Exploring the (Samsung) Galaxy – Your Guide to the Range

It has been just over a year since Samsung released their first mobile phone with the Galaxy name, and it has subsequently been given to an ever-growing list of other Samsung phones, to the point where even dedicated fans are a little confused as to which model is which!

Our aim here is to cover all the current Galaxy devices and provide an overview of their features, to help buyers make a better informed decision when it comes to buying a Samsung Galaxy phone. We start, logically enough, at the beginning:

The I7500 Galaxy.

This was Samsung’s first Android phone and the first to wear the Galaxy nametag. It was also an early example of the now more commonplace AMOLED screen technology. The spec sheet also includes:

  • A 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.
  • GPS.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA.
  • 3.2″ touchscreen with a 320×480 pixel resolution.

A solid entry into the emerging Android market, the I7500 had version 1.5 installed although oddly, the Bluetooth only supported headsets and not file transfers!

The I5700 Galaxy Spica.

This is Samsung’s second Android phone and is often referred to as the Galaxy Lite, a name that is certainly reflective of its spec list. The Spica loses the AMOLED screen and the camera is downgraded to a 3.2 megapixel item, plus:

  • GPS.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA.
  • 3.2″ 320×480 pixel resolution touchscreen.

Again, Android 1.5 was the order of the day, but Bluetooth was restored to its full capacity.

The I5800 Galaxy Apollo.

The Galaxy Apollo also goes by the name of the Galaxy 3 and is of similar specification to the Galaxy Spica – do you see why you need this guide?! – but it has a much improved design. The spec is as follows:

  • 3.2″ 240×400 pixel resolution touchscreen.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA.
  • GPS.
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus.

This time, the Android operating system is v2.1 and employs TouchWiz 2.0 as the UI. It’s an excellent introduction to the smartphone and Android.

The I5500 Galaxy 5.

Don’t be fooled by the ’5′ in its name, this is a lower spec phone than the Galaxy Apollo, both of which were introduced during 2010′s CommunicAsia trade show. The I5500 can also be found under that other Samsung name which is given to numerous devices, the Corby.

  • 2.8″ 240×320 pixel resolution touchscreen.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA.
  • GPS.
  • 2 megapixel camera.

The operating system is Android v2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 over the top.

The I9000 Galaxy S.

Samsung’s current flagship phone, a spot shared with the bada-powered Wave. A massive spec sheet, a massive screen and huge appeal make the Galaxy S a desirable alternative to other high-end Android phones. Take a look at this:

  • 4″ 480×800 Super AMOLED touchscreen with multi-touch and Swype keyboard.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA.
  • GPS and a digital compass.
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and 720p video shooting mode.
  • 8GB or 16GB versions.
  • Bluetooth 3.0

Powered by the 1Ghz A8 processor and running Android v2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0, this is one of the best smartphones currently available. You know you want it!

Coming Soon:

The I8520 Galaxy Beam.

Also launched at CommunicAsia, the Galaxy Beam is special due to the inclusion of a WVGA projector built-in to the phone! It’s still uncertain which countries will see the Beam when it’s released later on this summer, but its feature list certainly makes us want it in the UK:

  • 3.7″ Super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 480×800.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA.
  • An 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 720p video recording.
  • 16GB onboard memory.
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS.

The Beam uses Android v2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0 and is powered by a 720Mhz processor.

In the Future:

The Galaxy Tab.

We know this is coming, we just don’t know exactly when. This will be Samsung’s Apple iPad challenger and will use a 1.2Ghz processor to power the Android OS and TouchWiz UI, plus there is a good chance it will retain the phone functionality of its OS. Initially it’s expected to have a 7″ screen, but other larger models could follow in the future.

The Galaxy S2.

Only a rumour at the moment, but a juicy one! The sequel to the Galaxy S may use a monstrous 2Ghz processor, a 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen and the future Android 3.0 operating system. Sounds impressive, but we wouldn’t hold our breath!

The Galaxy S Pro.

The Galaxy S, but with a slide-out keyboard? Sure, it’s another rumour, but one at least based on some facts, in that Samsung have previously released phones with the name Pro when they come with a QWERTY keyboard.  As it was supposed to be announced in June 2010 though, this could now be just a fantasy.

Samsung’s Galaxy range has some great devices and likely to have some further exciting models in the future. We hope our guide has provided some clarity!

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