Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 review: In shape droid
Stock Android gallery on board
The Samsung Galaxy Fit comes with the stock Froyo gallery. It offers the good ol’ functionality, cool 3D looks and nice transition effects, but unfortunately (again) only shows a downsized version of your images.
Images and videos placed in different folders appear in different sub-galleries that automatically get the name of the folder, which is very convenient – just like a file manager.
The different albums appear as piles of photos, which fall in neat grids once selected. Online albums at Picasa show up as separate stacks as well.
You can also organize the photos by date via a button in the top right corner which switches between grid and timeline view.
In grid view, there’s a date slider, which can also be used to find photos taken on a certain date.
If you are checking out a photo, you can use the tabs at the top of the screen to jump back to the main gallery screen, without having to go through its folder.
The gallery supports finger scrolling or panning so you can skip images without having to return to the default view. Just swipe to the left or right when viewing a photo in fullscreen mode and the previous/next image will appear.
Thanks to multi-touch support pinch zooming is also enabled on the Galaxy Fit but you can also double tap or use the +/- buttons.
There are tons of options for a picture – you can crop or rotate it directly in the gallery. The Send feature offers quick sharing via Picasa, Email apps, Bluetooth or MMS.
Basic video player
The player on the Samsung Galaxy Fit can handle 3GP and MP4 video files. DivX/XviD support is missing, but at least we had no problems playing videos at up to WVGA resolution.
720p videos wouldn’t play, but would you really need those on a QVGA resolution screen? The Galaxy Fit isn’t designed with video playback in mind, especially on that low-resolution screen.
The video player interface itself is as simple and as it could possibly be – there almost isn’t one. You can use the Gallery or the My Files app to browse videos. The on-screen controls boil down to play/pause and skip buttons as well as a scrollable progress bar.
TouchWiz music player
The music player in the Samsung Galaxy Fit is blessed with the TouchWiz UI as well. You can sort the music using the sorting options, which are neatly displayed in a tabbed interface. Among the options are current playlist, all tracks, playlists and albums, artists and composers. You are free to remove some of the filters to make the interface easier to navigate.
Music experience on the Galaxy Fit can be enhanced, thanks to the included equalizer in the settings menu.
The great feature that allows you to quickly look up a song on YouTube or via Google search is also available. The handset also prompts you to select whether to look up the artist, the song title or the album. What’s even better, the YouTube search results are loaded straight into the YouTube client.
The thing missing is the fancy Disc View from the Galaxy S lineup.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit is equipped with an FM radio with RDS. The interface is simple – there’s a tuning dial and you can save as many as 4 stations as favorites. You can also play on the loudspeaker, but the headset still needs to be plugged in to act as an antenna.
Decent audio quality
The Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 audio output can be described as decent at best or average at worst, but that shuold still be more than enough for most of its customers.
When connected to an external amplifier the smartphone is slightly on the quiet side, but it achieved some great results all over the place.
The hit that the performance takes when headphones are connected is quite substantial though - stereo crosstalk spikes and intermodulation distortion rises. Not to mention that volume levels drop to below average levels.
And here come the full results so you can see for yourselves:
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Nokia C6-01||+0.07 -0.37||-88.2||88.1||0.0073||0.017||-89.4|
|Nokia C6-01 (headphones attached)||+0.48 -0.25||-88.1||87.8||0.016||0.362||-71.7|
Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.