Samsung Galaxy 551

mithun_mrg

Cyborg Agent
Tech-Specs(Taken From Gsm-Arena)

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2010, October
Status Available. Released 2010, Q4

SIZE Dimensions 111 x 55 x 15.2 mm
Weight 117 g


DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2 inches
- QWERTY keyboard
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- TouchWiz 3.0 UI

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 160 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2 GB included

FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
CPU 600 MHz processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Downloadable
Colors Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Social networking integration
- MP4/WMV/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh

Talk time Up to 550 minutes (2G), up to 340 minutes (3G)(From the Official website)
Standby Up to 520 hours (2G), up to 370 hours (3G)



So after using it for 3-4 months i decided to write a review on this

Starting off The Retail Box Shots & the Bundle
Front Box

P7280347 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Back listing an overview of the features

P7280350 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Bundle Including the Phone,battery,Charger, Data-cable,IEM Handsfree, 2GB Card,2 mini CD of Kies,Manuals (Sorry for the missing charger,cd & Datacable pics)


P8010359 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Phone Front

P7280352 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Qwerty Keypad

P7280353 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Phone Back

P7280355 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Build quality is good but the plastic is Glossy & Finger Print Magnet i have dropped it two/three times until now no damage done

Lets have a look at the Phone Applications

Home

device-2011-07-29-164139 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Standby

device-2011-07-29-164205 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Apps

device-2011-07-29-164219 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Settings

device-2011-07-29-164350 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Settings Continued

device-2011-07-29-164325 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

About Phone

device-2011-07-29-164415 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Music Player

device-2011-07-29-164954 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Gallery

device-2011-07-29-165200 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Video Playback

device-2011-08-01-113404 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

device-2011-08-01-113539 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Video Playback -Youtube

device-2011-08-01-112833 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

device-2011-08-01-113129 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Camera Clicks Re-sized to 640X480 both indoor & outdoor have not taken in BAD/Low Light since it dosent have any led flash(Not the best But i think does its job BTW is there a phone camera that can match a standalone digital
camera)


2011-07-29 15.24.13 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

2011-07-29 15.23.09 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

2011-07-29 15.22.27 by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Pros:
Android 2.2
Bright Display
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Full Qwerty keypad
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth 2.1
Can turn off the Data Network feature & also the UI rotation
MP4/WMV/H.263 video player
Touch screen responsiveness is good
Automatically detects & configures the Data Network settings

Cons:
1200 mAh Battery Galaxy3 has 1500 mAh u have to charge it daily
Body is prone to scratches & is fingerprint magnet
No Led Flash & no front camera
No dedicated camera Switch
No flac support in music player
Still no news about 2.3 update


So this was the short review of the device please post Ur comments & suggestions
 

sygeek

Technomancer
What's the price? Seems like a low-end android phone to me.

Did you root it yet? If not, then I recommend it.
 
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mithun_mrg

mithun_mrg

Cyborg Agent
The price i bought was 12500 now it is 11,500
Yes i did root it & installed Live Wallpapers which is officially not supported
 

coderunknown

Retired Forum Mod
review is small & simple but informative. but lacks a few points:
1. how angry birds or similar physics heavy game runs? cause latter levels are almost unplayable on my O1.
2. bundled earphone quality. from looks it should be at least lot better than Nokia's headphones (& looks exactly the same as the one bundled with O1 except for the black earbuds).
3. sunlight visibility?
4. H/W qwerty keyboard quality. you haven't written anything about it. most important part of 551 is the QWERTY. else Galaxy 3 comes even cheap & O1 is better for same price.

Pros:
Android 2.2
Bright Display
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Full Qwerty keypad
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth 2.1
Can turn off the Data Network feature & also the UI rotation
MP4/WMV/H.263 video player
Touch screen responsiveness is good
Automatically detects & configures the Data Network settings

the 3 points i marked bold are common for all Android mobile.

& how is the visibility outside under sunlight? the screen looks glossy.

Cons:
1200 mAh Battery Galaxy3 has 1500 mAh u have to charge it daily
Body is prone to scratches & is fingerprint magnet
No Led Flash & no front camera
No dedicated camera Switch
No flac support in music player
Still no news about 2.3 update

i think rockplayer or mobo player will take care of the unsupported formats. -ve point should be something that you can do anything about easily. like the low wattage battery (sliders have to compromise on battery, always).

The price i bought was 12500 now it is 11,500
Yes i did root it & installed Live Wallpapers which is officially not supported

flipkart selling it for 9199. so lets buy's price should be even lower (~8.5k)
 
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mithun_mrg

mithun_mrg

Cyborg Agent
@ sam thanks mate for pointing these out will take care of them soon any suggestions on what software to use for GPU benching

for the price i listed it from the samsung website have u used A60 i didn't find the responsiveness as good as Samsung/Nokia
 

subashj

Broken In
looks cool...what about its os...is it extendable? hav u encountered any os problems coz i had one with my galaxy fit(whole os ws needed 2b formatted)..?
 

coderunknown

Retired Forum Mod
can try neocore for benchmark. but remember, lot depends on optimised OS, kernel, memory patch, etc. so even a score of 40-45 is good enough.

a60 uses resistive touchscreen & no wonder it sucks. used friends 5230 (8-9 months old) & at first i was confused as to why it wasn't registering my touch. thats what resistive screen is all about.

also the SOC is an upgrade from G3's slow & pathetic (no dedicated GPU) to Qualcomm MSM7227. so 551 isn't just a g3 slapped with a h/w keyboard but a lot of internal change as well.
 
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