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Excellent Android 2.1 phone
on 23 February 2011
A really good value Android 2.1 phone. I say 2.1 because in nearly every picture it appears with 1.5 or 1.6, but mine came with 2.1 factory installed.
2.1 is excellet and it runs very well on the I5700. The processor is fast and it can run several applications at once. It also copes well with films / video / music. Android 2.1 is really easy to use. Downloading apps from the Market is simple and everything is installed automatically.
Here are some more strengths, in addition to Android 2.1:
The Screen: it's very good quality with much better resolution than the HTC Wildfire, for example. Video picture quality is excellent, and images on the internet are also reproduced clearly. The touch screen is very responsive - it's 200%+ better than my old phone which had a resistive rather than capacitive screen.
Size: it fits nicely in your palm and is surprisingly slim. It's well designed with a headphone jack on the top next to the charge point. I used a screen protector and silicon case to protect the body of the phone. That's a personal choice though.
Browser: the Android browser is the best one I've used - I think it's better than the iphone. Tapping the screen zooms in quickly (and vice versa) and the text is neatly reproduced to fit the screen. 3G is very fast, as you'd expect.
Music Player: excellent sound quality, no matter which earphones I used; much better than my old windows phone. The music player is also very easy to use and it stores album artwork etc, just like ipods.
Messaging: really useful as it records conversations like the iphone and Windows phones.
Contacts: Android phones sync with gmail, so organising contacts is really quick and easy. This is a huge plus to all Android phones - the I5700 syncs accounts quickly and efficiently.
Call quality: the dialling screen is very clear and effective and the call quality is excellent. I didn't notice much deterioration even where the signal was lower. Much better than my old Windows phone.
Value: the I5700 is cracking value for money when you consider the cost of other phones out there. Check the specs - there's a lot of phone here for the money. You'll probably find - as I did - that the phone comes with Android 2.1. Most of the pictures of it show 1.5 or 1.6 - just check first.
Software: as with other Android phones, it comes with Twitter and facebook system apps which are really useful. If you like accessing these apps on your phone, Android is definitely the one for you. Google Maps and Navigation is brilliant; you'll never need to buy a SatNav again. Android itself uses quite a bit of data, but you can download a widget from the Market which will turn off data connections for you.
The most significant weakness (perhaps the only one I found) is with Samsung's software, Kies, which is pretty awful. I think they've released updates for it - I hope so. But don't let it put you off - there are other ways to move files on to the phone.
I would strongly recommend this phone to anyone who doesn't want to pay over the odds for a good phone. It is excellent value for money when you consider the cost of smartphones made by more fashionable brands but with similar specs.