Samsung Galaxy Pop Review

Over the recent past, Samsung has realized that there is a lot of scope for entry and mid level Android smartphones in Asian countries, specially India. The result is in front of us, the recently launched Galaxy Fit, Ace and Pop, which we are going to review today.
Most affordable of the lot, Galaxy Pop is the same phone which was launched as Galaxy Mini in other markets. It comes in two versions-  GSM and CDMA, and both have been priced pretty decently, which will interest first time Android buyers.

Pricing:GSM Version: INR 9500 [Street price might differ] 

CDMA Version: INR 9750 [Street price might differ]

Full Specifications:

There is no visible or specs difference between GSM and CDMA variants except network support. We used the CDMA version in our review, running on MTS network.
  • Android 2.2 Operating System
  • 600 MHz processor
  • FM Radio with unlimited channels to store
  • Upto 3.1 Mbps of Download Speed using HSD Network
  • Freedom to choose your CDMA Operator – OMH
  • 3.15MP camera
  • SD card support up to 32 GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, HSD, USB, Bluetooth 3.0, Auto sync
  • USB/WiFi Tethering

 

Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA Specs

Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA Full Specs Sheet (Click to enlarge)

Hardware:
Similar to other entry-level Samsung devices, Galaxy Pop is small and lighter and feels plasticy, but we don’t expect much in this price bracket. There is a 3.1 inch display, along with the three Android buttons, power button and microSD card slot which are on the right side, while the volume rocker on the left. USB slot is on the top with the 3.5 mm headset jack.  A dedicated camera button is missing, which could end up annoying some of you.
I feared that the thin plastic battery cover might break while I was taking it out. You will find the SIM slot below the battery. The insides are quite clean, Samsung has done some nice work here.
Personally hardware-wise, I am pretty satisfied with the device apart from the missing camera button and the thin battery cover.Geeky Details: 

There is a Qualcomm 600 MHz processor inside along with 292 MB RAM. Other details include 150 MB Internal storage with 32 GB microSD card support.

Software:
Galaxy Pop comes with Android 2.2 with Samsung Touchwiz UI. I am not a fan of Samsung UI, but it surely brings some welcome UI tweaks like quick settings in notifications bar, Gingerbread style end of menu animations, which will surely make the user experience better.
The presence of Android 2.2 is surely welcome addition and will give the users some respite. Performance as well as utility-wise Android 2.2 was a big upgrade and Samsung has taken a wise decision of providing these phones with FroYo rather than going Motorola’s way of putting Android 2.1 in every devices, which truly sucks.
The software is quite snappy for normal usage but after putting lot of apps and widgets, you might face some lags. If you are a normal user, you will not have an issue with the phone, performance-wise.
Gaming and well as heavy app support will surely be a concern and do not expect this phone to be your gaming powerhouse.

Pre-installed Apps:
Samsung hasn’t filled the phone with too much, and there are only a few pre-installed applications like QuickOffice, Swypw and a Memo app along with Social Hub.

Camera:
Pop comes with the basic 3.14 MP camera, and it is such a letdown. You can only expect to take pics in broad daylight; any wish for a good night-time photoshoot will surely remain unfulfilled.
The fixed-focus and lack of flash is another reason for concern here. Considering camera is an integral part of  the smartphone experience, Samsung loses out here. Galaxy Pop also lets you record videos, but the recording is very basic and you cannot use them anywhere apart from in MMS.

Battery Life and Connectivity:

Galaxy Pop comes with a 1200 mAh battery, which gives you enough juice to pass 48 hours with medium usage.If you are a heavy user, you will have to charge it daily.
Apart from the cellular CDMA 1X, EVDO Rev. A in CDMA version and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA in GSM version, Galaxy Pop’s connectivity package offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Buetooth v2.1 with A2DP support and USB v2.0. The USB interface is microUSB, which has  become a standard these days, so you can find a compatible cable anywhere.

Display:
Samsung Galaxy Pop has a 3.14 inch LCD TFT with 320X240 pixel resolution. The low resolution could be a  problem while installing apps and games. Display’s touch sensitivity is good, and I wasn’t really expecting such a touch screen in an entry-level device. Using the virtual keyboard is easy due to the capacitive touch. Samsung has also put in Swype in case you don’t like the Samsung keyboard, but Swype works great on bigger screens with more resolution.

Wrap-Up:

So, how does Samsung Galaxy Pop perform overall, Not great but really good. The phone has been priced and designed for the first time Android buyers, so don’t expect a Nexus S out of it.
It is surely a value for money, and the presence of FroYo and decent looks with nice capacitive touch makes it worthy as your first Android phone.
On the problematic front is camera is so-so and the low resolution will limit your choice of apps . The Adobe Flash is missing due to un-supported browser.

Positive:

  • Price
  • Android 2.2
  • Touchscreen

Negatives:

  • Low screen resolution
  • Fixed focus camera
  • No flash, no dedicated camera key


  • pranab sahoo

    how i download vidio from internet

  • mohsin

    Can you please tell Which swype version is preinstalled?

  • http://google ramya

    i want to buy this phone can any one truly say how would it be? if its not good suggest a better ph

  • GOUTHU

    Does it have front cam if so send to “gouthuanilucky@gmail.com” that how to use front cam pls send me the procedure pls anyone knows tell me

  • suryamohan chakraborty

    samsung GT-S5570 is a nice set.
    i am facing a problem recently.In the contacts icon i can view only 6 numbers with their name though there are approx.500 name stored in the set.
    All names can be viewed in the history.
    I want to view all the contact nos. in contact icon
    Pl suggest.

    surya
    9432332601

  • Murali Raju M

    This is the worst phone am also ever seen like mr.hrushikesh, facing almost all the problems faced by hrushikesh, worst battery life i have ever seen, max take time battery life will be 2hrs, if you enable packet data talk time life will not be more than 1.5 hrs, my advice never go to this mobile.

  • Hrushikesh

    This is THE worst phone I have ever seen.
    Apart from the regular problems here are another list I am facing.
    1. Phone is restarting continuously if I enable packet data service for internet usage.
    2. If you leave the phone with wifi ON for more than 2 hrs, it will shut down automatically (Even if there is sufficient amount of battery back up). And if you try to switch it ON, it wouldn’t happen. You have to remove the battery (sometimes the SIM card as well) and then it will be turned ON.
    3. If you try to scroll down/up on a page such as facebook/twitter, the mobile wouldn’t respond. Sometimes it will restart automatically.
    There are a lot of minor problems as well which you can see on any review sites.
    I have bought hoping that it suits my budget and I am getting a decent phone. But now relenting in taking this phone.
    Would suggest anybody who is willing to have this phone, please DON”T but this one.

    • Pinakie

      I am using the phone and there is such problem. What I suspect is that ur phone has been attacked by a virus. U may try using a virus scanner. try downlaoding the free trial version of Quickheal and check.

      Best of Luck.

      • Pinakie

        typoerror : I am using the phone and there is NO such problem.

  • basant narayan singh

    I am unable to use internet through my laptop and mobile. there is no option seen after installing the CD in the laptop

  • Shujogga

    I cant connect the phn to my pc via data cable… Kies ius not reading the device once connected.. plz help..

  • Amit Mehta

    Can one one user of this phone let me know whether this phone gets synced with outlook.. As i am using a Nokia phone right now and hence i have all my backup stored with outlook and hence its very important.. Can anyone test and letme know

  • Dipankar Bose

    I have purchase Galaxy Pop but I can’t use voice recording at the time of Incoming/Outgoing call. Is it possible ? Another Ques. How I can download Android applications from internet ? From my mobile phone net or from computer internet ?

  • http://piglings.blogspot.com Vikram Sridharan

    Obviously Optimus one, for a little more money, a much better device. More RAM / Rez / Battery

  • Manju

    I’m planning to buy an Android within 10k INR, which one is better – Samsung Galaxy Pop or LG Optimus One P500?

  • Pop CDMA User

    The phone shuts off at random intervals. Tried out various options like using it without memory card, getting the firmware upgraded through service centre, but they were of no use. Finally trying out switching off GPS and logging out of google latitude, has not shutdown in the past 24 hours.

  • http://gmail geetika

    i m having d same ph. n it is very good at usage. i like dat.