Added to Samsung series of GALAXY phones, here is an addition to it. It’s called Samsung GALAXY Gio S5660. Mid ranged phone for price conscious gadget for those who wants to save. 800 MHz processor speed with Touchwiz v3.0 and a 16M colorful display which makes this phone so interesting and also suitable for all people to use.
This Android Smartphone’s phonebook has unlimited capacity and also comes with many functions. SIM card plus Google contacts is gathered and displayed together while alphabet scrolling is possible too. Messaging on the Samsung GALAXY Gio is not a problem with the assistance of Swype and also predictive text input for fast text sending. There is also a combined email inbox that stores all mail from different accounts like Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.
The audio quality from Samsung GALAXY Gio is good as well. It comes with FM radio with RDS. Interface is simple to use as well but with the need to plug in headphones for antenna. Browsing through the gallery has a nice 3D feel with transitions effect and just like a file manager it shows images and video in different folders. Editing is enabled also like cropping; resizing and also rotate the picture is possible. The music player of this phone has a basic Touchwiz interface. It has four categories to choose (Artist, Albums, Songs and Playlist). Alternatively you can also search for music on Youtube or Google search. Playing videos using this phone is basic. It supports 3GP and MP4 videos but sadly DivX/XviD is not supported but this phone can display to another compatible hardware thanks to DLNA.
The Samsung GALAXY Gio has a 3.2 MP autofocus camera with resolution up to 2048 x 1536 pixels. It has also face detection, smile detection and also geo-tagging feature. Unfortunately there is no flash from the phone so it’s quite disappointing unlike the Samsung GALAXY Ace which have flash added and also with 5MP camera. There is only a virtual shutter button and no dedicated camera button on the phone. Picture quality is quite good. The color contras are fine and average noise level. This phone can also record QVGA videos at 15fps but the quality is average only.
Connectivity from this phone is good. It offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP support and USB v2.0. Maximum download speed is 7.2 Mbps. Browsing the Android market is a breeze. There are three kinds of zooming methods – dedicated buttons, double tap and multi-touch pinch-zooming. Although there is no Flash support available but there is a YouTube app to compensate for the lack of flash in this phone. This phone packs with GPS receiver as well with A-GPS supported. With on board Google Maps completed with Navigation for free voice guidance.
This phone is pre-installed with excellent organizers. Installed with ThinkFree Office, it allows you to view and edit documents at the same time. Overall fast zooming and panning performance is good as well. There is also the calendar organizer with four kinds of views – agenda, daily, monthly and monthly. Alarms can be set as well for reminder. Standard alarm clock, calculator, and also voice recorder is available.
Pros and Cons
Poor video recording with no flash is definitely a disappointment. Flash is also no supported by this phone as well but at least we have the YouTube app.