Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review

Galaxy S style on an entry-level budget

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Samsung galaxy apollo

The camera is the same advanced tool found in the Samsung Galaxy S. Options are everywhere, with users able to select the brightness balance and pick from numerous scene shooting modes and setups. Hours of fun.

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You're even able to stitch together your own panorama shots through the handset, with the phone popping up a guide square over the image on screen that tells you where to take the next picture.

Panorama shots come out as disappointingly small super-super-widescreen images, but they are at least stitched together quite seamlessly.

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PANORAMA: Tiny end results, but you do get a good 180-degree composition of your surroundings

There's a Continuous Shooting option that fires off nine (massively reduced size and resolution) shots in quick succession, plus Smile Detection, a Night Mode, a Sports option for fast-moving things and much more. There's even a digital zoom on here, although picture quality suffers as a result.

It's a proper camera, basically, albeit one with only a 3.2-megapixel sensor.

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MAGIC: Macro mode isn't the greatest, but image results are remarkably sharp for a 3.2-megapixel mobile camera

General photo quality is good, with much less in the way of blotchiness than you find on the images produced by other entry level Android phones like the Vodafone 845.

Sadly there's no flash, and the macro mode auto-focusing is rather slow and doesn't let you get particularly close to your target, but it's still an impressively well-featured camera for a smartphone.

Video files emerge from the camera as 3GP files in a slightly disappointing 324 x 240 resolution, which is nothing like the awesome 720p recording offered by the all-powerful Samsung Galaxy S, but at least picture quality is acceptable.

The Galaxy Apollo is no HD movie production powerhouse, but the resulting video footage is bright and sharp, it copes well with movement, and faces aren't reduced to a pixellated mess. It'll do.

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