Samsung asks if i7500 is the Android you have been looking for

Samsung asks if i7500 is the Android you have been looking for

Summary: The big news is that even if this is not the Android you are looking for another will be along presently. Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Acer have all said they are working on Android kit.

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Samsung is releasing its first phone using Google's Android software, the i7500 (right, from our Crave blog).

Is this the Android you have been looking for?

Andrew Nusca at the Toybox notes that it has a real touch screen, built-in GPS, WiFi support, a 5 GByte Megapixel camera and up to 40 Gbyte of memory when you add a MicroSD card.

Our British unit notes the phone will be released in Germany through O2. No pricing has been announced.

Personally I would love one of these babies for my trip to CompuTex, especially since the camera is said to be self-focusing.

Pictures would be easy to transfer to the blog since I already have the GIMP ediing software loaded and could move the photos directly to my new Netbook on the SD card.

Of course, I can do that already with my present camera set-up, which is about a year old. But the GPS would be cool if I got lost somewhere in Asia.

The big news is that even if this is not the Android you are looking for another will be along presently. Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Acer have all said they are working on Android kit. Samsung is just the second manufacturer with product, following HTC of Taiwan.

This is supposed to mean very active competition but also a single cooperative community of users. It's the construction of the community, not the App store, that gives Android its potential punch.

And then when you consider that Netbooks running Android could be announced as early as CompuTex in June, and delivered to U.S. buyers in time for Christmas, that could really be starting something.

Topics: Samsung, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobility

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  • All I want for Christmas is an Android Arm based netbook, with 12 hour

    battery life!!

    I will eventually get an Android phone too.
    DonnieBoy
    • You're not getting it

      There's too much development that's going to be needed to get Android as a cell phone OS to be a quality netbook OS. It's a nice idea, but once you start looking at the details you see that ANdroid development so far has not gone anywhere near the direction it would need to go to be a decent netbook OS.

      That's not to say you can't get a decent ARM netbook by Christmas. I would expect the next Ubuntu release to have full ARM support. You can even get it working on ARM now if you know what you are doing.
      Michael Kelly
      • Well, I would settle for an Ubuntu Arm based netook!!

        NT.
        DonnieBoy
    • Microsoft's netbok achilles heel

      I have a Netbook for the China trip, and its
      battery life sucks, despite everything being
      solid state.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • I want the camera

    5 GByte camera :)


    probably meant 5 mega pixel
    mrlinux
    • You're right

      I'll change it right away.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • Mostly good, but still one lingering issue

    The really good thing is the onboard memory. The G1 has very little and as a result you have to watch your application downloads. People have been clamoring for the ability to have apps work off the SD card, but at the very least you would lose your swapability, plus I can thing of other issues which would make that a sloppy solution. But with 8GB onboard memory I can't see anybody even approaching the limit unless they are intentionally trying to overload it.

    The camera is nicer and the addition of an audio jack will quell some complaints (that issue goes away for me once stereo bluetooth becomes supported). The only complaint I can see anyone bring up is the resolution. It's not horrible, but it's not top of the line when you compare it to many Windows Mobile phones. It makes one wonder if Android, at least the first generation, is limited to 320x480.
    Michael Kelly
  • no keyboard?

    always copying the iPhone. I like a real keyboard, not a touch screen keyboard. You learn the keys without looking at the screen and you can use 2 thumbs while typing on a pull out keyboard than on the screen. Make a Pro model and I'll be happy Samsung.
    Maarek Stele
  • RE: Samsung asks if i7500 is the Android you have been looking for

    If you are looking for an android phone to use on Verizon, then this *DEFINETELY* isn't it. You won't be seeing Android devices on Verizon Wireless until some other OS comes out to replace it. At which time they will release an underpowered and lobotomized version.
    jelabarre