Samsung’s Galaxy range of Android mobiles has been a runaway hit in the market globally. As a matter of fact, the saying, “There is a Galaxy for everyone” is becoming commonplace. That is because indeed, there is a Galaxy for everyone.
The Samsung Galaxy Gio is a mid-tier offering running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The display is 3.2 inches and there’s a 3.5 megapixel camera thrown in for good measure.
My unit came pre-installed with Android 2.2 (Froyo), but after connecting it to a PC running Samsung Kies software, I was notified of an available upgrade to Android 2.3.3. That version seems to be the latest version available for the Gio. Some other devices got 2.3.5. But I’m not sure of any huge advantage of the latter over the former.
The capabilities and weaknesses of the Android OS are well known – standard Android Gmail, email, web and wifi, among others – so I won’t go into those details here.
The question is, how well does the Gio meet the needs of the segment that it is targeted at?
Generally, it does it well. Audio playback is loud – significantly louder than what the N9 throws out (which is not saying much, as the N9’s audio playback is not quite loud). But you get the comparison.
Video playback is pretty limited: None of the XviD, AVI and MPG files that I tried on it played. MP4 played without issues though.
I had problems typing on the 3.2-inch display. Whether this is due to the display not being so responsive or due to the layout of the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, I am not certain. However, I have typed more comfortably on smaller displays.
The Galaxy Gio is another Android smartphone that doesn’t stand out in any special way – and its not meant to stand out. Its one of the devices that you buy when you don;’t have the cash to splurge on the higher range Galaxy devices.
You get most of the functionality at much lower cost. Afterall, the Gio costs only about N35,000 in the market. That is a good deal.