Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review

Galaxy S style on an entry-level budget

Samsung Galaxy Apollo
The definitive Samsung Galaxy Apollo Review

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Our first call, as ever, is the YouTube app to watch a few Kylie Minogue videos. As you'd expect, the app is a rock-solid experience. Skipping through to our favourite costume moments and camera shots was easy, with nothing in the way of clunkiness or glitching.

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The music player in both the Samsung and Orange versions of the OS skin is the very nice TouchWiz player, which is a big improvement on the stock Android music tool.

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As well as looking great, the TouchWiz player has a nice little on-the-fly playlist editor, which enables you to click on track names and add them to a simple playlist called the Quick List, with extra auto-generated menus full of your most played, recently added and recently played tracks, helping you get to what you want with minimum fuss.

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The cleverest feature by far is another TouchWiz enhancement that also features on the Galaxy S – the extremely cool Lock screen music playback icon.

Even when your Apollo's on its Lock screen, you're able to press the Home button and pull down a little CD to skip through music tracks without bothering the main app. It's a great touch.

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The Galaxy Apollo's video playback app also clones that of the Galaxy S. We threw a 720 x 400 Xvid-encoded AVI file at it and it played perfectly, plus the player itself is fully DivX-compatible according to Samsung.

The player was a little slow to skip through the file, but that's not really a deal breaker in a phone in this low price bracket.

The fact you can thrown pretty much any video file at it and expect the Galaxy Apollo to just work, is a rather marvellous and reassuring feature. Plus it's slightly wider/longer than average 400 x 240 screen, making it ideally suited to widescreen material.