- Flora Graham , CNET
Samsung has brought some crave-worthy hardware features to its first Android handset, the Galaxy i7500, like a gorgeous screen, good camera and plenty of on-board memory.
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Bell’s first Android powered smartphone
Still there are upsides. Some will appreciate the fact that the Galaxy is pretty much uncustomized. If you’re indoors a lot (like me) the OLED display is a huge upside. I like to look at pictures and show them off and the OLED’s wide viewing angle plus awesome colours are great for this. It really puts most of the LCD displays/monitors in my house to shame. The 5 megapixel camera also pairs nicely with the display.
In the end I liked the OLED display and the 8GB of built in memory (saves you a trip to the store) and to a lesser extent the 5 megapixel display. Otherwise n... Full review
Feels like a tricked-out HTC Magic with less attractive looks
The Samsung Galaxy i7500 can march down the main street of Android Ville with its head held high, thanks to its stunning AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera with LED light, 8GB of on-board memory, and snappy, responsive user interface. But, with the bog-standard version of Android on-board, we missed the HTC Hero's bells and whistles, such as multi-touch capability. Based on the poor keyboard design, though, we're probably fortunate that Samsung has pretty much left Android alone. The Galaxy feels like a tricked-out HTC Magic with less attractive looks, but it's a solid smart phone that we'd... Full review
At 3 months it started dropping calls and double text-messaging. At about 4-5 months, the processing completely slowed down and the screen was always freezing up. I had no music on it, and only about 10 apps which I made sure were never running in the back ground. At month 6, it started rebooting itself 2-3 times a day during a phone call, during the middle of a text message or just sitting on the table doing nothing. Calibration was completely out making texting a pain. Android keypad didn't work properly, double texts got worse, screen was ALWAYS freezing, it wouldn't sync to my gmail account till month 7 (i had 5 different bell techs try to figure out why and got no results. I was told my 2 bell tech in a store in edmonton that they didn't know what the probablem was and if i wanted to save all my contacts, I would have to find a private cell phone place that could save them to a usb drive and pay for it myself) I had gone to 5 different bell tech stores with NO help and talked to bell-help on the phone 20 or more times. Its a piece of shit. I just got it back from being serviced... all they did is factory reset it and send it back to me. It is still acting up. My loaner phone was the same type and still had some issues of double texts and freezing screens. (but the keyboard was way better calibrated) I would NEVER recommend this phone..... on an up note though..... there are some nice apps. The screen amazing quality for pics and wallpaper, speaker has great sound and it is thin and compact. Looks nice.Less
I have had this phone since April and am going to get rid of it today. When it's stowed, the button for the ringer volume still works when the phone is supposed locked - hence, I miss calls all of the time because the ringer was off. It's horrible to try to get your messages or if you have to enter an additional number when you are on a current call. The dial pad is difficult to bring up. There are two keys on my phone that will repeat once touched and of course, the call is then over and you have place it again. It is difficult to get the screen to stay visible when you unlock the phone to use it. This is by far the absolute worse phone I have ever had and Bell's lack of customer satisfaction has left me ready to pay out my contract and seek another carrier.Less
Worst Phone Ever
This is the worst phone I have ever owned. When you call your voicemail and need to use touch tone, the touch screen will randomly stop working, prompting you to have to call your voicemail 4 or 5 times to get a message and delete it. It started shutting down randomly for no reason about 3 hours after I got it, but I thought I would give it a chance cause it was the only phone available to me at the time with the Android operating system. Randomly won't get texts till hours after they are sent, and vice versa. Also, the hardware is wonky when you use the headset jack, you need to put it in and pull it out a bunch of times or the next time you make a call you will have no sound and no speaker. On top of all this, its overpriced, horrible battery life, unreliable and the touch screen is runs either slow or unresponsive. Like the review says, worst phone I ever owned. No positive points. Avoid at all costs.Less
galaxy bad software
just got my phone back last night,started inputting numbers back into it, went to set it up for my home internet and it did they same thing as before...shut itself down...never buy this phone..phoned samsung canada and they informed me they would look at replacing it when there was a third work order for the phone, i told them they would have to start giving me gas money and compensating for my time...the agent then politley told me our conversation was over..too bad the bell agents have to represent bad phone makers.Less
samsung galaxy bad software
had the phone for exactly two months and it started dropping calls. i thought it might have been an app i downloaded. no it wasn't. finally it started locking me out and wouldn't start up.i had to pull the battery out and re-insert it to start it up again.i finally figured out when it would start doing it. when i went to my voicemail to retrieve my calls it would drop the call then shut down and lock and after pulling the batttery for a few seconds it would be okay. went to bell they said to do a backup first before bringing it back...tried to but the phone would shut itself off. went back to bell and they put in a different sim card...worked well until i tried to get into my voicemail. i feel bad for the cell service agents when they have to represent bad phones. the people that design these phones and the software should be front and centre to answer for this. we'll see what happens when my phone gets back-in the next 2 to 6 weeks....Less
Blue tooth issues
Well I just bought the Galaxy, not sure what I think of it so far. Its bluetooth capability is lacking so far. THe specs say it has both voice command and bluetooth capability. SO far that is only proving to be half true. I can recieve incoming calls and dial last number dialed with the blue tooth. Unfortunately this requires no voice command. When I try to use the voice command through the blue tooth, it does not connect with the phone. As the user interface for messaging is alot different and I think it will take time to get used to. The online manual seems to be relatively vague on instructions and does not give very good instructions when it comes to adding a bluetooth. The for example, how do I activate my bluetooth, versus having my blue tooth device connect. And is that why I can not use voice command. At this time I am not overly impressed, but will reserve total judgement for when I learn more.Less
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