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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.

Interface:

The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with the manufacturer's very own TouchWiz 4.0 interface. Beautifully drawn icons, plenty of useful tools, and a plethora of widgets are all on board adding a special twist to the whole Android experience. Of course, you also get a multitude of customizable home screens and the grid-like app list that everybody knows and loves. The 1.4GHz single-core chipset ticking inside handles navigation and kinetic scrolling with ease despite the fact that we are playing with a prototype unit here.

The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI


Using the on-screen keyboard on the GALAXY W is more then a pleasure as it is very responsive and neatly aligned. Speed typing shouldn't be a problem, especially when using the smartphone in landscape mode.

The on-screen keyboard is very responsive  - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
The on-screen keyboard is very responsive  - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

The on-screen keyboard is very responsive



Software:

Samsung has added a whole bunch of handy applications, including its very own Social Hub app that takes care of all your social networking needs. The app has been overhauled and now combines social networks, email, texting and instant messaging under one roof. Game Hub is also present for the times when you are feeling bored. The games it features are socially-oriented and offer online multiplayer with mobile gamers from all over the world. The Music Hub app has also been thrown in the set and lets you purchase music on the go.

Social Hub - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Game Hub - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Social Hub

 

Game Hub

 

Music Hub - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Music Hub - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Music Hub


Some other tools that need to be mentioned include the AllShare app for streaming media wirelessly from the smartphone straight to a TV or a home theater system with DLNA support, Kies Air for transferring music or movies onto the handset from a computer and vice versa, Polaris Office for viewing and editing documents, and a Photo Editor application for the times when you are feeling like exorcizing your creative side.


Internet Browser:

For the most part, we had no troubles browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W even though it was a prototype unit that we were handling. Pages load quickly and scrolling is as smooth as it should be. Of course, all the basics such as pinch-to-zoom and zooming on paragraphs by double-tapping are in stock as well, yet Samsung has added an extra touch of its own. Pinching out gives you a side-by-side view of all your opened tabs, which is a really neat feature to have. The experience would have not been complete without Adobe Flash support, which renders animations seamlessly and doesn't seem to slow down the browser at all.

Browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W



Camera:

The camera interface offers a broad selection of shooting modes and scenes, as well as tap to focus, macro mode, and even a blink detection feature. When it comes to taking videos, the Samsung GALAXY W can capture 720p footage at 30 frames per second, which should be good enough for the needs of the average user.

Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY W - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY W


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY W Preview
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY W Preview

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



Samsung GALAXY W Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The stock Android music player is all you get on the GALAXY W, but it serves its purpose without a hitch. What's more is that it supports the FLAC lossless audio format, which means that you can enjoy your tunes without sacrificing quality. When it comes to video playback, 720p videos played seamlessly, and the support for DivX/Xvid video formats along with MPEG4 is a feature worth pointing out.


Expectations:

Samsung GALAXY W Preview
To wrap everything up, the Samsung GALAXY W is shaping up to be a very promising device. Both great multimedia features and a ton of pre-loaded software are in its arsenal combined with the beautiful TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. The 3.7-inch LCD display should be commended as well since it delivers some eye-pleasing graphics thanks to its high pixel count. On top of all that, the internet browsing experience is complemented by Adobe Flash support meaning that you can enjoy the web to its fullest.

The only thing that we didn't like about the GALAXY W is that it simply lacks the visual appeal necessary to make it stand out of the crowd. We are swimming in a sea of black plastic slabs we call smartphones, and the GALAXY W is nothing but a drop in it.

Of course, we will give our final verdict as soon as we get to check out the final version of the smartphone, which should not be too far in the future as the Samsung GALAXY W is expected to hit the market in the forthcoming days. Once it launches, it will be competing against devices such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo and the HTC Desire S, which both come in the same form factor and offer a pretty similar set of features. The LG Optimus Black is also a worthy contender as it does not lag too far behind in terms of performance, but grabs the attention with its beautiful display and slim profile. Another alternative would be the upcoming LG Optimus Sol, which will come equipped with an AMOLED display and will bear a pretty reasonable price tag.

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

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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: 154; 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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