ⓘ Samsung Galaxy (original)


ⓘ Samsung Galaxy (original)

The Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung that uses the open source Android operating system. It was announced on 27 April 2009 and was released on 29 June 2009 as the first Android-powered device from Samsung Mobile, and the first in what would become the long Galaxy series. It is succeeded by the Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica.


1. Features

The Galaxy is a smartphone, offering quad-band GSM and announced with tri-band HSDPA 900/1700/2100 at 7.2Mbit/s. The phone features a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with power LED flash, and a digital compass. Unlike the first Android phone, the HTC Dream the G1, the i7500 has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Directional Pad in place of a trackball.

Software-wise, the Galaxy offers a suite of Mobile Google services, including Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. The phones GPS enables Google Maps features such as My Location, and Google Latitude. It also supports MP3, AAC including iTunes Plus downloads only the codec, not the.aac format, and H.264 video. A beta version of the Spotify music streaming service is also now available for this phone via the Android Marketplace.


2. Criticism

Due to a lack of firmware updates, Samsung received criticism from original Galaxy users.

For some countries, Samsung updated the Galaxys firmware to Donut 1.6. Users from other countries could download and update manually, at the risk of voiding the warranty.

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