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Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Have we finally got a decent low cost Android smartphone?

Samsung galaxy europa review

So far it has all been pretty good stuff with the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500, but now we hit a snag. The camera is stuck at 2 megapixels.

On paper that's a really low specification and with no flash or macro mode it is a bit low grade. Still, there is a smile shot mode and panorama shooting too, and the quality of individual photos was actually very high. Video is another story, though.

It is limited to 320x240 pixels, and while the quality is okay given the low resolution of the camera, videos really aren't good enough to share beyond the handset.

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Choose the right day, like the bright and sunny one on which we took our sample shots, and photos are passable. Yes there's the lack of definition you would associate with a low resolution camera, but we would not be embarrassed to share these photos.

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This view is reasonably good, and though the colours lack a bit of vibrancy the shot is far from being a disaster.

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We got quite close to our little pal here to take this photo, and the feather detail isn't too bad at all. Another photo we would not be ashamed to share with friends.

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The camera did struggle a lot more indoors. The pixilation in this photo is clear for all to see – it really struggled to let in enough light to take a shot, and the definition is poor.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory140 MB
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 Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.52 Hour
Product ModelI5500 Galaxy Europa
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)102 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108 mm
Width56 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time12504 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameI5500 Galaxy Europa Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5500YKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Enjoy the best of both world's with the new compact and sleek Galaxy Europa. It's bang on trend with a stylish blend of contours and diagonal lines, whiles still delivering all the coolest features. These include the Android Eclair operating system, which gives easy access to Android apps like Google Maps, integrated social networking, and the fun new Swype controls for fast fingertip texting. You can also enjoy speedy internet browsing, awesome built-in Layar Augmented Reality Browser (search nearby attractions/services in real-time on the camera view-finder), and an entourage of multimedia - including a 2 megapixel camera, MP4 videos, and easy content sharing with AllShare. With the Samsung Europa, life is a lot more stylish, connected and fun!

Limited Warranty2 Year