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Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Have we finally got a decent low cost Android smartphone?

The Twitter and Facebook links mentioned just now make it easy to message to those two applications.

If you are into more old-fashioned SMS, then there is an irritation to deal with. It is a function of the small screen that the default is a T9 style keyboard when working in tall mode. At least this expands to a full qwerty keyboard when you flip the screen into wide mode.

Samsung galaxy europa review

Samsung galaxy europa review

In tall mode you can also choose handwriting recognition options either in a box on screen or stretching over the entire screen. This is actually slower to use than tapping out on the wide screen keyboard, but it is fun.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

The predictive text system is fine, and because the screen is capacitive and therefore nicely responsive to screen presses, you can type using the wide screen keyboard at a reasonable speed.

If you don't much like using the standard Android app for writing text messages then you can opt for an app Samsung has provided for you called Write and Go. You fire this up and write whatever you want using one of the available text entry types – including handwriting recognition.

Then you can either Send Message, which pops you into SMS, or Update Status, which lets you send the message to whatever social networking apps you've configured on the handset. Alternatively you can save what you've written as a memo or calendar event by choosing Save.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameI5500 Galaxy Europa Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5500YKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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