Samsung i5500 Galaxy Europa

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The curvaceous design and appeal to social networkers are the unique selling points offered by this device. Mix in a capacitive touchscreen and you've got a good little smartphone.

THE GOOD

Facebook and Twitter clients are great, as is battery life considering the array of functions here.

THE BAD

The screen's responsive, but this doesn't make up for its measly size. Camera fails to impress at 2MP.

7.6out of 10 read review

User Reviews (22)

4.2 read reviews
Talk Time10 hours
Standby Time21.7 days
Network (Band)Quad GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1
Software Memory
Display Resolution240 x 320 pixels
Display Size2.80 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions108mm x 56mm x 12.3mm
Weight102g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution2.0
Video CameraNo
Camera FlashNo
Camera Features2 megapixel and geo-tagging
DataGSM/HSDPA
Browser
Bluetooth2.0
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory CardmicroSD (TransFlash) up to 16GB and 1GB included
Internal Memory170MB
MMSYes
E-mailYes
JavaYes
Wi-FiYes
7.6out of 10

Still Waters Run Deep

The Samsung Galaxy Europa – the modest phone with a big heart

a better than average mid price phone with great connectivity and Web browsing abilities

What We Like

We are thrilled that Samsung appears to have totally embraced Android and that it is becoming readily available for the more reasonably priced phones such as the i5500 Galaxy Europa.

This is quite a slim line phone but it is reassuringly sturdy enough so that we did not feel that it was going to fall apart at the slightest knock.

We thoroughly enjoyed using the Europa; it has a capacitive touchscreen, so that we were able to make precise commands, which is quite important when the display is on the small side, which this one is at 2.8 inches. The colours, though, are bright and clear, which makes the whole experience of using a phone like this so much more pleasurable.

There are five home screens that you can scroll between with just a swipe of your finger. These are populated with widgets, which are shortcuts to the apps that you use the most. These are all completely customisable so that you can drag and drop them round as much as you like.

You can search through a more detailed menu simply by tapping an icon on the screen, and you will also have access to the Android Market app store, so your choice is almost limitless, and many of them are free, which makes it even better.

In the past, we have found that mid price phones have a tendency to be a bit on the sluggish side, but we were thrilled to find that this isn’t the case with the Europa. Connectivity is good, too, with both Wi-Fi and 3G available, and we were more than happy with the on board Web browser, which is sufficiently quick enough.

What We Don't Like

We were disappointed that there is no Flash support on the Europa, which meant that we were unable to watch many online videos, and the resolution of 240 x 320 pixels does not make for the greatest of viewings.

There is no pinch-to-zoom facility on the Europa, either, which makes looking at maps and Web pages a little awkward at times.

The 2 megapixel camera and the camcorder are not up to much; apart from less than average shots and shaky footage there isn’t a great deal that can be said on this subject, though the camera software itself is quite good.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Europa looks like a pretty modest phone; it doesn’t scream flashy at you but underneath that cool exterior, there’s a lot going on. The powerful operating system, access to Android apps and good connectivity makes it better than a lot of other phones in this price range. It’s true that the battery life isn’t brilliant if you are using the Europa’s 3G capabilities often, but that is only to be expected.

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4.2

tis a good phone. wish the fonts were a bit bigger and virtual buttons too. i make a lot of mistake pressing the worng things. and for that it sucks!

7.5out of 10

easily the best phone i had. it has a very elegant design. features are great value for money! camera is nice, radio, multimedia, apps, widgets... all in here folks and you don't pay too much for it! Grab this one now!

8out of 10

It's a web based phone and it works just as it would. Extra features are fine and the curvy design is very attractive. Battery life is poor though. Applications works great. I wish it had a bigger screen but that's just me. Anyway, it's a really great phone. I 100% recommend it.

8.5out of 10

I just had this phone a month ago and I can say that it is a good phone. It has some troubles on its own but no phone is perfect!

8.5out of 10

hey guyz.. its great mobile....i got about one year ago by offers..i used to call... battery is fine... wish screen is bigger... bt people,,, for a phone wd such price... u wil nvr find any phone like it... thumb up..!

8.5out of 10

Such an elegant phone. It's very sleek and professional looking. Features are ok, camera, apps, etc. Haven't experienced lags or anything. I recommend this phone.

9out of 10

Very responsive touchscreen, I have no trouble typing through the virtual keypads. Camera is neat, very clear results. Fast speed, no lags for me. It also has a perfect size, I dont need a bag to carry this, it just fits in my pocket. Very convenient. This is a good value for money, you get what you pay.

9out of 10

i'm quite happy purchasing this phone because of the features and all that it offer for a cheaper price.. hwoever, 2 days ago it started shutting off on its own.. i dunno what is wrong maybe i should take it to help center.. wthout that problem, everything about this phone is great..

8.5out of 10

Am not happy on this phone the camera has no flash support and video quality are not good enough.

7out of 10

It’s a gorgeous phone to have the performance are quite good it runs very smooth. And very good battery life, also both wifi and 3g has a fast connectivity.

8out of 10

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