If there's one company that's embraced the Android platform with gusto, it's Samsung. As well as producing some of the best high-end Android smartphones, including the Galaxy S II, it's also come out with a range of handsets that are more friendly on the pocket including the likes of the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Pro. The Fit slots in alongside these budget handsets, as it's got a similar price tag and a similar line up of features.
Budget smartphones have a tendency to look quite low rent, but this handset largely manages to avoid this trap. From the front it actually comes across as quite a handsome device. With a dark chrome band running around the outer edge and light chrome highlighting on the home button and earpiece speaker grill, its classier than most budget rivals. The rear doesn’t look quite as good, though, as the ribbed battery cover feels quite plasticky.
Like most of Samsung's Android handsets, this one has three, rather than four buttons at the bottom of the screen. These are for the menu, home and back buttons, with Samsung leaving out the search button you'll find on many of its competitors' Android products (we prefer the Samsung approach as search is replicated in software). On the right hand edge there's the power button, while the left-hand side is home to a volume rocker switch. Sadly, the fit lacks a dedicated camera button, which is a tad annoying, but lamentably is still something of a rarity on Android phones. At least there's a standard 3.5mm headphone jack at the top next to the micro USB port which is hidden behind a sliding plastic dust cap.
Thankfully Samsung hasn’t made the same mistakes on the Fit as it did on the Pro, because this models capacitive display does support multi-touch gestures, so you can pinch to zoom in on webpages, maps and pictures. The display, at 3.3 inches, is also reasonably large for a budget device and larger than the Galaxy Mini. It's bright too, and colours are reasonably vivid, but black levels obviously aren’t as good as higher-end phones, so pictures and videos can look a little bit washed out. The biggest problem, though, is the screen's low resolution, which maxes out at just 240 x 320 pixels. Even Samsung's own aging Galaxy Apollo has a screen with a slightly higher resolution than this. The lack of pixels does significantly compromise the user experience. You have to zoom in quite far on webpages before they become readable, for example, and even text in day to day apps like Gmail looks a tad blurred and indistinct.