Samsung Galaxy W review
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At A Glance:
+ Decent specifications
- Boring design
02 November 2011 – If you have not already decided to go for a Samsung Galaxy S II, chances are that you are waiting for the next iteration of the device, or you are simply unable to make the economical commitment to drop that kind of money to buy one.
If you are reading this, chances are you fall into the latter category, in which case, the Samsung Galaxy W might just be the smartphone you are looking for – it is yet another addition to the Galaxy stable and has the hardware to keep up even with its powerful sibling.
In the box:
- Samsung Galaxy W
- Power Plug
- Micro-USB cable
Exterior, Controls and Screen
As far as Galaxies go, the Samsung Galaxy W does not stray too far away from its kin. The black exterior, flat back and curved edges makes it indistinguishably similar to the other Galaxy smartphones. In a way, this copy and pasted design means that the Samsung Galaxy W does not look or feel cheap, even if it was meant to be an entry-level device.
A home button underneath the screen with volume controls and the power button on the side, the Samsung Galaxy W has just the right number of buttons in the right places. Situated at the top is the microUSB port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
In order to keep the price down, Samsung did away with the Super AMOLED Plus display for the Samsung Galaxy W. As such, the 3.7-inch screen with 480 x 800 pixels of resolution pales in comparison to its big brother, the Samsung Galaxy S II, when it comes to brightness and image crispness. Still, viewing photos and browsing the internet on it was a relatively decent experience.
Software, Application and Games
Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy W will come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), allowing users to enjoy a variety of home-screen widgets as well as a Flash-enabled browser. Via the Android Market, there are also hundreds and thousands of apps at your disposal.
As usual, Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is plastered on top of the operating system, granting you the ability to tweak menus and widgets to your heart’s content. Included is also Samsung’s proprietary software in the guise of hubs which lets you quickly access games, social-networking applications and music services.
To simplify matters, the Samsung Galaxy W users Kies Air to wirelessly sync your files between PC and smartphone.
Camera, Video and Audio
Situated at the back of the Samsung Galaxy W is a 5-megapixel shooter with a number of nifty features to aid casual photography, such as autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and face detection. In addition, this device will be able to handle 720p HD video recording as well. So as long as you do not expecting anything amazing, the camera does its job just fine.
Multimedia playback functionality on the Samsung Galaxy W fares a lot better than we had anticipated. It supports just about every major video and audio codec for your entertainment on the go.
Every connectivity feature that you can think of is present in the Samsung Galaxy W - HSDPA 14.4Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS, although DLNA support seems to be absent.
As far as mid-range smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy W does everything right on our checklist; decent specifications and hardware with a relatively modest price tag to match. For something under a grand, this device is hard to pass up, for the budget-conscious consumer.