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Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

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Interface and Functionality:

UPDATE (June 17, 2010): It seems our first prototype unit has been running a dated version of the interface, as we've now received another unit, the user interface of which matches the one seen on the Galaxy 5's stock photos. That's why we believe the final unit's software will look like this:

The Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500's interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500's interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500's interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500's interface


As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 runs Android 2.1. Unlike the first Galaxy and Galaxy Spica (before it was updated to Android 2.1), the Galaxy 5 I5500 comes with personalized interface, namely TouchWiz 3.0. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to take a closer look at all the novelties (in applications, menus, etc.), since this is just a prototype and not a final, retail unit. Still, here is what we’ve found out:

The home screen of our Galaxy 5 I5500 consists of 7 pages, although we just don’t know whether the number will be retained. Pressing the Home button takes you to the first of these pages and you’re probably thinking you’ll be in for quite a lot of scrolling to get to the last page, but in fact this is as easy to do as simply pressing the index of the page you need to switch over to.

There are four icons at the bottom of the screen and they provide access to the phone dialing, contacts, messaging and main menu. The latter is quite different from the main menu that is common with Android handsets today, because it’s divided into separate pages and is nothing to do with the standard list that you need to scroll vertically typical of Android. In case, however, this is not your cup of tea, you can always have your device visualize the main menu in the old way.

Main menu - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Main menu - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

Main menu

The home screen of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
The home screen of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

The home screen of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500


Aside from the visual eye-candies and colorful icons of Samsung´s personalized interface, the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 comes with SNS (Social Network Service) support, just like the LG GW620, Pop, etc. It enables you to synchronize your contacts with relevant information about them from various social networks. It´s also what the preinstalled application Write and Go relies on in order to give you the option to simultaneously update your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter statuses.

No matter the particular type of written correspondence you are into, you will rely on the standard screen QWERTY layout typical of Android 2.1. It, of course, works in both portrait and landscape modes.

Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500comes with SNS - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
The on-screen QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500
comes with SNS

 

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard


The default web browser is the standard application of the operating system and it’s not halfway bad really. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to give it a go during the tests of the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500, even for a short time, because the phone just kept freezing on us. So, the internet surfing capabilities of the device remain an impenetrable mystery until we manage to get our hands on a retail unit.

Moreover, what we would really like to see when said day finally comes is what are all the options offered by the camera interface, since we saw just a few - you can take your pick from several effects, scenes or switch to video camera and record videos with a maximum resolution of 320x240 pixels.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

Camera interface



Camcorder - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camcorder - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camcorder - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview
Camcorder - Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview

Camcorder



Expectations:

So, what do we expect from the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500? That’s a good question… Given our unit is just an early prototype and we couldn’t take a look at key elements of its software, the answer is not obvious at all. Still, we believe the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 has a sporting chance of finding its own place of comfort on the market of affordable, Android-based handsets. It is appealing, comfortable to hold in your hand and comes with SNS, GPS, Wi-Fi and interface that is definitely different from the boring and simple stock Android. Fingers crossed we get our hands on a retail version soon, so we can tell you the truth about the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500. What seems certain at this point, however, is the handset is in for quite a fight.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


I just think it's weird to have "Smartphone" in the phone's name.

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 14:47

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; 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.

posted on 20 Aug 2010, 04:20

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/

posted on 19 Sep 2010, 23:42

4. Aliah (unregistered)


My Galaxy 5 back button not function after 20 days used. Very frustrated phone.

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 01:26

5. alisterdon (unregistered)


hello there.
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?

thanks
e-mail :don_alister@hotmail.com

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 02:19

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

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 13:29

7. Jorick (unregistered)


Do someone knows whene the android 2.2 upgrade of this phone comes in Europe or maybe even in belgium

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 23:55

8. Rony (unregistered)


which one should I buy between B7722 and Galaxy i5500???please help friends....

posted on 07 May 2011, 00:22

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.

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 10:11

9. Dills (unregistered)


Hello,
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!

Thanks,
Dills
chdilli@gmail.com

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 17:25

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.

posted on 05 May 2011, 00:08

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.

posted on 07 May 2011, 00:23

13. Tess13 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Please answer my question above peoples!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 19:07

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.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 00:21

15. Leonie (unregistered)


Please help.
Can you use your own songs for your ring tone with this phone. If so can you please explain how.
Thank you

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OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
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Size4.25 x 2.20 x 0.48 inches
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Battery1200 mAh, 8.68 hours talk time

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