Even by smartphone standards the Samsung Galaxy Fit has an odd name, as it implies some fitness-related features. And as there is a GPS on board, and the Android Market has a whole host of tracking apps available, at the very least we expected Samsung to have pre-installed a selection for us to try. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, and in fact, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is a pretty standard, entry-level smartphone.
If there’s one company that’s embraced the Android platform with gusto, it’s Samsung. As well as producing some of the best high-end Android smartphones, including the Galaxy S II, it’s also come out with a range of handsets that are more friendly on the pocket including the likes of the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Pro. The Fit slots in alongside these budget handsets, as it’s got a similar price tag and a similar line up of features.
Budget smartphones have a tendency to look quite low rent, but this handset largely manages to avoid this trap. From the front it actually comes across as quite a handsome device. With a dark chrome band running around the outer edge and light chrome highlighting on the home button and earpiece speaker grill, its classier than most budget rivals. The rear doesn’t look quite as good, though, as the ribbed battery cover feels quite plasticky.
Small in size, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is well designed for smaller, childlike hands. The black and silver chassis design is a little old-fashioned, but it feels robust enough. The Galaxy Fit has a classy design and its camera is better than those you get on most budget smartphones. The 3.3-inch screen is large enough to cater for web browsing and video viewing with reasonable ease in theory, but in practice the 240×320 pixel resolution is a bit of a let down as it makes web browsing quite tricky and the handset doesn’t support Flash.
Beneath the screen there are two touch buttons for Menu and Back functions, as well a large D-pad. Press its centre and you go to the home screen, or long-press it for the task manager showing recently used apps. On our review sample this button felt rather flimsy.
Samsung has put Android 2.2 inside the Samsung Galaxy Fit and overlaid its familiar TouchWiz interface on top. Sadly there are just three home screens, but TouchWiz gives you for shortcuts at the bottom of each of them for Dialler, Contacts, Messages and the Apps menu.
Wi-Fi, HDSOA and the already noted GPS are all here. But memory is short at just 280MB of RAM and 160MB of ROM., although you do get a 2GB microSD slot to boost the capacity out of the box.
It might be surprising given the generally low specifications that the camera shoots stills at 5 megapixels. It produces reasonably good shots, but without a flash and with few photography tweaks, it is a bit of a point-and-shoot camera.
Overall, we can’t identify a lot that makes us want to recommend the Samsung Galaxy Fit. For a similar amount of money, there are other handsets emerging that offer so much more than what the Galaxy Fit can offer.