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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 is Samsung's iPod touch

Samsung's Galaxy WiFi 3.6 may look like a smart phone but it isn't going to let you make calls. It's its answer to the iPod touch.

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Phoning people is for chumps. At least so Samsung would have us believe, which is why it's brought us the Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 -- a device that looks remarkably like a smart phone but won't let us make calls.

The WiFi 3.6 is Samsung's answer to the iPod touch. It's (unsurprisingly) a 3.6-inch device that performs all the functions of a smart phone -- apps, Web browsing, email and media stuff -- but doesn't actually make calls, therefore saving you from having to pay monthly contract fees.

Inside this little chap you'll find a 1GHz processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The size of the WiFi 3.6 is more phone than it is tablet, so it wouldn't be running Honeycomb -- the tablet-specific version of Android designed for bigger screens.

As an Android device you'll get full acess to the hundreds of thousands of apps on the Android Market, as well as the many dedicated Samsung apps for social networking, gaming or media stuff.

The 3.6-inch screen is of the 'HVGA' variety, which means its resolution will be 360x480 pixels -- although Samsung hasn't confirmed exactly what these figures are. (Companies tend to use those abbreviations when the resolution isn't very impressive.)

The WiFi 3.6 is not a phone, so you won't be making calls on it. Instead, its purpose is for apps and media -- it is to the Galaxy S2 phone what the iPod touch is to the iPhone; it does roughly the same stuff but without a phone connection. Like the iPod touch, you'll be able to use apps to call (or video call using the front-facing camera) people over Wi-Fi.

It'll be available from October in most shops for £149 for the 8GB model and £169 for the 16GB model. You get a generous choice of colours too: black or white.

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