Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Review

Performance and conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 sports a snappy 800MHz processor, but in reality, the presence of the mighty hardware is almost undetectable, because the phone doesn’t feel noticeably faster than the T-Mobile G1 or Magic... or the first Galaxy. The CPU, however, makes the quality Xvid and DivX playback possible at relatively high resolution. Moreover, the handset offers good sound quality when you listen to music and performs very well in terms of in-call quality (8/10). Voices sound loud and clear on both ends of the line and our only gripe relates to their sharpness.

The Spica is equipped with very robust battery and will keep your hone operational for 3 days before you have to recharge it in case of moderate daily use and for day and a half on heavy-duty use, meaning lots of calls and serious Wi-Fi abuse.

Some people may consider the support for HSDPA 3.6Mbps (7.2Mbps with the Galaxy) a disadvantage, but we don’t really think it´s such a serious shortcoming. Throw the appealing overall design into the deal, and the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 looks like a better option than the Galaxy i7500 and HTC Magic, not to mention it’s expected to roll out at much the same price as the latter two. One of the major drawbacks of the handset is the lack of OS personalization and the HTC Hero remains our favorite in this respect.

All told, the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 is worth it, despite its minor shortcomings, because it offers something that no other Android handset does – proper multimedia functionality. If you are willing to disregard it and opt for a more appealing interface and attractive overall design, consider the HTC Hero and its Sense UI.

Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 Video Review:


  • DivX and Xvid support
  • Proper AMOLED display
  • Decent in-call quality and audio playback
  • Robust battery
  • 3.5mm jack


  • No interface personalization... and yet again
  • Low quality, low-resolution video capture

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User Rating:

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Galaxy Spica
  • Display 3.2 inches 480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware 0.1GB RAM
  • Storage 0.2GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 1.5

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