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Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review

Galaxy S style on an entry-level budget

Samsung galaxy apollo

There's a heck of a lot of power, style and performance in the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, a phone that's supposedly aimed at the cheaper end of the market.

It has great battery life, a very good screen and is powerful enough to cope with apps and browsing easily. But how does it stack up against the vast number of competing Android phones in its price range?

We liked

The touchscreen is extremely sensitive and smooth to the touch. Navigating menus and typing is a joy thanks to its superb responsiveness, plus the processor flings menus around without any chugging at all.

The idea of capacitive front buttons is initially quite a worry – but they actually work. The addition of a touch of vibration feedback each time you press one makes them feel like… buttons.

Many of the great features of Samsung's Galaxy S have made it across through the TouchWiz user interface. The camera's great, the music player a joy and the video player handles most popular types of media. It's also a great PMP.

We disliked

Why on Earth would Orange and Samsung not have a meeting and decide on one OS skin for the phone, rather than squeezing in two? Newcomers to Android are going to be utterly bewildered by having two differing skins to work with at first.

The custom suite of Orange apps is disappointing, with some ugly widgets and bizarre shopping tools that don't work via Wi-Fi. The Samsung skin and widgets are much, much better and really should've been the only option.

That said, the phone struggles to display Samsung's feature social widgets – its Feeds widget and the Buddies visual Contacts app often bring the Home screen to a shuddering halt, so you're best sticking with a Home screen free of complex widgets.

Verdict

The Galaxy Apollo is currently available on Orange contracts starting from £20 a month, and at that price its classy (Samsung) UI and superb capacitive touchscreen obliterate the competition.

The phone's 400 x 240 display offers a better resolution than that of the competing HTC Wildfire, while the capacitive touchscreen is a massive enhancement over the resistive screen of the Vodafone 845.

If you're after a new, cheap Android phone that runs Android 2.1 with ease, the Galaxy Apollo's the best there is at the affordable end of the market.

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