Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy 5 / Europa / i5500 / i5503
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2 years later, STILL GREAT!
Fried Wonton "FW", Amazon
17 May 2014
Summary: I bought this from another vendor back in 2011 (it was $178 at the time -- the cheapest name brand smart phone....price has gone down significantly!). Then I bought another one for my mom in 2012 from Amazon. Unfortunately she lost it a year later. My phone still runs great 3 years later. It got dropped, tossed, and kicked. I've dropped it a few times on concrete to the point where the back case and battery popped out; yet it still worked without issues.
Summary: My main motivation for buying this phone was it cost less than having a cracked screen repaired. No problems connecting to Rogers and WiFi. Android 2.1 is easy to use, but is getting a little old (4yrs next Jan). Some newer apps (eg.Dropbox, Angry Birds) won't install, but there are other games available. Not a lot of internal memory, but a $12 32Gb memory card fixed that. The screen isn't very big, but the phone didn't cost $600, which balances that out.
Excerpt: Just bought it last year and it is a remarkable phone! It could support the latest andriod 4.1 with many things scaled down. (find how yourselves) Battery life is so-so after kept listening to music and reading comics, but shockingly long when left it by itself(lasted about 4 days without offing it). Games on it is nice as it could run Gameloft games.
Pros: great for gaming, sleek,sturdy build, good battery life, standard music player with 3.5mm jack, cheap, light, CM mod ready (google cyanogen mod for galay 5 if you do not understand my post)
Cons: irritating samsung apps that is never used, Armv6 cpu, small screen, is not upgraded to andriod 2.3
Excerpt: If you are looking with a good smartphone with lots of features than this is a great phone for you. It comes with android 2.2 and can be found on Amazon for under $150 for an unlocked phone. I have had mine since Feb. 2012 and have dropped it once 3 feet off the table onto a tile floor (the back popped off and the battery fell out but other than that it was fine and did not receive any major damage) :) If you do buy this phone you will want to also get a protective cover...
Pros: Price is excellent, Light and Easy to Handle
Cons: Does not support flash, No front camera. Cant make video calls
Summary: Of course you must understand what you are buying. The screen is barely enough for applications like instant messengers and such. Proves to be quite good as a GPS (again, consider the screen size), locks in fast and is accurate. I use it (with a Froyo 2.2 installation, see [...] ) mainly as a hotspot for connecting other (larger screen) wifi only devices. And of course as a mobile phone.
Summary: Samsung Galaxy GT i5500 features bottom line specs of nowadays smartphones. Display may be a little bit small comparing to other smartphones and i think 3.2 inch display would be better than this one. It is for people who like to use android smartphone but can't afford expensive phones. 600MGh processor is pretty good for net browsing, playing games as well. Capacitive touch screen is normal not best like iphone's.
Summary: Easy access to wifi, no data plan necessary.The keyboard is small so large hands might get frustrated with this feature. Small, fits in my pocket. Camera is "just okay" wish for more megapixels. Still learning more about it. Can add free apps that you might want to use. Battery charge has been long lasting. Cannot find a case to purchase in USA that fits this phone and to date have been denied purchase from other countries due to shipping. Will continue to search.