rainai, 08 Apr 2010@Andrei
I know that this is a mid-range phone and I agree that it does offer quite a lot for ... moreYou have so many requirements :-)
The spica 2.1 is great for the price. It's not perfect but no phone is , even the mighty Iphone 3GS.
please folks help me upgrade my spica????
how can i do that? Ive tried everything! Nothing! Please!
The 2.1 android update is only for spica 5700, u cannot update ur 7500. So if u r specific about android 2.1, u shud buy spica only
Is the v2.1 update available officially or unofficially? If v can update it unofficially then the same can be done to i7500 Galaxy. Then can anyone suggest which would be a better phone - galaxy i7500 or Spica? Kindly give me advise as I have to buy one of these phone..
Javed Ashraf, 14 Apr 2010@All the guys who have tasted Spica wid Eclair,shall u plz tell me wether we cn install apps i... moreNo you cannot........ 2.1 doesn't bring app2SDC
But you can root ur shiny new Eclair and get very creative with it :)
I bought this in Dubai, UAE. Doesn't have Android Market even though Manual says that. Calling Samsung support and they are not equipped to support t. All most all apps crashes always. Never ever will I buy Samsung or Google phones. They are also not providing any updates to 2.1 also. PC doesn't recognize USB after installing some apps, you have to reset the phone for USB to be detected by PC. I am not using the phone now, gone back to my Nokia 5310 which is far better.
1. There are only basic apps in this phone as a basic Nokia phone (not smartphone) has.
2. Android market was not there in the phone whereas the manual says install apps from market
3. USB mass storage is not found and has to follow certain steps to get it recognized by system. Whereas on other phone it gets recognized easily.
4. Almost all of the Apps that I found from internet and installed kept on crashing always including the Google applications.
5. USB will not be recognized after installing 5 to 10 apps, the phone keeps on saying charging (if charge is less)/king sound. I have to reset to factory setting to get the USB working.... See More
6. Samsung was unresponsive even after several attempts to get help from them.
7. Most of the apps were not installable as the OS was 1.5.
8. I tried contacting Google, they were also like dead meat.
I think the basic Iphone is far better than Iphone in all sense even though there is no flash support and not being open. This was my first ever smartphone. I will never ever buy an Android phone so also any phone from Samsung. I was an ardent Google fan because of their Google search, apps, pack etc. But here I felt cheated by Google and Samsung. Google is making a fool of customers by saying OS is open source and the app suite is closed. I feel if they charge some fee for the apps, I am ready to pay. I have repacked the phone and is happily using my Nokia 5310 which was thinking of replacing with I5700. I will be sending this "Great Phone" to Samsung at my cost for them to keep in their showcase as a symbol of best customer service.
Seriously folks, are you digging here for diamonds and gold??
I just bough it for 5800 CZK (180£ / 210 EUR) and its pure awesome.
For such price you get well rounded android phone and with update 2.1 coming our way, even more awesome to say. Battery life to pwn iPhone and other such rubbish.. 800 MHz cpu.. memory lacks, true, but I got a cheap Kingston 8GB CLS 4 card to make it pretty.
Urm.. no lags here.. but I have 1.5 system. I heard that with 2.1 unofficially updated, it will lag so maybe the review was done on that..
Dont play spoiled kids, but rather compare things on the correct league. This phone is destined as budget-like Android start up series. Not some silly 500$ phones.
@All the guys who have tasted Spica wid Eclair,shall u plz tell me wether we cn install apps in Memory card or nt ?
Plz do ans,thanx
I have this phone and the Live Wall Papers is working very well...
I like a lot this phone.
the camera isn't the best, but works fine in places with good light.
Locutus, 12 Apr 2010Hi,
am confused between spica and nokia x6
am getting spica for around USD 280 and X6 for US... moreIn your case, I would recommend the X6 as the satnav is 2nd to none(offline mode)
The touch-screen interface for Symbian is still premature and until it's sorted out, it's hard to justify buying a touch-screen based Nokia(conversely, the non-touchscreen based Nokias are REALLY good).
Sound quality wise, the Nokia XM series has done a really good job but the Spica's ain't far off.
As for apps, Symbian has TONS of apps/games but mostly don't come cheap/free. On the other hand, Android has alot apps to offer for FREE.
Lastly, the open-source nature of Android means there will constantly be new(free) apps launching on a much frequent basis than Symbian, and the Android firmware upgrades are pretty dramatic, not just minor bugfixes but the UI get's improved as well.
am confused between spica and nokia x6
am getting spica for around USD 280 and X6 for USD 365 (16GB ver)
want to use the phone for Music, some games, touristy navigation in new cities (without data plans i.e. in offline mode)... and emails.. oh yeah and calls too.. :)
which one would you guys recommend? heard nokia x6 has better audio quality and free offline navigation using ovi maps 3... any thoughts on the same?
Thanks in advance!
Simon, 10 Apr 2010oh and it's not TouchWiz - it's Panteon. It might prove that it's not an official 2.1 rom you'... moreThey meant touchwiz-based-pantheon I guess.
The users who could grab the upgrade via official channels already confirmed the existence of "pantheon" along with considerable "lags".
oh and it's not TouchWiz - it's Panteon. It might prove that it's not an official 2.1 rom you're reviewing there. It may also explain these so called lags.
Horst, 09 Apr 2010I think you need to distance yourself from the sponsors of your website, as you objectivity is... moreThe Spica is a nice device but it is alright to criticize for its shortcomings (Lack of notable differentiation on UI, less than optimal music experience, lame camera and smaller screen than other Android flagships currently in the market, etc.)
Again I'd like to point out that the camera is very good for a 3mpx shooter - really, really good.
And its screen is not smaller than new mid-end androids (like HTC Legend which is even more expensive).
I think this review didn't do Spica its justice. It's a great entry level Android phone that doesn't feel entry level - it's superior to mid-ends while it gets compared to the most expensive Androids right now.
Horst, 09 Apr 2010I think you need to distance yourself from the sponsors of your website, as you objectivity is... moreYou got that 100% correct... to say that the spica is anywhere close to being in the same league as the X10 is a joke and you guys should be ashamed.
Good Job Horst for saying somthing.
I think you need to distance yourself from the sponsors of your website, as you objectivity is definitely fleeting, particularly in the case of Samsung products:
Example: "However, for the price gap between the Galaxy Spica and, say, the XPERIA X10, you could buy a point-and-shoot digicam that will outdo the X10’s 8MP shooter. You won’t have a 4” touchscreen or the Snapdragon CPU and so on, but still"
...still what? The two devices are fundamentally different. Why are you comparing other than to give the X10 yet another jab of criticism, despite the fact that it is a very nice customized Android device? It is like saying: "Buy this VW Jetta because it is almost like a BMW if you take out everything that differentiates the BMW"
The Spica is a nice device but it is alright to criticize for its shortcomings (Lack of notable differentiation on UI, less than optimal music experience, lame camera and smaller screen than other Android flagships currently in the market, etc.)