Samsung GALAXY W Review
The Samsung GALAXY W runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread customized with the TouchWiz 4.0 interface, which runs buttery smooth. Redrawn icons, transparencies and nice transitional animations plus plenty of useful tools and a plethora of widgets are all on board, adding a twist to the stock Android experience.
The 1.4GHz single-core chip ticking inside handles navigation and kinetic scrolling with ease. Half a gig of RAM and 2GB of ROM for installing apps is what you get with the phone, and expanding that will have to be done via the microSD card slot.
The on-screen keyboard on the GALAXY W is responsive and neatly aligned on the 3.7” screen. Speed typing shouldn't be a problem when using the smartphone in landscape mode, and there is also Swype preinstalled if you are so inclined.
Functionality and Software:
Samsung has added a whole bunch of handy applications, including its very own Social Hub app that combines your communication venuew. The app has been overhauled and now integrates social networks, email, texting and instant messaging under one roof for quicker access.
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 to let you purchase music on the go.
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 sans cable, Polaris Office for viewing and editing documents, and a Photo Editor application for the times when you are feeling like exercising your creative side.
Internet and Connectivity:
We had no troubles browsing the web on the Samsung GALAXY W - page loads, scrolling and zooming are as quick as they can be on a single-core device. The basics, such as pinching and double-tap are in store as well, but as with all Samsung Android smartphones lately you can't pan while zooming, and text reflow is called by a double-tap instead of being automatic like in HTC Sense.
Samsung has added an extra touch of its own, though - that one last pinch-in gives you a side-by-side view of all your opened tabs, which is a 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.
The GALAXY W sports a full set of connectivity radios, starting with a 14.4Mbps HSDPA one. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio and A-GPS are on board as well, plus DLNA multimedia streaming, which, as we mentioned, is managed by the default AllShare app.
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
so you took away probably 1 or 1.5 points just for the camera being a little slow? the calling part i understand due to it being a cell PHONE
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Cameras have always been nice to have but overall just a optional function for me. Now I could understand if it had really bad picture and video quality but a little slow to focus? That doesn't seem like a understandable con if you ask me.
3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
exactly anyway if i want a camera ill go buy a real camera like a canon or something
4. hunted (Posts: 353; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
Why samsung is releasing more phones with very few differences or nothing.
14. Androidtidbits.com (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
I think its their marketing strategies.
5. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
this phone should sell pretty well. not a fan.
please make phones with good voice, data, lcd, and camera over to attention to detail items like looks, or build quality manufacturers!
6. nowind (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Quote: "Voice quality in the earpiece is below average, with muffled voices, hollow sound and insufficient volume".
This is really dissapointing. This is a phone, right?
Just one question. Could it be the earpiece, or is it the phone itself?
8. johancr (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
i bought the phone about 5 days ago.. and the result: this mid-range phone is really superb! i've used to share my idul-adha photos with m frens thru' e-mail and it gave if not all, almost what i want from a phone. More than words can say!
13. Androidtidbits.com (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
How about its battery capacity? Does it last a day?
9. Crispy54 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
This is a fine phone except for the on/off button placed on the side - I'm always hitting it by accident! As for the soft-focus camera, did you notice the lens is covered by (a small and difficult to remove) plastic film? Took me while to notice it but since taking it off I think the photos are pin sharp.
10. jason1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
hi Dan ! Can you confirm how much MB Internal Memory is available for users to install applications.
11. paul5an (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
How on earth can you give a PHONE with such a fundamental flaw as BAD CALL QUALITY get such a high score? Such an issue means that it can't possibly deserve the same as a similarly priced Xperia Neo.
Even more ridiculous than that, the similarly priced Xperia Pro has been given a lower score by PhoneArena than this?!!! WTF?!!!! Xperia Pro has no issues with call quality, has a better camera and with the addition of the truly excellent hardware QWERTY keyboard which is superior for text-input than touch-screens.
12. cyern0324 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Probably because of the fast 1.4GHZ processor , slimmer body , bigger interbal memory , touchwiz 4.0 , game hub and social hub??
15. dian283 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
No NFC? Why? I think this phone is very well, but just one minus.. NO NFC...
16. kscoutg (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
I have had this phone for a month. When I first the phon ei would have to agree with your 4/5 rating. After a month of using it not downloading anything or taking up any of the memory the phone is slowing down more and more every day and it can't comprehend opening or closing things and merely crashes the majority of times this is the second Samsung galaxy w I have had now after I sent the other one off to repair and again same problem.
Initial week of usuing the phone it should get a 4/5 but after a week a 1/5 if that.
18. doniking (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
isn't that a problem with android itself?
so what's your phone now?
i'm looking for a new one.
17. Vyker (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I've had this phone for a month now, and I've got to say its fantastic.
The reports on poor phone quality are hard to justify, for me its been fantastic...
The speed of the phone is where it really shines, the 1.4ghz clearly makes a difference, there is no lag at all with the UI or any of the apps. You have to really push it for it to slow down.
The Camera is also very good, the results when I view on a computer screen are impressive, there is a slight delay as it auto focuses, but its nothing more than any other phone on the market. [The real winner in this area is the Palm Pre2, instance autofocus and shots, even faster than the iPhone4]
The phone is so light as well, when you're using the phone, playing a game or such, the weight really helps. On my old phone, playing a bit of Angry Birds and I'd get tired holding up the phone when lieing flat, but with this, barely know its there!
The future is bright for this phone, if you don't want the much larger SII, and just want a pocket-able phone, this fits the bill perfectly.
I've compared it to the Desire S, and though the Desire S feels heavy and well built, it just didn't perform as well as the Galaxy W.
I recommend this phone!
19. Filip (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Hi to all of you.... Can someone describe me this phone a little bit detail... I want to bouy it so.. Does this phone have Gorilla Glass? Is there any bug? How the screen is compared with amoled screen (colours and stuff like that)? Is it worth to buy? When you use it, is there a plastiky feel, or is high-quality.... Sorry for my English :P
22. Vyker (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
It doesnt have Gorilla Glass, but it has Samsungs own version of toughened glass. The glass is the best I've used personally, it is very slick, smooth, and never gets dirty.. fingerprints dont ruin it. It is also scratch resistant.
The screen is fantastic, the high density ppi makes a big difference. Websites look great on it.
It is worth buying, as they are so cheap for good performance. as cheap as £200 now.
It does feel plastic'y, as it is a light phone. Very light in fact. But the plastic'y feel is not a cheap feeling. It still feels ok. Nothing like the Desire S, which felt very heavy and premium. This is the opposite.
20. goodboy (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Does anyone know if and how you can change the way to unlock the phone when you press the unlock button on the side of the phone?
if you do not know of I mean, look at this in the youtube clip from about 2:17 to 2:35.
sorry for my bad English.
23. Vyker (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
The lock is part of TouchWiz.
You can install other Launcher apps like Go Launcher EX and that will replace the home screens, app menu and lock screens.
Personally, I think TouchWiz is fine, its not the best, but it does the job. It's nice to know that there is other options for me out there when i get bored with TouchWiz.
I've used ADW Launcher in the past, and it was very good. So I might move to it later.
24. saleelsalam (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)
i bought this phone yesterday.there is a strange problem with it.when i disconnect headset the loudspeaker sound become too loe to be audible.i had to restart the fome to make loudspeaker normal.any help????
25. lcy9977 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
does any here face the same problem as i do...my phone`s music sounds really bad with earphones it sounds like distorted or what i dont know....somebody please help me thanks
26. rosefromhell (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
hello guys , i need u r advise here am planning to get a galaxy phone, which one u recommended ,except the galaxy S 2 coz its little over my budget :) ????
27. kiara (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Hi there… I bought this Samsung Galaxy W two weeks before from this prepaymania.co.uk. I got a really good deal there. It doesn’t have a Gorilla Glass. It doesn’t have a stunning Super AMOLED display, but a competent LCD screen with a nice resolution, good clarity, and smooth touch and can tap, swipe, pull and pinch to navigate around phone. Kies allowed me to sync my phone with my PC. Its android so I am having fun with all those apps, games and songs that I could download through it. It connects well with wifi and Bluetooth. Plus the 5 megapixel camera is good too. The exterior of the phone is cool but yes it is made of plastic. Though from distance no one can make out as it has got metal finish. But I would say it’s a best buy for me for this money.
28. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Bad call quality?
This is a massive lie. This phone has great call quality. I can hear the other person very good, the reception is excellent and I can be heard clearly and loudly enough.
Maybe they had a bad unit or whatever but don't doubt in this phone, especially in the earpiece/microphone. It's a great phone and the price is so freaking low. Best phone for it's price hands down.
29. powerAg (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2012)
what phone model do you have wherein all incoming messages are dierctly saved to the memory card not on the phone memory. And adding new contacts should be saved also to the memory card. Because once you changed your phone, you have nothing to worry deleting your contacts and messages, if all your messages and contacts are saved on the memory card. thanks
30. amysaidin (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
hye everyone... i have some problem arise lately... i bought this phone just for 1 month.. why when i lock the screen, after a few second or minute, the screen turn light. 3 times less or more. it is cause related to the application that i was installed via the google market? i feel curious about that.it is have a solution? aaaargh i feel stress if i see the light on suddenly...
31. manojkeezhoor (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
2 months back I have bought a GT18150 from singapore.
problem 1: From day one onwards it shows problems with the network. Often when i try to call the message says "not connected to network". Any suggestion?
Problem 2: I have to recharge the phone twice a day.
Please help me
32. Kezz111 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
i am in desperate need of a new phone for work.. is this phone fast? does it have good email function? do messages come through alright? and most important how long does the battery last? more than 8 hours?
33. cliffy (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
First using this phone seems ok for the first week, beyond that when you actually install apps etc it becomes a frustratingly slow piece of junk, the screen is great as is the camera, but dont even think about games on this, it just wont happen, it will crash everytime. Things like skype and messanger send it into overload and it will crash often, you will also be pressing that clear memory button ALOT! Swipe text is a Godsend for sure, but even then it can slow down, one core cpu just does not have the grunt for this phone and OS. I have nearly thrown the phone at the wall a few times and have never been so frustrated with a phone before, it has good features but the speed and lack of memory will completely infuriate some people me included. If you dont ask much from the phone it should be ok, but it always feels way underpowered and buggy crashy. Which is a huge shame, and the first Samsung phone I have actually hated :(
I forgot to add battery life, I dont know what drugs others are on but I can assure you this phone chews through battery life like pacman on a hunger strike, I am forever charging it at my desk and cant really go for more then 5 hours without charging it, a huge let down.
And to confirm during the day I have one exchange account running and message through skype, say good bye battery!
34. cliffy (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
As per my comment above, I have found the issue with this phone, I rookited my phone last night and found the cpu sits pretty much most of the time at 245mhz and goes to 1.4ghz when needed, its this low start speed that is causing the slowdown in menus etc, I installed set speed from the market place and set the lowest speed to 800mhz which has elimanated the painful scrolling speed and changing in and out of apps speed, also my phone has stopped crashing, so if you buy this phone I highly recommend rooting it and installing set speed app and setting the lowest speed to 800mhz, after that you will have a good phone!!!
35. saleelsalam (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)
@cliffy you have really become my saviour.i also almost threw my phone to the wall.then i found your comment.i rooted fone yesterday and installedset sppeed and it was just like majic.now i am again in love with my first smart phone.thank u very much