Samsung GT-S5670 Galaxy Fit review

Slim smartphone with QuickOffice and a 5MP camera
Photo of Samsung GT-S5670 Galaxy Fit
£145

Is Samsung’s latest smart phone designed for joggers or bloggers? Its name may lead you to believe that it’s for the former, but this Android-based handset is little more than a lightweight, mid-range option that’s all about the low price.

The Fit, which runs Android 2.3.4, seems more at home in the pocket of an office worker rather than and athlete. It’s certainly lightweight at just 108g, and its 110.2×61.2×12.6mm dimensions make it a particularly slim choice, but besides that we can’t see why it would particularly suit anyone out exercising.

Pre-loaded app highlights on a familiar user interface governed by a useful Task Manager shortcut include a voice recorder, SocialHub, Talk and Maps, but most crucially QuickOffice, software for inspecting documents saved in Microsoft Office flavours (via the self-explanatory Quickword, Quicksheet, QuickPDF and Quickpoint modes).

The Fit may be a tad small for this purpose, but if you’re in a pinch and need to quickly read an e-mailed document before a business call, for instance, this kind of functionality could be crucial. Elsewhere, the Fit’s hardware includes a FM radio (including presets), an accelerometer, Wi-Fi, dual band 3G and stereo Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. In our test, battery life was about average; it just about got through a day of normal usage. Music is acceptable, though a decent pair of headphones will be somewhat wasted – there are no audio fireworks. ]

Design

Design-wise, its 3.31-inch touchscreen completely dominates the front of a rather plasticky feeling product, the bottom of which is graced by the usual Android touch sensitive controls. The site has a volume rocker, and micro-SD card slot (a 2GB card is included, though it can take up to 32GB and there is also 160MB inbuilt storage), while the top houses a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and in the dock connector – the location of the latter could be a problem if you plan to invest in one of the latest Android docks from Philips.

That screen, by far the Fit’s most visually attractive feature, is hampered slightly by a resolution of just 240×360 pixels (nor is it as touch-sensitive as it should be and made several errors while surfing in our test), though Samsung has seen, err, fit to strap this smartphone with a five megapixel camera – that’s at least a couple of megapixels higher than we had expected.

It even has autofocus and a macro mode; results are decent for the money, though the low resolution screen and lack of flash necessitates a shoot-it-and-see approach. Movies are also on the cards, though QVGA quality fixed focus video files are the limit; the low resolution, 15fps results aren’t worth the bother. Nor is online video since the Fit doesn’t support Adobe Flash video, so BBC iPlayer is off the cards.

Company: Samsung

Website: http://www.samsung.com/uk

Positives
  • FM radio, low price, compact dimensions, 5MP camera
Negative
  • Plasticky finish, no Flash video support, slow processor, screen lacks sharpness

Verdict
Almost everything about the Fit is a compromise; it's easy to use and the camera is relatively impressive, but elsewhere it flatters to deceive. Not advanced enough for business use and not fast enough for accurate, speedy surfing, it nevertheless makes for a pocket-friendly budget smartphone for day-to-day use.