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Samsung Galaxy 551 i5510 Preview

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 10/12/2010

The Samsung Galaxy i5510 is a new QWERTY Android smartphone by Samsung. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and offers a nice budget Android option. It has a 667 MHz processor and a 3.15 MP camera.

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    Samsung Galaxy 551 i5510 Review: First Look

    Samsung has been one of the most successful Android partners until now. It has launched some really popular devices in the high end smartphone market like the Samsung Galaxy S and also in the budget segment like the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700. It recently launched the Samsung Galaxy 5samsung-i5510  and Galaxy 3 budget smartphones, and now, it has announced a very good budget Android smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy i5510. It is very similar to the Galaxy 3 in terms of specs and comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

    Also, check out our list of the best budget Android smartphones.

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    Design

    The Samsung Galaxy i5510 has a nice and stylish design and looks like a standard touchscreen phone from the front. It is quite compact and easily pocketable. From the back, slides out a very nice 4 row QWERTY keyboard. Many users are averse to touchscreen phones, but with options like these, even they can experience the awesomeness of Android.

    It has a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, which is a bit low.

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    Hardware and OS

    It runs the latest version of the Android OS - Android 2.2 Froyo, which is a rarity in this budget range. It will have the TouchWiz 3.0 UI which Samsung uses in all its Android phones and Bada phones.

    It is also quite capable when it comes to hardware - it has a 667 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM. It comes with 160 MB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

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    Multimedia

    The Samsung Galaxy i5510 sports an average 3.15 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It is a relic in this age when the average camera megapixel count is around 5 MP. It comes with a stereo FM radio built in and and supports DivX, MP4, WMV and 3GP video playback. It can play MP3, WAV and eAAC+ audio files.

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    Connectivity

    The Galaxy i5510 comes with the whole set of connectivity options - it has GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with DLNA and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. It also supports microUSB 2.0 and comes with a GPS transceiver with A-GPS.

    It comes loaded with the standard Webkit based browser in Android, which is one of the best mobile web browsers.

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    Conclusion

    The Samsung Galaxy i5510 is a very good Android smartphone if you are looking for a QWERTY phone. It is priced a bit high, but offers a nice mix of features. It will launch in most markets by the end of November. Except the LG GW610, which is now outdated, it has no major competition. If Samsung prices it a bit more competitively, it could turn out to be a winner.