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Samsung Galaxy Gio review

Samsung Galaxy Gio review
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The Samsung Galaxy Gio Smartphone runs on Android 2.2 and powered by a 800MHz processor. Galaxy Gio features a 3.2 inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 3MP autofocus camera, Music player, video recording, Social Hub, Swype, A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB port and document viewer integrated.
Review On : Samsung Galaxy Gio
June 6, 2011

by Nigel Chew

Pros:
+ A well-rounded Android 2.2 (Froyo) device
+ Affordable

Cons:
- No full Flash support

Samsung Galaxy Gio review



Exterior, Controls and Screen

The Samsung Galaxy Gio is on the small side and fits nicely in the palm, measuring at 110.5 x 57.5 x 12.2 mm and weighs at an unnoticeable 102 grams. The 3.2-inch, 320 x 480 pixel display that is fitted in gets no complaints from us. Just underneath the screen are the two touch buttons (Edit and Back) and a tactile Home button in the middle. The lock button and MicroSD slot is situated on the right side of the device, while the volume button is located to the left. The 3.5 mm audio jack is where it should be, at the top, with the MicroUSB port is at the bottom.

Powering the Samsung Galaxy Gio is a 1350 mAh battery which we have found to provide reasonable uptime with moderate usage. Internal memory is at a mere 150MB, though this can be expanded via MicroSDs of up to 32GB. Samsung is generous enough to include 2GBs for users to start things off.
Samsung Galaxy Gio review



Features

The vanilla TouchWiz 3.0 complements the Samsung Galaxy Gioís 800 MHz Qualcomm processor just fine, as there was no latency while tinkering with the user interface or scrolling between homescreens.

There arenít any new widgets added to the Samsung Galaxy Gio that youíve not seen in the previous Galaxy models, which is fine, as careful thought has been put into which widgets would make the cut. Pretty much the basic ones that you would come to expect out of the box are included, namely the weather, news and social networking widgets. Extras such as Samsungís very own email client, a file manager and office document viewers mean that thereís almost little need to venture into the Android Market for the essentials.

We especially like the Social Hub app, a staple in Samsungís Android lineup, which aggregates all messaging and other communication functions neatly into one organised location, allowing us to compose something quickly and choose to broadcast the message via good old text and email or Twitter and Facebook.

Web browsing on the Froyo proved a relatively decent experience, though it does take a while for things to render when double-tapping, and the average resolution sort of discourages long term usage. The real disappointment from the overall experience is the lack of proper Flash support, due to the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Gio has an ARMv6 processor, which Adobe has abandoned in favour of the newer ARMv7 ones.
Samsung Galaxy Gio review



Camera/Video

The 3-megapixel camera situated at the back of the Samsung Galaxy Gio gets the job done, which is to say that it is nothing spectacular. As with all the newer Samsung offerings, the camera is powered by the TouchWiz UI, which provides a number of functions that include preset scenes and shooting modes such as Smile shot, Continuous shot and Panorama.

The quality of the recorded videos on the other hand is a lot less flattering, as the device is capable only of taking QVGA resolution videos at a mere 15fps, so donít go making home videos with it and expect a cinematic masterpiece.
Samsung Galaxy Gio review



Connectivity

As you would expect from its price tag, the Samsung Galaxy Gio comes with the full connectivity trimmings; 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, DLNA and FM Radio with RDS. The built-in AllShare app which manages the DLNA functionality allows linking of the phone to your television or PC, streaming Multimedia content between devices wirelessly.

Verdict

While known as "jewel" in Italian, the Samsung Galaxy Gio does not quite possess the shine and luxury but at the price point of RM 799, itís still a pretty good deal if youíre looking for a middle range Android device. However as mentioned in the review, the web browsing experience is hampered by the lack of proper Flash support, so if that matters a lot to you, there are certainly other better options out there.



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