Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Have we finally got a decent low cost Android smartphone?

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The Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 has the usual high quality Android web browser on board. The 2.8 inch screen and 240x320 pixel resolution do both mean that it is not always easy to see much of a web site when you go to its home page though, and text can be grainy and blurred. For web browsing we are fans of much larger and higher resolution screens.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

Sadly a capacitive screen's usual treat of pinch to zoom is not implemented, so you have to do the rather more irritating double tap to zoom or use the on screen zoom button. This makes web browsing a rather less rewarding experience than it is on handsets that do support pinch to zoom.

But at least zooming is a reasonably smooth affair, and the Android browser understands about text reflow so that you don't have to scroll back and forth like a mad thing to read a page.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

There is a YouTube client pre-installed, making it easy to get to your favourite video clips, and video streaming was very smooth.

Even the relatively slow 600MHz processor on board the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 didn't seem to be a problem, and we did a fair amount of YouTubing over Wi-Fi during the course of testing this phone.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

As we mentioned earlier, if you are web browsing or otherwise using the internet over 3G and suddenly decide you'd rather switch to Wi-Fi, you can just pull down the notifications area and turn Wi-Fi on.

This only works if you are in a Wi-Fi zone you've used before, though. If you need to log in for the first time you'll need to take the old-fashioned route and use the Android settings area to log on.

That's a pity – we'd have liked a link right through to where the Wi-Fi settings are from this nifty little shortcut.

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