Samsung Galaxy Fit review

What's new about this low-cost Android 2.2 smartphone?

TODO alt text

Messaging of all kinds relies on a good keyboard, and here the Samsung Galaxy Fit does quite well. Of course the screen is a bit squished, at just 3.3 inches, but even in portrait orientation we found it fairly comfortable to tap with two thumbs.

Samsung galaxy fit review

There's an option for predictive text and a great select tool for cutting and pasting. Just hold your finger down and up pops a select tool that you can drag around to decide what precisely you want to cut, copy or even share in an email or SMS.

Samsung galaxy fit review

If we have a quibble it is that in landscape you don't get to see very much of a text entry window. That's a factor of the size of the keyboard, of course, but if you need to edit a fairly long piece of text it could be irritating.

Samsung galaxy fit review

You've got a couple of keyboard types in portrait mode – a standard QWERTY layout and a traditional number pad-style one, as well as two handwriting recognition options.

Samsung galaxy fit review

You can also try voice input, which is activated by tapping a keyboard icon. We found this worked remarkably well, and it's quite a cool trick to show off to friends.

SMS messages sent and received are shown as threaded, and you can keep an eye on a few steps of a conversation quite easily.

Samsung galaxy fit review

Android keeps Gmail and other email accounts separate, and your Twitter and Facebook messages are kept separate too. You can get to them by using the Social Hub, which drops you into a window that enables you to view any accounts you've set up, as well as SMS text messages.

This is actually a bit of a trick, though, because all the on-screen widgets do is take you through to web apps.

Instant messaging fans will find Google Talk pre-installed, but nothing else in the same vein. If you want another IM tool, you'll have to download it from the Android Market.