Orange snags Galaxy Apollo exclusive

Orange will be the only UK network to offer Samsung's new Galaxy Apollo smartphone when it tips up.

The Android-based handset goes large on social networking and will be targeted at younger users, or those who refuse to grow up.

The Galaxy Apollo will sport a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3G connectivity, a claimed eight-and-a-half-hour battery life and three megapixel camera.

The phone combines outpourings from Twitter, MySpace and Facebook into a single platform called Social Hub.

The Social Hub tool allows users to upload and share media on sites such as YouTube and Picasa, as well as combining contact information and updates from multiple social networks.

"The Samsung Galaxy Apollo extends our portfolio of Android-powered devices and underlines Samsung’s commitment to offering a Smartphone for every lifestyle," burbled Simon Stanford, Samsung head of mobile for UK and Ireland.

"The Samsung Galaxy Apollo offers a compelling mix of social networking and rich media experiences which will appeal to consumers who want a Smartphone device at an affordable price."

Orange said it will offer the Galaxy Apollo on both monthly and pay-as-you-go tarrifs.