I thought I'd review the Samsung Galaxy Portal or Samsung Galaxy Spica in other countries while it's Samsung Galaxy Lite in some but in Samsung model numbers, this is simply, the Samsung i5700.
I got the white version of the Samsung Galaxy Portal now I'm not really into white mobile phones but there is some advantage to getting the white one: first, it's kinda cute and second, it's less of a fingerprint magnet than most black mobile phones. While I miss the flat square that is the Milestone, the Galaxy Portal with its rounded edges and silver lining with yellow green highlights has its own appeal.
On the front of the Galaxy portal you have 7 buttons. The upper left button is the menu button, upper right is the back button, lower left is the call button, lower right is the end button, lodged between the menu and call button is a shortcut to Google search while lodged between the back and end button is the homescreen button. In the middle is the ok or select button and surrounding that is the directional button.You can take off the battery cover by just popping up the lid. I don't get why Samsung is going the pop-up battery cover way with their newer phones. I hate it. First, I got no fingernails because I have the nasty habit of biting them so I couldn't get the right grip on the cover plus the phone is in danger of being scratched by your fingernail during the times when you fumble to open it. I miss the old days when I have to slide out the battery covers. Samsung, if you're listening, this is a major design flow, bring back the slide-off battery covers!Now here is something new with the Samsung Galaxy Portal that I haven't seen in other Samsung mobile phones: The simcard slot isn't at the back of the batterry, instead, it's on the left side. Now that's what I call good design. We're in that age where most users have more than 1 mobile phone numbers so naturally they have more than 1 simcards. I love the fact that I can easily swap simcards without having to take out any battery. Good move here.
The Samsung Galaxy Portal, like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy has 3.2 inches AMOLED capacitive screen. The screen has rich, vibrant colors but like many AMOLED screens, I'd advise against using it in direct sunlight.[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lwIg_XSGuJ4/S31n5RXwkVI/AAAAAAAAA2o/Kd7WCIiEq4k/s400/Samsung+Galaxy+Portal.jpg[/img]