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First smartphone - very impressed.,
This review is from: Samsung I8150 Galaxy W Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I was initially skeptical about the benefits of owning a smartphone, having gotten by with conventional phones (e.g Nokia 6310i, Samsung D600, D900 & Tocco Ultra) without feeling as if I was missing out on anything. However, having now owned the Samsung I8150 for only a short time, I am very impressed with the additional functionality it offers over non-smartphones. I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy W I8150 to all levels of users for a multitude of reasons.
For those who just want a normal mobile phone for phone calls and text messages, this phone will do this with some nice added touches. The phone book and your call history are accessed through touch sensitive display, and can be viewed / interrogated with ease to find the information you want. Texting is very quick and easy, courtesy of the qwerty touch screen that appears when composing a message. Texts can be typed in landscape or portrait orientation (this gives larger virtual keys in landscape mode). Another nice touch is the way in which texts are stored as threaded conversations, rather than multiple disparate entries in an inbox or sentbox.
If you fall into this category and are concerned about battery life, you can opt to disable many of the features of the phone (WIFI, etc) that consume battery power and reduce the brightness of the dislay, thereby lengthening battery life to several days between charges.
The phone also includes a 5MP camera which can take pictures and video footage either facing away from you or toward you. The interface is very user friendly, with storage being to the phone's internal memory or to an microSD card. Photos can be transferred to pc using the Samsung Kies software, which can also transfer your existing phonebook contact details through a usb cable or wirelessly.
For intermediate users, the android smartphone can be used to access email and internet on the move (via 3G or WIFI). And by setting up a googlemail account (a very easy 5 minute process) you can access their Android Market to download and install applications for just about everything! I have not downloaded many yet, but can see their potential use. For instance, train operating companies usually provide a free app that provides update information on services. Amazon also have a free app which enables you to read their kindle downloads on your mobile phone.
I have yet to grapple with the more complex features of the phone, which includes gps maps along with hubs for social network users (facebook, twitter, etc) and media files. Having visited the Samsung website, I downloaded the 7MB pdf manual which is now stored on my phone for reference.
In summary, I think the Samsung Galaxy W offers significant functionality over non-smartphones whilst not incurring the up-front expense (or contract commitments) of phones having better technical specifications (e.g. the Galaxy SII, with its SuperAMOLED screen). Whilst perhaps not having quite the same kudos as the SII or the iphone4, in my opinion it offers the optimum balance between functionality, cost and style. SAR rate is pretty low, build quality is nice, and the phone is slightly smaller than the aforementioned top end spec phones. Size isn't everything!