Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Samsung Galaxy 5 - So What's up?

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So good or not good?

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Okay I didn't have much time to review it but I did find it interesting for such a basic/entry level Android phone. Despite being under the RM1K price tag(RM699), this phone still connects to you to the world with 3G, Wifi connectivity(802.11b/g),  integrated GPS and Bluetooth.

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The phone's design is pretty standard candy bar form factor. Not too small but I would prefer a bigger size phone for my personal taste. The phone does feel plasticky just like the Samsung Galaxy S.

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My Maxis sim card was in my Samsung Galaxy S, ignore the no signal icon :)

It is a full touchscreen phone although its a mere 2.8"  TFT QVGA resolution. The touchscreen also has accelerometer sensor so that it recognizes the orientation of the phone. As it is running on Android 2.1(Eclair), it also comes with TouchWiz v3.0. The screen goes  a little fuzzy when you're scrolling but I guess its due to the screen's limitation; display color is just 256K.

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It has an internal memory of 170MB which isn't too bad and to top it off, it also comes with a 2GB MicroSD card; Thanks Samsung.

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Forgot your MicroUSB to USB data cable? Fret not because the phone comes with a MicroSD adapter so you can access your files with a SD memory card reader.

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I know I didnt get to test it but it has been said that the battery can last up to 9 hours 30 min on 2G while 6 hours 30 min on 3G.

I  have only tried playing an mp4 file and it worked flawlessly but it couldn't play a 720P mp4 file. It was for testing anyway, might as well try. Although it can't play HD videos, the phone supports MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 file formats.

As for the 2MP camera, it was actually not bad with a resolution of 1600 x 1200. You can't select any focus area so its just point and shoot with steady hands. Here are some sample shots with the phone. No form of editing was done except for resizing of resolution.

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Indoor shot

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He got sick of me taking pictures, pardon his rudeness

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=.=

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:P

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The camera chose to focus the reflection on the water more than the turtle

All in all, its a basic Android phone but it does have what the Samsung Galaxy S have to offer in terms of mobility. For those who are on a tight budget and always on the go, this phone might do you some good before you get a high end Android phone.

Once again thanks to Advertlets and Samsung for providing the phone for this review. Till then, have an awesome week peeps!

4 comments:

  1. Good enough for an entry level phone! :)

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  2. Weh beb,

    damn fast you check LOL I just posted it although it was in draft for afew days.

    Yea the phone is not too bad. Value for money? Probably. With the possibility of getting patches or even a new OS from Samsung(if any) lulz

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  3. thanks for the reviews on this phone. tot of buying it til Nexus S arrived. Hopefully its within the rm 1.6k range

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  4. Glad you enjoyed reading it ^^

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