If you’re tight with your budget and looking for low end Android based touchphones, there are quite a few in the segment, with a majority of them from Samsung. The Galaxy 5 was launched along with the initial set of Galaxy phones like the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy S, while the POP S5570 is a part of the new lineup from Samsung which has phones from low to high end range. With both of them being easy on the pocket, let us see how each fares against the other.
Note: The Galaxy POP S5570 is referred to as the Galaxy Mini in many countries.
The Galaxy 5 has a 2.8 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 240×320 and also has an Accelerometer for Auto-Rotate but the Galaxy S5570 POP comes with a bigger screen of about 3.14 inches and has Accelerometer too. Galaxy 5 however doesn’t have a proximity sensor on it which is quite a drawback.
Both the displays support upto 16M colors.
Galaxy 5 has a 2 Mega pixel camera and photos are shot a maximum resolution of 1600×1200 but the Galaxy 551 has an improved 3.15 Megapixel camera which supports Autofocus and shoots at a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixel pixels, and they both support Geo Tagging.
Both phones record video too, at the rate of 15 frames per second. Both phones do not have a secondary camera on them.
The Galaxy 5 has 170MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 16 Gigabytes of storage. On the other side, the Galaxy POP has 160MB of inbuilt storage and supports microSD upto 32GB. The Galaxy 5 comes with a 1GB microSD card while the Galaxy POP S5570 has a 2GB card out of the box.
Both the phones have three HSDPA bands: 900 / 2100 and give maximum speeds upto 7.2Mbps.. Wi-fi bands are the same with both supporting the latest bands of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and the older ones like b and g well. GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 2.1 is available on both the phones, along with A2DP. Both phones have USB connectivity via the standard Micro USB port and support USB 2.0. Also, DLNA support on Wifi is available on the Galaxy 5 but the POP does not have it.
Wifi Hotspot/Portable Hotspot feature is also available on both phones on Android 2.2 and both the phones support stereo FM Radio.
Operating System and UI:
Both the phones are based on Samsung’s TouchWiz UserInterface over Android. The i5503 runs on Android 2.1 Eclair, which is a pretty old version of Android considering that the latest one is 2.3 Gingerbread. However, the Galaxy POP comes with Android 2.2 .
Battery and Processor
Both the Galaxy 5 i5503 and Galaxy S5570 Pop / Mini have a 1200mAh battery, which is pretty decent considering these are low end devices. Samsung claims upto 521 hours of standby time and 9.5 hours of talktime on 2G on the i5503 Galaxy 5 and on the POP S5570, around 570 hours of standby time and 9 and a half hours of talktime on 2G. Pretty much the same performance on both.
Both the phones have a 600Mhz processor but the Galaxy POP S5570 has a Graphics Processing Unit as well. It runs on a Adreno 200 GP and is based on a Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset.
Other points & Conclusion
Galaxy POP S5570 is a newer phone and comes with slightly better features overall and with nicer processing powers as well. Galaxy 5 i5503 has lower specifications, smaller screen and runs on an older version of Android, which also means that it will not support features like Portable Wi-fi hotpsot etc which will turn out to be handy. The Galaxy Mini / POP S5570 is an excellent Value for Money device and we would recommend you buying that.