Rogers users have a new option in the stable in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Spica. Unfortunately those that do hop on board will be commiserating with the Motorola Backflip crowd running Android 1.5 in an Android 2.1 world.
As we reported last month, there is a leaked Android 2.1 ROM for this device floating around out there already, so you can probably anticipate being brought up-to-date real soon. However, I will caution you that “real soon” doesn’t always mean what you think it means.
OS version concerns aside this device is a bit of a study in contrasts as it has some nice features while definitely falling short in other areas, but at only $80 it is hard to complain too much. It also benefits from its close proximity to the Backflip release as this thing shines by comparison (This one comes with Google Apps!).
The processor weighs in at 800 Mhz, making it one of the faster (on paper anyway) Android devices on the market. The capacitive 3.2 inch screen at 320×480 is fine, but an AMOLED or preferably Samsung’s new “Super AMOLED” would have been particularly nice to see. Internal memory is pegged at only 150 MB which is definitely going to fill up really quick on you. DivX support is still fairly unique and welcome, although HTC will be bringing it soon as well.
According to Rogers it does not support their 7.2 Mbps 3.5G so you will be capped at 3.6 Mbps download which during the latter period of your 3 year contract is going to feel pretty pokey. Returning to the positive at 12.9mm it is the thinnest Android device presently available on Rogers, so if you typically find yourself in some slim fit jeans this is probably the way to go for you.
Looking through Rogers available Android handsets they have built a portfolio of very similar devices and could really use a higher end device to stand apart from the rest; this is definitely not that device.
Any Rogers owners out there taking the plunge with this one or are waiting on the Acer Liquid E or holding out hope for one of HTC or Motorola’s latest and greatest to find their way to Rogers?
On another note, let us know if there are any commercials running for the new Samsung. After their Behold II campaign sprung up months after the release of the device it would be interesting to know if they are taking a different approach with this one.