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Samsung Galaxy Spica

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Spica currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Named after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, the Samsung Spica is a spicy touchscreen cell phone and the latest in an aggressive franchisee.

The Galaxy Spica offers a spacious, 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen, featuring 320 x 480 pixel resolution. The result is amazing color representation, but the screen suffers from, well, fingerprints. Fingerprints show up on this screen more dramatically than on other phones. But don’t let this stop you if you love the phone, and I’m speaking as someone who polishes my phone display daily. Touchscreens attract fingerprints, so clean the damn thing. And stop complaining.

On the front of the phone you will find a D-pad, or directional pad, and slight but important changes in the remaining frontal keys make for a better overall experience. For example, the new key on the Spica, on the left, is translucent and can be used for pulling up various applications, such as phone contacts and messaging. It feels right and feels intuitive. It brings a smile.

You can arrange the home screen in a variety of ways to fits your style, and the powerful operating system allows you to customize considerably. This is a phone that blends personality and functionality, and the net result is something that feels less like metal and more like home.

Less slippery than its predecessor, the Spica feels comfortable in the hand. It offers a 3.2MP camera, certainly enough pixels to capture a killer shot of Bigfoot or that UFO that’s been buzzing your cabin for months.

When put up against the top tier touch screens currently available, this writer believes the Spica falls short overall. However, that is only because of a hyper-sensitivity to what is available, what is currently possible and pricing.

Having owned Samsung phones in the past, I am well aware of their quality, durability and reliability. If I had to pick, this phone in this tier would not be my first choice, but it is an excellent device nonetheless. Less prudish and perhaps more practical customers will enjoy the many benefits offered by the Samsung Galaxy Spica.


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


CNET

Hot on the heels of Samsung's first Android phone, the Galaxy, comes the company's latest offering, the Galaxy Portal. The Portal is essentially a cut-down version of the Galaxy with less memory and a TFT, rather than AMOLED, screen. This is reflected in the price, though. The Portal can be picke...

- James Dylan, CNET
PhoneArena

The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 is worth it, despite its minor shortcomings, because it offers something that no other Android handset does – proper multimedia functionality.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Samsung released the Galaxy Spica on November 15, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Spica user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy Spica with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Samsung Galaxy Spica's screen size is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 1.5 Cupcake operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
180 MB

Internal memory is 180 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 690 minutes.

Galaxy Spica Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2009
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 1.5 Cupcake

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Processor 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 180 MB
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.55 W/kg
Body: 0.61 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 690 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm (4.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Portal, Galaxy Lite, Samsung GT-I5700

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Critic Reviews


CNET

Not bad, but its dated Android 1.5 operating system and lack of multi-touch support prevent it from thrilling

from CNET

Hot on the heels of Samsung's first Android phone, the Galaxy, comes the company's latest offering, the Galaxy Portal. The Portal is essentially a cut-down version of the Galaxy with less memory and a TFT, rather than AMOLED, screen. This is reflected in the price, though. The Portal can be pi...More

Hot on the heels of Samsung's first Android phone, the Galaxy, comes the company's latest offering, the Galaxy Portal. The Portal is essentially a cut-down version of the Galaxy with less memory and a TFT, rather than AMOLED, screen. This is reflected in the price, though. The Portal can be picked up from T-Mobile for free on a relatively inexpensive, £20-per-month contract. You can also buy it for around £300 SIM-free.

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PhoneArena

It offers something that no other Android handset does – proper multimedia functionality

from PhoneArena

The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 sports a snappy 800MHz processor, but in reality, the presence of the mighty hardware is almost undetectable, because the phone doesn’t feel noticeably faster than the T-Mobile G1 or Magic... or the first Galaxy. The CPU, however, makes the quality Xvid and DivX playback possible at relatively high resolution. Moreover, the handset offers good sound quality when you listen to music and performs very well in terms of in-call quality (8/10). Voices sound loud and clear on both ends of the line and our only gripe relates to their sharpness...

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The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 sports a snappy 800MHz processor, but in reality, the presence of the mighty hardware is almost undetectable, because the phone doesn’t feel noticeably faster than the T-Mobile G1 or Magic... or the first Galaxy. The CPU, however, makes the quality Xvid and DivX playback possible at relatively high resolution. Moreover, the handset offers good sound quality when you listen to music and performs very well in terms of in-call quality (8/10). Voices sound loud and clear on both ends of the line and our only gripe relates to their sharpness.

The Spica is equipped with very robust battery and will keep your hone operational for 3 days before you have to recharge it in case of moderate daily use and for day and a half on heavy-duty use, meaning lots of calls and serious Wi-Fi abuse.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Great hardware, terrible software

from Amazon
The hardware is great, but there are so much problems related to software that it is hard to believe Samsung has launched this product without solving them... And what is worse is there is no official word from Samsung showing some intention to solve the issues. There are some of the problems: - The...More
The hardware is great, but there are so much problems related to software that it is hard to believe Samsung has launched this product without solving them... And what is worse is there is no official word from Samsung showing some intention to solve the issues. There are some of the problems: - The PC Suite that comes with the phone out of the box is unable to communicate or upgrade the phone. Even the newest PC Suite version i downloaded from Samsung site is still unable to communicate with the phone - The Android version that comes with the phone doesn't show Android Market and consumes a lot of battery - After making a call, the phone doesn't lock anymore, what causes a lot of problems when you put it in your pocket and the buttons and toucj screen are pressed randomly (you need to reboot it to fix) - Wifi doesn't work always, even when you have a registered network in range - It seems Samsung will not upgrade Android to newer versions, what means users won't be able to use newest Android applications Any search in the internet about this product will show many consumenrs conplaining about these problems. Less
Amazon

Nice hardware, phone software needs update, PC software awful

from Amazon
You can read a dozen reviews about this phone so I won't repeat them. The hardware and fit-and-finish are top notch. The Android OS v.1.5 does NOT impress. 1.6 has been out for months and 2.0 has been out for a few weeks now. *** Samsung has not stated whether they will update the phone at all or...More
You can read a dozen reviews about this phone so I won't repeat them. The hardware and fit-and-finish are top notch. The Android OS v.1.5 does NOT impress. 1.6 has been out for months and 2.0 has been out for a few weeks now. *** Samsung has not stated whether they will update the phone at all or to what Android version. *** The Samsung PC software absolutely stinks. It does not recognize the phone, it cannot flash the phone, it's basically useless. The forums are full of people wondering why Samsung would ship software like this. It hurts to see Samsung rolling out phones with exciting specs and then not supporting them. HTC is updating all their prior phones to Android 2.0, and most importantly they have told their customers what they are doing. Time for Samsung to step up. I would not buy this phone as-is with Android 1.5. It will probably be decent with 1.6 and great with 2.0. Less
Amazon

Great phone, great battery life...better than Mytouch and has Tmo USA 3G!

from Amazon
Overview: This is a great product. yes there is no market icon, but a little googling will help you update the firmware, and once that is done...it works superb! best Android phone on market till date. The only thing is Samsung needs to officially support this phone in the US. SAMSUNG AMERICA DOES NOT...More
Overview: This is a great product. yes there is no market icon, but a little googling will help you update the firmware, and once that is done...it works superb! best Android phone on market till date. The only thing is Samsung needs to officially support this phone in the US. SAMSUNG AMERICA DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS PHONE! Not recommended for the newbie to phone flashing. Its slimmer than the MyTouch. The AMOLED screen is brighter on the LOWEST setting than the Mytouch on the HIGHEST setting. Yes that much of a difference. The Good: Battery Life, slim-factor, super bright screen. Feels sturdy. Great signal. LOW Radiation compared to Mytouch 3G. .60 vs 1.50 SAR. official google experience device. The Australian version officially supports MyFaves. The Bad: Currently not supported by Samsung America. Firmware most like will need updating. Does not come with the Android Market icon out of the box. Less
Amazon

Not quite the Iphone Killer

from Amazon
Just bought this phone in Taiwan, and I must say i'm impressed with it. After 1 week of playing with it the Amoled screen is phenomenal and while there are some lag issues they're not prevalent enough for me to find them annoying. The OS is stock android so the UI certainly doesn't have quite the polis...More
Just bought this phone in Taiwan, and I must say i'm impressed with it. After 1 week of playing with it the Amoled screen is phenomenal and while there are some lag issues they're not prevalent enough for me to find them annoying. The OS is stock android so the UI certainly doesn't have quite the polish of the iPhone but with all the apps on android market you should be able skin it to your own preferences. I'm only running a few widgets so I'm a little concerned whether the processor actually has enough power to run everything smoothly once i load quite a few up. I admit i'm a little old fashioned so I do like the hard buttons with a dedicated back button and home screen button. This does limit the rotation to horizontal in only one direction but does make up for it in utility for me. The keyboard in vertical mode is a little a little small awkward but once in horizontal mode it becomes much better. You won't be braking any texting records but you can still accurately type at a decent pace. I'm using it as my business phone/PDA so I haven't really dabbled in the social networking aspect of it but i'm finding alot of the productivity apps useful. Not quite the iphone killer yet but the open source potential and advanced hardware does make it the top contender so far. The most disappointing feature would be the camera. The LED flash just isn't bright enough and most indoor shots seem underexposed. Certainly not unsalvageable by any means in post processing but I was expecting a little more from it. As with any smart phone be prepared to manage power consumption fastidiously. As a test I turned on the GPS, Wifi, and 3G on a full charge and only managed to eek about 4 hours operating time. With all this being said, I love this phone. Haven't really played with the PC software support for the phone as of yet and I hear that Samsung is very quick to implement firmware upgrades so I'm sure Donut will be available from Samsung in the near future. Hope this helps anyone on the fence. Less

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