REVIEW: Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica

April 9th, 2010 - 11:14 pm by Wajiha H.
Of all the big names, Samsung was by and large a slow starter. Now it seems they have caught up the speed. Their awesome Galaxy Spica has just been upgraded to Android 2.1. In some areas, the Galaxy Spica is known by the name of Galaxy Lite and it has a much faster CPU than the original Galaxy and, as a matter of fact, 800 MHz is better than most droids get. This phone is not as big news as its up gradation to the 2.1 version is.
Galaxy Spica
Key features of the phone are Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, Android OS v2.1 Eclair, upgraded from v1.5 Cupcake, 3.2" capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution, 800 MHz CPU, 3.15 megapixel autofocus camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Standard microUSB port for charging and data, Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), microSD card slot, up to 32GB support, Standard 3.5mm audio jack, Great DivX/XviD video player, Limited smart dialing, Voice dialing, etc.

There are some shortcomings as well like inadequate sunlight legibility, No ambient light and proximity sensors, Erratic performance under Android 2.1, No Live Wallpapers, No 3D view in the gallery, No preloaded document viewer, No multi-touch support, CIF video recording is below par, No Flash support for the web browser, No two-position camera shutter key, slow autofocus, Average loudspeaker performance.

One different thing is the TouchWIZ and now the Galaxy Spica has the companyís custom touch interface on top of Android and although itís not a complete overhaul, whatever we have perceived at the first glance is quite impressionable.

There have not been a lot of mentionable changes, except for the upgrade to the version 2.1. We have a lot of connectivity though, HSDPA support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; you name it and they have it. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack, a 3MP autofocus camera and of course DivX/XviD video support right out of the box.

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