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Samsung Galaxy 5 / Galaxy 550 / Galaxy Europa / GT-I5500 / GT-I5503 / GT-I5508

alaTest has collected and analyzed 458 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and responsiveness are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the camera. Some have doubts about the features.

value for money, responsiveness, usability, screen, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy 5 / Galaxy 550 / Galaxy Europa / GT-I5500 / GT-I5503 / GT-I5508 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 458 reviews)

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Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 review: Corby with brains


Don't know what Android is? Don't sweat it. Prepare to want one. The Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 looks like a Corby, but walks and talks like a smartphone. More importantly though, it's got no problem finding an audience to talk to...

Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps ; 2.8" capacitive TFT touchscreen of QVGA resolution, 16M colors ; Android OS v2.1 Eclair ; 600 MHz processor ; 170 MB onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB), 1GB card included ; 2 megapixel...

Small QVGA screen: not to good for browsing, limited choice of apps ; No multi-touch support ; Poor still imaging and video recording ; No DivX video support ; microSD slot under the battery cover ; No dedicated camera key ; No secondary video-call camera

The Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 is the future. OK, now, take your time. Laugh it up. But it looks like the term smartphone is about to become meaningless. It won’t be too long before they are all just phones again – like in the good old times. The Samsung...

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Samsung Galaxy 5 Review


The hardware of the Samsung Galaxy 5 is low-end, but don't be fooled by that – it masks a device with all modern connectivity options and Android 2.1 for a rock bottom price. Hopefully this will lure you enough to read on if you are interested in a...

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Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Preview


The Android platform has gained an overwhelming popularity that certainly motivates manufacturers to stay on target and keep us occupied with new models regularly. Samsung has just become one of the notable runners-up with the introduction of the...


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Samsung Galaxy 5 Review: The Small Android Your Non-Geeky Friends Will Love


The story with Android has been quite similar these last few years: manufacturers seem to always be on the run to deliver bigger, faster, better, devices with more specs inside than anyone can humanly memorize. Dual-Core processors, 4.3″ screens, 3D...

As you see, the Galaxy 5 is a phone that brings many of the regular phone features: with the D-Pad, dedicated call keys, small and pocketable size, and great battery life. It will lure the unsuspecting non-smartphone user into buying and trying it,...

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Samsung Galaxy 5 - Affordable Android


Budget-conscious consumers can now enjoy Android with the Samsung Galaxy 5 which is, at the time of writing, the most affordable one out in the market. Although its features are quite few, functionality is great. This Samsung phone is definitely not...

Affordable price, great functionality

Limited features

Touchscreen phones are now cheaper. Smartphones are now cheaper. Android is now cheaper. Although we love the overall packaging and pricing, we are dispassionate towards the Samsung Galaxy 5. Apart from the abovementioned aspects, it doesn’t feel like...

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Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 Review


The Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 is a budget Android smartphone, that comes with Android 2.1 and a range of features. The Galaxy Europa comes with a 2.8 inc QVGA display and has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

It’s touch screen is capacitative – not resistive.

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Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 Review


This is a review of the Samsung Galaxy 5, a budget Android phone which offers great value for money. It has some decent hardware specifications and runs Android 2.1 Eclair. It is one of the cheapest Android phones available.

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Samsung Galaxy 5


The Samsung Galaxy 5 also known as the Samsung Corby i5500 Android (Corby is known as Genio in the Europe) was first spotted in official wireless certification documents before being teasingly seen 'in the flesh' behind a glass cabinet at the Google...

I got some specs for you too including confirmation its packing Android 2.1 Eclair with a slightly customized UI (check the picture tab!), A capacitive 2.8" inch TFT-LCD screen supporting multi-touch, a 2 megapixel camera, 1200 mAh battery and all the...

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Samsung copied iPhone?


Overall I'd say this phone wasn't very well thought out or was rushed through R&D. If you're expecting anything on par with an iPhone, you will be very disappointed. But if you need a smart phone and this is all that fits your budget, it'... Expand...

Nice size, good screen, decent features overall

Maybe Samsung copied Apple, but not very well - this ain't no iPhone. This touch screen often ignores my input...even repeated input. The predictive input keypad is a joke. Things that the iPhone interprets/fixes on the fly so easily this one hardly ever

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Amazon review summary for Samsung Galaxy 5 / Galaxy 550 / Galaxy Europa / GT-I5500 / GT-I5503 / GT-I5508


alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy 5 / Galaxy 550 / Galaxy Europa / GT-I5500 / GT-I5503 / GT-I5508 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

value for money, responsiveness, usability, camera, battery


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung i5500 Corby Galaxy 5 Android Smartphone with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Touch Screen - No Warranty - BlackSamsung I5500 Galaxy 5 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera and and Stereo FM - US Warranty - BlackSamsung i5500 Corby Galaxy Europa

Product Specifications


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes