Samsung Galaxy W I8150

Overall Rating

Samsung Galaxy W I8150 ReviewThe Samsung Galaxy W I8150 is an Android Smartphone equipped with a zippy 1.4 Ghz processor, the latest Android Gingerbread operating system  and with plenty of hardware features like the 3.7 inch screen with resolution at 800×480 pixels, a 5MP camera with LED flash and video recorder 720P.  The Galaxy W I8150 is equipped with an LCD capacitive touchscreen providing high quality 16M colour display. There is 512 MB of RAM and 2GB of on-board storage. The microSD card slot allows expansion up to 32GB, hot swappable.  The operating system is Android v2.3 Gingerbread and the processor is the  1.4GHz Scorpion processor.  As you can see, the Galaxy W is a bit of a gem that will keep you connected via the phone or Web.  Stay in touch with your Facebook friends, browse the web and capture all kinds of memories with the 5 megapixel auto-focus camera.  In case you were wondering what the ‘W’ stands for in the name, it is short for ‘Wonder’.  Read on to learn if this little wonder is the phone for you.

Overview
Gingerbread is the sweet OS running the Samsung Galaxy W I8150 and the same 1.4 GHz processor running on its sibling, the Galaxy S Plus, is the engine for this Android.  Samsung chose to use the super LCD screen instead of the Super AMOLED screen which keeps the price for the W I18150 on the low end of the scale compared to other competitive mobile phones.  The Galaxy W ‘Wonder’ phone is a good looking phone sporting a trim figure at 115.5 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm and weighing 110 grams. The glossy finish to the case attracts fingerprints so if that bugs you be forewarned. The 3.7″ S-LCD display provides decent viewing area, but it isn’t a real bright display and very reflective so you may wonder what is showing on the screen when trying to view it outside or in brightly lit room.  The case is composed of a sturdy plastic with some hints of faux metallic strips.  All in all, it’s a good looking camera. It is full touchscreen phone.

Flip the Samsung Galaxy W over to peak at its backside and you’ll find the 5 megapixel camera lens, complete with a LED flash and the small loudspeaker at the bottom.  There is a 3.5mm jack on the top edge of the phone where you connect earbuds or a headset so you don’t have to bother your co-workers listening to music through the speaker. The backside of the phone is also where the battery compartment is located.  Open up this compartment and you’ll find the microSD card slot. Storage is expandable up to 32 GB and is hot swappable. In other words, you don’t have to remove the battery to insert the microSD card.  There is a microUSB slot for connecting a thumb drive providing another storage option.

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 operating system is Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0. This software is very similar to that onboard the Galaxy SII.  As it is an Android, the phone is customisable allowing you to fill up, or empty, seven different screens with apps or widgets.  The familiar numbered dots on the screen help you identify the different screens.  You can also add shortcuts, folders or change the wallpaper on the homescreen.

Samsung engineered multimedia hubs into their Smartphones which is similar to the hub concept delivered by the Windows Phone 7 operating system.  The Galaxy W has three hubs: Social, Music and Game.  Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and even LinkedIn are accessible through the Social hub.  Google Talk, and MSN or Yahoo! Messenger messaging services are available for chat.  The Music hub is for online search, preview and purchase of music clips. The Game hub is where you can look and sample games online before purchasing one.

Samsung included a decent camera with this Smartphone providing a maximum resolution of 5MP (2560×1920 pixels), LED flash, autofocus.  Sadly, there isn’t a physical shutter button.  You capture pictures through screen controls.

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 available phone communications are Quadband 850/1800/1900/2100 and HSDPA 900/2100. You can connect to the internet using Wi-Fi too.  For other storage and connection options there is GPS, and microUSB.  Battery life is on par with similar Samsung Android devices.

Features

  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
  • OS: Android, v2.3 Gingerbread
  • Band: 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network HSDPA
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB built-in storage expandable with  microSD card up to 32 GB
  • Connections: Bluetooth 3.0 w/A2DP, microUSB port; GPS: Yes; Wi-Fi: Yes, EDGE, HSDPA
  • Display: 3.7-inch 4880 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel; 2592 x 1944pixels,VGA video recording 720 @30fps; autofocus, flash; Front-facing camera for video conferencing is available
  • Dimensions: 115.5 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm
  • Weight: 109.9 grams
  • Radio:  Stereo FM with RDS
  • Battery: Li-ion battery 15200 mAh
  • Battery Life in Stand-by Mode:  N/A
  • Battery Life in Talk Time: N/A

Pros

  • 1.4GHz Scorpion processor with good performance
  • Android Gingerbread
  • The camera has an LED flash
  • Front camera for video calls
  • Cheaper Smartphone than those with SuperAMOLED displays

Cons

  • No physical shutter for taking pictures or video

The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 has most of the hardware and operations of the Galaxy S, but lacks the SuperAMOLED display which is a big differentiator.  However, that also means that this Android Smartphone is a bit more affordable.

Samsung Galaxy W I81505Moby2011-11-15 12:07:36The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 is an Android Smartphone equipped with a zippy 1.4 Ghz processor, the latest Android Gingerbread operating system  and wit…