Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Have we finally got a decent low cost Android smartphone?

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Music is played via the standard Android music player, and there are no real surprises on board. The equaliser offers a range of settings for different music types, though, so you can fiddle with playback a bit.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

There is an FM radio on board, and as you'd expect, it autoscans channels and stores them in memory for future use. You have to enter channel names by hand though, so there will be a bit of editing before you get things quite how you want them.

With 140MB of user memory on board there's not much room for internal saving; thankfully you get a 1GB microSD card to add to that.

You'll need the extra storage for music playback as well as for saving photos, and in all likelihood will find you need a higher capacity card fairly early on - but at least there's one there from the start as otherwise the camera won't function.

Video playback was quite good, with reasonably clear, smooth rendering. Colour reproduction isn't the best we've ever seen though, and the small screen means that watching anything for a serious length of time can be hard on the eyes.

It does support MP4, H.264 and H.263 though, which makes it passable for on the go music video watching or the like.

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