Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Interface and functionality:

We have already mentioned the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 runs Android 1.5, just like the first Galaxy. Once again, there is no personalization whatsoever to indicate you are actually using a Samsung-made device and the software of the Spica is almost the same as the version running on the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic, with the only difference being the built-in support for DivX and Xvid coded content (quite a significant advantage really) and the preinstalled application called Switchers. 

As a standard feature of Android version 1.5, the home screen consists of three separate pages that host application shortcuts, widgets etc. Similarly to the other handsets equipped with the same operating system, the phone contacts and calendar can be synchronized to Google accounts and remain as capable as ever.



The application Switchers comes in quite handy, because it allows quick access to GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth activation/deactivation options as well as the automated synchronization function. In case you don’t like it, you can always get an alternative program and most of those available on Android Market have richer functionality.



Similarly to all other Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 comes with support for the full arsenal of messaging standards – SMS, MMS, email, several IM and a built-in Gmail client. The interface is simplified and lucid and offers you the option to attach pictures and audio files. Due to the lack of hardware keyboard, you will have to make do with the screen QWERTY. It´s accessible in both landscape and portrait mode. You might think the buttons are rather small and unhandy at first, but you will get used to them in no time and shouldn´t have any problems, although we wish text entry was faster. A slightly better screen sensitivity wouldn’t have hurt either.



You have the standard WebKit-based browser that comes with the operating system to surf the Internet. Since the Spica doesn’t feature multitouch support like the first Galaxy, T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic, you will have to press the plus and minus keys at the bottom of the screen to zoom in and out on things, which feels rather inconveniencing. The browser application has its merits, like fast loading of pages and their proper visualization. As a whole, we consider it a capable program, although we believe there is a lot of room for improvement here.



Samsung´s fourth Android cell phone is equipped with A-GPS. Naturally, the preinstalled navigational software is none other but Google Maps and it needs active internet connection in order to load the necessary maps and show relevant directions. It sports support for Google Latitude, so you can share your current location with your online buddies. The GPS is quite snappy and needs about 30-40 seconds to pinpoint your location after cold start and about 5 seconds after hot start. Proper performance indeed, given we tested the feature in overcast weather.


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12 Comments

1. martinpelant

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Hello, does Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 have an Anti-scratch display like Samsung Galaxy i7500?

2. WinnieThePooh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2009

128MB of Ram? Are you sure? -_-'

4. aman9393

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

Does the new 2.1 update supports sending and recieving multimedia files over Bluetooth? If not is there any application that makes it possible? Delete this post, posted again in a much more relevant section.

5. Yezpal

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

Can we download Microsoft Office and use Excel sheet ( Create New sheet, Edit them)

6. syoody

Posts: 5; Member since: May 04, 2010

Yes, you can but you have to pay extra money for this aplication (I heard that it costs about 15 USD so it's quite expensive)

7. syoody

Posts: 5; Member since: May 04, 2010

Hello, does really Samsung i5700 have AMOLED screen? I don't think so... On every Polish website about mobile phones is written that it's equipped only with LCD screen.

8. chatterboxmoira

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

Can I download Adobe Flash 10 for mobiles onto this phone? I want to be able to play Facebook games and am looking for a suitable phone to hook-up to my home wireless broadband... Thanking you in advance

9. syoody

Posts: 5; Member since: May 04, 2010

Hi, I've just bought my Galaxy Lite and it's quite good phone. I've got a question: Does it support the SDHC memory cards or just the "normal" SD? Thanks in advice

10. djuo unregistered

just bought samsung GT-i5700.what applications can be downloaded on the phone?why does it require google account?thanks..

11. Vlada unregistered

Poor review!!! No AMOLED, no multi-touch...

12. miwa unregistered

does its have unlimited sms capacity?depends on memory..

13. conrad

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

how can i open my 3G for my samsung spica
Galaxy Spica
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.16h 3G talk time)

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