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Samsung Galaxy i7500 review

Will a new player help make Android even better?

Android and Samsung haven't tried anything fancy with the contacts menu, and for that we applaud them. Since Nokia put a section on the phone for an assistant's name, we've realised you can have too many contact fields, so we're glad for the simplicity.

The contacts application actually handles all aspects of the calling system – dialling, call history, contact list and favourites.

The first is a nicely laid out set of buttons that makes it easy to tap in a few numbers to call, although there's no smart dial to call up numbers based on the letters associated with your selection.

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The call history is much as you'd expect, and the contacts list is a nicely laid out experience too. Simply swiping down the lists will scroll through a huge number if you flick fast enough, and an easy to grab tab appears allowing you to slide through the names by the first letter.

You can also synchronise your contacts from your Google account, but this is not advisable unless you've spent some time sorting out your online contact book, as otherwise you'll simply end up with a huge number of blank spaces, names with no numbers attached and random email addresses you may have sent something to years back.

There's also no way to simply view by SIM card or phone only, so you're often left with doubles from earlier synchronisations.

The favourites system works well though, with pictures and names displayed at the top of the page. We wish these could be used as icons as seen in HTC Sense, but sadly that's not the case.

There's also a list of the most frequently called people – pretty useful, but again we wish there was a way to put this on the home screen as an icon.

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Call quality is good for the most part, although once or twice we struggled to get our calls to connect.

However, with the coverage lasting well at all times and the length of the phone just the right size for the face, it's a more than adequate beast for calling on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Product Modeli7500 Galaxy
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)117 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115 mm
Width56 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Battery Standby Time240 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy I7500 Smartphone
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I7500OKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Introducing Galaxy, Samsung's first Android powered phone. Designed with the internet in mind, Galaxy offers you a revolutionary, all-in-one mobile experience. The Android platform provides seamless access to the full suite of Google services and allows customization like never before. Its large AMOLED offers unmatched luminescence and vivid colours for High Definition display, providing a sight and touch experience that's out of this world. At a slim 11.9 mm, Galaxy is the thinnest Android device on the market today. Stylish, slender, and easy to use, Galaxy puts the universe in the palm of your hand.