Samsung Galaxy Gio - First Impression

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The Samsung Galaxy Gio is a touch-screen smartphone belonging to the Galaxy family. This small and stylish handset runs on Android OS version 2.2 and offers a similar experience to the Samsung Galaxy S, but with a much smaller price tag. The phone is all about advanced features, outstanding technology, multimedia and connectivity. With Swype and other messaging features on board, the Gio makes an excellent messaging phone.

Design (5 out of 5)


The Samsung Galaxy Gio flaunts a large 3.2-inch high quality HVGA-TFT display, that gives a fine resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, and ensures a brilliantly clear picture with 16 million colors on the touch-screen of this stylish device. The phone’s wide touch-screen also includes the proximity sensor for auto-off and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, an embedded TouchWiz v3.0 user-interface, and multi-touch zoom.

Galaxy Gio weighs around 102 grams and is 57.5mm wide, 110.5 long and 12.15mm thick. Available in only black, Gio boasts special features like the Swype text input method and the ThinkFree application.

Features (4 out of 5)

Galaxy Gio runs on the 2.2 Froyo version of Android and has a powerful 800 MHz processor embedded in the handset, which manages acceptable speed, and allows users to utilize the best available connectivity and multimedia features. With 150 MB of internal memory and a free 2 GB microSD card, the Samsung Galaxy Gio has a remarkable storage capacity, along with an unlimited space for contacts, call details and photo calls. The internal memory can also be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Gio houses some of the most advanced connectivity features. The WiFi 802.11n, keeps users connected to a mobile hotspot anywhere and everywhere. Other connectivity features that Gio flaunts are Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and the USB version 2. The Galaxy Gio is 3G enabled, that allows data download at amazing speeds. Also the JAVA support enables Document Viewer and Editor, Organizer, Google search, GTalk, Gmail, YouTube, Voice Memo etc. to work on the phone.

Messaging (4 out of 5)


The Samsung Galaxy Gio is an impressive messaging device that facilitates text messages in threaded view, as well as Push Email and MMS. Texting and messaging is very easy with Swype text input as well as predictive text input on this phone. The integrated Gmail and MS Exchange ActiveSync with contact list and calendar, facilitates quick messaging and mailing. Social networking services and instant messaging work on the phone through Social Hub.

Camera (3 out of 5)

Samsung Galaxy Gio comes with a 3 MP autofocus camera, that features smile detection software as well as panoramic, single and continuous shot


modes. Other value added features include digital zoom and geo-tagging but there is no LED flash. The Gio also supports video recording that can be shot at 15 fps. However, the videos recorded are only suitable for MMS.

Music and Audio (4 out of 5)

For music lovers, the Gio is loaded with an MP3 player and an FM radio with RDS. The presence of speakerphone, 3.5mm audio jack and the integrated DNSe sound enhancement system, provides audible sound on the handset, as well as a great multimedia performance.

Battery Life (4 out of 5)

Galaxy Gio’s 1350mAh Li-ion battery offers 7 hours of 3G talktime and 14 hours of 2G talktime. The standby time remains 550 hours on 3G and 610 hours on 2G network.

Conclusion (5 out of 5)

With an amazing 3.2 inch TFT touch screen, 800MHz processor, Android 2.2, 3MP camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, the smartphone is a complete entertainment package. However, Samsung Galaxy Gio’s processor could easily have been 1GHz and the OS Android 2.4, but overall Samsung has given users all the reasons to enjoy this trendy smartphone.