Android Phones – Samsung Galaxy
The Samsung Galaxy also known as the i7500 when first introduced in April 2009 was the Korean manufacturer’s first mobile phone to use the Android operating system. The model has since been upgraded to firstly the i5700, known as the Galaxy Lite and then to the i5800, known as the Galaxy S.
The Android open source operating system was purchased by Google in 2005 and is based on the Linux operating system. A large number of developers work to write applications also known as apps specifically for the Android system, with an estimated 100,000 apps available for Android users.
But back to the Samsung offering. The Galaxy is not just a mobile phone, it’s a smartphone, that is, a small handheld computer that uses a single microchip to handle all operations, dramatically increasing processing speeds over other mobile phones that typically use multiple chips for different operations, such as video, sound and more.
The initial i7500 Galaxy featured a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with a power LED flash unit and offered connectivity via USB 2.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The unit was surprisingly slim, measuring just 115 mm x 56 mm x 11.9 mm and weighing in at just 116 grams.