Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Have we finally got a decent low cost Android smartphone?

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Battery life was surprisingly good. With a relatively slow processor and a smallish screen to drive, the 1200mAh battery managed to keep the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 going for two days of light use.

As every with any Android handset you are in charge daily territory, but if you happen to be outside mains power world you could survive for two days if you are frugal.

Frugal means not using Wi-Fi or GPS, and that latter is tempted with Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation. The GPS took rather a long time to get its first fix on where we were, but thereafter it was faster and more efficient.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

We've already mentioned some of the apps Samsung adds to the Android standard fare. It also bundles the Layar augmented reality browser and an app called AllShare, which uses DLNA to share files across devices.

There is also a little memo app which you can use to make notes, even giving them different coloured backgrounds if you want to try to organise them a bit.

Samsung galaxy europa i5500 review

The Android Market is supplemented by Samsung's own app store which still has a woefully small amount of apps, although Samsung promises this is increasing all the 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