Samsung galaxy fit phone review

The Samsung Galaxy Fit is a £150 Android handset, and for that kind of outlay you really can't expect a fantastic smartphone.

What's important is that the compromises that have been made to meet a price are the right ones, and that no cheap corner cutting has gone on that diminishes the handset's potential.

To that end, we think there are some plus points here, but also some compromises we aren't too happy with.

We liked

The little settings area you get when you drag down the notifications bar gives quick access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, silent mode and screen rotation, which is very handy.

The task manager widget and access to the task manager via a long press of the home button makes it relatively easy to shut down power and processor-hogging apps.

We disliked

Screen resolution is simply too low for some activities to be rewarding. Web browsing at 320 x 240 is never fun, because text looks fuzzy, and the similarly priced Orange Monte Carlo manages a 4.3-inch WVGA display for the cash.

The lack of Flash support makes using the Samsung Galaxy Fit for multimedia a much less rewarding experience than it should be, thanks to the impossibility of viewing much embedded video.

The lack of a flash on the camera also annoys us. We know smartphone flashes are never wonderful, but they can be useful at times.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Fit doesn't do much for us, we're afraid. It doesn't do anything spectacularly badly but it doesn't do anything spectacularly well, either, and the low res screen seems, well, too low-res. It has no particular USPs over many other similarly-priced lower-end Android smartphones.

We still can't get away from the fact that if you are strapped for cash and want an Android phone, the Orange San Francisco is one of our favourite handsets.