Just like the HTC Aria, the Samsung I7500 Galaxy Android phone was designed for users who don’t like carrying around large digital devices.
It’s based on a very advanced AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors in theory, out of which only 65,000 can be displayed by the phone’s software and hardware. Under the 3.2″ diagonal – 320 x 480 resolution screen it has a standard, mechanical (cell phone type) joystick for navigation with an OK button in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s comfortable and efficient, but technologically primitive when compared to the optical trackpad used in the HTC Aria. There’s a whole year difference in the release dates of these two phones, Samsung I7500 Galaxy being released in June, 2009, still their processors and communication capabilities are very similar. The Samsung I7500 Galaxy supports both 2G and 3G networks, and data modes: GPRS and EGDE at 48 kbps max, 3G at 7.2 Mbps maximum download speed and 5.76 Mbps maximum upload speed and you can find here more about cheapest mobile broadband. Wi-fi B and G standards are also supported, while the Bluetooth 2.0 module with A2DP can only be used to connect a wireless headset, data (file) transfer through Bluetooth isn’t supported. Transferring files to and from a computer is very easy through the 54Mbps Wi-fi, USB 2.0 cable or simply removing the microSD card from the phone and inserting it into the computer’s memory card reader. Practically all three methods should work at about the same speed (3-20Megabytes/s, depending on the memory card’s speed).
The weakest link in the Samsung I7500 Galaxy Android phone is the insufficient amount of memory. Only 128MB of RAM is installed, enough only for early versions of the Android OS, up to v1.6 if I’m not mistaking. Internal storage was increased to 8GB, but I’m afraid that it can only be used to store pictures, video clips and music, because not a lot of great applications and games run with such low amount of memory and old version OS. The 528MHz Qualcomm processor can record video in up to CIF resolution at 30FPS, which means only 352 × 288 fast moving pixels, slightly better than QVGA (quarter VGA).
Pictures can be taken even in the dark with the 5Megapixel camera in resolution up to 2592 x 1944, assisted by the white LED (serving as flash). According to Samsung.com it supports microSD memory cards up to 32GB, while other – less-official – websites specify 16GB as the maximum limit.
The truly admirable feature of this phone is the extended battery life, up to 9 hours and 20 minutes talk time in 2G mode or up to 6 hours and 10 minutes talk time in 3G mode. Standby also differs in the two different transmission modes, up to 450 hours in 2G mode and 340 hours in 3G mode.
All in all it’s an acceptable phone with unexpected combination of features for an Android phone released in June, 2009. Advanced screen, medium resolution photos, low resolution videos, 8GB internal storage, 528MHz processor and only 128MB RAM. I would recommend it for WEB browsing and listening to music, because other, advanced applications may not run because of the old OS and poor hardware. It isn’t comparable to the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S.11