Samsung Galaxy i7500 review

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TechRadar's Samsung i7500 Galaxy review
TechRadar's Samsung i7500 Galaxy review

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Internet browsing on the Android platform has always been one of the best mobile browsers on the market, and that experience is thankfully mimicked on the Samsung i7500 Galaxy.

The only downside is the slightly unresponsive screen not necessarily being the best for scrolling around web pages.

The internet on the i7500 Galaxy will give easy access to full HTML options, and the phone has a similar smart-fit ability to the HTC Hero, with text being shown in the correct column even after zooming in to a massive size.

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The phone does judder a bit when navigating around and resizing web pages, and the zoom functionality is a bit limited by a virtual zoom in, zoom out effort at the bottom of the page.

However, there's an easy option to resize back to the normal zoom level thanks to the '1x' virtual button in the bottom right-hand corner, and the excellent mini-magnifier mode is there once more.

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The latter is a particularly cool function as it allows users to drag a little pane around a highly zoomed-out view of the web page to find the text you want, before automatically focusing back in on it.

As mentioned, this function would be a little better if it wasn't for the juddery nature of the interface at times, but it's a minor niggle.

The Samsung i7500 Galaxy can also handle multiple web pages, with a nice animation for each change showing the new windows opening a new pane. These panes can be accessed through the menu button, giving users easy access to all the pages they currently have open.

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The Samsung i7500 Galaxy also features intelligent bookmarking as well. When holding down the back key (for quite some time, it has to be noted) new tabs are brought up, with bookmarks, most visited and history all listed for your prodding pleasure.

Copy and paste is also supported (take THAT, iPhone) and is activated by opening the menu and choosing to select text. There's no option to just hold down the screen to call up a menu, which would make sense, but Samsung has decided to lob everything under a menu instead.

You can also post a page to Facebook, Twitter or other locations from the same menu, so if you see a link that you think others should know about you can easily let them know.

This was particularly useful if you have Twidroid installed, as one of the joys of tweeting is letting others know which pages to look at, and this method certainly takes advantage of that.

The internet experience on the Samsung i7500 Galaxy is very good, but the screen responsiveness lets it down slightly, meaning it lags behind the superb mobile Safari application on the iPhone 3GS, and the HTC Hero and Magic both outstrip the Galaxy in terms of speed and performance.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.