Samsung Galaxy 5 review


  • General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
    Announced 2010, June
    Status Available. Released 2010, August
    Size Dimensions 108 x 56 x 12.3 mm
    Weight 102 g
    Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
    – Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
    – TouchWiz v3.0
    Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
    Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
    Call records Practically unlimited
    Internal 170 MB
    Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 16GB, 1GB included, buy memory
    Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
    3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot (Android 2.2)
    Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
    Infrared port No
    USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
    Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
    Features Geo-tagging, smile shot
    Video Yes, QVGA@15fps
    Secondary No
    Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to v2.2
    CPU 600 MHz processor
    Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
    Browser HTML
    Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
    Games Downloadable
    Colors Black
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
    Java Via third party application
    – Social networking integration
    – MP4/H.264/H.263 player
    – MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    – Organizer
    – Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube
    – Voice memo
    – Predictive text input
    Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
    Stand-by Up to 521 h (2G) / Up to 375 h (3G)
    Talk time Up to 9 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G)



Build Quality and Design


Galaxy 5 looks similar to the Corby series .So there are chances that it will be mistaken as a Corby pro. It has black plastic body with a metallic bar like look on the sides which actually looks good . First thing one needs to do is get a screen guard .There is no dedicated key for camera or music, it just has the volume control buttons and a micro USB port on the left. There is 3.5mm audio jack on the top ,it kind of looks weird to me.
The 5 directional d pad and the keys are pretty well designed have big fingers and I didn’t have any problems so far.
BTW I had dropped the phone from a height of 5 feet and nothing had happened I am thinking that’s a good sign(I kind of dropped it two-three times) .And the phone like most of the phones is a finger print magnet .
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Screen and Touch

Galaxy 5 has a 2.8 inch display and has 240 x 330 screen resolution and capacitive touch screen . But no multi touch support. The touch screen display includes accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate and Touch Wiz v3.0.
I find the screen really small, typing is such a PITA without using swype .It is better to type in landscape mode as the key. One can’t see a thing on the screen under sunlight.

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Applications and Features
It comes with Android 2.1(The only reason why I bought the phone).Well since galaxy 5 comes with android I can easily say that there are a lot of apps to power up this baby and make the most of out it.
The phone comes with a few preloaded apps like Layar,Youtube,Google Mail,Gtalk. The phone looks cool with the “live wallpapers” and along with the Samsung widgets(which includes ‘feeds and updates’, Calendar clock,AccuWeather check,Buddies Now). Galaxy 5 supports GPS which is really cool according to me. The YouTube app works pretty well .

It can be upgraded to 2.2 although its not official , but froyo runs smoothly


The Galaxy 5 has an ARM 600MHz processer .I don’t think the phone can handle more than 5 apps running simultaneously .It tends to heat up a lot and also had switched off a lot of times in my case. Make sure you have a task killer installed . And if you are going to use some heavy application or game then make sure no other unwanted app is running at the back otherwise either phone might switch off or the game/app won’t work properly.

The sound quality is good. The inbuilt music player is has a nice way of arranging the songs also it comes with an equalizer . But I suggest you use Winamp or Power AMP player . Radio with RDS is present but earphones are needed for it to work. There is also an auto off radio feature –pretty cool as I go to sleep while listening to radio .The provided earphones have average quality but I don’t find it one bit comfortable as it always falls down from one ear when I walk(it is also embarrassing when it happens in public).

The video quality is good. But I feel that the inbuilt video player should have had more options like Skip to next file. There is no Divx support and I had some lagging issues when I tried playing a movie in mp4 . Do give Rock Player a try it is a really good media player

The gallery of the Samsung galaxy 5 is really a charm. It searches for media files throughout the SD card and lists them . But when the phone searches the SD for changes etc it lags big time or sometimes it even crashes. Zooming options on the Galaxy 5 are limited .It lacks multitouch. That means one has to do with double taps and the virtual +/- keys. It’s a bit heavy on the phone and takes a while to open up.

Galaxy 5 comes with a 2MP camera with no flash. That’s really disappointing .I didn’t like the camera quality one bit. But it’s ok for taking a few snaps of people at times and that’s it. Video recording @15fps is there.
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By dark69slayer at 2010-12-24

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By dark69slayer at 2010-12-24

Few pictures i had in my phone just to show the quality.


Galaxy 5 is a pretty good phone for the price tag of 9k (give or take a few hundred bucks) .The phone lacks a good camera which is a huge letdown for me. But on the other hand it’s an Android phone and one of the cheapest one in that category that too.Can’t comment on Wifi because i don’t have a wifi connection ,but it did find all the networks properly The phone overheats sometimes and people think it’s a Corby other than that I have no issues with this baby .There are chances of lagging when there are alot of background applications running so make sure you know you your phones limit.
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By dark69slayer at 2010-12-24
Pros and Cons
-Cheap Android phone
-TouchWiz UI v3.0
-Social networking integration
-Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps

– Small screen: not to good for browsing, limited choice of apps
– No multi-touch support
– Poor camera
-No secondary camera
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Suggestions/Thrashings/Advices are welcome and will be appreciated

PS-Galaxy Fit is a better choice at the moment.

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