Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660

It’s devices like the Samsung Galaxy Gio that helped Android gain so much ground in so little time. They are a better bargain than the uber-smartphone and find their way into people’s pockets a lot easier. With that goal in mind, the Galaxy Gio must be an all-round pleaser of a phone.

They may soon be running out of names for the Galaxy lot. But it will be when number plates start to fall short that they’ll know they’re in trouble. Back to the point though. Boy number S5660 is called Gio. He’s a teenager – mischievous and fun, too young for a suit and tie.

It’s a decent offer for the midrange: with a good enough version of Android (2.2.1 Froyo), good enough screen, a powerful 800MHz processor and a great connectivity set, ranging from 3G to GPS. There’s little to complain about, save for the imaging skills perhaps.

Here’s the rest of what the Galaxy Gio has to offer.
Key features
Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
7.2 Mbps HSDPA support
3.2" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) resolution, multi-touch
800MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset; 278MB of RAM available to the user
Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) with TouchWiz 3.0 UI
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n with Mobile Hotspot functionality
GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
3.2 MP autofocus camera with geo-tagging and face-detection
QVGA@15fps video
microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
microSD slot (up to 32GB, 2GB in box)
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
DNSe sound enhancement
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Document viewer
Smart dialing
Swype text input
Samsung Apps brings a few nice apps for free
Main disadvantages
Poor video recording
No shutter key for the camera
No Adobe Flash support in the web browser
No ambient light sensor for auto brightness
No DivX/Xvid video support out of the box

The Samsung S5660 Galaxy Gio obviously isn’t a camera-centric device. QVGA video and 3.2 MP stills don’t go a long way. But as a smartphone it has what it takes to be taken seriously.

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