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Samsung Galaxy 5 Android phone in the Philippines

Samsung has been nothing less than aggresive with churning out Android based mobile phones. When the Samsung Spica, one of it’s first Android mobile phones, became available in the Philippines I decided to buy one. Well it looks like Samsung is not stopping anytime soon. Adding to it’s list of Android phones that’s available on the Philippine shores is the Samsung Galaxy 5 cellphone. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is also know as the Samsung Corby i5500 and it looks like it’s the first Android phone under the Corby brand.

The Samsung Galaxy 5 sports a TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240×320 pixels and a screen size of 2.8 inches. This Android cell phone is smaller and lighter than the Samsung Spica. It also has a slower CPU clocked at 600 Mhz. And a bit smaller memory at 170MB compared to the Samsung Spica’s 180MB internal memory. But the Galaxy 5 comes with a lot of the features that you’d expect from a modern touchscreen phone like an accelerometer, GPS, bluetooth, wifi, quadband GSM, HSDPA. It also has a builtin Stereo FM receiver with RDS which is something lacking on the Samsung Spica. It has a 2 megapixel camera. The Android OS that comes installed with the mobile phone is version 2.1.

The Samsung Galaxy 5 Android phone is about 12,000 pesos which is priced a little below the Samsung Galaxy Spica. Personally, from a market perspective, I would like to have Samsung price it a bit more below at the less than 10,000 peso price range that would surely fit into what seems to be the average teen budget for mobile phones in the Philippines. With the Samsung Spica being only about a thousand plus pesos more expensive than the Galaxy 5 aka i5500, I’d recommend that you buy the more capable Samsung Spica.

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.



been following your posts for more that two weeks now, i guess. doing a good job on keeping me posted with what’s new with android in the philippines. keep it up.

thanks by the way for doing this.


You’re welcome



which among android phones currently available in the Phils carry .ppt and .doc editing/writing functions similar to Quick Office Premier 6?

we’re looking for one with pre-installed Office function (not trial version)

thank you


Hi Moody,

I don’t know if there’s an Android mobile phone that comes with Quick Office Connect for Android pre-installed. You’ll have to buy it from the Quick Office web site ‘coz we can’t access paid apps from the Android Market in the Philippines. If you’re looking to view / edit such documents, I’d suggest that you get an Android phone with at least a 3.7 inch screen display and maybe one that has a physical keyboard.


how can i use my java app. n mpeg features….plz its urguent


MP4 should be supported out of the box. Not too sure if the Java app support is loaded on the Galaxy 5. It is something that actually comes with the Samsung Galaxy Spica but never really used it.

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