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Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

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The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2, adding some tangible functionality to the OS. These tweaks include four icons on the right of the homescreen offering shortcuts to your dialler, contacts, messaging and the app drawer. On the subject of app drawers, Samsung's app drawer is of the staggered variety, so apps can be scrolled through 12 at a time on a 4x3 grid and for additional personalization, the order can be customized. You can also add or remove homescreens, allowing you anything ranging from a single homescreen through to 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

The Samsung Galaxy Pro delivers Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 atop Google's Android 2.2


Input is a combination of keyboard and touchscreen and works well for the most part. As we said, the keyboard itself is responsive and the keys have a satisfying click to them. Despite this, long text entry on the Samsung Galaxy Pro does start to feel cramped, making it usable for messaging, but not long documents. Another benefit of the on-board QWERTY is speedy access to Android Search by simply typing when on a homescreen.

As far as messaging goes, Social Hub congregates email and social networking. Unfortunately, this doesn't offer anything beyond links to the native email app and web versions of Facebook and Twitter. Text messaging is delivered in a conversation flow while email and Gmail are delivered in standard Android styling.

Social Hub - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Text messaging - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

Social Hub

 

Text messaging



Camera and Multimedia:

If you want to send messages, you'll probably want pictures to go with them. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy Pro gives you a 3MP snapper with autofocus, though no flash. Overall, this performs well for a mid-range device. The auto-focus means you can get some decent close-up shots, though they tend to be loaded with noise unless taken in daylight or good indoor lighting. Colour reproduction is a bit dull, though detail is decent for a 3MP sensor.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

Camera interface


Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

Camera samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Pro


Video is recorded at a maximum resolution of 320x240, perfect for the screen and passable for YouTube, but not great for higher quality displays. Thankfully, video is smooth enough at 30fps. However, recorded sound is a touch muffled.

Samsung Galaxy Pro Sample Video:




The 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card support and stock Android MP3 player mean the handset fits the bill if you want to listen to your tracks on the go. The loud speaker also performs surprisingly well, delivering above average volume and clarity.

The same can't be said if you want to watch movies though. With the small, low-res screen, the Samsung Galaxy Pro is better suited to short YouTube clips than feature films.

Music player - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Gallery - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

Music player

Gallery

 

Video playback



Internet and Connectivity:

Harnessing a full range of connectivity options including quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and aGPS, the handset is impressively kitted out for the price.

Web browsing on the device uses Android's standard browser, however is hampered by a lack of multi-touch. Couple this with the low-resolution screen and it's clear very early on that no matter how well connected, the Samsung Galaxy Pro doesn't step up to the plate as far as the online user experience goes.

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Pro - Samsung Galaxy Pro Review

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Pro



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posted on 24 May 2011, 06:23

2. fred (unregistered)


This sounds like the sort of phone that will suit me down to the ground but I'm unsure of one thing.
My Nokia E72 will act as a modem for my netbook while I'm out and about.
Will the Samsung?

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 10:06

3. visan (unregistered)


sure samsung galaxy pro can be used as a modem

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 18:29

4. Paul R. (unregistered)


This is a phone, fellas. You make and receive calls with it. Your review gives no information about how to use the Samsung Galaxy Pro to make and receive calls.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 02:13

5. GaganKumar (unregistered)


How much RAM it has?

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 05:39

6. Arshad (unregistered)


you can use galaxy pro as modem without need of any pc studio or installing driver....it support USB tethering and WiFi hotspot and even in laptop you can use galaxy pro as wirless modem.............with WiFi hotspot....no need of pc studio/driver...

it has 270 MB RAM

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 04:04

7. mukund (unregistered)


does this phone support yahoo and rediffmail for push mail

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 09:22

8. Rajinder Singh Bhalla (unregistered)


galaxy pro is very good. Processor is very fast. wifi connection and web browsing is also cool.

Though I bough one yesterday. But so far seems very good. Cool processor at 800 MHz and 512 RAM are cool.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 12:18

9. Muhammed Salih (unregistered)


Its a good phone. But some demerits in my views.

1. Battery backup is very poor as copared to Nokia.
2. Flash is not supported by browser.
3. Opera browser will not work satisfactorly.
4. Ordinary charger will not suite. If it connected touch screen will not work properly.
5. No selection key like 'ENTER' in computer key board.

And some other demerits..mail me muhammedsalih.s@gmail.com

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 04:54

10. Gunja (unregistered)


Since its a android phone, if u browse for 15 to 20 minutes...battery goes down n down... Very Poor battery life. sometime the touch does not work properly...mainley the Wify and bluetooth shortcuts.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 09:19

11. abidh (unregistered)


looks like its not a bad phone if u use it in a proper way the battery stays

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:53

12. preet ..... (unregistered)


shud i buy or not m confused..... due to battery considerations .. ?? :O
KINDLY GUIDE THAT PERSON WHO IS USING THE FONE FROM A LONG TIME ..

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 10:57

18. anushua (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


preet, donot make the mistake i did----its awful!!!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 01:03

13. WANJIRUC (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Great phone ...easy to use on the internet with gmail but limited power time as I have to keep charging the phone. Also, no flash for the camera

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 19:43

14. nishamudheen (unregistered)


Good smart phone but weak battery life and sound clarity

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 05:12

15. Prashant Jagtap (unregistered)


Could any one tell me how to lock message folder and folders in gallery. I searched a lot but unable to do the same.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 10:54

16. anushua (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Bought a Galaxy-Pro a month back & have already sent it for repairs----- wi-fi stopped working & blue tooth wouldnt switch off. really dissapointed. would advice all not to buy this phone

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 10:55

17. anushua (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


extremely weak battery

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Display2.8 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
800 MHz
Size4.28 x 2.63 x 0.42 inches
(108.6 x 66.7 x 10.65 mm)
3.65 oz  (103 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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