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.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy Spica was recently released by Rogers. This is their newest touchscreen Android-powered device and runs OS 1.5 but will be upgraded “soon” with no exact date in mind. We got hold of one and did a quick unboxing and will follow up with a full review.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 sports a snappy 800MHz processor, but in reality, the presence of the mighty hardware is almost undetectable, because the phone doesn’t feel noticeably faster than the T-Mobile G1 or Magic ... or the first Galaxy . The CPU, however, makes the quality Xvid and DivX playback possible at relatively high resolution.
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: We like the Samsung Galaxy Portal's speedy processor and impressive screen, but its lack of the latest version of Android and multi-touch support means it's not exactly leading the smart-phone pack.
Pros: Responsive capacitive touchscreen, Fast 800MHz processor
Cons: Poor camera, Ugly button layout, No multi-touch support