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Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £431
on £29-per-month, 18-month contract from O2; £431 inc VAT from Handtec

A sub-par screen and an unadorned Android installation make the Galaxy seem like less than the sum of its parts.


Android 1.5, 3.2in 320×480 display

Samsung’s Galaxy is a smart-looking Android phone with a vivid OLED screen that makes viewing photos and videos a pleasure.

Its 5-megapixel camera has a flash, and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack. It has 8GB of internal memory and memory card slot, so there’s plenty of storage for music, videos and photos.

Samsung has installed only the basic Android operating system, but you have access to a wealth of apps in the Android Market. If you only use Google services, such as Gmail and Google Calendar, this will suffice, but there’s no attempt to merge data between services, as with HTC’s Sense or Palm’s webOS.

Samsung hasn’t installed any apps for viewing or editing Office documents, and while you get some free apps for viewing files, you’ll have to pay extra for an app that can edit them. We feel that Samsung has missed a trick here compared with the interface and apps that HTC provides with the Hero, for example.

Despite having a marginally larger screen than the company’s Jét, the Galaxy’s has a lower resolution, so images aren’t as sharp. It’s better than most other smartphone screens, though. The camera appears to be the same as the Jét’s and photos suffered from the same washed-out colours and poor contrast in low light.

The phone feels well built, and the buttons are large, except for the odd Home button. This has no icon, so its function isn’t obvious at first glance. The central navigation rocker is a nice touch, as Android benefits from having finer control of the cursor than a touchscreen alone offers. The screen feels smooth, but while the Galaxy has the same processor as the HTC Hero, Android doesn’t feel as well optimised. You have to hold a button on the side of the phone to unlock the screen, which is annoying.

While Samsung’s OLED screen is better than those on other phones, it’s not as good as the Jét’s, and its basic version of Android is disappointing for the price. It ticks all the right boxes for hardware and features, but the Galaxy doesn’t feel as if much effort has been put into it. HTC’s Hero is much better value.


Price £431
Rating **


Main display size 3.2in
Native resolution 320×480
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash LED
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 8192MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/1700/2100
Size 116x56x12mm
Weight 117g


Operating system Android 1.5
Microsoft Office compatibility free download
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.264, H.263
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories headset, data cable, charger
Talk time 6 hours
Standby time 14.2 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 9h 19m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £431
Price on contract £147 on £29-per-month, 18-month contract
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