Samsung Galaxy 3 in the Test

The little brother of the Samsung Galaxy S will be well and brings strong virtues at a reasonable price. Weaknesses are only at the display and partially in the facilities.

  1. Samsung Galaxy 3 in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Samsung’s Galaxy series, in which only the Google operating system Android is used, has once again grown: a device for the mass market is followed by the high-flyer Galaxy S with the Galaxy 3 I5800. According to moderate the MSRP is calculated with 299 euros, which as usual still will be undercut in the trade. For that, the buyer Gets an elegant UMTS smartphone in black high-gloss finish, which is equipped with Android version 2.1; nothing is known about an update to the latest version 2.2.

The quite compact designed Android is very smart in his hand, a small rise in the lower area of the back provides support when operating – however the Galaxy 3 out of 13 to 16 mm case height grows at this point. The dimensions of the Galaxy 3 are chosen so that the user can easily reach the entire area of the touch screen and thus all functions with your thumb.

More user comfort

The multi touch display in the 3.2-inch format can convince however limited because the resolution is fairly low 240 x 400 pixels. The dar provided content, writings and objects appear on display at the edges serrated, also pretty much scroll must be used when the Web browsing. The brightness and also the contrast range of the capacitive Tochscreens, however, lie in the green range.

As the user interface, the Samsung’s proprietary solution touch Wiz 3.0 used, which offers an independent look of in main menu and other goodies when compared to the standard Android solution comes. So, 3 can be equip about up to seven start advertising with widgets, shortcuts and folders in the Galaxy. A longer touch is enough, and already you can choose the appropriate category and then the function from a selection box.

Messages are entered using a fade-in QWERTY keyboard. Thanks to the integrated position sensor, which can be both portrait and landscape mode. The Samsung for almost all input fields also offers Swype input possible. With this variant, you must re-type the letters more individually, but can pull the finger without stopping by a letter to the next. There are special movement sequences for the capitalization or punctuation.

Dealing with Swype succeeds after a short settling time very well; the Smartphone with a small cinematic course shows a Swype works. Swype must only be enabled however the menu, check the appropriate box to put it under the menu item “Locale and text”.

Two more convenience features to make dealing with the Galaxy 3 more convenient. So you can use Google search by voice, the Samsung on Board has also a choice of language for functions. In practice, but just about every second announcement led also to the actual search term or the function. Probably still some fine tuning to the speech recognition is missing here.

Facilities with small gaps

Despite cheaper pricing, Samsung Galaxy 3 bought the download Turbo HSDPA mobile network as pulling data in corresponding expansion from the airwaves. In the GSM network, EDGE ensures a rapid page loading while surfing with a good browser. With a Wi-FI hotspot, the Samsung can also connect, using “All Share” it can also exchange data between compatible devices and even stream. A GPS receiver including A-GPS, mobile phone support which ensures a faster positioning, is also on board.

As a special feature, the Android powered device dominated the synchronization with Outlook. Contacts and calendars can be exchanged between computer and Smartphone. While the appropriate data cable is supplied immediately, one must be the free software Samsung gravel for matching first load on the PC.

The business user is pleased with the pre-installed software think free Office with Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents not only consider themselves, but even editing. Those looking for entertainment, can use the 3.1-megapixel camera with geo-tagging, and photo effects, FM radio with RDS, or the good music player, which marches on with cover display and sound tuning. A nice-sounding in-ear headset for the 3.5 mm jack is thankfully.

The feature set of the Samsung can be of course with applications from the Android market almost any upgrade itself; There’s also the corresponding apps for social networks such as Facebook and the like. Installed clients had the test device not on board.

Strong performance in the laboratory

An impeccable presentation delivered the Galaxy 3 in our laboratory Testfactory. The battery is 1500 mAh on the paper expected a lot with its, the Galaxy 3 uses this weapon in similarly strong stamina values as expected. Measurements the note took the Smartphone with a standby time of 28 days, a typical endurance of over seven hours and a talk time of up to 14 hours in the GSM, as well as less than five hours in the UMTS usage going through “very good”. To join the good send – and receive values in both modes of operation and a good sound on the phone.

Data sheet

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-FI standard
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
Call list / language selection
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 11/10