Samsung Galaxy W review

  • £249.99
  • $390

A mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone one step below the Galaxy S2

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Samsung galaxy w review

A core pillar of any modern smartphone is it messaging capabilities. Here the Samsung Galaxy W once again covers all the basics and most common extras but fails to push the boundaries to set itself apart from the crowd of similarly priced devices, such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and some full QWERTY-touting BlackBerry handsets.

Samsung galaxy w review

In typical Android fashion, messages are simple and easy to read, with a well sized and spaced font enabling quick absorption of incoming content, be it via SMS or email.

Samsung galaxy w review

One of the Samsung Galaxy W's stumbling blocks while constructing messages - an issue that rolls across to its search and browser functions - is its slightly cramped and narrow-lettered keyboard in portrait mode.

Samsung galaxy w review

Thanks to its full touchscreen interface, the Samsung Galaxy W's QWERTY keyboard offering is that of the Android software and TouchWiz UI. While not offensive or cumbersome to use, the touch QWERTY input will result in many users with average to larger-sized digits repeatedly finding themselves correcting errors and accidentally pressing multiple keys.

Samsung galaxy w review

Although this issue is less apparent when holding the phone in landscape orientation, Samsung has largely corrected the issue itself with the inclusion of the Swype input system. This enables you to simply drag your finger between letters with the software then filling in the likely desired words - a system that, more often that not, works.

Samsung galaxy w review

Continuing its run of user-friendly features, both email and SMS messaging services feature prominently on the handset's main home screen direct from the box, with MMS messages able to be sent via a simple tap on the attachments option while in the messaging menus.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.52 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSoft Black
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time17.83 Hour
Product ModelW
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)114.7 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height115.5 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth11.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time570 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy W Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I8150FKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationPowerful Performance

With a 1.4GHz CPU, this mobile operates rich applications and tasks with ease. Applications load quickly and multi-tasking is easier than ever with no lag time! Faster, better and more powerful.

Rich Contents Service : Social, Music, and Game Hubs

Enjoy easy access to socialising, music entertainment and gaming directly from the mobile. Each hub is a centralised hub allowing you to compose messages from one location, do more on Facebook, LinkindIn and Twitter, stream songs before you purchase, download over 12 million DRM-free tracks, access to premium HD-quality games with social network interaction, and gaming news.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy W Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Quick start guide
Limited Warranty2 Year