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Samsung Galaxy Pro review

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Price when reviewed : £177
inc VAT

A budget QWERTY handset may appeal to cash-strapped business users, but the poor keyboard and cramped screen resolution make the Pro unfit for office tasks


Android 2.2, 2.8in 320×240 display

The plastic casing at least keeps the weight down: at just over 100g it’s a real lightweight. Unfortunately, the same adjective can be applied to the phone’s features: the 800MHz processor isn’t particularly fast, and the 3.2-megapixel camera is outdated. While photos were colourful and relatively free of noise, the small sensor simply couldn’t pick up as much detail compared to the 5-megapixel sensors that are now standard on most other budget phones. Videos are captured at a tiny 320×240 resolution, so they aren’t really suitable for anything but throwaway Facebook uploads.

At least the battery life isn’t too bad: in our light-use test it lasted just under 24 hours, so you should be able to get a couple of days use out of it before having to recharge. Samsung claims to have packed the phone with business software, but the only useful addition is a copy of ThinkFree Office that lets you edit Office documents. Even this is offset by the low screen resolution: we wouldn’t want to edit anything using it. Samsung’s Social Hub is a poor attempt at social aggregation: instead of listing all your updates, emails and message in one inbox, it lists them separately, so it’s not much better than using the individual apps.

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Most business users are prepared to shell out a bit more to get good build quality and useful business features, so the idea of a budget business phone doesn’t really make much sense. Samsung could have pulled it off if it wasn’t for the awful screen, which makes using the phone a frustrating experience. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini Pro has a much better specification and costs slightly more SIM-free, while business users may prefer to opt for a BlackBerry or Windows Phone that ties in better with their corporate IT systems.

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Price £177
Rating **


Main display size 2.8in
Native resolution 320×240
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 3-megapixel
Video recording format MP4
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 2048MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSPA
Size 109x67x11mm
Weight 106g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.264, WMV
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories data cable, charger
Talk time 6.3 hours
Standby time 17.9 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 23h 25m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £177
Price on contract £20-per-month, 18-month contract
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