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Samsung Galaxy Apollo review

7.7/10 AVG.
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7.7/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Apollo currently has an Informr score of 7.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
667 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

Its strengths are mainly the social networking integration and the extensive video format support, but for quality indoor photos and HD video capture you will have to look elsewhere.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best smart phones you can currently buy. But its high price means many people simply won't be able to afford it. This is where the Galaxy Apollo GT-i5801 fits in. It offers many of the best features of the Galaxy S, including version 2.1 of the ...

- Frank Lewis, CNET


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Samsung Galaxy Apollo's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
667 MHz

There is a ARM SEC S5P6422 667 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
170 MB

Internal memory is 170 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 26 days standby time, 930 minutes.

Galaxy Apollo Specs

Overview
Release date July 25, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM SEC S5P6422 667 MHz
Internal Storage 170 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.5 W/kg
Body: 0.43 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 930 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 26 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 cm (4.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 109 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA, SyncML
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, ISO, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung I5801, Samsung Galaxy Naos, Samsung Galaxy Leo, Galaxy 3

2GB microSD card included.
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