Samsung Galaxy I7500 Preview
T-Mobile G1. The Samsung Galaxy runs version 1.5 of the same OS that is more widely known as the Cupcake update. The differences between these two are few and none of them affects the interface, although other major improvements have been made. Unfortunately, you won´t see anything different from what an updated T-Mobile G1 or HTC Magic shows off.
The home screen consists of three separate pages, where you can place different widgets, shortcuts to functions and applications of your choice. The good thing is this allows you to personalize all three of them to your own taste. They all utilize the same wallpaper and you navigate between them as if walking around in the picture.
One serious disadvantage of the first Android OS was the lack of a virtual QWERTY keyboard, but the version 1.5 seems to have resolved the problem. You can use the feature in both landscape and portrait mode with buttons getting larger and more comfy to press in the first case. Moreover, you can turn on vibration or sound feedback to get a better feel of each press you do. What we also quite like is that keyboard is at your disposal anytime you want; you just need to hold the navigational button with the arrow up pressed for a while.
Some improvements and novelty features have been introduced into the browser as well, such as Copy/Paste, searches in text on the current page or Search and Go functions, which are all now located into a single field. Moreover, your favorite web pages, browsing history and most visited sites are now available on tabs at the top of the screen. Although our unit is an early prototype, we decided to open several web pages and we are happy to say we experienced no issues whatsoever. Despite the fact browser doesn´t support flash content, YouTube player gets visualized without a hitch, but if you start a video, the phone switches over to the preloaded YouTube player instead of loading it into the on-page one.
The Samsung Galaxy I7500 sports a 5-megapixel camera wrapped up in standard Android OS interface. All new things here are brought forth through the 1.5 version update. One such novelty is that you can easily share your snapshots and videos and get them over to Picasa, YouTube or Gmail, although the option to choose other service providers like Facebook, Flickr or Photobucket is missing. Another shortcoming of the original OS version has also been addressed and you can now capture videos. Take a look at our test video; just keep in mind not jump to conclusions on the capture quality, since this is a prototype unit.
Samsung Galaxy I7500 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
Finally, we need to point out that, at some point, we cherished the hope Samsung would provide interface with options similar to those offered by their newest makes (the Star, Preston, OMNIA HD). Unfortunately, we did not luck out.
Now, we have made it to the end of our preview of the Samsung Galaxy I7500. We really like its overall appearance, but as a whole, it looks way too much like the HTC Magic. Its interface is not any different as well, although we did expect to see minor personalization that would have, on one hand showcased the manufacturer´s own personality, and shed a new light on the Android on the other. The Samsung Galaxy I7500 is to come out at the beginning of June in Europe. But the HTC Magic has been around for quite a while now, so both trumps the I7500 has to ruff the competition out are its 5-megapixel camera and AMOLED screen. Unfortunately, we still do not have any information as to whether or not any American carrier has signed up for it and about to include the device into their catalogue.
Samsung Galaxy I7500 Video Preview:
1. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
from you tube demos i've seen, the phone is not really a touch-screen. you use the d-pad to scroll through "pages" of menu or contact list, etc. the only time you "touch" the screen is when you tap an icon to open the app... is it so ?
2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
No, it is a full touchscreen phone - stay tuned for our video preview, which will be published soon.
6. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
thanks for your quick response..... i was about to get an HTC magic, i guess i'll wait for this one and see if its any better than Magic ie. besides the camera what about the processor, RAM, battery life.. hopefully you'll cover this when the final product is out
3. surethom (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
Finaly some photo sampels The sample images are not that good they look worse than Omnia I900, lets hope that the release version has a lot better picture quality, look at the stones they are still but look slightly blurred. Omg how rubbish is the 320x240 video you would think the camera was a 2 megapixel camera, come on samsung IMPROVE
4. surethom (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
The keyboard look slightly different from the cupcake the ?123 key, is there more than one keyboard style like a phonepad or is there just the qwerty keyboard. Thanks.
8. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The virtual keyboard and the dialer (phone pad) are exactly the same as the ones of the T-Mobile G1 with Android 1.5 UK ROM. But still, their appearance may be changed in the final version of the device.
5. JonLech (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 May 2009)
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7. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
You know, I really like what I see! I, however, think that an optical mouse would be GREAT and be just as functional without taking up as much real estate on the phone as the directional pad with the "ok" button at the center of it. I'm excited to see the upgraded OS as well!
9. illusionado (unregistered)
I expect more vivid camera shots from the phone like the normal light, moderate light and the low light shots reviews done on some phones..tnx
10. tabux0 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 May 2009)
Hi could you verify if the BT data transfer is working or the android fix is still unsolved ??
11. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
based on specs, i7500 has the same screen size as htc magic if not bigger - i think 3.2"..... but the thing is although i7500 looks to have more "glass surface" but when turned on you can see that htc magic has actually or effectively a bigger "display" screen. i see this in many side-by-side photos between the 2 ..... well i guess we just have to take a ruler to really measure the actual display size... is it true ? coz i prefer larger screens to a powerful camera...
12. bob1xxx (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jun 2009)
Wow this phone looks really nice and I love the memory expansion slot and standard headphone jack over the usb headset. But that begin said it Samsung that worries me they have release a lot PoS bricks here in the US and this being samy first try at android phone I got doubts. I am moving from verizon and their insano rates to tmobile or sprint, if I go Tmobile it going to be a full service android phone, nice first look just wish it wasn't made by samsung.
13. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
is this product out yet in europe other than france, heard its july in france...
17. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
out now in germany from o2.... how about the actual review ?
15. ilzoro (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
Seems like a great phone, but any word yet on availability in the UK? we are now in the middle of June and we don't even know if it will get to the UK and if it will, which carrier will supply it?
16. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
this baby'd better be launched soon.... htc with the supposedly customized android UI looks stunning... but less-than-impressive camera may be a hold-off to some of us though....
18. georgypete (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Mar 2010)
I got this galaxy phone last week... It's a great phone but I can not find the voice dialing or speach recognition apps. I must say i am very happy with it but hope it was a bit wider so that the keyboard would be easier to use... The speaker sound is excellent and navigation pretty easy! The T-mobile stores unfortunately are not familiar yet with this phone and could not help me. Can't wait for a manual with instructions in English... Lol
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