Review: Samsung Galaxy i7500
There are now plenty of Android based smartphones around
There are now plenty of Android based smartphones around. Not as many as of, say, Windows Mobile or Nokia’s S60, but enough for potential buyers to have a good choice between designs, and enough that are available on operator contract to give the buying public some real choice.
Samsung’s I7500, also known as the Galaxy, is available on O2, where it comes in from free to £244 depending what kind of tariff you want to sign up to.
At first glance the I7500 is not very inspiring. A bit chunky for the hand and somehow clunky looking thanks to the large and slightly incongruous buttons that sit beneath the screen. The navigation pad is an odd shape, and while we are pleased that it is large it doesn’t exactly look fantastic.
The small Home key is slightly raised from the flat keys surrounding it on the right side of the navigation button and we found it a little awkward to use. This is important as you’ll use this key a lot. And the unlock button is mounted on the right edge of the casing which again might be a fiddle you encounter several times a day. There’s no search button.
The shiny plastic casing is a magnet for finger prints, and while you get a nice slip case to protect the I7500 from scratches you will nonetheless inevitably make the chassis greasy.
For all its chunky dimensions we can’t fault its weight, and nor can we say much against the all-important screen. This is definitely a star feature. Very sharp and bright the AMOLED technology is superb, and at 3.2-inches and 320 x 480 pixels it delivers plenty of detail. It isn’t silky smooth in response to finger taps, though.
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