Samsung Galaxy Fit review: Samsung Galaxy Fit

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The Good Great 5-megapixel camera with autofocus; eye-catching design; excellent price.

The Bad No Flash support in browser; Low-res screen.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Fit looks good and offers a great camera. Its low-res screen and relatively weedy CPU are disappointing but this Android smart phone is very affordable.

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With its sporty moniker and lush design, the Samsung Galaxy Fit sounds like a desirable smart phone. But, if you opt for this handset, you'll have to make do with Android 2.2 Froyo, a low-resolution screen and an underpowered processor.

The Fit is available for under £100 on a pay as you go contract. You can also pick it up SIM-free for around £170.

Fit as a fiddle

At first glance, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the Fit for its recently released stablemate, the Galaxy Mini. The two devices are incredibly similar from a distance, but closer inspection reveals that the Fit is the more accomplished of the pair.

The Galaxy Mini (left) and Galaxy Fit look very much alike.

From the chrome-effect bezel to the rounded capacitive touchscreen, the Fit exudes a surprising amount of class for an Android phone at the lower end of the price spectrum. While its screen resolution is a rather disappointing 240x320 pixels -- the same as the Galaxy Mini's -- it's laid over a larger, 3.3-inch display.

The Fit also boasts a superior camera to the one on its close relation. The 5-megapixel, autofocus-equipped snapper is capable of some inspiring feats of photographical excellence, and it records standard-definition video of a decent quality, too.

Sliding doors

Other elements of the Fit's design are slightly less appealing. The USB port is covered by a neat sliding door, but the microSD card slot resides under a cheap plastic cover that feels like it's about to snap off when you open it. Some consistency would have been welcome here.

The Fit's 5-megapixel, autofocus-equipped camera is brilliant, considering the low price of the phone.

In an attempt to lend the Fit a touch of class, Samsung has opted for capacitive buttons instead physical ones. The 'menu' and 'back' commands are touch-sensitive, with only the central button offering proper tactile input. The Android 'search' button is entirely absent, just as it is on the Mini.

As well as a similar appearance, the Fit and Mini both have 600MHz processors, which puts them squarely at the back of the Android pack in terms of raw power.

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