My first week with the Samsung Galaxy I7500Support


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  1. BST

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    So 1 week has gone since I got my precious Samsung Galaxy I7500 and I thought I might summarize my experiences.


    My first impression of the phone was that it was really thin. Much thinner than what it looked like on the pictures and videos floating around on the internet.


    Otherwise it seemed very responsive and well build with the great AMOLED screen as the main feature.
    The screen was brilliant to look at in the daylight and as the first day was about to end and it slowly went dark outside I was even more amazed with the contrasts this screen was capable of showing.


    My first disappointment with this phone was when I woke up the next morning realizing that the battery, which was on 100% the night before was almost empty!!


    I just could not believe my own eyes when I saw this. I could not stop thinking about how much they had emphasized up to the release that the battery was so big compared to other similar smartphones and the innovative and fantastic AMOLED screen would almost not use any power at all so you would practically be able use this phone for a very long time on a single charge.
    What the nice people at Samsung apparently forgot to mention was that this phone actually uses approximately as much electricity as a middle sized nuclear power plant can produce...!
    Ok, I might have exaggerated a bit there but I think you get my point.


    I knew that I could not compare the battery life of this phone to my old phone (my 5 year old Sony Ericsson W800i) even though I also used that one for surfing the internet and playing music every day, but still I was really shocked to see the facts.


    Since this is my first Android phone / smartphone with a big screen I was sort of hoping that it was just my mistake and that I just needed to find and adjust the settings for the phone and then I would be able to reduce this massive power consumption.


    This sort of succeeded for me when I found the application
     

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  2. hondaguy

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    I have the magic and I have the screen turned down to 20% so that I can save battery life. I also find that 3g kills my battery fast as I live in an area with poor reception. What I do when I get home is turn 3g off and leave WiFi on. This seems to help with battery life. The problem with these newer devices is that they do so much and I am using it all the time so I need to charge it whenever I have the chance, which includes while I am on my pc or in my car. I am used to charging all the time as I have been using smartphones for years
     
  3. mean_user

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    Is the battery swappable? Or did Samsung do like Apple did with the iPhone battery? If swappable then maybe there's room for a more juicy battery in the future?

    Today I'll stop by Media Markt to play with this phone again to see if it responds differently to the one at the Saturn around the corner.

    Thanks for the post about your experience with the phone, really helpful since the salesmen at the stores don't know much about this phone yet.
     
  4. FLT

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    Wel it's quite obvious if you have 3G/Wifi/BT & GPS on it won't last very long...

    I have those turned off most of the time, I just turn on EDGE (provider doesn't have 3G) when I need it and with normal use (sending SMS, 30min browsing, 20min YouTube and about 20min listening to music A DAY) the battery lasted 4days wich is normal for this kind of phone.

    If you want a long lasting phone buy one without all the features and it'll last at least 2 weeks.
     
  5. KlaymenDK

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    Thanks for the review!
    I just can't wait for it to come out in DK ...but I shall have to, since I can't afford to pay for it sans carrier. :(

    BTW mean_user: Yes, the battery is swappable (see here for instance).
     
  6. mrdagz

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    Thanks for that, Battery Life was one of the big question i had about this phone.
    But as i know that the HTC Dream or G1 in the UK has the same issue and the IPhone 3G will last about a day, the 3GS last about 8 hrs thanks to the more powerful processor and other toys.

    so i think it is about in line with other Smart phones from what you have said.
    Sadly Battery Thecnology has not moved on as fast as the rest of the phone, but you have the same problem with Laptop,Ipods ect.

    The Photos look good.

    Hope it is out in the UK very soon.
     
  7. Chrisp7

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    If you want decent battery life go for a Nokia smartphone, N97 battery life is far better.
    Personally I think its about battery management. Id turn down the screen a bit and turn off automatic sync/automatic 3G connection/Wifi scanning. Im sure it will last a decent amout of time then.
     
  8. BST

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    I agree that you really need to manage the battery all the time by not using all the things you mentioned above in order to get approximately 1 day out of the battery.

    Also it is a good idea to turn off the programs running in the background by using apps like "Taskiller".

    I do really hope that the Android developers at Google at least are trying to find a way to make the autosync less power consuming because it is such a vital part of an Android phone that you really don't want to be with out it.
     
  9. mrdagz

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    let's hope that version 2 of the OS makes soem steps forward in that area.
    as Apple seem to have gone backwards with their version 3 of the os!
     
  10. rds.516

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    just deactivate autobrightness, reduce backlight to a low level and use dark pictures. this way you will have a better experience in terms of battery
     
  11. balazer

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    WiSyncPlus is very good for managing battery life. You can, for example, leave data access disabled normally and set it to sync periodically or only when plugged into your charger.

    I recommend against using Taskiller, as it causes some applications to stop functioning correctly. I've found that the apps I use all behave well as far as not using too much battery, even when left running in the background.
     
  12. GSGreg

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    I'm the developer behind WiSyncPlus. Thanks Balazer for the thumbs up.

    Please allow me to share a tip to save battery life.

    Many people do not realize how much power 3G can draw use. Using 3G vs 2G means your phone is talking with multiple cell towers at the same time. This alone draws more power than a simple 2G/GPRS connection, even in ideal conditions.

    Okay, you probably already knew that. What you may not know is, as signal quality decreases, which is fairly common because of coverage limitations, your phone automatically cranks up TX power to talk with all those towers. The level of power used is always that which is required to communicate to the tower with the weakest signal. This may mean your phone is frequently transmitting at peak output. This also means you can actually pull more power from a poor 3G connection than you will otherwise use via WIFI. That means you can actually drain your battery faster via 3G than via WIFI.

    Because of this potential battery drain, WiSyncPlus has advisors which monitor signal strength and connection type. It notifies you of ways to increase battery life based on signal quality. And that's just one of the ways WiSyncPlus can increase your standby battery life.

    In case you don't know, here are the advantages of 3G: Better voice quality, concurrent voice and data, lower network latency, typically much more available bandwidth. But all that comes at a cost of much higher battery use over that of 2G/GPRS. And worse case, battery use can be a fair bit higher than that of a typical WIFI connection.

    If you don't require a fast internet connection and find voice quality acceptible (most do) on Edge, and don't require concurrent voice/data, seriously consider operating in 2G only mode until you know you need additional bandwidth (example, watching video, downloading a file). You will see an improvement in battery life by operating in 2G the majority of the time.

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  13. Aight

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    Thanks for the review BST!

    You didn't speak much about how fast i7500 is in normal use, would love to hear more about it. Maybe even record somekind of a videoclip where you're using the phone? :)

    Also I'm wondering how this phone competes against HTC Hero and iPhone 3G/3G S (speed, usability etc.)?
     
  14. FLT

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    I've made some clilps a while ago:
    YouTube - Samsung Galaxy i7500 Quick Hands-on (part 1/2)
    YouTube - Samsung Galaxy i7500 Quick Hands-on (part 2/2)

    My vids are not superb though, was just because I had some requests for them.
     
  15. Aight

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    Thanks for the vids FLT, much appreciated!

    i7500 looks very nice and seems to perform normal tasks quite fast.

    I'm really struggling between HTC Hero and i7500 but I guess I'm leaning towards Samsung more because it's bit cheaper and more compact in size.

    Btw have you tried wireless headphones with your phone?
     
  16. spottyelephant

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    Hi,

    I'm struggling as to whether i take the android jump or not, and was looking at this phone.

    Is there any chance you'd be able to post a couple of examples of the camera taking low light (specifically with the flash) photos?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  17. gie62001

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    hi just wanted to ask about GPS is it normal GPS or just it works with google maps? as ive seen in other forums that they were not sure about presense of GPS.thanx
     
  18. electric

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    hi-can u show some working gps pic ? did u try some nav prog on it to see if it can find the gps ?
    thx
     
  19. Chrisp7

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    It has GPS that works with all applications. Not sure what the point would be of having GPS that only works with google maps!

    Copilot is a good GPS Nav programme..
     
  20. balazer

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    Copilot Live? That thing sucks. It was the biggest waste of money.

    Get a Garmin.
     
  21. Chrisp7

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    Really? Got it on mine, works fine.
     
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    i have it and it works fine...

    after all from a new android user.. i say i will love this os.
     
  23. kam187

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    The old version sucked, but version 8 is actually very good.
     
  24. Chrisp7

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    Hello from Ocuk Kam;)
     
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    I'm signing up to a few forums ready for when i get my galaxy :D

    ooh update: 'Parcel picked up'

    I guess it was just scanned and tagged on saturday but picked up by the courier today
     

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