Galaxy i7500: Samsung's first Android that (almost) no one remembers

Samsung’s first Android that (almost) no one remembers

Galaxy i7500: Samsung's first Android that (almost) no one remembers

Leader in the world smartphone market for a long time, Samsung has always offered great devices. It is not for nothing that the South Korean giant occupies the first place in the world ranking with a certain advantage in relation to Huawei, which is in the second position (but which is approaching).

In addition to this hegemony, Samsung is also one of the main responsible for all the success that Android has become, placing the little green robot in the users’ preference, surpassing iOS and Windows Phone.

And when it comes to Samsung, many think that the first smartphone of the South Korean giant running Android was the Galaxy S, however, those who thought this are wrong, because before the launch of the Galaxy S, Samsung had already launched another smartphone shipped with the Google’s operating system. The Galaxy i7500 was the device that started the manufacturer’s journey to reach the top of the world.

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Samsung Galaxy i7500 / © sammobile.com

Announced in April 2009 and released only in June of the same year, the i7500 was equipped with a single-core Qualcomm MSM7200A processor. The device also had 128 MB of RAM and 8 GB of storage running the version of Android 1.5 (Cupcake).

The device had a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen and a 5 MP camera with a flash to take pictures and videos. The i7500 had a removable battery (longing for removable batteries) of 1,500 mAh in its tank.

Curiosities of the Galaxy i7500

  • Modified interface: it was not TouchWiz yet, but Samsung, since its first Android smartphone, brought a modified interface in relation to the standard interface of Android 1.5 Cupcake. It is true that the modifications were subtle, but the company modified the keyboard and added some shortcuts of its own.
  • Different design: since that time, Samsung has always tried to be different from what the market offered and brought something more original. The Galaxy i7500 had a very different appearance from what everyone was used to seeing in the smartphone models of the time, bringing a differentiated and more futuristic key layout, as you can see in the image below:
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  • No updates (or almost none): to this day, Samsung is reputed to take a long time to update its devices. There are models that not even receive updates. The i7500 was no different, as the smartphone was upgraded to Android 1.6 Donut only in Europe. Within its lifetime, no updates were made available in other countries and the strangest thing was that two months after its launch, Google released Android 2.0.
  • Furious i7500 owners: as i said above, samsung has made no point of updating the device in the rest of the world. While other devices from competing manufacturers have upgraded their version of Android to the newcomer version 2.0 Eclair, the South Korean giant has ignored it, thus provoking a huge revolt on the part of users. And the worst is that Samsung had promised that the device would be upgraded to Android 2.0 Eclair.
  • Crashes and more revolt: in addition to not having the newest version of Android 2.0 Eclair, the system started to present flaws, such as slowness and constant crashes. Thus, the owners who had the device were revolted to the point of calling the company a traitor. And Samsung does not launch the long awaited and promised update to Android 2.0 Eclair.

In its first experience with Android, Samsung did not do very well. Although the i7500 has some peculiarities such as a different and futuristic look, modified Android and good specifications for the time, the smartphone ended up not being well regarded due to the lack of commitment from Samsung.

Today the South Korean giant is quite different from what it was before, not surprisingly the company has been a leader in the market for a long time. Past mistakes contributed to its success. However, you need to keep an eye out, as the Chinese are growing and doing more and more good work.

And you, already knew the Galaxy i7500?