Samsung Galaxy i7500 review

Will a new player help make Android even better?

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Applications on the Samsung i7500 Galaxy fall into two categories – decent applications on the phone and the best the Android Market has to offer.

The main applications on the phone are those from Google, as they're excellent. The Maps application is the best of the bunch, with Streetview integrated and the compass function working very well. Holding the phone up and swivelling it around will let you virtually tour London from the comfort of your own bedroom, which is a nice feeling for the lazy among us.

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Again, a lot of options like Streetview and compass are hidden in drill down menus, and we'd hope that future Android updates would sort this.

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But the mapping software, with the GPS, is pretty good, although it took us a long time to get a lock on our location. You know what you're going to get with Google Maps, and the i7500 Galaxy didn't disappoint.

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Google Talk is also excellent on the phone, and it needs to be as the only messaging client on the phone. It has a well designed interface, and a very fast update so the mobile experience isn't a lot different to the PC.

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Android Market is also a very good application portal, and like the iPhone, the amount of programs on offer will only expand. There's already a very good selection on board, so here's a few of our early favourites:

Spotify

Argue about the price all you want, but Spotify on Android is great (and better than that on the iPhone). Not only does the streaming over 3G generally work pretty well, but the Android-friendly interface full of draggable tabs and icons is brilliant too.

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Syncing over Wi-Fi is fast and offers the songs just like you'd expect on the PC, with good sound reproduction and a fairly wide catalogue. You might be able to tell we're fans of this one.

Doom

Yes, it's Doom in all its glory on a mobile phone. And it's free. However, there's a problem here – the down key doesn't work on the i7500 when playing the game, so turning right is not an option.

This means you need to play the game in a Derek Zoolander fashion, only turning left and leaving yourself exposed to enemies. It's still awesome to have a free version of Doom on the mobile, but we still wish it would work properly.

Twidroid

We've mentioned it a few times in this review, but Twidroid is one of the best Twitter clients for Android. The Tweets appear in the notifications bar, and you can choose whether to display them in full or just see when new ones arrive before entering the application.

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With the ability to enter pictures, links and text from many areas of the phone (not just the application itself) it's a good example of what's possible with Android.

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/
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