.
Summary: It is definitely one I would recommend.
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