Hands on the Samsung Galaxy Pro

Here’s a little video showing a hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Pro.

The Galaxy Pro has a 2.8″ Capacitive TFT Touch screen – which gives a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The screen doesn’t offer multi touch support, so has no pinch to zoom capabilities, you have to double tap.

It is armed with a QWERTY keyboard, that is responsive and easy to use. The keys are a good size, they are slightly ridged and offer good feedback. This is my favourite feature of the phone.

It comes with a rear facing 3MP autofocus camera, but no flash.

The phone itself is QUAD band. It has GPS, and the navigation software is Google Maps.

The OS is Android 2.2 (Froyo) and is overlayed with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0.

Under the hood, you’re armed with a 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM,( but this can be increased with a microSD card upto 32GB) and a 1350aAH battery – which offers about 11 hours talktime on 2G connections. It weighs in around 103.4g.

You can easily get a days usage out of the battery in the pro, and this is with regular usage of the internet / facebook / twitter etc.

There are a couple of downsides:

The screens will auto rotate to ensure that you can make the most of the limited real estate offered. This often means that the screen display and the QWERTY keyboard are not always in sync.

The physical keyboard is also missing the ” = ” sign. This isn’t on the keyboard, it’s not in the symbols. You have to either use the on-screen keyboard, or butcher a smilie containing an =
A weird omission.

Overall the Galaxy Pro is a nice little phone, giving a budget offering into the smart phone market. It’s just a shame that it is let down by the resolution and size of the screen, and the fact it’s missing what has become standard in multi touch pinch to zoom capabilities.

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