Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700 review

Can Android 1.5 and black plastic cut it in 2010?

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You'll be doing all your home browsing and Tweeting while connected via Wi-Fi, and the Portal does a fine job of instantly hooking itself into your router without whining for attention, then slipping surreptitiously back onto 3G when the signal disappears.

There's a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone, which is welcome, but the awful, awful supplied headphones, which are the type you have to physically force down your ear canal, are crackly right out of the box.

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At least ours were - instant upgrades are recommended, and at least there's no proprietary adaptor to worry about.

Sound quality was tinny even with the in-brain headphone fully rammed right into our poor little earholes - Samsung's headphone quality is usually pretty good, so we're not sure what's happened here.

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You'll be wanting some proper headphones, or, better still, a proper MP3 player - as Android 1.5's default music-playing software isn't the greatest or most user-friendly tool in existence, and you don't want to hammer the battery of a smartphone any more than necessary.

There was a 1GB microSD card in our Samsung Galaxy Portal box, along with a large-size SD Card adaptor if you've left your Micro-USB cable in the wrong house and need to copy off some photos.

The PC situation is a weird one - on the original Samsung Galaxy i5700, the phone came with Samsung's New PC Studio in the box.

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Not so with the Samsung Galaxy Portal - but no worry, as this can be downloaded from Samsung's website to give you all manner of connectivity.

Samsung galaxy portal

Well, no actually, because it appears that like its bigger Android brother, the Galaxy Portal is not supported by NPS as yet. We've no idea why Samsung seems to secretly hate mating a PC and an Android phone, but it clearly does.

At least you can drag and drop files to the SD card via the microUSB cable - this means getting media onto the phone is a cinch.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.33 Hour
Product ModelGT-I5700 Galaxy Portal
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115 mm
Width57 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
Product NameGT-I5700 Galaxy Portal Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5700UWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • GT-I5700 Galaxy Portal Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter
  • User Manual
Standard Memory200 MB