October 30, 2010 by admin
Samsung’s latest line up caters to those who cannot afford a Galaxy S yet still need to satisfy their Android obsession. The Samsung Galaxy 3 lacks an AMOLED screen unlike its big brother, but on paper it has all the requirements for a convincing mid-range Android phone. The 3.2“ touchscreen itself is capacitive, but uses a TFT LCD, which should have helped to bring the cost down.
Above the display lies the earpiece in the middle and the proximity sensor to its left. On the left side of the phone you have the volume up/down control and a lanyard eyelet while the right is devoid of any buttons, not even a camera button. The top contains the 3.5mm audio jack and the microUSB port. The microUSB port is covered by a plastic flap. The 3.2 MP camera lens is on the back with a “with Google” label. The camera is inset which provides some protection against scratches. The phone’s back is curved in with the top and bottom slightly elevated which also helps protect against scratches. The speaker is considerably close to the edge of the “bump” at the bottom but it doesn’t get muffled easily. Under the back cover you’ll find a 1500 mAh battery and the SIM and microSD card slot. The microSD slot is hot-swappable but the cover needs to be opened first. The slot is on the left side of the device while the SIM card is on the right. The TFT LCD is also prone to fingerprint smudges.
The controls are easy to reach and comfy to use and it also has the TouchWiz v3.0 touchscreen user interface. The camera is slightly improved here with a 3.2 MP camera with an auto focus option. The Galaxy 3 i5800 stands out as well in expandable memory option; it can support up to 32 GB of memory.
The TouchWiz interface as a whole feels silky smooth, despite the phone having a 667MHz CPU.
Kinetic scrolling on heavy pages is choppy, however, due to the hardware limitations or software imperfections. The page does smoothly scroll in all directions when zoomed in however. The Galaxy 3 is getting updated to Android 2.2 (FroYo), as Samsung promised, so the browser will include Adobe Flash as well, which, can’t make up for the lag and insufficient WQVGA resolution displaying a pixelated webpage. There is no dedicated camera button on the Galaxy 3 and no flash at all. The camera interface does offer a range of pre-set scene modes, as well as useful modes such as panorama, continuous shooting and smile detection. The 3MP pictures aren’t bad for the resolution since the camera captures enough detail with true colours and decent focus. The manual touch focus, however, doesn’t always lock the object correctly, and the pictures usually come out blurred.
Samsung is great in video format support section and the Galaxy 3 is no stranger to DivX/XviD formats, being capable of playing it out of the box. Videos play all the way up to the 720×480 resolution.
There is a huge 1500mAh battery inside the Samsung Galaxy 3, which is supposed to last for 7hrs of talk time and 21 days of standby in 3G mode.
Pros and Cons
The low screen resolution and unpredictable touch focus is combined with poor video recording and frequent lags may leave some looking for other phones.
The price has to be cheap but it’s hardly a clear cut choice as you’ll have to weigh the features and the price difference among other Android 2.2 (FroYo) phones.