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Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Samsung Galaxy Spica

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The Samsung Galaxy Spica is equipped with a 3.2-megapixel camera without flash that comes with the standard interface of this version of the operating system. Like we said in our review of the Galaxy , it doesn’t offer any extra features like color effects, white balance or image contrast – you just start it and get down to shooting right away. We cannot say we like really, especially alongside of the versions available on other Samsung-made cell phones. Still, image quality is far more important, so let’s get to it.

The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Video capture - The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
  

Video capture

 


Snapshots taken in the open are really good – they are extremely detailed, which is a commendable. More often than not, colors appear realistically represented, except for the noticeable purple fringing when you have captured a patch of the sky in the picture. On the overall, we are pleased at the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 when it comes to taking images in broad daylight. Things get really bad in artificial lighting conditions though, owing to the lack of flash of course.

Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Strong light - Indoor photos - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Medium light - Indoor photos - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Low light - Indoor photos - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light



The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 can capture videos, but is rather bad at this really. The maximum video resolution is 352x288 pixels (rather low as per today´s standards), the frame count is 15 per second, which is even worse, but the worst is the extremely poor image quality. Unlike the first Galaxy, the presence of the additional microphone goes unnoticed.

Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 video sample at 352x288 pixles resolution


Multimedia:

The major weapon of the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 is its DivX and Xvid video playback capability. This is the first Android cell phone than can actually do that and therefore, able to address the significant shortcoming of the Google-made operating system.

The Spica plays DivX files with maximum resolution of 720x480, bitrate of 1,500 kbps and coded at 30 frames per second, although we evidenced slight stuttering. Things get much better if the bitrate is lower (under 1,000 kbps), but in this case the video becomes choppy. Ultimately, we achieved the best results with content coded at resolution of 640x480 pixels, bitrate of 1,400 kbps and 30 frames per second. Fortunately, the phone handles Xvid files with resolution of 720x480 pixels and bitrate around 1,500 kbps without a hitch and clips are played smoothly.

Video playback with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Video playback with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
Video playback with the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review


Regardless of the video codec, the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 delivers beautiful, saturated colors, largely thanks to its AMOLED screen. Given its native resolution of 480x320, we are really pleased with the phone and its video playback performance is more than adequate. Samsung has done a great job in properly addressing a major gap in the functionality of the operating system, because like we said, Android doesn’t come with native DivX and Xvid support. We just hope other manufacturers of Android-based handsets follow suit.

The multimedia capabilities of the handset overshadow its audio functions. The audio player interface is the standard one that comes with the operating system and can´t hold a candle to the corresponding applications found on the iPhone or latest Samsung handsets (the Jet, OMNIA HD). Still, it fits the bill and doesn’t look unappealing. The library is excellent and we definitely rate it at par with the Apple´s. What´s more, it´s much better than what we´ve seen on recent HTC cell phones.

The audio player - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review
The audio player - Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review


Since our unit came without a box and accessories, we decided to put the 3.5mm jack to good use and plugged in one of our headset pairs to see how the Spica fares against the competition in terms of audio quality. The sound is very loud, the bass frequencies are clearly discernible, but the trebles appear overemphasized. The situation gets much better once you´ve turned the volume down a bit. The loudspeaker also performs well – it´s powerful enough and the sound through it is of above average quality.

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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
800 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.24 x 0.52 inches
(115 x 57 x 13.2 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 9.33 hours talk time

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