Samsung Galaxy 3 Review

Interface and Functionality:

The TouchWiz 3.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy 3, as well as the menus and core apps are looking absolutely the same like the ones we explored in detail in the Galaxy S review. The only quirk we noticed at first look was a white instead of black background in the calendar, which aggregates events from your Facebook or corporate Outlook/Exchange schedules as well.

There are up to seven homescreens for widget, shortcut and folder placement. One of the good ideas in the making of TouchWiz 3.0 was to include connectivity switches right in the notification bar, which can be rolled down from every page. On the Galaxy 3 we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and vibration toggle, and we found ourselves constantly using that function instead of the stock Android widget for which you have to navigate to a home screen.


The Activities tab in the Contacts app shows an aggregate view of all your communications history, regardless of the source and means of that communication – calls, texts, email, Facebook messages, etc. These communication stories are visible also in the history tab of each contact, but are restricted to your interactions with her or him only. You can even enter the media tab from a single contact view, and it will show you the latest albums they have uploaded on Facebook, for example. That's how deep Samsung's Social Hub goes – it is the company's response to Sony Ericsson's Timescape and HTC's FriendStream, and we'd dare to say we found it very useful.


The Email app coming with TouchWiz 3.0 still doesn't offer a way to setup the number of messages and their size to be downloaded. Typing messages on the Galaxy 3 is a bit uncomfortable on account of the 3.2” canvas, but the on-screen keyboard is quite good by default, so this is not a dealbreaker. The handset also includes Swype – a popular text entry method where you finger slides from one letter to the next without lifting it off and form words. It is quite speedy once you get used to it.

The TouchWiz interface as a whole feels silky smooth, despite the phone having a 667MHz CPU.

Internet and Connectivity:

The default WebKit-based browser renders even heavy pages quickly and reflows the text to fit on the small screen with ease. Kinetic scrolling on heavy pages is choppy, however, due to the hardware limitations (or software imperfections). When zoomed in, though, the page fluidly scrolls in all directions. The Galaxy 3 is getting updated to Android 2.2, as Samsung promised, so the browser will show Adobe Flash as well, which, of course, can't make up for the lag and meager WQVGA resolution beaming a pixelated webpage.



The phone has a full range of connectivity options (3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, FM radio), including Bluetooth 3.0. With A-GPS we locked signal quickly, and were using Google Maps  Navigation mere seconds after we fired it up.

Camera and Multimedia:

There is no dedicated camera button on the Galaxy 3, and no flash of any kind to complement the 3MP shooter. The camera interface offers a range of preset scene modes, as well as useful shooting modes such as panorama, continuous shooting and smile detection. The 3MP snaps are actually not bad for the resolution since the camera captures enough detail with true colors and decent focus. The manual touch focus doesn't always lock the object properly, and the pictures often get blurry as a result.




Video capture is QVGA with the choppy 15fps, so the Galaxy 3 won't replace your standalone camera soon, but at least the colors are accurate.

Samsung Galaxy 3 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.

Some 3D effects in the gallery grid are present in the Galaxy 3, but indexing files and scrolling through pages with multimedia suffered because of the slower CPU. Pictures and videos, of course, don't look anything like on a Super AMOLED screen, though they still look fine.


The excellent music player we found in the Galaxy S is present here as well, and, what is more important, its 5.1 channel surround sound in headset mode was intact, too. The tabs on the top allow sifting through your collection by artist, album and playlists, or display all at once. Landscape mode brings along some eye candy like CD cover flow or an alphabetical wheel, to pick your music poison. Sharing the song via email or Bluetooth is done from the context menu while playing. The current song keeps going in the background when the screen is locked, and you can even pull down the notification area then to display the controls.


Samsung is great in video format support, and the Galaxy 3 is no exception – it plays DivX/XviD out of the box. Videos run all the way up to the 720x480 resolution, and only afterwards the phone gave us a warning that it can't play the file.

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55 Comments

1. umpalumpa unregistered

hey. the i5700 has a better review that this one. should i bye the older one or whait for another test of the i5800? they cost nearly the same. the stores say it will come tomorow and some 5800 cost just 210€ in germany.

2. Adi unregistered

Buy the Samsung Galaxy 3 (i5800).. the Galaxy Spica has a better screen but this phone has more RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi-n and it'll soon receive Android 2.2 (Froyo) update..

3. max unregistered

Froyo is the only advantage it has. When I compared screen with spica(i5700)......spica resolution and clarity was way better. overall I liked spica, but with few more bucks u can get wildfire(n few more u will get motorla milestone: ) )....what a conundrum!

4. rajuking06

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2010

i want to buy the Samsung I5801 or I5800 Galaxy3 ( Apollo) I am from india i think in india they are calling Samsung I5801 Galaxy Apollo . i have seen that this mobile comes with Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) and it can update to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) , Pleas give me the info that Samsung I5801 or I5800 Galaxy3 ( Apollo) Really upgradable to Android v2.2 "Help me in this "

5. binu unregistered

in india only i5800 galaxy3 is available, it costs 11500rs(street price) in cochin. they promises about the upgradation to 2.2 froyo but no offical sites reported the same. anyways they have already announced galaxy s will be getting a upgrade by 4th quarter of 2010 so lets hope galaxy3 also get a upgrade along with it.

13. sreenath unregistered

i just bought the samsung galaxy i5801 from bangalore for 12.2k. the only difference between i5800 is the touch sensitive buttons which i5801 has. its the best mid range android phone below 20k in the market right now. I am hugely satisfied with the experience. Only the camera doesnt do justice to the specs, rest all features are up there with the best.

6. Aman Sanghvi unregistered

hey i have a problem with galaxy 3's messaging.... if i want to send a message of 4 or more den 4 pages...it automatically converts into a multemedia msg....it is not sent as a text msg but rather it is sent as a multemedia msg....wats d problem??? PLZ HELP

7. sahithi unregistered

hey im from india...if ny1 who already bought dis galaxy 3 i5800 plz let me knw itz drawbacks...itz very imp 4 me plzzz...coz i jst lvd d look of dis mobile wanna buy if itz worthy nuf...

10. know unregistered

its really nice phone, i bought it yesterday and it has everything.

57. Jayanta Kr. Bal unregistered

I have also bought Galaxy 3 (I5801) in in last month but the battery back-up is bad. If I call continue for only 2 hrs then battery charge level decreases to 0% from 100%. What about your set? you are facing the same problem? Or it is only my fault? though I have change battery and also updated the software but the problem is still there. Please let me as soon as possible

11. Newbytes unregistered

Poor Battery Life. Otherwise great phone. I am also using Iphone 3G, so u can just think what a great phone would it be.

8. Srikanth G unregistered

I purchased Samsung Galaxy 3 GT-I5801 model. To my shock it supports 3G but not video calling. By seeing 3G in the spec, I thought video calling is also there. I now feel I should have purchased samsung monte instead.

9. parik unregistered

what are you saying man this is a smartphone you cant compare it with monte monte stands no chance against this

12. Srikanth G unregistered

It is misleading to speak about 3G when they cannot provide video calling facility. What then is the use of a 3G phone? They should actually mention that they are not providing video calling. When monte can push emails and sync contacts, task list , appointments etc., what is so smart about a smart phone?

17. sonijd unregistered

hi, I've bought galaxy 3 abt 10 days back...initially i faced issues with the battery but got used to save battery by closing apps that run in background.I'm facing problems with internet surfing...wifi automatically switches off :-( and samsung have a pathetic customer service. I have not been able to get the exact gprs setttings for vodafone - india. As per vodafone, GPRS is not committed for android devices..i'm able to acces a few applications using gprs..but android market and gmail app dsnt work.. if anyone facing any of these issues or any solution to this please email me at soni.jd@gmail.com

20. Aby unregistered

Vodafone offers 2 types of GPRS(1 normal and extended), using extended GPRS you can access AndMarket and other GApps, but it is obviously expensive than normal 1 ...tested on MotoMilestone

14. bilal unregistered

Does samsung galaxy 3 has games???......coz no there is no review for games on ne of d sites dat i visited. Can ne one plz answer my question? i'm thinkin of buying this fone...

19. sur unregistered

you can download from android market

15. heymark unregistered

where can i buy galaxy 3 here in philippines?

18. martin unregistered

same question here.

47. jy unregistered

on the store .. . . just joking try on the samsung store at SM Manila

16. Debashish unregistered

this is great 3g android phone in the market within this range.itz features are great.worth buying.

21. Krishna Atreya unregistered

can anyone suggest me which phone to buy... Samsung Monte or Samsung Galaxy 3 I5800. How do we come to know It is I5800.. Plz help me in this...

31. VP unregistered

Samsung Galaxy 3 i5801 is much better

22. xasdsf unregistered

hi how much is it ?

23. xasdsf unregistered

hi how much is this telephone ??

24. @$h!$h unregistered

From India, Do consider Lg optimus One P500 (Not Yet Available....but can wait for....Big Bang over i5800/i5801 coz.....build with 512 RAM, 2.2 Froya, 320x480 resolution with capacitive sreen ..... Divx/Xvid...too. Lg Audio quality is always superior with samsung....Trust Me.... Approx INR 13500/- (+ - 200/-) ...Realeasing end of Nov'10... Need Full Details ....Google It. @ Ashish @

25. DUBAKKOOR unregistered

Samsung Galaxy 3 GT-I5801 This phones battery performance is very very poor. It takes more than 3.30hrs to get fully charged. The power doesn't last even a day. When it reaches 50%, chances are that it may go down to 5% very shortly. Samsung has released the phone without proper factory testing. Samsung claims it is a powerful battery but what is the use. I have followed all battery calliberation methods while charging but of no use. Fresh buyers be cautious about this problem with the phone. I think samsung will stop production of this model all of sudden. It is better for samsung if they follow stringent factory testings before it reaches stores.

34. VP unregistered

For prolonging battery life and battery meter calibration first time, you can switch off the phone and then charge for 3 to 4 hours one time and then switch it on. It really worked for me for longer battery life after doing it one time initially.

26. DUBAKKOOR unregistered

Samsung Galaxy 3 GT-I5801 This phones battery performance is very very poor. It takes more than 3.30hrs to get fully charged. The power doesn't last even a day. When it reaches 50%, chances are that it may go down to 5% very shortly. Samsung has released the phone without proper factory testing. Samsung claims it is a powerful battery but what is the use. I have followed all battery calliberation methods while charging but of no use. Fresh buyers be cautious about this problem with the phone. I think samsung will stop production of this model all of sudden. It is better for samsung if they follow stringent factory testings before it reaches stores.
Galaxy 3
  • Display 3.2" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 0.17 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.10h 3G talk time)

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