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Samsung Galaxy Pro review

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Price when reviewed : £177
inc VAT

A budget QWERTY handset may appeal to cash-strapped business users, but the poor keyboard and cramped screen resolution make the Pro unfit for office tasks


Android 2.2, 2.8in 320×240 display

Samsung has capitalised on the success of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 by releasing a slew of phones bearing the Galaxy moniker, but the Pro is the first to include a full QWERTY keyboard. Aimed at business users, it also includes an Office file editor and Social Hub Premium, a social networking tool that aggregates your inboxes, contacts and calendars.

Samsung Galaxy Pro

If you were expecting the Pro to exhibit the same build quality and features as the excellent Galaxy S2, you’ll be disappointed. Its 2.8in screen has a lowly 320×240 resolution, it’s powered by an 800MHz single-core processor, and its main camera has a 3.2-megapixel sensor, so this is no S2-with-a-keyboard.

The screen lacks the high resolutions of other small displays we’ve seen. It may be bright and colourful, but everything suffers from pixellation, with rough edges on icons and small text barely legible. The capacitive touchscreen is smooth and responsive, however.

Samsung Galaxy Pro back

Another important component of any business phone is the QWERTY keyboard. Once again the Pro disappoints. Compared to the best examples, the Pro’s is flimsy and confused. Its dark grey keys are slightly reflective, making the white lettering illegible at some angles, and the layout isn’t as intuitive as its competitors’. In addition, the keys’ surface is slippery and they aren’t raised enough or moulded to compensate. There was a worrying bubble in the centre of our phone’s keyboard where the keys didn’t seem to be firmly anchored in place.

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Price £177
Rating **


Main display size 2.8in
Native resolution 320×240
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 3-megapixel
Video recording format MP4
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 2048MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSPA
Size 109x67x11mm
Weight 106g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.264, WMV
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories data cable, charger
Talk time 6.3 hours
Standby time 17.9 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 23h 25m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £177
Price on contract £20-per-month, 18-month contract
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