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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 20.05.09 - 14:21:36 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 35076x
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With the upcoming release of the GT-I7500 Galaxy, Samsung is the first mobile phone manufacture among the global top three to unveil an Android-based smartphone. Running on Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake), the I7500 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS. It's featuring a - for Android smartphones yet - unique AMOLED 3.2" HVGA (320x480) touchscreen as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. Last but not least, the I7500 sports a 3.5 mm headset jack and - finally - a standard micro USB jack for charging the device.

While the I7500 Galaxy isn't a so called "Google Experience Phone", it nevertheless features all the Google applications, typical Experience Phones like the T-Mobile G1 or Vodafone's HTC Magic feature as well including Google Maps, Talk, YouTube as well as the Android Market and Google's Webkit based Android web browser.
Contrary to the above mentioned HTC Android smartphones, the I7500 features a more traditional D-Pad as well as a couple of hardware keys on the front and side:

Not yet released, it's expected that the Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy will be available across Europe within the next two month or so. A couple of European carriers, incl. O2 Germany and French Bouygues Telecom announced upcoming launches already.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Derrick on 21.05.09 - 08:17:23

I'm not sure what you mean when you say it's not a "Google experience phone"?

Posted by Arne Hess on 21.05.09 - 13:24:40

A Google Experience Phone is that kind of Android smartphone you would get if Google would build the "Gphone". It features all the Google services and features you expect from a Gphone. Other than that, a Google Experience Phone is comes pretty vanilla without any further installed application or branding.
Contrary to that, an Android smartphone doesn't have to include the Google Mobile Services nor does it have to run the UI as we used to know from today's two Android smartphones (which are both Google Experience Phones). As a manufacture of Android smartphones you are free to change everything you like but in this case, the Google (service) experience might go and therefore it cannot be a Google Experience Phone which, on the other hand makes the platform more flexible.
The good news here is that, even if the I7500 isn't claimed to be a Google Experience Phone, it looks 1:1 like one: Samsung hasn't made any changes and you will not find a difference.
But this difference is important to know since we will see different devices in future, Google Experience Phones and Android devices (think of Netbooks) where, for instance, plain Android devices might use Yahoo! as default search and Windows Live Maps as maps application.

Posted by Kate on 29.05.09 - 18:43:34

I'm a fan of Samsung since they started giving outstanding phones for unimaginably rates!! moreover its basically nothing to get it unlocked and get it for the lowest and with a good service from big_smile Thanks !!

Posted by Mike11 on 30.05.09 - 03:12:37

But a plain Android smartphone also means that there may be no access to the Android Marketplace or that certain apps are blocked. For example Vodafone could open it's own app store with only Vodafone approved apps and deny acces to the Android Marketplace. Only with "Google Experience Phones" unrestricted access to the Android Marketplace is guaranteed!

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.05.09 - 22:31:45

Absolutely, only a Google Experience Phone will assure you get the full Google Android experience. In the case of the I7500 Galaxy, everything is fine since Samsung added all the Google goodies plus its own but you are right, a manufacture/carrier can completely customize the Android experience and as a matter of fact, I expect a way more fragmented Android market with Google Experience Phones, Android devices with Google experience and plain Android devices.

Posted by mike on 02.06.09 - 22:32:43

Arne, I think you got your hands onto the latest (final?) Galaxy HW/SW today, don´t you? wink According to your twitter you´ve been very impressed? Can we expect some photos and impressions here? Main changes, improvements to the well-known preview version? And what about the HW? Major changes? Thanks a lot. Looking forward to some news smile Michael

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.06.09 - 00:05:24

Ha, thanks a lot for following me or the::unwired on Twitter and yes, I'm currently working on an update. You will not see any difference outside but the value is inside and yes, also the firmware is pretty close to, if not the release candidate. More to follow this week, stay tuned!

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