Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 review: In shape droid

GSMArena team, 09 August 2011.
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User interface

Just like recent Samsung Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Fit runs Anrdoid 2.2.1 Froyo out of the box. It will, however, eventually get updated to Gingerbread. As usual Samsung has thrown its TouchWiz UI overlay, which not only makes the icons look pretty, but also improves general usability. There are four buttons docked at the bottom of the homescreen, which stay there even when you open the app drawer.

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The TouchWiz 3.0 user interface comes preinstalled on top of the Android OS

This little fellow, like any true droid, supports up to seven homescreen panes, which can accommodate every widget and pack of icons you’ll even need. However, if you don’t need all seven of them, the unnecessary ones can be deleted. You can also rearrange the panes as you desire.

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Add, delete or reorder homescreen panes by a pinch to zoom out

Sliding the notification bar down reveals the Android notification area. It is majorly overhauled from the stock Android one and holds five switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, sound and rotation-lock.

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The notification area and the lockscreen

Pressing the menu button while on the homescreen lets you add variety of content on it (a press and hold on the homescreen does the same thing), add or delete homescreen panes, change the wallpaper or quickly access the settings menu. Live wallpapers are supported as well with only one coming preinstalled and many more available in the Market. The contextual menu has shortcuts too for search and notifications.

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Homescreen edit mode • Wallpaper menu • The widget list

Typically, the main menu consists of side-scrollable panes, much like the homescreen, instead of a vertical scrollable grid (like in vanilla Android). List view is not available.

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The main menu

The main menu panes can be rearranged just like the homescreens – pinch to zoom out and you can rearrange the current panes or add new ones. The icons in the panes can also be rearranged to suite your personal needs.

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Edit the homescreen panes with pinch zoon out gesture • standard edit mode

An interesting feature in this version of Samsung’s TouchWiz launcher is the built-in task manager. Complete with a homescreen widget that shows the number of currently active apps, it saves you the need to install a task killer.

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The task manager • the task widget in the center of the homescreen

We took some benchmarks with the Galaxy Fit to see where it stacks against the competition. Some of the usual ones we use weren't compatible with the QVGA resolution so they are missing here.

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Quadrant • Neocore • Linpack • AnTuTu

Now those number might not sound impressive, but real life performance is an altogether different matter. Due to the low display resolution the Galaxy Fit had no issues delivering very fast performance and we were really pretty happy with it. It won't lift mountains but will operate without breaking a sweat in your day to day life.

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