Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.



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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