Samsung Galaxy Fit Review
Author: Matt Published: October 25th, 2011 12:34 PM Category: Reviews,Tablets & Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy Fit is a compact and inexpensive Android 2.2 smart phone sporting a 5-megapixel camera as well as a sleek and eye-catching design. It retails for around £100 on a pay as you go contract, but is available SIM-free for £170.
The Galaxy Fit is completely black in design with a chrome-effect bezel around the edges. Some of you might notice that the Fit looks very similar to the Galaxy Mini. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Fit looks much more accomplished and actually sports a larger 3.3-inch display.
Unfortunately, the 3.3-inch display only delivers a resolution of 240×320 pixels, which is the same as the Galaxy Mini. This is quite disappointing, but I’m pretty sure Samsung didn’t create the Galaxy Fit to compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 4S or the LG Optimus 2X.
Samsung have opted for capacitive buttons on the Galaxy Fit as opposed to physical ones. The central button is the one button not touch-sensitive, offering a button you can actually press. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Fit does not include the touch-sensitive search button that we’ve seen on many Android devices such as the LG Optimus 2X.
As you can see below, the Galaxy Fit sports the Notifications bar just like all over Android devices, and you have the ability to turn on or off a whole variety of features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
I also noticed that the programs menu on the Galaxy Fit actually scrolls horizontally instead of the standard vertical-scrolling menu we’ve seen in other Android devices.
The Galaxy Fit features a 5-megapixel camera capable of taking decent quality pictures and recording standard-definition video. The camera application on the Galaxy Fit has a range of different features such as autofocus, scene mode, brightness controls, a timer, white balance, ISO and image quality.
After watching a fair few YouTube videos and playing a variety of MP3s on the Galaxy Fit, I was very impressed with how good the audio quality actually was. The sounds were crisp and clear and overall sounded great. However, the Galaxy Fit won’t do songs with a lot of bass any justice whatsoever.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Fit sports a 600MHz processor, which actually chucks it right to the back of the box in terms of power compared with its Android brothers, sisters and cousins.
However, despite the lack of power, the Galaxy Fit reacts quickly and swiftly whilst browsing standard applications such as Internet, Gmail and didn’t once begin to lag whilst I was using it.
I also had a quick game of Angry Birds to test the gaming performance of the Galaxy Fit. All in all, it performed very well. There was virtually no lag at all, and despite the graphics on the Galaxy Fit not being up to standard, everything was clear and the game ran very well.
The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Fit seemed OK, but like most smart phones, you’ll find that the charge only lasts about a day before you need to plug it in again. Obviously depending on how much you use your phone for and what you’re doing on it will affect the overall battery life.
The Galaxy Fit has a few features that are less attractive in design, these are the USB port and the microSD card slot. The USB port cover is actually relatively well designed with its sliding door mechanism, however the microSD slot just features a cheap plastic cover, which doesn’t really match the overall design of the phone at all.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit runs Android 2.2, which is quite out of date to begin with seen as though 2.3 was released quite some time ago. However, the software has been customised to run well on the Galaxy Fit and it does its job very well.
The only problem I had was that a few applications such as Spotify and a couple of games didn’t work all of the time for me, with Spotify failing to open all together.
You can find many other applications easily on the Android Market though, and with it being linked to your Google account, everything can be downloaded quickly and easily.