Hands On Samsung's Galaxy i7500 Android Haptic Smartphone

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The Galaxy i7500—Samsung's Android handset—is one of the first major, advanced smartphones to feature haptic feedback. PCWorld managed to get their hands on one and report back with their first impressions.

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Samsung's Galaxy is a 11.9 millimeter-slim handset that features a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera, and also comes equipped with GPS, Wi-Fi and and WCDMA support. Even more, the phone calls attention to the haptic feedback on its virtual keyboard, which is a first for a major touchscreen smartphone.

Because the AMOLED screen reportedly draws less power than the iPhone's TFT-LCD screens do, the Galaxy apparently has a longer battery life, making this—coupled with the haptic feedback—more mainstream-consumer friendly for those who have yet to purchase a smartphone. Although pricing and release dates are not finalized, the Galaxy will supposedly be available in Europe by the end of this month, and the rest of the world in the second half of 2009. [PC World via Talk Android]

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dagamer34
Jeff Kibuule

It really depends on the implementation of haptic feedback the device is using. For example, on a touchscreen keyboard, if you turn off the sound the phone makes when pressing buttons, even if you're looking at the screen, you'll realize that you type worse.

Now if the haptic feedback implementation gives greater feedback for tapping the center of the button instead of the sides, you'll eventually hit the key at a greater percentage, giving you improved typing.

It's not a gimmick, but if all the phone does is rumble on keypress, it's not that great.