The Samsung Galaxy W has just touched down in our reviews pigeon hole and we’ve given it the usual What’s in the box? going over.
Our first impressions of the Galaxy W are positive; it’s got a tidy little 3.7-inch LCD screen that’s incredibly sharp. The 800 x 480 WVGA resolution looks really sharp. There’s a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz chip tucked away inside; swiping through menus and powering up the camera was really quick, quicker than what we were expecting from a phone that’s not strictly speaking, high-end.
It’s not going to give the Galaxy S2 a run for it’s money but it’s head and shoulders above the Samsung Galaxy Ace from earlier in the year.
The main camera clocks in at a resolution of 5-megapixels and is capable of 720p HD video recording; another feather in the Galaxy W’s cap. Internal memory is a rather slight 4GB on paper (1.70GB of which is available to you) but there’s a microSD slot present for your memory expanding needs.
We’re going to tinker around with its settings and see what else it’s got lurking underneath that 3.7-inch screen in our review which’ll be up shortly. Until then… well, you know what to do. Thoughts and ideas in the comments please.
The sharpness and brightness of the Galaxy W’s screen is what immediately leaps out at you. That and the smoothness of operations; it’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip.
As is Samsung’s won’t, they’ve placed the power button for the Galaxy W round on the right hand side. The rubbery battery cover has a weave-mesh pattern giving it some grip.
A thin one-piece volume rocker sits on the upper-left side of the Samsung Galaxy W.
The main camera lens of the Samsung Galaxy W in all its 5-megapixel, 720p recording glory.
The micro USB connection on the top of the Galaxy W is protected by a sliding dust cover and sits next to the 3.5mm jack.
The camera app of the Samsung Galaxy W. All of the usual Samsung camera effects and settings are present here. You get controls for exposure, ISO and a variety of shooting/lighting modes.
Top recording resolution is 1280 x 720 or 720p. There’s controls for white balance and a handful of effects (negative, sepia and greyscale). There’s a self-recording mode as well that activates the front-facing camera as well…
the VGA front facing camera allow you to shoot self-portrait video and stills.
The back peels off easily and thankfully the microSD card slot is accesible without you having to take the battery out.
Samsung apps like the Social Hub, the 7digital-powered Music Hub and the Samsung Apps store come pre-loaded on the Galaxy W.