Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review

Galaxy S style on an entry-level budget

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Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 170 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 15.17 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 400

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For

  • Extremely responsive screen
  • Multi-touch zooming
  • Feature-packed camera
  • Great media and video performance

Against

  • No camera flash
  • Awful Orange widgets & apps
  • No trackpad or optical sensor
  • Low-res video recording

The version of the Samsung Galaxy Apollo we had to review is the Galaxy Apollo i5801 model – which is exclusive to Orange in the UK. Don't confuse this with the regular Galaxy Apollo i5800 – the i5800 version doesn't feature the i5801's fancy silver bezel, but apart from that, they're the same phone, internally speaking.

The newly resurgent Samsung, fresh from the rampant global success of its Galaxy S Android phone, is now scaling down its touchscreen ambitions for those who can't quite stretch to the top-of-the-range phone's tariff demands.

Samsung galaxy apollo

Externally, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo is what you might call a phone of two halves. The back of the handset is a depressingly cheap, contoured slab of unkempt black plastic, with a single hole for the camera (SPOILER: no flash) and an Orange logo. It is not a sexy back.

Thankfully, the front of the Apollo is very stylish indeed, with the entire surface of the phone formed from one piece of glass. There's no plastic bezel here, with the only break in the glass being the hole for the Home button.

samsung galaxy apollo

The other two buttons on the front face of the Apollo are the Android standard Back and Menu options, and they're not physical buttons – Samsung has made them touch-sensitive icons that beam out through the silvery surround beneath the glass front.

Thankfully there's a bit of haptic feedback attached to them both, so your presses are acknowledged in a physical manner.

Sadly, the Home button does not function as an optical or physical trackpad – there's no tracker option for gamers here, much like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro.

If you want to navigate through your text messages to correct typos, that has to be done through ultra-precise cursor placement with the touchscreen alone.

Samsung galaxy apollo

But what a touchscreen it is. The Galaxy Apollo's capacitive screen is amazingly sensitive – in fact it's one of the most responsive we've yet used. A tiny, gentle touch is all you need to register your input, meaning you can be super-precise when required for touch-typing.

Samsung galaxy apollo

There's a slight downer for us in that the screen surround is backed by a mirrored silver finish, meaning you often catch a glimpse of yourself in the reflection.

But if you don't mind seeing your crumpled face staring back at you when doing your first tweets of the day from bed, it's not a deal breaker. You will spend a lot of time polishing it, though – that finish is a smudge and fingerprint magnet.

Elsewhere, it's a very simple exterior – the USB socket, power button/screen lock and 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the top edge, the volume toggle switch on the left and… nothing else.

There's no physical camera button, with the only other blemishes on the Galaxy Apollo's all-glass front panel being a tiny proximity sensor near the earphone.

It's a classy exterior, as long as you always keep it facing up.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory170 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, GPRS
SAR Value0.85 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15.17 Hour
Product ModelI5800 Galaxy Apollo
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)109 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height113.5 mm
Width55 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time620 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameI5800 Galaxy Apollo Smartphone
Processor Speed667 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5800DKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Go ahead - use your influence. To keep you connected in style, the Galaxy Apollo seamlessly integrates the social networking sites and calendars you use every day - planning, updating, and sharing your world all happen in one place - the palm of your hand.

Package Contents
  • I5800 Galaxy Apollo Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (Charger)
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year