The Samsung Galaxy Apollo features a large 1500mAh battery, and we found it to be a very long-lasting performer. The Apollo easily achieved a full two days of uptime under heavy reviewing use, with moderate (once an hour) email syncing and a good hour or two of Wi-Fi use each day.

Samsung galaxy apollo

Obviously battery life depends heavily on how much browsing you do and whether you've got the GPS radio enabled so you can tell everyone which shop you're currently standing in – but with a little care the Apollo will stay active for longer than most Android phones. Very welcome, that.

Samsung galaxy apollo

The Notification area provides shortcuts to a few of the usual power strip options where you can enable or disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, or stick the phone into silent mode.

On the hardware side of things, the phone comes with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n for connectivity, and we had no problems keeping it connected via home Wi-Fi without any drops at all during our time with the phone.

Samsung's main customisation here is the inclusion of AllShare, its DLNA sharing tool that lets you share any compatible media you may have on your PC with your mobile. If you can be bothered with any of that.

Samsung galaxy apollo

There's also an FM radio onboard, plus all the usual set-in-stone Android hardware features – GPS and Bluetooth 3.0, along with a microSD slot that supports cards of up to 32GB capacity. GPS connections were relatively fast, although, as ever, there's a good long wait while getting your initial fix.