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Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review

Galaxy S style on an entry-level budget

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 170 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 15.17 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 400

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For

  • Extremely responsive screen
  • Multi-touch zooming
  • Feature-packed camera
  • Great media and video performance

Against

  • No camera flash
  • Awful Orange widgets & apps
  • No trackpad or optical sensor
  • Low-res video recording

The Contacts system is basically the default Android option and is therefore a little bland. There's a big list of everyone, complete with a photo if you can be bothered to assign one from the Gallery, with Samsung-specific options to break this list down into more manageable chunks.

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You're able to allocate users to Family, Friends and Work sub-groups for easy access, plus there's the option to create your own custom collections of contacts if you want to make this simple thing needlessly more complex.

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Text messaging has been given a bit of a visual overhaul, with messages now appearing in threaded speech bubbles, making it a little easier to keep track of unfolding conversations, and this system is used in both the Orange and Samsung implementations of the OS.

Email is another area where the Galaxy Apollo suffers from there being too many cooks (developers) involved – the phone comes with three separate ways to set up external email accounts.

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As well as the standard Gmail app that you're pretty much forced to use on Android – at least, if you want to access the Android Market – the Galaxy Apollo features the standard Android POP email tool which automatically sets you up to read your other accounts with only your email address and password required.

The way the Android email app automatically sets up accounts is impressive, but its handling of email is less so.

Messages with attachments take an age to draw on screen, and copying text from mails is impossible. As a simple sending and replying tool its fine, but it's no match for desktop email clients.

Finally, Samsung has put on its own Samsung Email tool, which sits on the phone under the icon "Mail" and handles Exchange support if you'd like to keep certain work-based emails separate from all your other internet identities.

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If you're not keen on using Google's Gmail syncing options for whatever reason, Orange has provided its own Contacts syncing tool in the form of Contacts Backup, plus there's the same Write and Go app that featured on the Samsung Galaxy S.

It's a clever little memo app that, once you've written a note, lets you hit the Update Status button and automatically post it to several social networks at once.

The dialler is the model of simplicity, popping up a huge keypad with your call log, favourites and contacts placed in tabs along the top. After hanging up a call, you're able to add the number you've just called straight to the contacts, which is handy.

Call quality was good, with a nice loud reception, good handsfree speakerphone volume and nothing in the way of digital crunchiness. It's always nice when one of these pocket internet machines also works as a telephone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory170 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, GPRS
SAR Value0.85 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15.17 Hour
Product ModelI5800 Galaxy Apollo
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)109 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call
Height113.5 mm
Width55 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameI5800 Galaxy Apollo Smartphone
Processor Speed667 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I5800DKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Go ahead - use your influence. To keep you connected in style, the Galaxy Apollo seamlessly integrates the social networking sites and calendars you use every day - planning, updating, and sharing your world all happen in one place - the palm of your hand.

Package Contents
  • I5800 Galaxy Apollo Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (Charger)
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year