Samsung currently has four handsets in its line-up of Android-based Galaxy phones. There’s the high-end highly rated Galaxy S, the entry-level Galaxy Europa, above which sits the Galaxy Portal. Sliding in between the Portal and the S you’ll find this handset, the Apollo.
There are two versions of the handset available at the moment. The first is the standard Galaxy Apollo GT-i5800, which can be picked up on a number of networks, while the second is the Galaxy Apollo GT-i5801 which is exclusive to Orange. Both phones are functionally identical, but the Orange version has a sexier mirrored chrome finish and triangular home button on the front, while the standard i5800 model has a black finish and a squarer home button.
In terms of design, the Apollo is a tale of two halves as the front looks pretty classy thanks to its glossy finish, but the matt black battery cover looks a bit cheap and the phone is a little bit on the chunky side measuring 13mm thick.
As with the majority of Android devices, this model has a standard micro-USB port that’s called into play both for both charging the device and syncing it with a PC. This is located at the top of the phone behind a hard plastic flap. Next to it on the right hand side is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack while to the right you’ll find a dedicated power button.
There’s also a volume rocker switch on the left hand side and two soft buttons for the standard Android Options and Back controls as well as the central Home button. However, the handset lacks the Search button you find on many Android phones and perhaps more annoyingly it doesn’t include a camera button. The rear phone can be prised off with a fingernail to give you access to both the SIM card and microSD slots, both of which can be accessed without having to remove the battery.
Although the Apollo sits just above the Portal in the Galaxy line-up, its 3.2in screen is slightly narrower than the one that the Portal uses. This is reflected in its resolution too, as while the Portal’s display has a resolution of 480x320, the Apollo’s screen tops out at 240 x 400 pixels.
However, the display does have one big advantage over the Portal’s one in that it uses capacitive rather than resistive technology. As a result, not only is it very sensitive to touch input, but it also supports multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom in the web browser and Google Maps application. That said, the display’s limited resolution does mean that you have to do a lot of zooming when viewing web pages, as you pretty much always have to zoom in to be able to read any text on a page.