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.
Summary: The outlook is bright for Google's Android OS. 2009 saw the release of Android phones from mobile bigwigs like Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola and even Samsung, with more to follow this year. Samsung jumped on the Android bandwagon in mid-2009 with the release of its first Android-based mobile, the i7500, and since then, it has followed up with another. The little brother to its larger predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 has finally reached our tiny shores.
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
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: The Samsung Galaxy Portal (as sold by T-Mobile; also known as the Galaxy Lite) is a relatively cheap Android smartphone with an AMOLED screen. It's visually similar to the earlier GT-I7500 Galaxy, but incorporates many positive changes, not least of which is Android 2.1. Along with the updated OS, Samsung has added its own interface tweaks, such as the ability to customise up to nine home screens.