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Samsung Galaxy (i7500) review

Is Samsung's first foray into Android territory, the Galaxy (i7500) out of this world or just another wannabe?

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The battery case is very easy to get off/put back on, but it was disappointing to find that this is the only way of accessing the microSD card slot. Just as well the phone boasts 8GB of inbuilt memory.

We were impressed further by the knowledge that the handset supports up to 32GB in additional storage through microSD, so all was soon forgiven.

Saving the crown jewels for last, the front of the Galaxy plays home to a 3.2in AMOLED (320x480 pixels) screen that supports 16 million colours. It's crisp, clear and vibrant, with light sensing capabilities that make it a bit easier to use in different conditions.

The only hard keys present on the front live underneath the screen. The centre piece is a D-pad navigation (shaped like the pot you'd put a Christmas tree in/mixing bowl) with a small OK button in the middle. To the right, there's a back key, home key and power button. To the left, there's a menu key and dial key.

It did take us a while to get our heads around which button did what and the trackball featured on HTC's Android models certainly wins out here, but it's not a disaster and Samsung has to be commended for not just following and copying the leader. However, we're not to keen on the faux wooden effect and experienced phone users who like to control their handsets with one hand while multi-tasking will have their work cut out here due to the ergonomics of the nav's design.

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