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Those of you familiar with Android devices will appreciate the sweet, delicious irony in the photo above. Yes, there are indeed Heroes, and they're made by HTC. But they've got some competition because Samsung has an Android-powered phone now, and it's called the Galaxy i7500. We've been playing with one here at IFA in Berlin.

With its all-glass capacitive touchscreen and lush interface, sweeping through the Galaxy's menus was unlike anything we've experienced on a Samsung phone before. Its 82mm (3.2-inch) AMOLED screen's colours are rich, its menus are responsive, and wrapped in the 12mm-thick chassis it feels like one of the finest Android phones to date.

It's impressive inside as well: a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, GPS navigation, 7.2Mbps HSDPA Internet connection, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, support for DivX, H.264 and MPEG-4 video, plus MP3, WMA, AAC and iTunes Plus music files, 8GB of internal memory expandable with microSD cards, and a real 3.5mm headphone socket.

Plus it runs Google's Android OS, meaning it's open to a world of application downloads from the Android Market. One of the only things we can criticise at this point is the LED flash, which could've been a xenon. But really, that's nitpicking when it comes to smart phones.

It launched this week on O2 in the UK, and is without question one to check out if you're tempted by Android but put off by HTC's phones thus far. Check out our hands-on pics over the page.

The home screen on the Galaxy.
Look! A real headphone socket! Take that, Pixon 12.
Here's the rear camera and flash.
Comparing the Galaxy to the iPhone 3G.


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