Excerpt: The Galaxy Portal is an entry-level addition to Samsung's Android army. Read our review to see if it's the budget Android phone you've been waiting for. NB: Our review model came with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) installed but we understand that certain retailers will sell the Galaxy Portal with Android 2.1 (Eclair). This review is therefore based on the Samsung Galaxy Portal running Android 1.5.
Conclusion: Apart from the button issue it seems to do most things well. Some of it’s competitors are better but if you are looking for value for money then the Galaxy Portal is worth considering. From only £12 per month on contract it is a bargain. Spend a little more and you could do a lot better though.
Excerpt: Back in June Samsung took its first step in the Android universe with the release of the galactic conqueror the Samsung Galaxy i7500 . Then in quick succession the manufacturer announced the Behold II and Moment . What we´ve got in our hands now is their second Android-based handset for Europe – none other but the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 , named after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, Spica.
Pros: DivX and Xvid support, Proper AMOLED display, Decent in-call quality and audio playback, Robust battery, 3.5mm jack
Cons: No interface personalization... and yet again, Low quality, low-resolution video capture
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Smartphones running the Android platform are popping up thick and fast now, and it is becoming increasingly important for them to have an angle, something special, different, alluring to draw you to them
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Portal is a pretty nice device overall. The main thing I really do not like is all those buttons below the screen. There are way to many and navigating them is not great. It just doesn’t feel natural. In fact I will be honest. The buttons are rubbish!