If you don’t mind using a refurbished handset, check out the Samsung i5500 Galaxy Europa Android-based smartphone. Launched in 2010, this was Samsung’s first entry level Android handset. It is now available from £34.90 from E2Save on Vodafone. E2Save is a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse.
The phone comes with Android 2.1 Éclair rather than Froyo. It does have Wi-Fi, a Qualcomm MSM7227-1 system-on-chip clocked at 600MHz, 256MB of RAM, a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen display (with a 320x240 pixels resolution), plus a 2-megapixel rear camera and built in GPS.
Interestingly enough, the phone, which is loosely based on the Samsung Corby entry level range of smartphones, has a multitude of buttons on its front, including taking and ending a phone call. Something that no longer exists on Android handsets.
Samsung also thrown in its first Social Hub, one that integrates phonebooks and calendars as well as other social networking services like Facebook and Twitter.
At just over 100g and with a 12.3mm thickness, the Galaxy Europa can best be described as small but well built.