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Samsung GALAXY W Preview

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Our Samsung GALAXY W Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Introduction:

The Samsung GALAXY W is among the latest batch of Android smartphones that the manufacturer introduced back in August, and on paper it is definitely the most potent of the bunch. In terms of specs it stands in the upper mid-range of Samsung's current portfolio with its 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch WVGA display and 14.4Mbps HSPA radio. A couple of cameras are also on board – a 5-megapixel main one accompanied by an LED flash and a front-facing shooter for video chat.

But that is all theory, and we all know that the first-hand experience is what truly matters. Well, we have a prototype unit of the Samsung GALAXY W right here and we've given it some thorough testing. Would you like to know how it stood up to the challenge? Read along to find out!


Design:

Although it is marketed as a high-tier device, the Samsung GALAXY W does not boast the visual cues necessary to make it stand out of the crowd. It feels like a run-of-the-mill slab of flimsy plastic, as if its designers have given a low priority to looks and focused primarily on its functionality. Sure, that does not necessarily spell failure out loud, but the handset simply lacks the “wow” factor that would please visually a potential buyer when holding up the device for the first time. It seems like both premium materials and superior craftsmanship have been reserved only for the very best in Samsung's stables.

On the other hand, the all-plastic body of the GALAXY W has a soft touch finish added to it and its back cover sports a nice texture pattern. Both of these design touches add some extra grip  and make it pretty comfortable to hold. On top of that, the smartphone’s dimensions are great if you prefer operating it with a single hand, and all of its buttons are easy to find with your thumb.

The Samsung GALAXY W has a soft touch finish added to it, making it  pretty comfortable to hold - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W has a soft touch finish added to it, making it  pretty comfortable to hold - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W has a soft touch finish added to it, making it  pretty comfortable to hold - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

The Samsung GALAXY W has a soft touch finish added to it, making it pretty comfortable to hold


Samsung GALAXY W Preview

You can compare the Samsung GALAXY W with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

What glows in the smartphone's front side is a 3.7-inch LCD display packing a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. Punching the numbers into a PPI calculator gives us the impressive figure of 252 pixels per inch, which in simple words translates into crisp images and sharp-looking text. We were genuinely pleased with the beautiful graphics that the prototype unit delivered leading us to believe that the display on the finalized model will not disappoint.

Front - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Front-facing camera - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Buttons below the display - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Front

Front-facing camera

Buttons below the display


Volume rocker on the left - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Top edge with microUSB and 3.5mm jack - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Power key on the right - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Volume rocker on the left

Top edge with microUSB and 3.5mm jack

Power key on the right

The sides of the Samsung GALAXY W


In a nutshell, the Samsung GALAXY W looks more like a plastic toy rather than a high-tier smartphone, yet packs a display that is truly a pleasure to look at due to its high pixel density. Let's move along and see what it can offer in terms of functionality.

Back - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Camera - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Samsung GALAXY W 360-degrees View:



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posted on 28 Sep 2011, 11:05

2. jojobells (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Waiting for this ever since its announced. Hope this releases soon. Thank you for the preview and hope we'll see full review soon after its available.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 11:16

4. Blaerg (unregistered)


Is there no notificaion LED on this thing?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 17:54

5. dinis (unregistered)


@jojobells some one is just like me :D good review phone arena but review a simple question does the galaxy s battery fit in galaxy w so when i buy the phone id gte the 1650 battery ???

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 08:54

6. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


We wouldn't recommend swapping the batteries even if it fits. Your old 1650mAh battery has probably lost some of its capacity already, so even if they turn out to be compatible, you would still be better off with the GALAXY W's stock battery.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 15:44

7. Dinis (unregistered)


hay nick no i mean i when i by the galaxy w i would buy a brand new 1650 orignal samsung abteery but thanx for the tip :D

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 03:55

8. gelys178 (unregistered)


i wonder when this phone released after being announced. i've been postponed buying others to wait for this. I hope soon with reachable price as my wallet content.LOL

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 15:47

9. Blaerg (unregistered)


When can we expect the full review? I want to know how the camera performs compared to other phones.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 12:54

10. whatever7276 (unregistered)


I just want to know whether this phone has GORILLA GLASS or not?
So, when you guys make the full review after release, please do mention this.
Thanks for such a great site.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 14:29

11. cristi1 (unregistered)


When will this phone be released???I am really bored of waiting for it!!!

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.55 x 2.36 x 0.45 inches
(115.5 x 60 x 11.5 mm)
3.93 oz  (112 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 18.33 hours talk time

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