Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review


Smartphones are making it big these days and it seems that they’re a threat to conventional cellphones. There are a lot of cheap smartphones out there. In fact, I even have a friend who got his for around $120. It’s not branded but it works fine. I’ve been using conventional cellular phones for years. Then, I decided to jump right into smartphones and I got my hands on my very own Samsung’s Galaxy 5 GT-I5503/00.

It has a 2.8-inch touch screen capable of 16 million colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an audio jack, a 170 MB internal memory and an expansion slot for Micro SD cards up to 32 GB. One great thing about this phone is that it uses the Android 2.1 operating system. It is feature packed and it’s sort of like a small computer. There are thousands of applications and you can get a lot of them free at the Android market. Just be careful on what you download and install. There are quite a number of viruses or mal-ware roaming around.

One thing that users would really appreciate is the ease of navigation throughout the phone’s functions and features. The Samsung Galaxy 5 does seem to live up to that expectation especially with its full touch capabilities. Coming from a conventional cellular phone with a simple operating system and keypads, I find it really easy to use the phone and adjust its settings. There are a myriad of things you can do and you most likely won’t get lost. It may take only a few hours before you get the hang of it.

As a mobile device, it needs to be connected. That’s the reason why you have a mobile phone in the first place. You need to be always in contact with other people and the Samsung Galaxy 5 gives you lots of options. It has 2G/3G, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-fi LAN and Bluetooth. You can easily connect it to other devices using its USB connectivity. It can also act as a regular USB mass storage device especially if you’re used to transferring files using drag and drop.

It has basic texting and calling functions and they do not eat up too much of your battery’s power. I just had a 17-minute conversation with a friend a while ago and it only ate 3% of the phone’s battery life in 2G and that’s roughly up to 9.35 hours which is a fairly accurate claim on paper. It has a long battery life and short charging time through USB or an outlet.

When it comes to audio and video, it won’t disappoint. The audio output is good and quite loud. You can even use external speakers, headsets or earphones. It can play MP3 and WAV files. It also has an FM tuner if you want to listen to your favorite radio stations. Its video capability is not something you can just shun aside. Even though you can only play MP4 files, the quality is quite good provided you have a good high quality video file. You just have to convert them properly in order to watch them properly as well.

A major downside to the Galaxy 5 is its camera. Most phone cameras do not have great quality and are just on the brink of being passable. But with its low quality 2 megapixel camera without a flash, it’s probably one of the worst cameras for a smartphone. But then it’s fine with me. I don’t use a phone camera unless needed. We have a separate higher quality HD digital camera. My preference is, if it’s a phone then it’s a phone if it’s a camera then it’s a camera.

The Samsung Galaxy 5 is among the cheapest Android phones in the market. As a matter of fact, when I bought my Galaxy 5, it was the cheapest in its class. Compared to higher-end models such as the Galaxy S, its functions are practically the same but just trimmed down for the most part. If you are new to smartphones, this phone will most likely be your perfect companion. It has almost all the functions and features you need and expect from a basic smartphone.

By susan