Yesterday, Tech65 sent out a 7 minute video that has given us all a first look at the features and function of the Samsung i7500 smartphone. The i7500 was the first non-HTC Android phone to be announced, and as such it's been highly anticipated since then.
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In the video, Tech65 puts the i7500 through the ringer, and Samsung's new baby comes out shining. Android 1.5 looks fantastic on the i7500, and everything seems to move very smoothly. I was excited by the ability to twist and flip the UI around using the touchscreen, which is a very clever way to get around the lack of the G1's sliding keyboard to switch modes.
The one thing that concerns me about the i7500 is the bottom button row. Samsung's packed every functional button into a very tiny area, and I'm not sure how easy it'll be to actually use in the real world. When you're one-handing your phone and using the corner of your eye to work it while the rest of your attention is focused on navigating through a crowded mall, tiny cramped buttons are going to be a pain in the ass.
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That small complaint aside, the i7500 looks fantastic. I certainly prefer its design and layout to the Magic's, and I think Samsung has a real chance to give HTC a beating. If the i7500 suffers from any of the bugs that are currently plaguing Samsung's phones, we'll know soon enough. The i7500 comes out in Germany next month.