Samsung Galaxy W is positioned between the ultra-affordable Samsung Galaxy Y and the flagship-level Samsung Galaxy S2.
And it's in the middle of those not only in terms of size and price tag but also when it comes to technical specifications. So if you think you need more than what SGY can offer but you find SGS2's SRP and features a bit too much, then SGW could very well be the phone for you.
The W in Samsung Galaxy W means 'Wonder'. Isn't that - uhm - wonderful?
SGW runs the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with its 1.4GHz single-core processor and flaunts a 3.7- inch full touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution.
According to Samsung, SGW is for people who want to live fast and live smart. I don't know. I just think the phone looks cute.
So what are the other key features? Samsung Galaxy W comes replete with 5 MegaPixel camera with auto-focus lens and LED Flash, high-definition video recorder, 1.7 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD card slot, microUSB port, loud speaker and 3.5mm audio jack. As for connectivity, SGY supports Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G.
Like its more expensive brother - the SGS2, SGW features Social Hub - an application from Samsung that lets you easily manage and update your social networking accounts, Google Services Suite including Google Search, Android Market and Google Maps among others, and seamless social networking integration for convenient sharing of content.
SGW is now available in the Philippines via Samsung's authorized retailers. The official suggested retail price of this midrange smartphone is Php 16,990.
So am I recommending this phone? First off, I think SGW is a great phone; It looks nice and the specs are good. But you know what? Php 17,000 is already - uhm - a lot. In my humble opinion, if you're already inclined to spend that much on a smartphone, I'd suggest you just add a bit more to it and go for a dual-core flagship release like Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation or even LG Optimus 2X -- just to future-proof your purchase. I won't stop you from taking a look at SGW, though.
Anyway, staying true to our tradition here in TP, here are the complete specs of the handset:
|Name||Samsung Galaxy W|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||115.5 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm|
|Available Colors||Black, White|
|Operating System||Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread|
|Display||3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, VGA camera in front|
|Video Capture||High-Definition 720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.264/H.263 player MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player DNSe Sound Enhancement|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP|
|Network||2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Memory||1.7 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB ROM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB card|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1500 mAh|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 570 hours on 2G Standby of up to 420 hours on 3G Talk time of up to 17 hours 50 minutes on 2G Talk time of up to 8 hours 20 minutes on 3G|
|Value-Added Features||Google Services Suite, Social Networking Integration, Social Hub|
|Announcement||December 2011 in the Philippines|