Samsung I5510 Review
Oh, the delight of Froyo! Although the rumors for a 1GHz CPU, when the phone was spotted at IFA 2010, turned out greatly exaggerated, the 600MHz processor didn’t stutter once in transitioning between screens, scrolling in menus, or firing up applications. The Samsung i5510 uses the same Qualcomm MSM7227-1 chipset, which is in the Galaxy 3.
Android 2.2 and TouchWiz 3.0, as found in the Samsung i5510, left us with very positive impression in terms of raw speed and usability. We have examined this version of TouchWiz thoroughly in our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy 3. Again, you can import, sync and integrate the contacts and calendar from popular accounts like Facebook and Gmail, as well as Twitter, MySpace and your corporate Exchange account.
The interface, based on homescreens, widgets, and a menu grid with application shortcuts, hasn’t undergone some drastic changes. Still, there are some novelties apart from the inclusion of new functionalities, brought on by Android 2.2. Of the additional TouchWiz tweaks perhaps the most notable is the slight change of the icons inside the music player, and the simplified view by artist – now it aggregates all albums under a name, and the list unfolds when you press it.
Messaging, Browser and Connectivity:
Samsung’s Social Hub is present here as well, which allows you to compose a message and choose to shoot it out via email, text, MMS, or post it as an update on Facebook. Text messaging is in threaded view, the contents are searchable, and the email client is excellent, as usual in TouchWiz 3.0 phones. The official specs from Samsung on the i5510 connectivity options show that it has Wi-Fi, 3G, A-GPS, and Bluetooth chips inside.
Flash 10.1 doesn’t work very well on the unit we had. Although Android 2.2 supports it, it is very dependent on the hardware and software optimizations of the manufacturer. Our review phone supports only basic elements of Adobe's ubiquitous software. Flash ads we could see, but even YouTube didn’t play unless run from the dedicated app, and entirely Flash-based websites returned the familiar “missing plugin” logo.
Other than that, although we wouldn’t survive reading novels at this resolution, the websites looked fine, and multitouch worked without any complaints. The only slight lag we noticed was when swiping the sites left or right. Capacitive scrolling is extremely quick, and the inertia is smooth.
Camera and Multimedia:
The camera interface is the familiar excellent one found in the latest TouchWiz 3.0 phones by Samsung, and allows for numerous scene settings and effects.
The maximum camera resolution that the interface showed was 3.2MP, so the reported 5MP when the phone made the news at IFA 2010, have been inaccurate. There is no dedicated camera key, thus shooting stills is done with the virtual on-screen button, and we weren’t able to touch and pre-focus, it just takes the picture right away. Pictures come out a bit oversaturated, which many people like. The amount of detail is decent for a 3MP shooter, but certain elements appear unfocused. The indoor shots in low light suffer from graininess, which is explicable considering the lack of flash on the handset.
The phone is able to capture video at QVGA resolution with 30fps. Pictures and videos are combined in the typical for TouchWiz 3.0 gallery with 3D effects.
Videos in MPEG-4 format up to the screen’s resolution play well, but we weren’t able to run DivX/Xvid files, which are usually supported by Samsung’s smartphone handsets.
As we noted above, the music player interface is revamped a little bit, making it more compact, but we still noticed that the phone supports the 5.1 channels SRS effect in headset mode, which is becoming trademark for the company’s phones lately. The speaker is quite loud, but, of course, you can't expect wonders from the base and the pitched sounds - they sound tinny.
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.