Samsung Galaxy Portal (i5700) Reviews and Deals

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+ This mobile phone has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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7.7 out of 10 based on 204 reviews.
Samsung Galaxy Portal (i5700): with 3.15MP camera, Touchscreen and 1536 x 2048 display. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Business or web user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
phone runs android os fast due to 800mhz cpu
wifi range is excellent
gps is brilliant
dpad is a nice feature (no sticky roller ball)
brushed aluminium buttons are nice
screen is amazing, no scratches and definition is excellent
back is rubberised
Bad points:
camera is average
charge connector is below a flimsy tab
back needs to be removed to remove sd card
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2010

Pat, Poole Basic text and chat user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I like the apps on the screen; it's a lot easier than scrolling through menus. I like the way it automatically refers you back to what you were doing just before but it is also easy to go back to a previous screen. I also like its weight; you really have to hold on to it so I would think it would be quite hard for it to slip out of your hand.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Basic text and chat user

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Didn't have the phone long enough to know what it's good points were.
Bad points:
The touch screen. It doesn't come with a pen so it's really difficult to text anyone because when you touch the screen with your fingers it doesn't know which letters you're pressing. I had this phone for all of an hour and decided to swap it for a non-touch screen. Something that would only take 30 seconds on a normal phone took me about ten minutes on this.

If it came with a pen it would be easier to use - I'm not entirely sure why they didn't add a pen to this. Easily frustrating.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 1.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 1.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2010

John, Southampton new android user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Contact syncing with Gmail, loads of apps, reasonable camera which can auto geotag photos, web that is actually usable.
Bad points:
Old version of Android OS (1.5) means that many apps are not available (though they might be installing a newer version now). Lock/Unlock mechanism is so simple my 2 year old learnt how to unlock my phone. Bug with unlock pattern - if you get the pattern wrong too many times it asks you to enter your google account details, but that doesn't work and leaves you locked out of your phone (the work around is to enter the password as null which isn't exactly secure).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2010

robert, barnsley Basic text and chat user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
easy to use .loads of applications
Bad points:
low battery life
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jun 2010

Benjamin, Sheffield Music and entertainment lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Incredibly attractive phone for its price range.
Performs well enough to compete with high-end Android phones.
Well-rounded phone with no outstanding downfalls.
Operates very quickly and can manage a large amount of simultaneously running apps due to its quick 800MHz CPU.
Incredibly durable - I've had this phone for 12 months and it has gone through hell and high water due to clumsy handling, yet it still operates like new and still looks beautiful!

Very attractive, great value, customizable and friendly-to-use Android option. Much better value for money than higher-end phones - I would much prefer one of these to an iPhone or high-end Nokia or Blackberry.
Great support from the manufacturer. Highly recommended when looking for mid/lower-high end devices.
Bad points:
Poor battery life.
Sporadic incompatibility issues with some less-supported apps.
Poor camera speed and quality (this phone is not intended for this).
Had some initial problems upgrading to Android 2.1, however this was sorted out and should be easier for new users of the phone due to greater support.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Nov 2009

Ray, Telford Basic text and chat user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
East to use, great design, loads of Free apps, fabulous Samsung styling
Bad points:
No bad points
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Sep 2010

Product Features

Operating system Android
Screen size (Inches) 3.2
Screen Resolution (pixels) 2048 x 1536
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections Bluetooth
Connections WiFi
Connections USB
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Instant messaging
Extra functions Email
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1536
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 2048
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 3.15
Talk time (Hours) 11.8
Stand-by time (Days) 27.1
Stand-by time (Days) 29.6
Depth in cm 1.19
Height in cm 11.5
Width in cm 5.6
Memory card slot Yes
Autofocus Yes
Weight (g) 114
FM tuner No
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java Yes

Also known as: Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700

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Manufacturer's Description

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Android Platform
Bringing a whole new look and ease-of-use to the mobile, the Android operating system revolutionizes the smart phone experience. Able to work seamlessly with PCs, Android also opens up a whole range of possibilities with the Android Market so you can do virtually anything with your mobile. Preloaded with popular internet applications, the mobile does everything you want it to ? from web surfing with Google search to instant messaging, email and You Tube access.

At first touch, you will feel what a difference this 800MHz processor makes in unleashing its invisible power at superlative speeds. Whether you’re uploading data, transferring files or streaming videos on the web, you’ll zip through applications with extra speed. Quicker response time during games means you can play even faster. Enjoy effortless syncs and instant updates to your email and contacts so you’re always connected. The Android platform also utilizes the accelerated CPU to its utmost so all applications and other tasks run trouble-free.

Longer Usability
With so many great features on this mobile, you’ll want to enjoy your mobile for longer? and the Galaxy’s more powerful battery helps you do just that! The larger capacity battery, means more mobile time for you. Get more out of your mobile between battery recharges.

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