Samsung Galaxy i7500 review

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Internet browsing on the Android platform has always been one of the best mobile browsers on the market, and that experience is thankfully mimicked on the Samsung i7500 Galaxy.

The only downside is the slightly unresponsive screen not necessarily being the best for scrolling around web pages.

The internet on the i7500 Galaxy will give easy access to full HTML options, and the phone has a similar smart-fit ability to the HTC Hero, with text being shown in the correct column even after zooming in to a massive size.

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The phone does judder a bit when navigating around and resizing web pages, and the zoom functionality is a bit limited by a virtual zoom in, zoom out effort at the bottom of the page.

However, there's an easy option to resize back to the normal zoom level thanks to the '1x' virtual button in the bottom right-hand corner, and the excellent mini-magnifier mode is there once more.

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The latter is a particularly cool function as it allows users to drag a little pane around a highly zoomed-out view of the web page to find the text you want, before automatically focusing back in on it.

As mentioned, this function would be a little better if it wasn't for the juddery nature of the interface at times, but it's a minor niggle.

The Samsung i7500 Galaxy can also handle multiple web pages, with a nice animation for each change showing the new windows opening a new pane. These panes can be accessed through the menu button, giving users easy access to all the pages they currently have open.

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The Samsung i7500 Galaxy also features intelligent bookmarking as well. When holding down the back key (for quite some time, it has to be noted) new tabs are brought up, with bookmarks, most visited and history all listed for your prodding pleasure.

Copy and paste is also supported (take THAT, iPhone) and is activated by opening the menu and choosing to select text. There's no option to just hold down the screen to call up a menu, which would make sense, but Samsung has decided to lob everything under a menu instead.

You can also post a page to Facebook, Twitter or other locations from the same menu, so if you see a link that you think others should know about you can easily let them know.

This was particularly useful if you have Twidroid installed, as one of the joys of tweeting is letting others know which pages to look at, and this method certainly takes advantage of that.

The internet experience on the Samsung i7500 Galaxy is very good, but the screen responsiveness lets it down slightly, meaning it lags behind the superb mobile Safari application on the iPhone 3GS, and the HTC Hero and Magic both outstrip the Galaxy in terms of speed and performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product NameGalaxy I7500 Smartphone
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I7500OKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
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.