Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 Review

Samsung released Android phone with affordable price but packed with good feature: Android 2.1, 600 MHz CPU, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and free 2 GB microSD. Also known as Samsung i5500 Corby Smartphone. In Indonesia available at around Rp 1,999,000 (about $ 222). Read the rest post.

Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503


Technical Specification

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • ARMv6-compatible processor rev 5 600 MHz
  • 2.8” QVGA TFT capacitive, 240×320 pixels, 16 M colors
  • No multi-touch support
  • up to 32 GB via microSD or microSDHC, free 2 GB
  • 186 MB Storage Internal; 186 MB RAM
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA; Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP; USB v2.0 microUSB
  • Camera 2 MP; Video 320×240 (QVGA), 15 fps
  • Li-Ion 1200 mAh, 3 mV
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Touch Wiz v3.0
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Swype keyboard

The phone has quite good performance, changing screen or open an application is doing well almost without lagging. Benchmarked with Linpack, it scored MFLOPS: 3.999 far away from hi-end phone 50.000+.
Full benchmark with Quadrant SE scored 489, above SE Xperia X10i and below HTC Desire.

GPS is the most disappointing feature. It hardly locked the GPS satellite. Your position can still tracked when wireless network option is enabled for location setting, but it so not accurate (about 500-600 m).

With 240×320 resolution it can display 4×4 widget, as an illustration four rows of Google search widget.
Bad idea if you take the phone directly under the sunlight. It almost unreadable.

Swype keyboard
Since this is my first time using touchscreen, it needs some time to adapt. My suggestion use Swype keyboard, since it can remembered what we write before if it’s not in dictionary.

Since it only 2 MP camera so the quality is not too impressive. Panorama mode is available.

Video quality also so-so.

Social Network
Social Hub
Social feature optionally can be integrated to existing contact and calendar feature. Such as GMail and Facebook contact integrated with phone contact. Google Calendar and Facebook Events integrated with phone calendar.

After install driver and Kies software for Samsung phone, you can easily attach phone to computer with USB and start share folder just like flash drive. The USB cable can also function as charger. The port for USB cable and main charger is the same. From Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connection also no problemo.

What makes Android popular one of it is various apps that available in market. You can extend the standard function in phone into more function with free. You can open document word, excel, or pdf; access server in network from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; remote server/computer with GUI or terminal way; organize financial or activity integrated with cloud service; read news or blogging on the go; or get study with engineering apps. And it can all can be done with multi-tasking capability on Android.

R. Bambang Widiatmoko

I'm an engineer and working in engineering consultant office. I have some experience in computer application in graphic design (CorelDRAW, Inkscape, GIMP), AutoCAD, and Office. I also like to read technology news.

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