Samsung has launched a very impressive Android smartphone lineup so far. It is competing mainly with HTC and Motorola, vying for the affections of Android enthusiasts.
So far, it has launched multiple Android based phones. The low range Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 and the Galaxy i7500 and the high end Samsung Galaxy S. It is also planning to launch a tablet – the Galaxy Tab by the end of 2010. Its smartphone roadmap seems to be leaning towards Samsung Bada for the low end phones and toward Android for the high end ones.
The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 is one of the cheapest Android phones in existence. Samsung plans to phase the Spica i5700 out and bring in the Samsung Galaxy 3 I5800 to take its place. It will be priced slightly higher than the Spica but will offer some upgrades like Android 2.1.
Design and Display
With dimensions of 113.5 x 55 x 12.8 mm and a weight of 109.7 gms, it is slightly more compact than the Spica i5700 and is also a bit lighter. The design is largely the same. It sports a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display just like its predecessor but has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and supports 16 M colors. The display quality is pretty crisp.
OS and Hardware
It will run on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with Samsung’s custom UI on top. The UI is very similar to Bada’s UI. It is a blend of TouchWiz and Bada’s UI with some changes. It is pretty user friendly and intuitive and has some pleasant changes. You can now switch on / off sound, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS directly from the notification area. It also has 2 more homescreen panes than vanilla Android. It also has widgets with Twitter, Facebook and Myspace integration.
It has around 170 MB of internal memory and supports memory cards up to 32 GB. It has all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.o with A2DP. You can also transfer data using the microUSB data port. It also offers GPS with A-GPS support and a stereo FM radio with RDS. It also comes with Quick Office for document support.
Camera and Multimedia
It has a 3.15 MP camera with autofocus which can take shots at a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and comes with geo tagging and face detection support. The image capture quality is pretty decent and suffices for casual shots.
It also does quite well on the multimedia aspect. Its 3.2 inch display is suited for watching videos. It supports 3GP, MP4, DivX and XviD encoded video. The music player is one of the best and offers a superb interface with DNSe and customizable settings. The audio quality is very good. It also has a media browser which lets you browse through all your images as well as those on Facebook and Myspace.
It is powered by a hefty 1500 mAh battery which provides enough juice for moderate usage.
It is slated to release in the next month. Just wait until the complete review to get more details.