Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Introduction and Design:
Back in June Samsung took its first step in the Android universe with the release of the galactic conqueror the Samsung Galaxy i7500. Then in quick succession the manufacturer announced the Behold II and Moment. What we´ve got in our hands now is their second Android-based handset for Europe – none other but the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700, named after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, Spica. At first the rumor had it the device would be lightweight version of its predecessor, but ultimately, things fell out to be different. The Spica runs Android edition 1.5 as well, but comes with 800MHz processor (as compared to the 528MHz core integrated into the i7500) and support for DivX and Xvid files. The handset has similar overall design as the Galaxy i7500, but looks more youthful and will be available in two color solutions – black-red like the one we are currently reviewing and white-green that looks more expressive.
The Galaxy Spica i5700 has pretty similar overall dimensions like the Galaxy. The newer model is not as thin, but the difference is not big really. The capacitive screen measures 3.2-inches once again, utilizes, features native resolution of 320x480 pixels and supports 16mln colors. Thanks to the AMOLED technology, the image quality is great, with truly saturated and beautiful colors. Unfortunately and just like the Galaxy, the Spica i5700 is a die-hard fan of fingerprints and its deep affection tends to create certain troubles when using the device in direct sunlight.
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The buttons on the front side come with the same overall styling we know from the Galaxy, but you´ve got an additional key, plus their layout is slightly different. The phone has a D-Pad as its predecessor and the button in the center features nice red framing that complements the overall appearance. The button that gets you to the home screen has its own symbol and unlike the one on the Galaxy, is transparent now. The new key on the Spica is on the left, is also translucent and is used for calling up a dedicated search pane in various applications, say the phone contacts, calendar, messaging, Google etc. It´s a good thing that all buttons are easy to press (unlike those of the Galaxy) and we don’t have any major gripes about any of them. The only issue we´ve noticed is the lack of backlighting, meaning they are somewhat uncomfortable to use in the dark.
What you´ve got on either side are virtually the same buttons you can see on the Galaxy i7500 – volume rocker on the left hand side, 3.5mm jack and microUSB port on the top, additional microphone used during video capture, screen lock/unlock button and camera shutter on the right hand side. We don’t have any complaints about them either and feel satisfied with their implementation.
The back side of the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 is not glossy as the Galaxy, however it´s less slippery and therefore makes the phone more comfortable to hold in your hand. The 3.2-megapixel camera without flash is also here, but we will tell you more about it later.
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1. martinpelant (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Hello, does Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 have an Anti-scratch display like Samsung Galaxy i7500?
4. aman9393 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)
Does the new 2.1 update supports sending and recieving multimedia files over Bluetooth? If not is there any application that makes it possible? Delete this post, posted again in a much more relevant section.
5. Yezpal (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
Can we download Microsoft Office and use Excel sheet ( Create New sheet, Edit them)
6. syoody (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 May 2010)
Yes, you can but you have to pay extra money for this aplication (I heard that it costs about 15 USD so it's quite expensive)
7. syoody (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 May 2010)
Hello, does really Samsung i5700 have AMOLED screen? I don't think so... On every Polish website about mobile phones is written that it's equipped only with LCD screen.
8. chatterboxmoira (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
Can I download Adobe Flash 10 for mobiles onto this phone? I want to be able to play Facebook games and am looking for a suitable phone to hook-up to my home wireless broadband... Thanking you in advance
9. syoody (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 May 2010)
Hi, I've just bought my Galaxy Lite and it's quite good phone. I've got a question: Does it support the SDHC memory cards or just the "normal" SD? Thanks in advice
10. djuo (unregistered)
just bought samsung GT-i5700.what applications can be downloaded on the phone?why does it require google account?thanks..
11. Vlada (unregistered)
Poor review!!! No AMOLED, no multi-touch...
12. miwa (unregistered)
does its have unlimited sms capacity?depends on memory..