Samsung today announced the Galaxy Spica, an Android 1.5 phone we've seen in Europe, will make its U.S. debut at CES this week. The specs:

  • HSDPA (900/2100); EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
  • 800MHZ Qualcomm processor
  • Android 1.5
  • 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) touchscreen
  • 3MP camera with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi b/g
  • 180MB ROM
  • DivX support
  • 1500 mAh battery

Kinda ho-hum, especially without U.S. 3G, but definitely worth a look-see.


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Samsung Galaxy Spica to make U.S. debut


I don't get it. Why are vendors releasing, and carriers selling, new Android 1.5 devices? They're obsolete before they even hit the shelves. Compared to 2.0 and 2.1, this seems about as powerful as a Treo.

And what makes any vendor think they can sell an Android phone without 3G? Any Smarphone is going to be data intensive, and without 3G data usage is painful. This is like going back to the days of the Treo 600 and 1xRtt. What a waste of effort and shelf space.

Where are they planning to sell this? If it's low-priced enough I may grab one for regular cell phone use and wi-fi data use only on a prepaid plan (no 3G is ok). But what bugs me most is being stuck with Android 1.5, they need to have a path to upgrade.

No 3G doesn't really matter to me, as I'd be getting it unlocked and without a contract anyway. But Android 1.5? Quite odd, and is basically a no sell for me unless I get a guaranteed update to at least 2.0. The 3.2in screen is probably the minimum I'd go on that as well. If it's around $300, I'll have a hard time saying no to this one.

I certainly hope that Google backports their encryption-on-SDcard-for-storing-apps to previous releases.

Vanilla Android all the way!