Jonathon Legget is a writer for Top10.com. From time to time Jonathon will be doing guest reviews on handsets for us. Here is his guest review on the Samsung Europa:
Even if you only have a cursory interest in tech, it’s unlikely you’ve not heard about the Samsung Galaxy S. With sales exceeding five million, it’s one of the best-selling Android phones so far. And with good reason. It’s a stellar bit of kit.
The Galaxy Europa is perhaps best termed as the Galaxy S little brother, packing in a lot of the features that made its predecessor such a hit into a compact form factor. But for a fraction of the outlay.
One of the key selling points of phones that run Google’s operating system is that they’re great for apps or applications. The Europa is no exception and, as with all Android phones, comes with some pretty smart Google apps pre-installed, including YouTube, Gmail and Facebook for social networking while you’re on the go. And of course you get to choose from tens of thousands of practical applications and games from the Android Market, too.
But what about the phone itself? Well, for a budget blower that you can pick up for free for the pocket-money price of 12 per month, it does a good job of looking the part – with a glossy black finish and cute rounded edges adding up to a pretty appealing package. And the pleasingly small pocket-friendly dimensions (108 x 56 x 12.3 mm) more than make up for its slightly disappointing plastic back cover.
We found accessing features and typing on its 2.8-inch touchscreen a breeze. That’s due in no small part to the fact that the Europa capacitive display is one of the most sensitive we’ve used, enabling emails, texts and status updates to be tapped out quick-smart. And with seven customisable homescreens, there’s also ample scope to really make this mobile your own and fill with widgets and shortcuts for apps and services.
Just under the screen, there’s a selection of buttons for ending and starting calls, plus a rather handy key that takes you straight to the Android Market. There’s also a D-pad for scrolling through menus. We didn’t make much use of the latter, but it’s nice to have for those snow-bound moments when your fingers aren’t as nimble as they might be.
Onboard memory is a none too shabby 170MB. And there’s a free swappable micro SD card provided in the box to allow you to expand capacity by up to 1GB, that’s space for about 250 songs or 125 high res snaps. But if you really need more room, you can always nab a bigger micro SD card.
We were more than a bit taken with the Europa. It’s easy to use and it’s no slouch in the looks department. If you’re in the market for an Android phone, but don’t fancy paying top of the range prices, it’s a smashing little handset.