Samsung Galaxy I7500 Preview

Samsung Galaxy I7500 Preview

The Big Bang of the Android universe happened not a long time ago and its expansion is about start. The first galaxy to have ever been conquered there resigned itself to the power of the Battleship T-Mobile G1 that was, until several months ago, the only one battling on the new frontier. A new player, the HTC Magic, entered the arena a bit later and Samsung has recently announced their Galaxy I7500 space traveler will be traversing the realm really soon. It´s not that dissimilar from the HTC Magic, but sports a 5-megapixel camera and AMOLED display.


Samsung Galaxy I7500’s outer appearance does remind us of the HTC Magic with its particular shapes and overall look, aside from the navigational buttons located below the 3.2-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen that also features a light sensor to help regulate its brightness. Image quality is great with saturated and beautiful colors. The I7500 is a bit thinner compared to the Magic, and is actually the most slender looking Android cell phone as of now. Instead of a trackball, it sports a D-Pad with OK button in the middle and there is another button on the left hand part of the pad with an arrow up on it, which is, basically, the alternative of the MENU button found on HTC manufactured Android phones. The smallest button bears no marking and actually gets you back to the home screen. As a whole, we do like all navigational buttons, because they are large enough and we hope they remain the same on the retail version.

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy I7500 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There is a small button on the right hand side of the phone, marked with a tiny padlock, that doesn’t seem to be working on our prototype. We guess it will be operational on the final units and the current function of the end button, that now locks and unlocks display, will be changed. Both 3.5mm jack and microUSB port are on the upper side of the device and we welcome these with open arms.  The back side hosts a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a loudspeaker.

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22. Andreas unregistered

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18. georgypete

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2010

I got this galaxy phone last week... It's a great phone but I can not find the voice dialing or speach recognition apps. I must say i am very happy with it but hope it was a bit wider so that the keyboard would be easier to use... The speaker sound is excellent and navigation pretty easy! The T-mobile stores unfortunately are not familiar yet with this phone and could not help me. Can't wait for a manual with instructions in English... Lol

16. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

this baby'd better be launched soon.... htc with the supposedly customized android UI looks stunning... but less-than-impressive camera may be a hold-off to some of us though....

15. ilzoro

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Seems like a great phone, but any word yet on availability in the UK? we are now in the middle of June and we don't even know if it will get to the UK and if it will, which carrier will supply it?

13. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

is this product out yet in europe other than france, heard its july in france...

14. tabux0

Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 2009

In Italy not yet, unfotunately...

17. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

out now in germany from o2.... how about the actual review ?

12. bob1xxx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2009

Wow this phone looks really nice and I love the memory expansion slot and standard headphone jack over the usb headset. But that begin said it Samsung that worries me they have release a lot PoS bricks here in the US and this being samy first try at android phone I got doubts. I am moving from verizon and their insano rates to tmobile or sprint, if I go Tmobile it going to be a full service android phone, nice first look just wish it wasn't made by samsung.

11. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

based on specs, i7500 has the same screen size as htc magic if not bigger - i think 3.2"..... but the thing is although i7500 looks to have more "glass surface" but when turned on you can see that htc magic has actually or effectively a bigger "display" screen. i see this in many side-by-side photos between the 2 ..... well i guess we just have to take a ruler to really measure the actual display size... is it true ? coz i prefer larger screens to a powerful camera...

10. tabux0

Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 2009

Hi could you verify if the BT data transfer is working or the android fix is still unsolved ??

9. illusionado unregistered

I expect more vivid camera shots from the phone like the normal light, moderate light and the low light shots reviews done on some phones..tnx

7. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You know, I really like what I see! I, however, think that an optical mouse would be GREAT and be just as functional without taking up as much real estate on the phone as the directional pad with the "ok" button at the center of it. I'm excited to see the upgraded OS as well!

5. JonLech

Posts: 2; Member since: May 27, 2009

Any chance you could get me the USB Vendor Id and Product Id for this device? I'd love to add support for it to doubleTwist. In case you're not familiar with doubleTwist, the BBC described us as "iTunes on steroids". Unlike iTunes, we'll sync music and video to any device!

4. surethom

Posts: 1777; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The keyboard look slightly different from the cupcake the ?123 key, is there more than one keyboard style like a phonepad or is there just the qwerty keyboard. Thanks.

8. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

The virtual keyboard and the dialer (phone pad) are exactly the same as the ones of the T-Mobile G1 with Android 1.5 UK ROM. But still, their appearance may be changed in the final version of the device.

3. surethom

Posts: 1777; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Finaly some photo sampels The sample images are not that good they look worse than Omnia I900, lets hope that the release version has a lot better picture quality, look at the stones they are still but look slightly blurred. Omg how rubbish is the 320x240 video you would think the camera was a 2 megapixel camera, come on samsung IMPROVE

1. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

from you tube demos i've seen, the phone is not really a touch-screen. you use the d-pad to scroll through "pages" of menu or contact list, etc. the only time you "touch" the screen is when you tap an icon to open the app... is it so ?

2. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

No, it is a full touchscreen phone - stay tuned for our video preview, which will be published soon.

6. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

thanks for your quick response..... i was about to get an HTC magic, i guess i'll wait for this one and see if its any better than Magic ie. besides the camera what about the processor, RAM, battery life.. hopefully you'll cover this when the final product is out
  • Display 3.2 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 1.5

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