The first part of my Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 Review is in the previous post. Here’s the rest of my hands-on review: Performance-wise, the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 android phone is a superb machine. I thought this cheap phone will have a hard time running 3D games but I was surprised it can run Asphalt 5 without any noticeable lag time. The screen is small for serious gaming but hey, this phone’s processor is powerful enough for 3D games!
I bet if Samsung wants it so, this phone can even run Android OS 2.2 without breaking any sweat. The Korean company evidently only saved money on the plastic body construction of this phone but they still put quality internal components on the i5503. Even the 2.0 Megapixel camera is an obvious money-saver since it only has a fixed-focus and no zoom or LED flash. I don’t care about the sub-par camera and the plastic body of this phone, I am pleased with its speedy performance!
Aside from having a good processor, new operating system and Wi-fi/3G connectivity, I love the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 for its effective Bluetooth 2.1, Assisted GPS support and DLNA-compatibility.
I’m also very happy about the 3.5mm headphone jack and the Real Dolby Surround audio engine. This device is a superb portable media player. It’s not easy to watch MPEG 4 and Xvid movies on the small screen but it’s tolerable. The movie theater-like audio quality is awesome though! Yes, I watch movies on this phone in bed every night! The PhP 10,500 (around US$238) price tag of the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 gave me a free headset and a 2GB microSD card – big enough to hold 2 DivX Movies!
Lastly, I am again very appreciative of this phone’s capacitive display. Texting on this phone is easy since the touchscreen is very responsive. You can either type on vertical mode using the T9 classic phone layout or the full QWERTY keyboard in horizontal position. Either way, typing is a breeze. I tried the pre-installed Swype Text-input App for this phone but I didn’t like dragging my fingers along the tiny screen to create words. Swype is also limited to English and I do text and chat a lot in my own native Filipino language and Ilokano dialect (languages in the Philippines)! Browsing on the web is also a bit challenging because of the small screen and the lack of Pinch-To-Zoom support. You have to either double-tap or use the zoom in/out button.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 is in my opinion the best entry-level Android phone in the market today. For its low price, it certainly is the cheapest Android phone (in its class) in the Philippines, Hongkong, China, Saudi Arabia, India, US, Canada and UK, based on reports fed by our partners there.
I know this cheap android phone might look “cheap” and brittle because it copied the Samsung Corby’s physical design but please give more credit to the superior processor, full connectivity, and Android OS 2.1 that comes with the Sumsung Galaxy 5 i5503. Check it out online for more info on pricing in your location.