Samsung I5510 Review

Interface and Functionality:

Oh, the delight of Froyo! Although the rumors for a 1GHz CPU, when the phone was spotted at IFA 2010, turned out greatly exaggerated, the 600MHz processor didn’t stutter once in transitioning between screens, scrolling in menus, or firing up applications. The Samsung i5510 uses the same Qualcomm MSM7227-1 chipset, which is in the Galaxy 3.

Android 2.2 and TouchWiz 3.0, as found in the Samsung i5510, left us with very positive impression in terms of raw speed and usability. We have examined this version of TouchWiz thoroughly in our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy 3. Again, you can import, sync and integrate the contacts and calendar from popular accounts like Facebook and Gmail, as well as Twitter, MySpace and your corporate Exchange account.

The interface, based on homescreens, widgets, and a menu grid with application shortcuts, hasn’t undergone some drastic changes. Still, there are some novelties apart from the inclusion of new functionalities, brought on by Android 2.2. Of the additional TouchWiz tweaks perhaps the most notable is the slight change of the icons inside the music player, and the simplified view by artist – now it aggregates all albums under a name, and the list unfolds when you press it.

Messaging, Browser and Connectivity:

Samsung’s Social Hub is present here as well, which allows you to compose a message and choose to shoot it out via email, text, MMS, or post it as an update on Facebook. Text messaging is in threaded view, the contents are searchable, and the email client is excellent, as usual in TouchWiz 3.0 phones. The official specs from Samsung on the i5510 connectivity options show that it has Wi-Fi, 3G, A-GPS, and Bluetooth chips inside.

Flash 10.1 doesn’t work very well on the unit we had. Although Android 2.2 supports it, it is very dependent on the hardware and software optimizations of the manufacturer.  Our review phone supports only basic elements of Adobe's ubiquitous software. Flash ads we could see, but even YouTube didn’t play unless run from the dedicated app, and entirely Flash-based websites returned the familiar “missing plugin” logo.

Other than that, although we wouldn’t survive reading novels at this resolution, the websites looked fine, and multitouch worked without any complaints. The only slight lag we noticed was when swiping the sites left or right. Capacitive scrolling is extremely quick, and the inertia is smooth.

Camera and Multimedia:

The camera interface is the familiar excellent one found in the latest TouchWiz 3.0 phones by Samsung, and allows for numerous scene settings and effects.

The maximum camera resolution that the interface showed was 3.2MP, so the reported 5MP when the phone made the news at IFA 2010, have been inaccurate. There is no dedicated camera key, thus shooting stills is done with the virtual on-screen button, and we weren’t able to touch and pre-focus, it just takes the picture right away. Pictures come out a bit oversaturated, which many people like. The amount of detail is decent for a 3MP shooter, but certain elements appear unfocused. The indoor shots in low light suffer from graininess, which is explicable considering the lack of flash on the handset.

The phone is able to capture video at QVGA resolution with 30fps. Pictures and videos are combined in the typical for TouchWiz 3.0 gallery with 3D effects.

Videos in MPEG-4 format up to the screen’s resolution play well, but we weren’t able to run DivX/Xvid files, which are usually supported by Samsung’s smartphone handsets.

As we noted above, the music player interface is revamped a little bit, making it more compact, but we still noticed that the phone supports the 5.1 channels SRS effect in headset mode, which is becoming trademark for the company’s phones lately. The speaker is quite loud, but, of course, you can't expect wonders from the base and the pitched sounds - they sound tinny.

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