The Gio is solidly designed, although its frame is constructed entirely from plastic, and Samsung retains the good looks of its more expensive handsets. A faux-steel rim surrounds the edge of the Gio, and we like the dimpled texture across the battery cover.
Probably the best part of this pre-paid package is that Samsung basically delivers the same user experience that you get in last year's top-end Galaxy S smartphone, but for a fraction of the price. Samsung's TouchWiz UI is employed here, which gives you seven home screens to customise with widgets and a clean, horizontally scrolling apps drawer, which is really easy to navigate quickly.
The Gio supports 3G browsing on the Optus network (900 and 2100Mhz UMTS frequencies), Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Samsung includes social networking apps and Navigon maps out of the box, plus DLNA media sharing, so you can share pictures, music and video with a compatible TV or Blu-Ray/DVD player over Wi-Fi.
This user experience is extremely punchy for a phone with an 800MHz processor. Samsung has done a great job of stripping back its system to its leanest, and the result is an extremely responsive system that reacts to input immediately. Turning the phone on, jumping to menus, scrolling across pages of apps — all of the daily tasks happen without any delay or any stuttering in the animation.
Battery life is good, but not remarkable in any way. The handset's 1350mAh capacity battery is generous for a phone of this size, but, with regular use of the internet, email and social networks, we found that we charged the Gio every second day.
||Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3 (Gingerbread)
||Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
Internal 158 MB, 278 MB RAM
||Primary 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
Features Geo-tagging, smile detection
||Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 3.2 inches (~48.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels (~180 ppi pixel density)
- TouchWiz v3.0 UI
||Li-Ion 1350 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 610 h (2G) / Up to 460 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 40 min (3G)
||WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v2.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
USB microUSB v2.0
||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
||Audio quality Noise -83.7dB / Crosstalk -82.2dB
GSM / HSPA
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 900 / 2100
Speed HSPA 7.2/0.384 Mbps
||Accelerometer Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
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