Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

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Samsung's Social Hub really works nicely on the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500. You can pull contacts and calendar data in from Google, naturally, and can also grab them from a range of different online locations.

What you end up with is a pretty nicely integrated social networking service, accessible when you tap the contacts icon on any of the main screens.

As well as the usual Google and Microsoft Exchange sources, you can opt for Twitter, MySpace or Facebook.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

The process isn't too shabby. Log into a social networking app and you can tell the phone how frequently to sync. On our first syncs it pulled down info really quickly too.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

From Facebook you get pictures, activity updates, and access to media uploaded as well as info like people's birthdays.

You can add comments to their updates, and if they've got email addresses and phone numbers listed you can communicate using those too.

Add in Twitter and you've also got access to tweets and can reply or retweet. And all this is accessible when you tap that little contacts icon on any of the home screens.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

You don't get auto downloading of Twitter picture thumbnails, but there are live links so you can easily view tweeted pictures, and if contact linking doesn't happen automatically you can force a manual link.

We found the phone made intelligent suggestions for linking contacts when we asked it to, so that even the manual linking process wasn't too much of a pain.

Really, it is one of the better attempts to bring social networking bits and pieces together in one place that we've seen.

The phone dialler lets you access favourites and link out to the full contacts list, and it will do the usual trick of suggesting matches as you number dial. There is only room on screen for one match at a time, though.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

Voice calls quality was fine, and we didn't have any dropped calls at any time.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory140 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.52 Hour
Product ModelI5500 Galaxy Europa
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)102 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108 mm
Width56 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time12504 Hour
Product NameI5500 Galaxy Europa Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5500YKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Enjoy the best of both world's with the new compact and sleek Galaxy Europa. It's bang on trend with a stylish blend of contours and diagonal lines, whiles still delivering all the coolest features. These include the Android Eclair operating system, which gives easy access to Android apps like Google Maps, integrated social networking, and the fun new Swype controls for fast fingertip texting. You can also enjoy speedy internet browsing, awesome built-in Layar Augmented Reality Browser (search nearby attractions/services in real-time on the camera view-finder), and an entourage of multimedia - including a 2 megapixel camera, MP4 videos, and easy content sharing with AllShare. With the Samsung Europa, life is a lot more stylish, connected and fun!

Limited Warranty2 Year