Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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An all round good smartphone!
Samsung GT i5800 Galaxy Apollo
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Samsung GT i5800 Galaxy Apollo
Date: 06/02/12, updated on 06/02/12 (16 review reads)
Advantages: Neat, quick and a fab camera with great features.
Disadvantages: Only average storage.
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!
Summary: Very reasonable priced and a great budget smartphone (would put 4.5 stars if I could!)
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