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Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800) / Samsung Galaxy Apollo (I5801)

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 Samsung i5800 Galaxy 3 Available now
17th June 2010

The Samsung Galaxy 3 (or Galaxy Apollo) is a midrange Android smartphone, designed to be cheaper than high-end handsets, while still retaining enough features to make it desirable.

There are two slightly different models here - the Galaxy 3 I5800 is the one that most consumers will see worldwide, the Galaxy Apollo I5801 variant will initially be available exclusively on the Orange network and it comes with a variety of coloured cases.

A fairly conventional looking design, the I5800 comes with a 3.2" 240 x 400 pixel touchscreen, a 3 megapixel camera, 3.5G support, GPS, WiFi, an FM radio, 3.5mm audio socket, Bluetooth and microSD expandable memory (with a 1GB card included in the standard sales package).

 Samsung Galaxy 3 I5800 The camera isn't particularly high resolution, but it does have autofocus and includes Samsung's usual trickery of panoramic stitching, smile detection, continuous shooting and many other features which should make it fun to use. On the other hand, the video capture rate of 320 x 240 pixels and 15 frames per second is a bit useless.

This is an Android 2.1 handset, so it can do pretty much everything that other comparable Android handsets can do. In addition, Samsung have added their TouchWiz interface and something called the Social Hub which integrates social networking sites. Also, the Galaxy 3 and Apollo can play back DivX movies in addition to all standard multimedia files.

The very large 1500 mAh battery can power the I5800 for up to 7 hours talktime and 21 days standby time on 3G which is impressive. On 2G the talktime is an astonishing 15 hours, but not many people will want to run this 3.5G phone in 2G mode.

The Samsung Galaxy 3 is due to be available from July onwards in Europe and Asia, the Galaxy Apollo should be available at about the same time. Samsung didn't give any guidance on pricing, but our best bet is that the I5800 and I5801 should retail for about €250 SIM-free including taxes.

Samsung Galaxy 3 I5800 / Galaxy Apollo I5801 at a glance


July 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 900 / 2100




3.2" 240 x 400 pixels


3 megapixels


PDA-style device
114 x 55 x 13mm



Memory card:











Android 2.1

Battery life:

7 hours talk / 21 days standby (3G)

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