It has been hard to miss thanks to extensive coverage all over the Internet, but in case you’re not aware, the i7500 Galaxy is the first Samsung phone to use Google’s Android operating system. This also makes it the first ‘high street’ mobile phone manufacturer – by this we mean those who produce feature phones rather than solely smartphones – to effectively bring Android to the masses. Could this be the break through device for the OS?
The Galaxy’s feature list looks like this:
A 3.2″ 320×480 resolution AMOLED touchscreen.
A 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash.
3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, plus Wi-Fi and A2DP Bluetooth.
A 1500mAh battery for a quoted 450 hours 2G standby and 9 hours 2G talktime. 3G should be 340 hours and 6 hours respectively.
8GB internal memory and a MicroSD card slot for another 16GB.
The i7500 Galaxy’s most obvious current rival is the HTC Magic. It differs by using a more traditional D-pad in place of the Magic’s trackball, the beautifully bright AMOLED screen, more internal memory and a far superior camera. However it doesn’t differ much in terms of looks, as the Galaxy – despite its very grand name – has an understated and conservative design.
Samsung have chosen to install an unmodified version of Android, version 1.5, or Cupcake as it’s also known. So, you’ll have all the Google goodness, but miss out on any widgets or a cool interface such as the HTC Hero‘s Sense or the forthcoming Motorola DEXT’s MOTOBLUR. However, what this will do is keep the Galaxy at a sensible price and thanks to Android’s usability, there shouldn’t be any concerns about it being difficult to get to grips with.
Don’t let lack of Android garnish put you off the Galaxy though, as it has some big benefits over its rivals – for example it’s the first Android phone to get a flash unit for the camera, it’s only 12mm thick and that AMOLED screen is simply amazing! We expect the i7500 Galaxy to make a big impression when it hits the store soon!