Samsung Mesmerize i500
A new powerful smartphone
U.S. Cellular launched last October Samsung’s Mesmerize i500, which is the company’s fifth Android-running smartphone to date. While it may not be as popular as other such devices available today, it nonetheless has a solid fanbase, whose members praise it for its good overall performance and looks. Are they really right? Is the Mesmerize i500 a good pick for those in need of a smartphone? To answer that question, we tested the product and here is our opinion in this review. We hope it will be of some help to future buyers.
4″ Super AMOLED display
Samsung’s latest creation in terms of phones will surely attract attention due to its good-looks. When we took the i500 out of the box it shipped with, we were immediately attracted by its black body (the gadget comes in grey as well), rounded edges and large screen. The smartphone comes with this weight and measurements: 124.5mm x 64.3mm x 9.9mm and 117.9g.
The Mesmerize i500 has on the front a 4″ Super AMOLED capacitative touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 16 million colors and various sensors (such as proximity sensor for auto turn-off, digital compass and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate). These features combine to deliver excellent colors, brightness, clarity and more for all the review time.
The display of i500 was still clear when we looked at it in direct sunlight. Icons and navigation were very easy to see and do; the onscreen QWERTY keyboard provided good responsiveness and we were also given the possibility, when we checked the smartphone, to type using only one finger, without making mistakes. In several words: composing text messages was a very comfortable experience. It was also great to see that the product could be customized to fit our needs.
The smartphone runs on Android 2.1 which can be upgraded to version 2.2. As for processor, the device is preinstalled with 1GHz Hummingbird which provides faster speeds than HTC and iPhone 3 and makes it great to have if you are someone who loves multitasking.
2 GB internal memory
Samsung i500 has 2 GB of internal memory, 512 MB RAM and 384 MB ROM onboard. The external memory of 16GB could be extended to reach 32GB; the smartphone features a microSD card as well.
As for features, there are text and multimedia messaging options, Push e-mail, music player (with support for AAC+, WAV, MP3, FLAC and AC3), FM radio, speaker and many others. They all worked without lags or anything of the kind.
720p HD videos
We were curious to see what the smartphone had to offer connectivity-wise: there are Bluetooth 3.0 GPS support and Wi-Fi to fit users’ needs. 3G download speeds were good, reaching up to 3.1Mbps.
During our tests we also discovered a 5-megapixel camera; it had LED flash and auto focus options, a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and 4x digital zoom. The camera was also able to shoot videos in 720p at 30fps. The photos and videos we took and shot looked both good.
The 1500mAH battery sported by the device managed to offer around 7 hours of talk time.
As a conclusion of this review, the Samsung Mesmerize i500 is one of the best smartphones we have tested so far. All we can say is: go give it a try and you won’t regret it.
|Phone Type||Touch Phone with 5 MegaPixel Camera|
|Screen Type||Super ALOMED Touch Screen|
|Touch Screen||Full touch|
|Screen Size||4 inch|
|Primary Camera||5 MegaPixel – Upto 4x Digital Zoom|
|Internal Memory||Upto 2 Gb|
|External Memory||16 Gb Micro SD – Included|
|Wifi||Available IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Available – BlueTooth 2.1|
|GPS||Available – Inbuilt GPS Antenna|
|Infra Red||Not Available|
|RSS Reader||Avaialble – Software|
|Battery Talk Time||4 Hour|
|Battery Standby Time||312 Hour|