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Samsung Galaxy Europa GT-i5500 review

Niall Magennis



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Samsung Galaxy Europa front
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa front
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa front angle
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa UI
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa UI
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa shots
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa test photo
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa test photo
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa test photo
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa specs


Our Score:



  • Low price
  • Capacitive touchscreen


  • No multi-touch

Key Features

  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • Android
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: free/subscription

As a flagship phone, Samsung’s Galaxy S has grabbed a lot of media attention, but not everyone can afford its rather steep asking price. It’s also far from the only Android handset in Samsung’s current line-up as the Korean company has steadily been adding new phones to its Galaxy range. The Europa is the latest to put in an appearance and it’s one of the most affordable yet. However, with some compromises having been made to keep the price down, are the results worthy of your hard-earned cash?

Samsung Galaxy Europa front

At first glance, the Europa looks very similar to Samsung’s Genio Touch. It has the same rounded design and two-tone colour scheme, although the Europa has a more professional chrome and glossy black finish than some of the day-glo colours that the youth orientated Genio is available in. The Europa also feels a lot sturdier. For example, although the rear battery cover is made from plastic it snaps firmly into place and doesn’t creak or flex like on some cheaper models.

Samsung Galaxy Europa front angle

The top of the handset is home to a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and you’ll find the volume controls and micro-USB port (which is used for both syncing and charging the phone) on the left-hand side. Samsung has kitted the phone out with the usual menu, home, back and search buttons that you’ll find on most android handsets. These sit above the call buttons and a five way D-pad. All the buttons are traditional physical buttons rather than touch ones, which is no bad thing in our book. One thing that the Europa is missing, though, is a dedicated camera button. As a result, you have to dive into the main menu or use a homescreen shortcut every time you want to launch the camera – not ideal if you need to quickly capture one of those spur of the moment shots.

Samsung Galaxy Europa UI

The screen is the area where the most obvious compromises have been made in an effort to keep the price down. At 2.8in it’s probably the smallest display that you can get away with on a touchscreen device, especially as its resolution is also quite low at just 240 x 320 pixels. Also, although the display uses capacitive technology, Samsung hasn’t enabled it for multi-touch so you can’t pinch to zoom as you can on the Samsung’s Galaxy Apollo GT-i5801 - the next step up in Samsung’s line-up of Android phones.

That said, the display is very responsive to finger swipes, dabs and presses, and seems to be quite accurate too. For example, we were easily able to hit small hyperlinks in the browser first time, whereas on some phones you have to prod around to get them to respond correctly. The display is also reasonably bright, and colours are punchy. However, the low resolution does compromise the web browsing experience somewhat, as when you have the phone held in portrait orientation, text looks a bit blurry even when zoomed in on a column of text on a webpage.

It’s also annoying that the Samsung onscreen keyboard only has a QWERTY layout when used in landscape mode. If you’re working in portrait mode it defaults to a numerical keypad where you have to tap multiple times to reach different letters.

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October 20, 2010, 7:41 pm

Very nice review,

I want to buy a new andriod phone, but i don't know what to buy

Samsung Galaxy Europa GT-i5500

HTC WildFire

Sony Ericsson Xperia x8

HTC hero

which one is the best?


October 21, 2010, 2:53 am

I'd definately go for a Hero.

Bought one myself second hand for 120 quid and rooted/updated cupcake to froyo ROM and it's pretty good to use bar the odd bug here and there and the poor battery (May get a newer one soon to replace it and use the current one)

If you see a hero in good condition, make sure it's updated to 2.1 eclair (Or go do it yourself from the HTC website, get a new battery and you'll be set with an enjoyable Android experience.



October 21, 2010, 4:53 pm

I've bought the orange san francisco


480x800 capacitive AMOLED 3.5" screen

512mb ram


October 21, 2010, 7:47 pm

Yeah surely the san francisco beats this in each and every way?


November 1, 2010, 1:10 pm

Actually, you can also change keyboard to QWERTY type while in portrait mode. Just hold (long press) the Type box and keyboard options will appear.


January 9, 2013, 10:54 am

can you change the background menu yes or now i've been trying almost a year to changed but i couldn't find it

abhay singh

February 1, 2013, 3:55 pm

my phone galaxy 5 got a problem. it starts again and again almost 50 times.
last time when i updated it to 2.2 (froyo) when it got the same problem some months back, it stops worrying me then but now its causing trouble again..
plzzz help

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