Samsung S5560 Review
The Samsung S5560 runs TouchWiz 2.0 interface (like the Samsung Jet S8000 and Pixon12), but doesn’t feature multitasking. The home screen comes with three separate pages where you can place widgets and there are several we have never seen before, like currency converter (XE), kelkoo search service, bebo social network etc. It is a good thing that most of the widgets are now active and not just shortcuts to functions or websites. Placing the widgets on the screen involves some lagging and you would have to wait a bit until all relevant information gets updated, especially if you´ve signed up with more online services.
The main menu itself is identical to the versions available on all other TouchWiz 2.0 handsets, consists of three pages (by default) and all icons can be freely rearranged. It allows access to nice extra features like Photo contacts, links to the mobile pages of popular social networks etc. The phone comes with dedicated Facebook, Twitter and MySpace applications, although you would have to use the relevant widgets to start them. The phone contacts function is relatively comfy to use, although you can´t get it to filter contacts in real time, i.e. as you enter letters, so searching feels somewhat clumsy. Still, there is a handy band that allows filtering by first letter that helps.
You will have to rely on two keyboard layouts - standard numeric and landscape QWERTY. The latter is handy even if you happen to have thicker fingers, despite the relatively small size of the phone display. Unfortunately, the Samsung S5560 doesn´t allow for automated email account setup, even you are registered with major service provider like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.
The internet browser is WebKit based (like the version available on the Samsung Jet S8000) and you will be able to relish smooth scrolling and zooming via double taps once pages have been fully loaded. We would advice you not to open heavier websites unless you´re connected via Wi-Fi, since this is the only high speed connectivity option the phone offers.
Another phone feature we are pleasantly surprised by is the camera. It´s equipped with 5-megapixel sensor with autofocus and small LED flash. Taking a snapshot is actually so snappy, that you can fill the built-in 40MB memory to the brim in a few minutes. Fortunately, the phone is equipped with microSD card slot, so you can easily expand the available memory. Its interface covers all the basics and allows fiddling with settings like shooting modes, presets, white balance, effects etc. and several advanced options like automatic contrast, face and blinking eye detection. Our only gripe relates to the video capture, because the maximum resolution is QVGA and their overall quality – rather bad really.
The snapshot quality is, however, another pint of beer, erm, cup of tea that is. They have enough details for a cell phone camera, if taken in proper lighting conditions. Colors appear slightly oversaturated, but not to the point of being annoying. The flash kicks in if you feel up to the odd indoor picture and will help you to get less blurry and noisy images. It´s a weakling, however, so you better stay away from pitch dark places.
The audio player is better than the one found on Samsung Jet S8000 – it visualizes album art in half screen and its control keys look even trendier. The audio quality through the boxed earphones is, however, slightly lower and sound gets virtually unbearable with the player going at full blast, due to excessive sharpness. Turn down volume level down until it gets suitable for prolonged listening.
The video playback capabilities are slightly limited – the handset features support for MPEG-4 and H.264 files and they are playable if their resolution doesn’t exceed QVGA.
The Samsung S5560 comes with several demo games and two full titles - WiseStar and Bubble Popper. The latter is quite funny and can help you kill an hour or two.
2. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)
The phone looks really good for its class, hope Samsung will continue this overall design trend - including matte soft back instead of the ever present shiny plastic that looks and feels cheap even in their expensive phones (like Omnia II). If the screen resolution was a bit higher, and the video recording was of a better quality, S5560 would've been a very interesting phone, ready to compete even with some big boys among customers that don't really need 3G and smartphone capabilities - hey, you've got Wi-Fi and an excellent browser here.BTW, thank you, Phone Arena guys, for your fantastic reviews and for keeping us well-informed.
4. jumpskate (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)
hey use samsung s5560....n the phone rocks....it is just a 2 good phone....specially in its price...i dnt need to chrg the phone fr 2 days.....the camera is excellent....the video is comparatively poor....bt not dat bad.....very light n comfortable to use....i wud give it a 9 on 10......n also recommend to buy the phone....
6. Ceej (unregistered)
I got this phone 2nd hand from a friend. Though skeptical at first (no 3G, 2nd cam for video calls which I do so often because I live and work away from my family), I got to love the phone! The WiFi compensates for the lack of 3G, the camera is very good, though not at par with my Sony Ericsson K850i which has the same number of pixels, 5 and I love what I can do with the widgets! Best part of it all is the battery life, one of the best. For one full charge I got to surf both on WiFi and EDGE, call and be called on (accumulated minutes 42), text and play some music (I only have a few because most of my music is on my iPod Touch) and it still had 2 bars of juice, AFTER 5 days!
7. shahzad (unregistered)
i am using s5560 from last 1 year,nd its 2 gud,camera is perfect,i have compared wid so many 5 mp,but it is best ,best output,problem is dat i am not gettig wallpapers formy cell,can anybody tell me from where shld i get the wallpaper for my S5560....
thanks in advance......
8. hmmmmm (unregistered)
ive had it for just over a year and now it touch sencitivity the lock key and the 1 back button gone weird i wouln''t buy this phone if needed for long term.