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It's a great phone for the price range.,
This review is from: Unlocked Samsung S5570 Galaxy Mini Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G, Android International Smart Phone in Steel Gray (Wireless Phone Accessory)I bought this exact model (but with a green back cover) in China in October 2011. I needed something cheap, and I needed it fast. I didn't want to spend too much money, because I wouldn't be there for more than a few months. My only reason for purchasing it was to call people, send texts, use Google Translate, and use Baidu maps to get around. Fortunately, I was also able to tether right out of the box as well -- and connect my laptop when I was in rural China.
If you're a frequent traveler, global roaming is a giant money scam. I suggest buying yourself an unlocked phone, and just switching in SIM cards in the country of your choice... if they support them. Many places will let you pay month-to-month. For example, in China, I'll pay about $10.50 per month for a pretty decent package. Compared to the global roaming packages, this is a steal.
You need to ask yourself: what do you want, and how much are you willing to pay for it? If you want an awesome smartphone, go buy something else. But if you need a smartphone which allows you to do the basic things such as texting, calling, tethering, and web surfing, then this is actually pretty good... if you can deal with the small resolution.
The Camera is actually pretty decent as well. It was much better than I anticipated.
Make sure you get a MicroSD card (up to 16GB) if one doesn't come with this. Use that to install applications on, rather than the paltry 160MB of built-in storage.
- Terrible screen resolution (240x320)
- Low built-in storage space
- Low amount of ram
- Terrible battery, but I kept it plugged in most of the time.
- Performance isn't perfect.
- It actually works very well, and it's extremely stable.
- Upgrades to Gingerbread easily. Google the instructions. This requires root.
- After upgrading to Gingerbread, you can install Cyanogen Mod, etc...
- Most of the time, it runs pretty good.
- The camera is actually pretty decent.
You may also need to download and install the Google apps package if it doesn't come with the phone (mine didn't). Again, Google this for more information.
Remember, you get what you pay for. For this price range, the phone is actually pretty good. However -- as of this post -- there may be much better phones for the same price, or a few dollars more. It might be worth it to skip this phone entirely and find something else. If you can afford it, try to go for something with a bigger screen, and better everything else. Otherwise, this phone is solid, but probably isn't for people with bad eyesight.
I'll be using this phone often on my international travels, at least until I break down and buy the Note. It satisfies all of my basic requirements, and then some. It's not perfect, but it gets the job done.
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Initial post: Feb 8, 2012 3:10:24 PM PST
If you are still checking your emails I want to use a smartphone only to use as a wifi hot spot for my tablet. I don't want to be paying $10.00 a month because I won't be using my tablet outside the house only when I go on vacations. Since I really don't know how this all works does it come with a sim card that you have to have a carrier or can you buy a prepaid sim card like Tmobile sells a stores like Best Buy but the thing is if you don't use it you loose it I need to find someone I can just buy minutes from and they don't expire within a certain amt. of time.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2012 10:46:35 PM PST
Xiong Mao says:
Hi. Prepaid SIM cards work just fine. Mine did not come with a SIM card, and I had to buy one from China Unicom.
It can be used as a WiFi hotspot with ease. You just need to have a phone service. The prepaid SIM cards will definitely do the job. :-) Any company that supports SIM cards will allow you to use it on their network as well.
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 6:14:39 PM PDT
Dr. G. Shum DDS says:
Hi Mr. Mao, does this phone allow you to download or use WhatsApp? My last unlocked android was too old to upgrade to certain apps, just want to know. What's the difference between the Samsung 5500 and 5570 anyway???
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 7:34:37 AM PDT
Jinmei Fu says:
Yes. You can use WhatApp with this phone.
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