Finally, proof that a smartphone need not be ludicrously expensive to effectively run the Android OS. Yes, you read that correctly -- Samsung is bringing affordability and functionality to the masses with its I5801 Galaxy Apollo (otherwise known as the Galaxy Naos or Galaxy Leo). The phone offers 32 gigabytes and a Micro SD media card, which means users can store more pictures, movies and music. The Galaxy Apollo efficiently runs the Android v2.1 Eclair OS and can easily compete with the Android Honeycomb OS found in Samsung's high-end phones. Given the price, the built-in 3.2 megapixel camera is impressive; the Apollo sweetens the deal with its fun and capable photo editing feature.
The Galaxy Apollo is the perfect solution for people who seek middle ground in the cellphone market; they want a phone that offers more functionality than, say, two tin cans tied together with string. At the same time, they are hesitant to join the frightening and all-consuming cult of the iPhone. So while users will have access to additional apps from the Android Market, the Galaxy Apollo is preloaded with apps and features that are actually useful. Think Free Office is an especially useful tool that allows users to view and edit documents; the TouchWiz music player makes playback and creation of customized playlists a snap.
Remember, the Apollo is one of Samsung's lower-end models, which means that you will make sacrifices in other places -- namely in screen clarity and appearance. It compensates for these shortcomings with an appealing price tag and a bevy of useful functions.
Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Apollo
1. The Galaxy Apollo is one of the first smartphones to sport a modest price tag AND the functionality of the Android operating system. (The Good)
2. Excellent overall audio capability: no static or interference and consistent crystal-clear reception and music playback. (The Good)
3. Display resolution leaves something to be desired and is all but impossible to clearly view in bright sunlight. (The Bad)
4. Samsung claims the Galaxy Apollo's Li-Ion battery is good for up to 15 hours of talk time, but many users say this is wishful thinking. (The Bad)