PCWorld were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy phone at the CommunicAsia exhibition in Singapore, and they seemed impressed with what they saw.
The Samsung Galaxy (i7500) will be one of the better spec’d Android phones, featuring a 3.2 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, and 5-megapixel camera (with LED flash).
The reviewer was also impressed with the Galaxy’s slim design. With a thickness of just 11.9 millimeters, the Galaxy handset is actually slimmer than both the HTC Magic and the Apple iPhone 3G.
Another promising feature is the phone’s haptic feedback support on the touchscreen’s virtual keyboard, which as the reviewer notes could help persuade more users over to touchscreen handsets.
Android phones are getting nicer. The Magic proved that Android handsets don’t have to look like a TV remote control from the 1980s. With the Galaxy, Samsung seems set to prove that Android-based smartphones can be a hit with mainstream users, not just technophiles.
While I don’t think Android handsets are really a match for the iPhone yet, Samsung’s Galaxy comes closer than anything else.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy has not yet been revealed, but the handset will be made available in Germany and France before the end of June with plans to launch the handset in other markets from the second half of 2009.