Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy Apollo is fairly well designed. It has the usual candy bar design with touchscreen display. The front is created with one piece of glass from top to bottom, excluding the gem shaped button at the bottom of the phone. This gives the phone a beautiful shine, and with the silver covering underneath the glass, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo has an amazing mirrored look. Unfortunately, the back of the phone is the exact opposite, as it's a rounded piece of black plastic. It seems very cheap in comparison to the front with the rough, unpolished plastic residing on the back.
Across the top of the phone is the USB socket, power/lock button and the 3.5 mm headphone jack, and along the left edge is the volume rocker. On the back is a small hole where the camera resides, with no LED flash, and the logo for Orange, where the Samsung Galaxy Apollo is currently available. The front has the 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display that is extremely responsive. Below the touchscreen are 3 buttons, menu, home and back. They're touch sensitive buttons, not physical buttons that have haptic feedback. The home button is in an interesting shape, residing in a gem shaped hole. Though, at first glance it may seem like an optical trackpad, it is just a button.
The display itself is not as nice as the Super AMOLED that the Samsung Galaxy S packs, but for a lower end phone, it more than meets requirements. It's also very responsive, even the slightest touch brings the Samsung Galaxy Apollo to life. Using multitouch on the screen is a snap and at times it seems the touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Apollo is much more responsive than even the Samsung Galaxy S.