The Galaxy Pro not only mimics the classic BlackBerry design, as it offers the full Android experience complete with Samsung's TouchWiz UI
Editor's Review of the Galaxy Pro
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Pro, the first Android smartphone to combine a touchscreen and a portrait QWERTY keypad. Described by Samsung as "the perfect business partner" could this finally be the handset to sway the Blackberry faithful?
Design & Build
The Galaxy Pro may not exude the style and class of its advanced, albeit more expensive, Galaxy siblings, but it does offer an interesting alternative for business folk and social networkers. In comparison to the incoming wave of low-end QWERTY handsets, Samsung's latest effort offers a much sleeker appearance, and it's Samsung Galaxy Ace-style mesh-like battery panel adds a high-end look to the mid-range smartphone.
Within its cool metallic casing sits an extremely responsive 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, boasting a lowly 320 x 240 pixel resolution. While it's washed-out display is certainly not a highlight, its physical keys on the other hand, are. The handset sports a four-row portrait QWERTY, made up of tactile, domed keys. The buttons are well spaced, and large enough to make for speedy messaging with no silly mistakes and for even the chunkiest of digits. The keypad is paired with four capacitive keys, which are equally as likeable. The raised buttons offer instant access to Menu, Home, Back and Search
Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Pro sits an 800MHz processor, which is perfectly whizzy enough to power this compact smartphone.
OS & Interface
It may not be the latest version of Google's OS, but the Samsung Galaxy Pro arrives running Android 2.2 (Froyo), bringing 3G Mobile Hot Spot and Adobe Flash 10.1 to the business-focussed blower. The screen is dressed with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which has been re-jigged to fit the handset's obscure landscape view. Offering much more functionality than Blackberry OS, Samsung's custom UI offers multiple customisable home screens, pre-loaded Google widgets and access to over 150,000 downloadable apps from the Android Market.
Samsung has also chucked in its Social Hub Premium for good measure, which integrates email, social networking and instant messaging accounts. We found it extremely easy to get to grips with, and it even saves on battery life.
Multimedia & Storage
With Samsung's focus being on social networking and business tools, it's fair to say, the Galaxy Pro is lacking when it comes to media.
On its rear, there's a 3.15 autofocus megapixel camera, which due to its lack of flash, struggles to produce great quality snaps in poorly lit surroundings. It's also capable of recording QVGA footage at 30 frames per second, which proved equally disappointing and lacking in detail. Still, if you're not such a budding-photographer, the included media player and FM radio are great for on-the-go entertainment.
The Samsung Galaxy Pro also arrives with just 512MB of built-in storage, but this can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. There's also a 2GB chucked in the box, which can store around 500 tunes.
It may be a "mid-range" handset, but the Samsung Galaxy Pro arrives equipped with both HSDPA and WiFi connectivity for speedy browsing. The onboard browser copes well with the speeds, and renders pages well on the 2.8-inch screen - much to our surprise. However, the lack of multitouch gestures were a little frustrating, and made for a lot of squinting at the tiny onscreen text.
Adding to its array of business-suited specs, the Galaxy Pro can also be hooked u to your laptop or PC using its 3G Mobile Hot Spot functionality, proving the ultimate companion for busy professionals.
When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy Pro doesn't disappoint. It may be a small handset, but it packs a hefty 1350mAh juice-box under the hood, promising up to 11 hours of talk time and 610 hours on standby. Woah, that's a lot of Facebooking.
It may not be the prettiest, or most feature packed handset on the market, but the Samsung Galaxy Pro has won us over with its tactile keys and social-focussed features. It may not look as sleek as the Blackberry Curve 8520 for example, but Samsung is right - the Galaxy Pro is the "perfect business partner" with its onboard QWERTY and integrated Social Hub. Could it be time to ditch the Blackberry for an Android alternative? We certainly think so.
I would not reccommend this phone to anyone. Since day 1 of having the phone it switches itself off. It takes a long time to load on the internet. It gets hot. I have taken it back to the shop they loaded a software on it to kill apps. That did no good. I then took it back again they sent it away and replaced it with another one and this one is doing exactly the same. I am going to go directly to Samsung now.
Samsung Galaxy Pro is a good Android Froyo phone with capacitive touchscreen and QWERTY keypad. Attractive and useful features in the phone are 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, ThinkFree Office app, Samsung Kies PC sync app, IM, email support, 3MP camera, A-GPS, digital compass, and Social Hub. The phone has 32GB expandable memory.
This is an excellent phone, and mixture of blackberry, nokia E72, touch Screen Phones, and Android. i will 100 %reccomend this phone for those who complain about battery life with smart phoens.
i have this phone in my hand now on contract! best phone ive ever had, love it! and the app store is great
This phone is really working very smoothly and have features like that of my old blackberry curve. it has a few limitations like front camera and BBM but it's awesome for business users like me with its qwerty keyboard.
i recently bought the galaxy pro from a three store in london, having broken my blackberry. it's a good looking phone and the screen looks really vibrant, - low resolution is not noticable at all. i much prefer using android than blackberry too, everything runs so much smoother and there's plenty more apps to play with! my only complaint is that i wish it had a black keypad, but this shouldn't put you off buying it :)
It was between this and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro for me, but I thought the Galaxy Pro was extremely reasonably priced for what it has on offer. Having previously used a Nokia E72, I found Android much more functional and it's a huge improvement for using email and reading documents. Its great for leisure too and I haven't been able to put it down since I got it! I found the keyboard a little fiddly to begin with but I soon got the hang of it. Excellent value for money! 5 stars!
Very happy with this phone, although it would be brilliant if it had a VGA resolution display with Samsung's 'Super-Clear LCD' technology, instead of a QVGA display. Was also disappointed with its lack of front-facing camera, but I was impressed with its business features.
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Samsung Galaxy Pro News
The Samsung Galaxy Pro looks set to launch this month, with a SIM free price-tag of £170. That’s according to Indian retailer Flipkart, at least, who have pegged the Blackberry rival with a Rs. 12990 (£170.30) pre-order price-tag, alongside an imminent release date of the third week of April. Launched at Samsung‘s SEA conference at [...]
Three has announced it will soon be stocking the Samsung Galaxy Pro, the first of Samsung‘s Android handsets to sport a portrait QWERTY keypad. The Blackberry-style handset was launched atÂ Samsung’s SEA Forum in Singapore over the weekend, and was hastily snapped up by the UK network ahead of its April release. Brendan from Three has [...]
Samsung Galaxy Pro Specifications
108mm x 66.7mm x 10.7mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 2.8 inches
Resolution: 320 x 240
External: microSD up to 32GB
Included: 2GB microSD card
A-GPS with maps
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
3.15 megapixel camera
320p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1350 mAh
Talk Time: 660 minutes
Standby Time: 620 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, RA
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264. WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid