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Samsung Galaxy Pro review

Cheap as chips Android with a QWERTY keyboard

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Pro is an unfortunate mix of good keyboard and poor screen. In the end, we find it hard to really recommend it. The keyboard, transplanted onto a handset with a larger, higher resolution screen, would have scored much higher in our book.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Great keyboard
  • Good music player and radio
  • Surprisingly good camera
  • Low price
  • Good media streaming

Against

  • Small, low-resolution screen
  • Only Android 2.2
  • Slightly wide for small hands
  • No headphones in box

Samsung is like the little engine that could. It just keeps on going. Sometimes it produces high-end, market-leading smartphones such as the stupendous Galaxy S II, sometimes it plays a safer game, attacking the middle of the road as with the likes of the Galaxy Mini.

It's Android's turn again, but with a bit of a twist. Samsung has stuck Android 2.2 into a small-screened handset with a chunky BlackBerry-style keyboard, in the hope, no doubt, of stealing some market share from the fruity company that seems to be losing its way a little at present.

Samsung galaxy pro

The Samsung Galaxy Pro has been equipped with a range of smartphone credentials, including GPS, HSDPA (7.2Mbps) and Wi-Fi. The 3MP camera sounds a bit measly on paper - we'll see how it fared under testing later on.

There's an 800MHz processor, and the mere 512MB of onboard memory is supported by a 2GB microSD card.

The screen is - of course - touch sensitive, but at a size of 2.8 inches and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, its a worry before we even switch the phone on. Will it be big enough to handle what Android expects of it?

Samsung galaxy pro top edge

In terms of physical design the Samsung Galaxy Pro has its ups and downs. We really like that the micro USB port on the top edge has a sliding cover to protect it from dust and dirt. This port is all too often open to the elements, in our view and can severely disrupt your phone's lifespan if it breaks.

The top edge also houses a 3.5mm headset connector, and this is in just the spot we like to see it. There is precious little else going on by way of ports and connectors, though, with just a volume rocker on the left edge and the on/off switch a tiny button on the right.

Samsung galaxy pro menu buttons

On the front, beneath the screen, there's a long lozenge that looks like a rocker, which houses the Home and Back buttons, and outside this are the Search and Menu buttons. The keyboard occupies the space below, and we'll look at this in more detail a bit later on.

Samsung galaxy pro back

The chassis is plastic through and through, and this helps to keep it fairly light at just 103g. There's a rather nice patterning on the backplate, but otherwise things are pretty nondescript, design-wise.

The Samsung Galaxy Pro is a bit wide for the hand, though, at 66.7mm. Smaller hands will have trouble using either screen or keyboard one-handed.

On the plus side, it's super cheap at £18 per month and only £130 a month on PAYG - surely enough to make up for a large number of faults?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time11 Hour
Product ModelPro
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)106 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Fixed Dialing, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Conference Call
Height108.6 mm
Width66.7 mm
Depth10.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Pro Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B7510ISAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

When work relies on constant communication, it is essential that your mobile comes loaded with all the latest connectivity. Samsung Galaxy Pro features the Premium Social Hub, Google Services and Android Market for the coolest and latest applications. They ensure that everything from messages to phone calls and social network updates can be achieved quickly and without hassle. And with the QWERTY keyboard, typing messages is now even easier. The Galaxy Pro is the perfect business partner and ready to add a new level of professionalism to your day.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Pro Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty2 Year