Samsung Galaxy Gio is small but perfectly formed in hands-on video

The relatively small and light Samsung Galaxy Gio is a refreshing departure from the current trend for monolithic smart phones. We've shot a hands-on video so you can size it up for yourself.

If you're tired of trying to wrap your hands around monolithic smart phones, you might appreciate the relatively small and light Samsung Galaxy Gio. We shot a hands-on video at Mobile World Congress so you can size it up for yourself.

At only 58 by 111 by 12mm, the Gio is eminently portable. Its screen is smaller than average too, at 3.2 inches, and we're hoping the same applies to the phone's price tag. Similarly, the 800MHz processor found in the Gio isn't as powerful as the chips found in some phones that sit closer to the cutting edge -- the Samsung Galaxy S 2 being a prime example. Nevertheless, the Gio should be powerful enough to run the vast majority of apps found in the Android market.

Speaking of Android, the Gio runs Android 2.2 Froyo. That's not the most recent version of the operating system, but you probably won't miss the minor updates offered by Android 2.3 and 2.4, and you'll still get all the usual great features, such as an awesome Web browser. Samsung has also added a few extra apps and widgets to the Gio, but time will tell if these are helpful extras or irritating excesses.

There's been no word on pricing yet, but we expect the Gio to line shop shelves in April. Be sure to check out our full preview and gallery of hands-on photos in the meantime.