Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
UPDATE (June 17, 2010): We've updated the "Interface" part with screenshots of the newer prototype unit we received, which depict the way the software's going to look in the final unit.
UPDATE (June 15, 2010): We've updated the preview by replacing the "Corby Smartphone I5500" name with "Galaxy 5 I5500", as this is how the phone will be called on a global scale. In some markets though, its name may still differ, so look for the "I5500" part.
The Android platform has gained an overwhelming popularity that certainly motivates manufacturers to stay on target and keep us occupied with new models regularly. Doubtlessly, the world’s leading company on this market is HTC, but there are quite a few well-known players fighting on the same mat. At least at the time being, the number of affordable Android handsets remains quite limited though - perhaps the most famous of them all is the HTC Tattoo, although other manufacturers appear to be zeroing in on the same target. Samsung has just become one of the notable runners-up with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 – an entry level Android-based device with design that follows in the footsteps (and has acquired part of the charm) of the Corby series.
The Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 is not that dissimilar from its rivals in terms of specifications, say the HTC Tattoo and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. The device is equipped with 2.8-inch capacitive screen with QVGA resolution, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2-megapixel camera without flash, 3.5mm jack, microUSB port and microSD expansion card slot. The more interesting thing, however, is that the affordable cell phone runs Android 2.1. What we have in our hands is an early prototype of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 and its software is not particularly stable, but still, it runs just good enough to allow us to get a sneak peek at what the handset is going to be. Are you ready? Buckle up and… let’s take off!
The overall look and styling of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 does follow in the footsteps of the Corby family members. If we have to be more accurate, the device resembles the Samsung Lindy M5650 and we do like that. The glossy framing is not metal actually, but plastic, which is to be expected of an entry-level device. Still, it does lend color and certain style to the overall appeal of the Galaxy 5 I5500. The thing that we are quite impressed by is the shape of the cell phone. There is nothing unique or innovative about it… it’s just the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 feels extremely comfortable in your hand.
You can compare the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
As we have already mentioned, the screen measures 2.8 inches, utilizes capacitive technology, sports native resolution of 240x320 pixels and we do prefer it to the resistive display of the HTC Tattoo.
The send and end keys are, of course, below the display and in the company of a 5-directional D-Pad typical of Samsung’s droid army. Next to them there are four other navigational buttons that are transparent and lack whatever backlighting, at least in the case of our prototype. What we are more concerned about, though, is they are not raised enough, don’t have proper travel and pressing them is just as hard as it’s displeasing. We hope the issue will have been addressed by the time the retail units of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 hit the shelves.
1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I just think it's weird to have "Smartphone" in the phone's name.
2. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
It kind of make sense though. Remember, the Corby line is made to be inexpensive and/or introduction handsets feature phones. Android is associated with smartphones, so Samsung just decided to insert smartphone in the name to set it apart from other Corby devices.
3. kainen28 (unregistered)
Samsung says the device mimics the design of the Samsung Corby and is "the perfect fit for the style-conscious user." The overall look and styling of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 does follow in the footsteps of the Corby family members. New Gadgets :http://www.gizmos360.com/
4. Aliah (unregistered)
My Galaxy 5 back button not function after 20 days used. Very frustrated phone.
5. alisterdon (unregistered)
i was wondering if you could help me on this.
i have a galaxy 5 and i want to use gprs on it. i have the required grps settings but im not able to connect. if i enable the "always-on mobile data" it connects to edge. how do i connect to gprs instead?
6. Rikin (unregistered)
galaxy 5 is very smart,easy, phone to use it have a very good touch screen. thank you samsung for inventing such a cool phone
7. Jorick (unregistered)
Do someone knows whene the android 2.2 upgrade of this phone comes in Europe or maybe even in belgium
8. Rony (unregistered)
which one should I buy between B7722 and Galaxy i5500???please help friends....
12. Tess13 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Get a galaxy i5500, thats what I'm getting at the end of the year when the old telecom network shuts off, and plus I've looked at some videos on youtube and it looks pretty snazzy and I've also downloaded and read the manual too.
9. Dills (unregistered)
I have Samsung Galaxy 5, I want to use GPRS in it. I use Vodafone as the Service Provider and My SIM is enabled with GPRS and MMS by default. But I dont know how to use GPRS in Galaxy 5 Mobile.
Can some help me in this!
10. grumpy (unregistered)
It is a cheap phone which does not provide good SMS facility. Set up for reminders not user friendly and takes too much time in setting up these on calendar.
Contact can not store full double name.
11. Tess13 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Are all those applications there when you go into the apps part or do you have to get them yourself from the Samsung app store? Just wondering because I will be getting this phone at the end of the year when the old Telecom network shuts off.
14. H2SO4(aq) (unregistered)
yipee the official 2.2 updates through kies is finally available i just updated mine here in the US of A.
15. Leonie (unregistered)
Can you use your own songs for your ring tone with this phone. If so can you please explain how.