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Samsung S5560 Review

Samsung S5560

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The Samsung S5560 runs TouchWiz 2.0 interface (like the Samsung Jet S8000 and Pixon12), but doesn’t feature multitasking. The home screen comes with three separate pages where you can place widgets and there are several we have never seen before, like currency converter (XE), kelkoo search service, bebo social network etc. It is a good thing that most of the widgets are now active and not just shortcuts to functions or websites. Placing the widgets on the screen involves some lagging and you would have to wait a bit until all relevant information gets updated, especially if you´ve signed up with more online services.

The home screen of the Samsung S5560 comes with three separate pages - Samsung S5560 Review
The home screen of the Samsung S5560 comes with three separate pages - Samsung S5560 Review
The home screen of the Samsung S5560 comes with three separate pages - Samsung S5560 Review


The main menu itself is identical to the versions available on all other TouchWiz 2.0 handsets, consists of three pages (by default) and all icons can be freely rearranged. It allows access to nice extra features like Photo contacts, links to the mobile pages of popular social networks etc. The phone comes with dedicated Facebook, Twitter and MySpace applications, although you would have to use the relevant widgets to start them. The phone contacts function is relatively comfy to use, although you can´t get it to filter contacts in real time, i.e. as you enter letters, so searching feels somewhat clumsy. Still, there is a handy band that allows filtering by first letter that helps.

The phonebook with scroll on left and right sides - Samsung S5560 Review
The phonebook with scroll on left and right sides - Samsung S5560 Review
The main menu - Samsung S5560 Review
Photo contacts - Samsung S5560 Review

The main menu

Photo contacts



You will have to rely on two keyboard layouts - standard numeric and landscape QWERTY. The latter is handy even if you happen to have thicker fingers, despite the relatively small size of the phone display. Unfortunately, the Samsung S5560 doesn´t allow for automated email account setup, even you are registered with major service provider like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.

Messages - Samsung S5560 Review
The keyboard layouts of the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
The keyboard layouts of the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review


The internet browser is WebKit based (like the version available on the Samsung Jet S8000) and you will be able to relish smooth scrolling and zooming via double taps once pages have been fully loaded. We would advice you not to open heavier websites unless you´re connected via Wi-Fi, since this is the only high speed connectivity option the phone offers.

The internet browser is WebKit based - Samsung S5560 Review
The internet browser is WebKit based - Samsung S5560 Review
The internet browser is WebKit based - Samsung S5560 Review


Another phone feature we are pleasantly surprised by is the camera. It´s equipped with 5-megapixel sensor with autofocus and small LED flash. Taking a snapshot is actually so snappy, that you can fill the built-in 40MB memory to the brim in a few minutes. Fortunately, the phone is equipped with microSD card slot, so you can easily expand the available memory. Its interface covers all the basics and allows fiddling with settings like shooting modes, presets, white balance, effects etc. and several advanced options like automatic contrast, face and blinking eye detection. Our only gripe relates to the video capture, because the maximum resolution is QVGA and their overall quality – rather bad really.

Video capture - Samsung S5560 Review
The interface of the camera - Samsung S5560 Review
The interface of the camera - Samsung S5560 Review
The interface of the camera - Samsung S5560 Review


The snapshot quality is, however, another pint of beer, erm, cup of tea that is. They have enough details for a cell phone camera, if taken in proper lighting conditions. Colors appear slightly oversaturated, but not to the point of being annoying. The flash kicks in if you feel up to the odd indoor picture and will help you to get less blurry and noisy images. It´s a weakling, however, so you better stay away from pitch dark places.

Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung S5560 - Samsung S5560 Review

Strong light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Samsung S5560 Review
Medium light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Samsung S5560 Review
Low light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Samsung S5560 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Samsung S5560 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash



The audio player is better than the one found on Samsung Jet S8000 – it visualizes album art in half screen and its control keys look even trendier. The audio quality through the boxed earphones is, however, slightly lower and sound gets virtually unbearable with the player going at full blast, due to excessive sharpness. Turn down volume level down until it gets suitable for prolonged listening.

The audio player - Samsung S5560 Review
The audio player - Samsung S5560 Review
The audio player - Samsung S5560 Review
The audio player - Samsung S5560 Review


The video playback capabilities are slightly limited – the handset features support for MPEG-4 and H.264 files and they are playable if their resolution doesn’t exceed QVGA.

Video playback - Samsung S5560 Review
Video playback - Samsung S5560 Review


The Samsung S5560 comes with several demo games and two full titles - WiseStar and Bubble Popper. The latter is quite funny and can help you kill an hour or two.

Games menu - Samsung S5560 Review
Bubble Popper - Samsung S5560 Review
Bubble Popper - Samsung S5560 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.23 x 2.05 x 0.51 inches
(107.5 x 52 x 12.9 mm)
3.36 oz  (95 g)
Battery960 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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