Samsung I5510 Review
Samsung i5510 was spotted, boasting Android 2.2 and a physical QWERTY keyboard, in a fairly slim package. Now we have a review unit of the device, and will put it through its paces so you can judge how TouchWiz 3.0 and Froyo get along together on a budget handset...
The Samsung i5510 is made of the durable, glossy black plastic that the manufacturer uses on a lot of its handsets recently. The 3.2” capacitive touchscreen has 240x400 pixels of resolution. The LCD display is bright and responsive, and the pixel density is enough for everyday tasks.
Underneath the display there are three physical Android buttons – Home in the middle, Back on the right, and the Menu key on the left. Long-pressing the Menu key brings up the eight most recently used applications. The screen half of the Samsung i5510 is differentiated by the dark gray plastic surrounding it.
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The back is flat, with a 3MP camera centered in its upper part, and the speaker grill down right. The camera doesn’t have a dedicated shutter button, thus the only element on the right side is the lock/power key. On the left we have the volume rocker, and the top houses the standard audio jack, and a microUSB slot with a sliding cover.
Naturally, it is the QWERTY keyboard part, which will interest people most in the Samsung i5510, so let’s push it open and check the key design and responsiveness. The screen half slides away tight and smooth, revealing four rows of keys, which light up in white when used. The numbers, which are colored in red, are placed at the top row, and the mode switch is down left, colored the same.
Samsung has included four dedicated cursor arrow keys in gray, which, to us, is the greatest advantage of physical keyboards over virtual ones. The key travel is a bit stiff and shallow, but the keyboard is very usable, once you get used to it. It doesn’t feel crammed, as each individual key is placed in a frame independently. Snapping the screen back over it is again easy, and the spring mechanism feels satisfyingly sturdy.
We won’t go so far as to say that it is a Galaxy 3 with a keyboard, but in terms of front and back design, components and materials used, the two phones are very close relatives. The Samsung i5510 fits very well in the hand, and has just enough heft to feel solid, despite the physical QWERTY keyboard. Our scale showed 4.23 ounces (120 grams), which makes it one of the lightest handsets with a slide-out keyboard out there.
1. Gianluigi (unregistered)
It is pretty strange the resolution of 400x240 pixel. And really poor too. Are you sure that the resolution is not 480x320 pixel? I think that considering, photo ,video, price and market segment 480x320 should be the correct resolution. Thanks in advance for the answer.
2. Jon123 (unregistered)
Well this is really disappointing! USA has the Epic 4G, Europe get this. Maybe with a half decent camera (5 megpixels isn't much to ask these days!), it would push it to mid-range worthy. Right now its a weird combination of low-to-mid range features... even Sony's X10 Mini Pro at half the size offers more. Shame.
3. Prabhu (unregistered)
Does it have support for document(excel, word, pdf, powerpoint) viewing & editing?
4. sunil kataria (unregistered)
does it support document editor or document viewer( excel,word,pdf,powerpoint) plz provide full details
galaxy 3 or galaxy 551 which one is better to buy
5. mahikupp (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
@Prabhu & @sunil kataria : Samsung 551 does not come with ThinkFree Office Mobile pre-installed. All Android 2.0 and above versions support docs viewer and editor features. ThinkFree Office Mobile can be downloaded from market or visit the this link for more informationhttp://product.thinkfree.com/m
obile/162you might also want to take a look at this link toohttp://product.thinkfree.com/m obile/android/faq.
6. ariv (unregistered)
can I upgrade the firmware from 2.2 to 2.3 gingerbread ? or change theme ?
because the menu icon is very old.
7. Hanif (unregistered)
This is the worst phone i ever used. Because of its stylish look I brought this mobile. Offcourse it should surve my business perposes. Belive me the 12mAH battery is worst. It drain like anything. After full charge within 5 minits battery drains to 95% despite all the bluthooth and wireless is turned off. Bigest joke about the 3G ..It is slower than 2g and the phone get hang very offten. No url open properly. I tried with 3 diff service provider. So there is no sim problem. This product which find its way to dustbin. beleive me friend if u look for a bussiness phone den do consider balck barry. Samsumg u cheat..U suck..Worst product I ever used in my life
8. Rajamanickam (unregistered)
Its very worst phone in android ...when we open the browser the mobile get hang.. :
9. alok852 (unregistered)
i have been using this fon for last six months..its battery lyf sucks..u can't play smooth videos..and today its showing in charging status without the power supply. it doesn't support too many softwares say 8 is too much for it. fon hangs now and then..
10. hemaram (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
Browsing experiance in this mobile is WORST!! Camera Quality is Poor (Though 3.2MP camera of Nokia mobile looks great).Hangs frequently.. you cant play even ANGRY BIRDS smoothly, though it was the only installed application :| ...Processor SUCKS!!!!!
Only PROS i can say is Sound quality is pretty decent.