Samsung has officially released the i5700 Galaxy Portal, previously known as the Spica, in the UK as a simpler, more affordable version of the i7500 which was released back in November 2009 and managed to impress us quite a lot.
The black version of the phone will be a T-Mobile exclusive until the end of April it seems. The 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen can display up to 320x480 pixels (iPhone standard resolution), a 1500mAh battery, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Android OS 1.5, support for up to 16GB microSD cards (with 1.18GB storage by default).
As for most mainstream smartphones, this one is kitted with WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and DiVx support as well. Galaxy Portal will also come with the full array of Google services as well as Layer, an augmented reality (AR) browser.
The phone is already available from T-Mobile from £23 per month which includes unlimited internet, 200 minutes and 200 texts on an 18-months contract. Swap it for a 24 months one and bump your monthly outlay to £25 to get free unlimited texts for the duration of your contract.
On the other hand, if you are likely to use the phone very lightly, you can pay £70 for the phone and get 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited internet for £18.50 per month on a 18-month contract.
Do we recommend the phone? Well, if you need an Android phone right now, you couldn't certainly go wrong with it but we'd certainly hold on until the Nexus One comes to the UK or the next iPhone becomes available.