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      17.09.2012 10:58
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      A great first smartphone.

      Otherwise known as my first smartphone.

      I was worried about moving up to a touchscreen and the possibilty of pressing in the wrong place and rendering the phone un-usable, especially as I love to fiddle with my electronic toys and am more than a little clumsy.

      This bit of self knowledge did come to pass. I touched the wrong place and turned the phone Bulgarian and couldn't turn it back, as Bulgarian is not one of the languages I do speak. I had to be rescued by the nice chaps at the T-Mobile shop down the road, which they managed without having to wipe all my numbers and start from scratch. So if you do end up in the same boat, go to the shop, go directly to the shop and they will help you.

      With an English speaking smartphone I started playing with Apps.

      I had been craving a Kindle but the Kindle Fire was not out and grey on grey was not an option for my appalling eyesight. I pressed the Market app which was preinstalled. I downloaded the Kindle App.

      I now have a full colour Kindle with the black text on white background which my terrible eyesight needs and a machine which fits my hand so comfortably that I use it every day.

      The Navigation fuction saves me from getting lost on a regular basis while I am warned of traffic problems local and ahead of long drives by the AA and RAC apps. Then there is music and games to keep me amused and the news and social networks to keep me up to date and connected.

      It even makes phone calls and messages.

      The phone does need regular feeding, as the battery could be better, especially if you keep the GPS on. But it does eat from a USB lead while you are doing other things as well as from the mains charger.

      The on board memory could be a lot better and my next love will have more brain as well as a better camera. But the camera on the Droid has never failed me, unlike my digital camera which always runs out of juice when I need it most. It also easily synchs photos and music between the Droid and the computer.

      Most importantly for a clumsy and accident prone person, this smartphone is one tough cookie. I've dropped it on a fairly regular basis and it still going strong and giving me no problems but lots of joy.

      If you are looking for a cheap, robust first smartphone, you won't regret opting for this one.

      I haven't.

      Especially as I got it as a free upgrade when I renewed my mobile phone contract.

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        29.05.2012 15:45

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        I have now had my phone 18 out of 24 months on contract and I hate it!! I have always had problems with it being slow even with latest updates. Now it often freezes completely, will not close apps or end calls. The internet can be hit and miss, it refuses to use Wifi and often looses 3g despite saying it is still there. Quite a big phone over all and needlessly so!

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        21.05.2012 04:52
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        I'd avoid this for a better phone.

        A lot of people mention that this phone is great value for money. And at around £100, I guess it is an OK price. However, I have had this phone for about 1 year now, and after the honeymoon period, it has done nothing but give me trouble.

        Size
        Probably one of the best things about the phone is its size. It's not too big, and not too small (113.5 x 55 x 12.6mm), with the right weight in your hand (113g). The screen size is ok if you use it as a phone, but for media or browsing the web, it's probably too small. (3.2 In, 240 x 400 pixels)

        Processor
        667Mhz. Standard affair for entry level smart phones. Basically, don't expect this to set the world on fire.

        Memory
        This is my BIGGEST gripe. It has a pitiful 200Mb of memory, of which about 40Mb is loaded with bloatware. This leaves you with very little space for apps and media. I put in a 16Gb micro SD card in mine (Supports up to 32Gb and is hot swappable), but if you are stuck on android 2.1, you cannot moves apps to your SD card. The support on this phone is shocking, as all the other similar phones were enjoying 2.2 by this time. I had to manually update it myself, which was risky. (I would not recommend it unless you know what you are doing.) This made the experience a lot better and i was able to put my apps on the SD card. Either way, they should of had inluded at least 512mb internal memory.

        Camera
        A standard 3.2MP camera. Nothing spectacular at all.

        Data Connection
        Pretty good actually. Can maintain signal in many places and connects to at least 3G about 70% of the time (although I do live in a city). Wi-fi is average. Not the best, and as of late, won't turn on unless i go straight into the settings menu. This is the same for bluetooth. GPS is fine, although it takes a huge amount of time to connect, even with assisted GPS (i once waited 10 minutes, then gave up!).

        Battery.
        It contains a 1500mAH battery. This lasts between 8 hours and 3 days, depending on use. I find an average of 1 day, where i charge it overnight.

        These things are fine... except that after 4 months, my phone failed to actually function as a phone. Contacts opened 15 seconds after i told it to, trying to text was fun, as it wouldn't pick up what i typed, and possibly the must frustrating is when someone called me, the phone froze on the accept/decline screen. This meant i couldn't do anything and had to let it ring out. Sometimes, my phone would crasha nd restart in the middle of a phone call. This had nothing to do with anything i installed, as it continued to happen even after a factory restart.

        I fully regret buying this phone, and wish i paid out more money to get a top of the line samsung or HTC (although, no phone nowadays seem to be fully reliable).

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        06.02.2012 17:39
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        Very reasonable priced and a great budget smartphone (would put 4.5 stars if I could!)

        This is the first smartphone I have brought, and I think i'm going to stick with it as it's generally very good!

        I brought it for around £80, which I felt was a very good price for such a good phone (from Carphone Warehouse). I had it on pay as you go as I don't spend much! Therefore, I can say on pay as you go (02) it's very cheap to run.

        The camera is 3.2 megapixels, and take's fantastic photos - really clear. The camera has lots of different features which I was really pleased to discover, such as macro for closeups, night setting for photos that are in the dark, candlelight setting which adds a nice glow and so many more. I often take my phone out when taking pictures instead of my camera as it's so handy!

        The touch screen is really responsive and doesn't stick or get stuck. It needs skin contact to work however, unlike some touchscreens which need just pressure. It's display is very bright and clear so viewing photos from the gallery is really enjoyable.

        I haven't found the battery to be bad at all, as some other people seem to have. It doesn't take long to charge from empty, perhaps 2 hours, and i've found it to last for a long time, about a week or two with moderate use.

        I use a memory card with my phone, and it provides altogether an OK amount of space. I think it depends on how many photos and songs you wish to store along with apps - I have a lot of photos which makes it tricky to fit in all the apps i'd like, but overall it's not such a problem. I think most people wouldn't go as crazy with photos as I have, see!

        It came with a lot of features such as a calculator and clock which I found useful, and some others which I have yet to use, such as Allshare and Samsung Apps. The radio plays very clearly and the memo pad is really useful.

        The phone plays music nicely! I don't use the headphones which came with it so I can't comment on those, but it allows you to store songs in different folders, rename songs and includes album art for some songs.

        When used with Wi-Fi, the phone is very quick on the internet and displays websites clearly. The phone has a useful feature that allows things to be viewed portrait or landscape, depending on which way you hold the phone, and double clicking allows you to zoom in to read small text easily.

        There is just one thing which was not mentioned when I brought the phone or anywhere else - unlike some smartphones, it does not support live wallpapers - that is, animated wallpapers which respond to touch and things.

        Also, when taking photographs, it is a good idea to double check every now and then what size they are set at, as sometimes (not very often) it changes back to default by itself.

        When viewing photos which are portrait orientated, the phone often flips them around which doesn't affect their quality but can mean you can't see all of the photo. When setting an image as the wallpaper, if the image was not taken by the phone it can cause some problems with sizing and orientation - but that's OK, because the photo can be rotated from it's menu and you can select which area of the image you'd like to be displayed as the wallpaper.

        But considering everything else, these aren't really an issue :)

        A great allrounder with few issues, it's a brilliant budget smartphone that runs just like the other more expensive ones for a fraction of their crazy price!

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        10.12.2011 18:59
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        I would recommend this if you plan to buy a smartphone for the first time.

        Over 6 months ago I was shopping around looking for my first contract phone and I knew what I had in mind, a touch screen Smartphone, something new, free minutes should be average and the contract should be something like 18 months. In the end I negotiated to get my Samsung galaxy Apollo down from £20 to £15 but the contract was for 24 months.

        Features:
        Nice touch screen Smartphone. The camera is 3 megapixels. It is androids so you can download any apps which are for free but without downloading the phone comes with, maps, memo, music player, radio, chess, as well as others. But if you get bored of these there are many apps available to get you busy.

        T-Mobile
        I was paying £15 per month. Calls to T-mobile numbers are free. Internet usage is also free based on a "fair usage", whatever that means, because I use the internet like every time and I have not been charged extra so it's basically free. Calls to other networks are 300 minutes plus 300 free texts. I choose those two boosters, however, you can choose to have free European calls up to a certain limit.

        Cost
        Monthly contract £15, but make sure you control calls to other networks because the T-Mobile contract charges a lot if you go pass your minutes. Overall the cost is quite cheap as compared to other networks who were advertising £20 per month.

        Battery
        This is the weakest part of the phone. The biggest reasons for the sudden deplation in the battery life are due to:
        1.Android system 85% of the time. If you use for example, maps, play games or download apps then you battery level goes down very fast.
        2.Speaking on the phone for as much as an hour will dramatically reduce your battery life.
        3.Sometimes there is no warning that the phone will switch off because of the battery.

        Earphones
        The earphone that comes with this mobile is absolutely rubbish. Firstly, you have to press the button on the earphone set to hear the maximum sound from your phone. Second having your volume turned to maximum will give the earphone another sound problem.

        Overall the phone is very good with a bargin price but downsides are the battery, earphones and perhaps the camera being only 3 Mega Pixels

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        03.12.2011 16:54

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        A poor phone, and one I wish I had avoided; hopefully you'll heed my advice.

        As my previous contract came to an end, I decided to give a touch screen a go, rather than the good ol' fashioned button 'candy bar' phone. So I came to THIS which is by far the worst phone I've ever owned. Let me run through why this phone is dreadful:

        Firstly, it has the speed of a snail waking up from a heavy night out - I can spend a good minute or so waiting simply for a text to open, let alone start to reply on a screen which frequently lags behind my fingers. That's to say, when I type, it takes a second or so for the words to actually appear on the screen: shoddy. As a result of this, I haven't barely bothered using the 'smart' features of the phone, because they are too slow. What's more the screen is small so they don't look particularly good.

        It feels cheap and tacky; I concede that its lost cost is an incentive to some people, but I must confess that in moments of frustration where I've been tempted to smash it against my wall, I've worried that unlike previous phones with metal cases, this would simply shatter leaving me phone less.

        The camera is atrocious; it's entirely pointless to use. The one benefit was that the phone came with a Micro SD card of 4GB; not sure if they always come like this, but this was a nice addition. I subsequently removed the card and have used it elsewhere; seems wasted in this phone. The battery life is quite good, although has a tendency to be quite odd in announcing that the battery is low; sometimes this means that if it's not connected within 15 seconds it'll die, whilst on other occasions, it'll last for hours.

        The greatest benefit, to give some degree of balance, is its appearance; it's nice and small, and has a nice curved back which fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The screen has quite a mirror like surface, which means that it can be used to check your hair etc, although if I wanted a mirror, I'm sure I could find cheaper ones.

        So to conclude; avoid.

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        21.10.2011 19:51
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        Can make a call and receive a text does the job fine

        After my last phone finally gave up the ghost I was in need of an upgrade and totally new. Searching through the Carphone warehouse website I cam across this snazzy little number and decided to go for it. At £10.50pm who wouldn't??? Then I found out why there aren't as many people using them as I thought there would be. So here it is
        The phone itself is a nice size and fits well in your pocket. Safety features i.e. key lock and also the pattern unlock are very useful and a nice big touch screen. Plenty of apps and useful gadgets that came with it. Cable to connect to PC in ear earphones and a code for a taste card! Useful apps on the phone are the navigation system that is built in and the places app to help you find things close to where you are ATM, petrol stations and restaurants. The phone has a decent camera built in and a nifty little app that keeps you informed of the weather for the day. Full on screen QWERTY key board, I have found that when composing a text if you turn the phone on its side they keys are a little bigger which helps when you have big fingers (as my hubby discovered).
        Unfortunately that's where that positives end for me. I have had this phone for three weeks now and apart from the positives I am not impressed. There are a few things that are of no detriment to the phone like answering a call you have to slide the accept/dismiss icons on the screen as the buttons at the bottom are menu and back keys so this gets a little confusing when you first use it, also making your own tunes ring tones, you can do caller ring tone but not text messages.
        Then we come to the battery life out of the 21 days I have had this phone I have had to charge it 15 of those days. So far I have only used this to text so god knows what it would be like if I constantly talked and videoed things. The memory card hardly held any thing so of the things that I saved to it I ended up deleting them and only keeping two pictures and a ring tone on there.
        I don't want to slate this phone too much as like I said it does have its upside and is a really nice phone, unfortunately it doesn't do it for me. I don't think I would recommend it to all but as a first smart phone and all touch screen it will do the job.

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        27.08.2011 00:13
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        Very Good First Smartphone, Would Defo Recommend!

        This was my first smartphone, so I had pretty high expectations. But this phone is actually better than I thought it would be! I wasn't sure because it was quite a cheap smartphone, but it is actually very good for the price! There are obviously some bad points, but overall it is a very good phone. The SWYPE feature is very fast and makes texting 10 times faster than it usually is, even if sometimes it isn't very good at guessing what word I am typing! I was disappointed that you can't save Android apps onto an SD card, because you can't really get a lot of apps before it says that you are low on memory and you have to delete most of them. Also, the battery life isn't that good, even though I was told that it was. Maybe it is just my battery, but I find myself running out of battery almost every night! But overall it is a very good phone that I would definitely recommend!

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          24.08.2011 10:47
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          A good basic smart phone for those on a budget

          The Samsung Galaxy Apollo is basically the budget version of Samsung's higher-spec Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S, and offers many of the same features as that phone at a much lower price. I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy Apollo last September and have been using it on a daily basis ever since. It runs on the Android operating system and has all the basic features (phone, text, internet, camera, ability to download apps) that you would expect from a smartphone. It also has 3GS and WiFi capabilities.

          * Phone Basics *
          The front of phone is a silver mirrored finish with a large touchscreen panel and three buttons at the bottom (a central button for turning the screen on, a menu button and a back button). The back is made from black plastic which does make it feel a bit less high quality than some of the other touchscreen phones on the market. The dimensions of the phone are 114mm by 55mm by 12.9mm, meaning that it is slightly on the chunky side. However, it still fits in the phone pouch on my bag so I'm not too put off by the size and weight of it. There is an on / off switch at the top of the phone.

          Once activated, you can select your choice of home screen from the standard phone options on set up, or you can take / upload your own photo to use. The homescreen also has a clock, the usual battery life / signal indicators at the top. There are four icons at the bottom which link to the phone function, the text message function, your contacts file and the main Android menu. You can add any additional apps to the bottom of your home screen, although I've taken all mine off again as I feel that it makes it look a bit cluttered.

          * Features *

          Phone - Pressing the Phone icon brings up a keypad with four additional buttons across the top. These are 'Keypad' (so you can return to it if necessary), the 'Call Log', 'Favourites' and 'Contacts'. It is easy to make a call by just dialling the number but I find the 'Favourites' list invaluable for providing me with quick access to the friends and family numbers that I use most. I tend to add people that I call regularly to the favourites list as, since I synched the phone with my Facebook account, my Contacts list has got a bit out of control!

          Text Messaging - This is my favourite element of this phone. I'm a bit of a text addict as it is and I really like the way that your text messages are viewed as a conversation with speech bubbles so you can keep track of the whole thread of a conversation just by scrolling up and down. When you start a text, the keyboard appears and you can swivel the phone to make it come up in landscape format if you need slightly wider keys. Typing on a touchscreen with a Qwerty keyboard did take a bit of getting used to at first but I am proficient in it now and wouldn't want to go back to the old-style of texting.

          Contacts - The Contacts file is arranged in alphabetical order and is easy to scroll through. There is also an A-Z list at the side which you can use to find people more easily. As I've said previously, my Contacts are synched with my Facebook so I can see everyone's pictures next to their names - and the photos come up when the phone rings. Clicking on their name will bring up their phone numbers and any other information you have - email addresses, birthdays etc.

          Camera - For me, this is one of the phone's weaknesses. I find it very difficult to take a good photo on this phone as it seems to wobble and lose focus at the crucial moment. It is fine if your subjects stay still, but when you are trying to take photos of two under 5s that are like a blur of perpetual motion, it just isn't good enough. However, there are a lot of camera features / modes and you can set it up for different types of shots (including continuous action shots and panoramas) so maybe I just haven't managed to find the mode that works for me. There is no flash on this phone and you do need relatively good light to take a shot without it.

          Internet - Accessing the internet through this phone is easy as long as your connection is good enough. Through the WiFi I find that it is always relatively quick to load sites, but it is a bit hit and miss through the 3G connection. It is nowhere near as quick as the internet on my iPod Touch though so if there is a wifi connection available I tend to use that instead of my phone. You can also use this phone for email via a Googlemail account - this is set up on my phone but I have never actually used it.

          Apps - You can download as many apps as you want to through the Android Market. I haven't got a huge quantity of apps on my phone - Facebook, a few games, a few restaurant apps for voucher codes etc, but they have all been easy to download and install. It also comes with a variety of inbuilt applications including a map application with GPS.

          * Performance *

          Call Quality - Unfortunately, I have had a lot of issues with call quality on my phone - when it connects and you are in an area with good signal strength the call clarity is fine, but it does seem to drop calls a lot and sometimes I will make a call and be able to hear the person on the other end but they can't hear me.

          Processing Speed - This is completely dependent on how many apps that you have running. If you have too many apps open, then the phone can feel really sluggish. Running on a minimal number of apps it is much quicker and the whole process feels so much smoother.

          Battery Life - The battery life on this phone is about 2 days if you don't use it much, although making a couple of calls, sending a few texts, playing a game for 10 minutes on the tube and checking my Facebook several times a day means that I have to charge it every night or it will run out of battery midway through the next day. The most annoying thing about the battery is that it will go from showing a half-full battery on the screen to being completely dead in about 5 minutes which drives me mad.

          * Cost *

          I got this as a free upgrade with Orange on a relatively cheap monthly contract but you would probably have to pay for it as a Pay As You Go phone. It is significantly cheaper than a lot of the other smart phones on the market though.

          * Conclusion *

          I would probably recommend this phone if you want a smart phone and only have a limited budget to spend on it. Personally, I do wish I'd held out for the iPhone which is what I really wanted (and what I'm planning to get as soon as this 24 month contract is over), but it isn't a bad phone overall. Reading other reviews makes me think that I have just been unlucky with the call quality issues and the sound quality when it does connect is much better than on my previous Samsung phone. I will give it four stars as basically it does everything I would want my phone to do - I just wish it would do it slightly faster, more smoothly and with a little bit more consistency.

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            19.07.2011 20:16
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            A basic phone from Samsung which is modelled on the Galaxy S.

            In autumn last year I upgraded to the rather flashy looking Samsung Galaxy and absolutely adored that phone... until just two weeks after having it the screen broke and was replaced by lots of different coloured flashing lines! Luckily Vodafone replaced it with a brand new model and everything was fine until June this year when I started to have some charging problems - basically the phone seemed to have a mind of its own when it came to charging, sometimes it would and sometimes it would just point blank refuse. This problem escalated until finally Vodafone agreed to send it away to be looked at, despite me not having insurance (oops)! It was returned to me last week with a lovely letter informing me that it had suffered water damage and was unfortunately damaged beyond repair... fantastic!

            Having accepted I wanted a phone as similar as possible to the Galaxy, yet a much cheaper version, I visited my local Vodafone store who tried to offer me a HTC £190 model! Instead I decided to visit The Carphone Warehouse and found a really helpful member of staff who suggested I try the Samsung Apollo at the much more appealing price of £64.95 (the actual phone is priced at £49.95 but it was subject to a £15 pay as go top up charge as well). The member of staff informed me that it was virtually the same as the Galaxy (which would have cost me in the region of £300 to buy on pay as you go) as it had the same processor, the same touch screen and ran the same Android system... the only thing that wouldn't be quite as good was the screen as it wouldn't be quite as clear as the Samsung Galaxy.

            The Appearance

            The Samsung Apollo is a basic black phone with the touch screen taking up the majority of the front. The size is 114mm by 55mm by 12.9mm which means it's smaller than your average smart phone these days and does look quite sleek. It's thinner and shorter than the Galaxy S but not as slim. It weighs just 109g making it quite light. The front face is made of metal and glass, which looks very smart, while the plastic back does cheapen it just a little. There are three buttons at the bottom, all of which are not touch sensitive unlike more modern models. I must admit it isn't quite as modern looking as other models such as the new Samsung Galaxy S II or the Apple Iphone but I personally think it looks just fine.

            Getting Started

            Switching the phone on and off is controlled by a small button on the top of the phone, which is also where the battery charging socket is located as well. The phone takes about 30 to 40 seconds to switch on and to find a signal before you're ready to go. After that everything is really quite simple, the four touch icons at the bottom of the touch screen are all you really need to get started - phone (allows you to see recent call logs), contacts (allows you to scroll through your contacts), messaging (allows you to access your messages and various folders) and applications (allows you to access the main screen of the phone where all applications are listed). It took my dad only minutes to work out how to use it.

            Features

            The Samsung Apollo features a TFT display of 16 million colour and 240 by 400 pixels which is less clear than my Samsung Galaxy, however not enough to cause me any problems. The screen itself measure 3.2 inches which is a decent size. It comes with a 4GB memory plus there is a slot on the side where a memory card can be inserted. The phone offers a 3 megapixel camera which has autofocus, face detection, smile shot and 4x digital zoom (but no flash!) as well as video recording. There is a music player and you're able to access FM radio, the sound it really clear although it could be louder. You are able to connect using WiFi, Bluetooth or a USB cable - all of which work absolutely fine I've found.

            Calling is very simple on this phone - you can manually enter a number or you can browse through your contacts and highlight one before selecting "Call." Once on the call you have the options to mute it or to switch it to speaker. The blue tooth feature means that it can be connected to other speakers such as the one I have fitted in my car. Messaging is also easy, you can create a new message from the messaging icon or you can again browse through your contacts and highlight one before selecting "Send Message." This phone features Samsung's famous swype method of text inputting where you can swipe your fingers across different letters and it will produce the word on the screen - I love this!

            The sound quality is very clear on this phone, when I make a call I can clearly hear the speaker and adjust the volume if I need to using a button the left hand side of the phone. I've made quite a few calls on this phone now and have never had a problem with not being able to hear or interference at all. It might be also worthwhile mentioning here that the screen does lock itself after 30 seconds (the time can be altered on the settings) but after that there is an ever so slight delay when you press to unlock the phone again, only a second or two but this might bother some people. I've had no other technical issues or problems with this phone apart from that very minor one though... luckily!

            The main reason I bought this phone was so I would be able to access the internet and applications like Hotmail and Facebook. The internet connection is slightly slower than your average smart phone (3.6 mbps versus 7.2 mbps) but I can't say I've actually noticed a difference whatsoever. It runs the Android 2.1 operating system so it has access to tens of thousands of applications, many of which are actually free which is a huge bonus. The phone does come with about thirty or so applications already installed on it which include Calculator, Google Mail, Google Maps and Samsung Applications. You will need a Google Mail account to access the internet and enable you to purchase further applications here.

            Purchasing applications is very simple using the already installed Market Place application - using the search icon on this you can easily search for any sort of application you want, or you can merely browse the different categories. There is literally an app available for anything; my most recent ones have been Angry Birds, Ebay, Sky and Trip Advisor, all of which were free. Last thing to mention is that the phone has GPS and the Layer Reality Browser which combines the camera, compass and GPS to identify the phone's location and then displays information on the screen - to be honest it does make the phone look very hi tech indeed! All in all this phone features everything I could ever imagine needing.

            Battery

            The battery is a 1500 mAh battery which apparently offers talk time of 7 to 15 hours and can be put on standby for 510 to 620 hours according to the advertising information. As the screen is smaller than your average smart phone it does mean you get slightly longer use from the phone between charges which I've definitely noticed. I'd say I make about two calls a day (of around five to twenty minutes), send about forty or so texts and access the internet about four or five times. Based on that usage I find I have to charge my battery every night and the only strange thing is that one minute it'll have half a battery and then the next it'll be flashing saying the battery is near dead... very strange!

            Cost

            I found the cheapest offer for this phone was to buy it from The Carphone Warehouse on the 3 network for £49.95 plus a £15 top up charge, 3 phones are apparently unlocked which mean it was fine to use with my Vodafone sim card. To buy it on O2 or Vodafone is £89.95 plus a £10 top up charge from The Carphone Warehouse and on contract it's free with pretty much any contract you choose, even those starting from as little as £10 a month. I haven't been able to find it cheaper in another store or online so if you're considering this phone on a pay as go basis I'd certainly check out The Carphone Warehouse. If you are interested in insurance it's just £3 a month from The Carphone Warehouse too... bargain!

            Conclusion

            When you compare the Galaxy Apollo to other phones on display in any phone shop I'm sure you'd agree that it's starting to look just a little bit dated. It certainly isn't as flash or as hi tech as some of the more recent models that have entered the market. However it does everything that many of these more recent models do, as I've mentioned I can only find a few differences between this and my old Samsung Galaxy, plus it's priced at just a fraction of the cost of other phones. Browsing the internet, making phone calls and sending texts are all straightforward. It's actually a pretty good phone and I'm giving it the full five stars, it's affordable, it's reliable and it's got a great range of features for a smart phone.

            Thanks for reading.

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              16.07.2011 21:11
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              A rather cool phone for the price, recommended

              Low end smartphones tend to be somewhat a mixed bag, particularly in the past, being based on propriety software which leads to limited functionality (the death of any smartphone). So the first encouraging aspect of Samsung's low end offering is that, much like the rest in the Galaxy series, it uses Google's Android smartphone standard, which grants the phone access to the comprehensive Android app Market. So on paper, the phone already impresses. but what is it like to live with? Having made the less than brilliant move to buy it from a bricks and mortar

              Form:

              The Samsung is a rather thin but bulky phone, probably about the right weight, and unlike bigger offerings like the original HTC Wildfire, isn't too big for tiny hands. Slips in the pocket just fine and is amazingly tough for a smartphone. It managed to survive my clumsiness after all with only a couple of war wounds to show for it! The three buttons (context menu, centre button and back button) are comfortable and feel distinctive blind, so accidents like hitting the centre button instead of the context menu are few and far between

              Style:

              Physically the Galaxy Apollo is a rather pretty phone, with the screen in particular being surprisingly bright (though that could be chalked down to my relative inexperience with smart phones). The screen is relatively high-resolution and the standard interface is is bright and colourful to demonstrate this chromatic superiority.

              Functionality:

              Well, it uses Android 2.1, so pretty much anything you could want to do on it (with the exception of running flash natively) is available on the system. Along with that, it has a GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G capability as standard, a relatively sensitive tilt sensor and a camera that while nothing special will actually do the job. The standard apps are your usual fare for Android, and to their credit all work.

              What's it like to use:

              Rather impressive. It chugs like nothing else if you run more than a few apps at once on it but with the interface being both simple and somewhat comprehensive after a little bit of tinkering around, leaving programs running in the background won't be much of an issue. Flash was a sticking issue if you plan on using as your primary web browser but outside of that, there's little wrong with it. The battery life initially seems incredibly poor (4 hours from a full charge) but once one stops playing with the apps the battery tends to average around 36 hours with just 3G on, so clearly the issue was just with the extra features. Speaking of communication, the call quality was fantastic, although the interface to hang up is less than stellar.

              Overall, this is a rather cool phone for the price you pay. For less than 90 quid (even at hiked up Carphone Warehouse prices and including minimum top-up) it's somewhat of a bargain, but of course shop around. The niggling problem s

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              31.05.2011 18:57
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              Samsung GT I5800 Galaxy Apollo

              Introduction
              The Samsung GT I5800 Galaxy Apollo is the smartphone that my dad upgraded to after using the Samsung Genio Qwerty. I previously wrote a review about the Samsung Genio Qwerty on April 5th, 2010 and reported how my dad found it easy to use even though he has poor eyesight. He has now found that the Samsung GT I5800 Galaxy Apollo is even more effective than the Samsung Genio Qwerty because it is touch screen. He has found it easier to use the touch screen rather than the Samsung Genio Qwerty (keyboard phone). The operating system of the phone is Google Android 2.1.

              Look and Feel
              The phone is deep black, very sleek and smart looking. The phone is also very light weight and only weighs 109 g. The phone is not too chunky and is easy to carry around. The dimenions of the phone are width 55 mm, depth 13 mm and height 114 mm.
              Durability and Robustness
              My two year old daughter is often dropping the phone on the floor and she takes it and runs away from her grandfather. She loves looking at the pictures and know how to flick from picture to picture! Anyway the durability and robustness seems to be good as there are no scratches on the phone from all the dropping and the phone is in good working condition.

              Battery and Stand By Time
              The Battery Talktime is excellent. Once you have fully charged up the phone there is talk time of up to 910 minutes.
              Value for Money
              The phone is excellent value for money.The phone was purchase as part of a 24 month contract with Orange for £15 a month with 100 minutes and 100 text messages.

              Range of Features
              The phone has "3G Mobile Broadband". He found that the internet was fast and effective to use. He loved using the facebook application and found the facebook application more advanced than on a blackberry. You can also use the instant messaging services Google Talk. You can also make conference call. The Samsung GT I5800 Galaxy Apollo also has FM radio, digital player and a GPS receiver. Ther are also additional timer functions such as a countdown timer and stopwatch which can proove very useful.
              Digital Camera
              The camera is of excellent quality and is a 3 Megapixel digital camera. My dad has been taking high quality pictures of my daughter and putting them up on facebook.

              Reception Quality
              The Reception Quality is very good and calls are very clear.
              Conclusion
              Overall he was very pleased with his Samsung GT I5800 Galaxy Apollo and has said that he will now only use touch screen phones from now on.

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