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Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review

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 …

Google Rumored Near to Unveiling Bendable Smartphone with Ceramic Case

Google Rumored Near to Unveiling Bendable Smartphone with Ceramic Case


Rumors surrounding the release of a so-called super-smartphone by Google have had the Internet buzzing for several months, and now, Mail Online is reporting that inside sources say the phone, part of Google’s Project X, will have a ceramic case with a bendable screen and will have gesture recognition to boot. GizModo says such rumors might be a bit premature, but agrees that Google is working on a cutting edge phone with hardware maker Motorola.

Up till now, Google has served as merely a partner in the creation of smartphones, adding the operating system, Android, of course, but also technical expertise. The result has been phones with the Google logo on them but that have been designed by the hardware makers. This time, it appears things are going the other way around, Mail says. Google is in the driver’s seat, dictating what they want, and Motorola is simply doing the companies bidding – it’s actually owned by Google after all, much like the arrangements Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. have with their hardware makers. The end result is expected to be a phone that has just Google’s name on it, much like the tablets Microsoft has created. The purpose, GizModo says, is to create a dynamic, cutting edge phone with a cool factor strong enough to best the iPhone.

To that end, Online says, rumor has it that the phone will have a bendable screen, making it safe for stuffing in a pocket without worrying about breaking or scratching it. To take full advantage of the screen, the case is believed to be made out of a type of ceramic that is also bendable, making it possible to bend the entire phone. Also, taking a cue for Microsoft, the phone is likely to have gesture recognition, though it’s not clear if it will be as sophisticated as game controllers.

GizModo isn’t quite so optimistic about when the phone will reach the market, however, indicating that it’s sources (at the Wall Street Journal, no less) have heard that Motorola is having difficulty implementing all the things that Google wants. The result has been numerous delays, which are likely serving to make Google nervous – worried that others will beat them to the punch with new exciting technology.

If Google does debut a phone, perhaps as early as this spring, most believe they will unveil a companion tablet computer to go along with it, similar once again to the way Apple has gone about its business. At any rate, as GizModo notes, all the competition going on to create the newest coolest phone, can only benefit consumers by bring new technology to market at reasonable prices.…