*PAY AS YOU GO* Orange - Samsung Galaxy Apollo Android 2.1 Mobile Phone - £79.99 *Instore* @ Carphone Warehouse - HotUKDeals
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Price is only if you can tell the salesperson your (or someone you knows) orange PAYG number to process a PAYG upgrade, otherwise it's plus £10 top up.

The Samsung Galaxy Apollo is a fun and social smartphone that keeps you connected to contacts. This stylish touchscreen phone makes it easy to stay in touch via Facebook™, Twitter™ and instant messenger. The Samsung Social Hub sends all of your calendar events, social network updates, instant messages and emails straight to your smartphone; so you never miss a beat. With tons of great Google services onboard, including Google Maps™ with turn-by-turn and voice navigation, as well as one touch access to Android Market™, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo is all about apps, friends and fun.
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#1
Link not working in original post for some reason:

Click here for direct link

http://androidheadlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/galaxy-apollo-photo-1-420-90.jpg

Edited By: Adidas Addict on Feb 22, 2011 13:28
#2
unlocked? does this mean i can use any simcard?
#3
drwhite2001
unlocked? does this mean i can use any simcard?


That's usually what it means, yes. Most CPW phones are unlocked.

Anyone know what this phone is like - compared to an Orange SF for example?

Just found this:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-phones/review/2011/02/02/Samsung-Galaxy-Apollo-I5801/p3

"Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy Apolo I5801 is a rather nice handset in many ways. It's well built, has all the essential features and is easy to use. However, thanks to a certain Orange San Francisco, its value has been eroded, leaving it as something of an also ran. It's not a bad phone, it's just that there are better options for the money, now."

It was £180 when reviewed though!


Edited By: Besford on Feb 22, 2011 14:01
#4
drwhite2001

Anyone know what this phone is like - compared to an Orange SF for example?


I too would like to know if anyone can shed some light on the quality of this phone
#5
beware CPW will not accept the top up card in case if you want to return the handset
#6
Orange San Francisco has 512MB RAM (256 in the Apollo) and also has a reasonable GPU in it.

The San Francisco also has a really good screen (similar to HTC Desire). Way ahead of other budget phones like the HTC Wildfire. Haven't seen the screen on the Apollo but it won't be better. Go for the San Fran!

Edited By: Davidofff on Feb 22, 2011 14:39
#7
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/
#8
Davidofff
Orange San Francisco has 512MB RAM (256 in the Apollo) and also has a reasonable GPU in it.

The San Francisco also has a really good screen (similar to HTC Desire). Way ahead of other budget phones like the HTC Wildfire. Haven't seen the screen on the Apollo but it won't be better. Go for the San Fran!


Did have, now its just a 'good screen'. Hopefully the OLED will come back!
#9
lukeyd
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/


Off topic, but if you get a SF, unlock it, and install a custom firmware. Orange are notorious for hacking the OS to the point of breaking. Was that what you did?
1 Like #10
ramkmr
beware CPW will not accept the top up card in case if you want to return the handset


Why would they? They've given your £10 straight to Orange and can't get it back. And they also don't have a change of mind returns policy, it can only be exchanged if faulty.
#11
Handset is unlocked.

If you are an existing pay and go customer you must bring your sim card into the store in order to process the sale, otherwise you'll have to buy it with a new sim card with top up.

Decent enough phone for the money to be honest!
1 Like #12
sounds like a very good android starter phone, I would choose SF over this though.
#13
bought a phone online few months back from CPW and when they delivered they charged full amount and refused to honor it even though I shown them the confirmation email they send to me
so I have to return to local CPW store they said for health reason they wouldn't accept the topup card
so at the end I bought a £10 topup card which not used until now

Top-up returns

We can't refund top-ups once you've bought them. If you return a pay as you go phone which you bought with inclusive top-up you won't lose the airtime credit - keep the SIM card and use the credit by putting the SIM in a different phone.
#14
I unlocked it, Looked at the custom software. To complicated for me. I loved the fone when it was working though. Very nice screen i had the OLED one :D
gaijintendo
lukeyd
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/


Off topic, but if you get a SF, unlock it, and install a custom firmware. Orange are notorious for hacking the OS to the point of breaking. Was that what you did?
#15
lukeyd
I unlocked it, Looked at the custom software. To complicated for me. I loved the fone when it was working though. Very nice screen i had the OLED one :D
gaijintendo
lukeyd
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/


Off topic, but if you get a SF, unlock it, and install a custom firmware. Orange are notorious for hacking the OS to the point of breaking. Was that what you did?

Try the TPT installation method, that one shud be much easier.
#16
jaydeeuk1
Davidofff
Orange San Francisco has 512MB RAM (256 in the Apollo) and also has a reasonable GPU in it.

The San Francisco also has a really good screen (similar to HTC Desire). Way ahead of other budget phones like the HTC Wildfire. Haven't seen the screen on the Apollo but it won't be better. Go for the San Fran!


Did have, now its just a 'good screen'. Hopefully the OLED will come back!


SF has 800x480 3.5inch screen where as this comes with 240x400 3.2inch, so SF still a better screen?

Still a hot deal though
#17
The SF used to have a better quality screen but now they use a lower quality screen type. I would still say the San Francisco is better even with its lower quality screen though, but like said above, flash it and install custom firmware because orange firmware is no good.

Good deal on the apollo but for what you get you might aswell get the SF for the 10-15 pounds extra I say!
#18
Heated!
#19
Think there will an official Android 2.2 update for the phone soon. You can actually do it yourself just now, if you know what you are doing.

http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-apollo-3/256968-upgrade-android-2-1-eclair-2-2-froyo-your-samsung-gt-i5800-7-easy-steps.html
#20
SF for me anyday! LuckyD - you must of had the orange Rom on it for it to crash most days. my wifes is running the modaco rom and its rick solid! Not a bad price phone if you did NOt know about the SF!
#21
lukeyd
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/

same here, and i was running 2.2 jellyfish rom too ,, ,just not reliable enough for me !!

OSF is built to budget, i noticed on mine the finish was starting to flake also !!


Edited By: cbrpaul on Feb 22, 2011 16:45
#22
Has anyone here managed to get the phone for £79.99 without the top-up charge (being an existing orange customer)?

Spoke to 2 sales person, both say that option is not available.

Also, rang up a few stores, but none of them stock the phone, some of the staff have not even heard of the phone!

Anyone?
#23
Wow love the way OSF keeps taking over the comments, definitely gonna buy one! Any tips on how to get the OLED one?
#24
samyip88888
Has anyone here managed to get the phone for £79.99 without the top-up charge (being an existing orange customer)?

Spoke to 2 sales person, both say that option is not available.

Also, rang up a few stores, but none of them stock the phone, some of the staff have not even heard of the phone!

Anyone?


Rang my local store but none in stock - Advisor said they were discontinued and wouldn't be getting any more in. Called the main Call Centre and tried to use my existing Orange PAYG details (they took the PAYG number) but they came back and said the Upgrade without buying the top up is NOT available on this handset at this price.
#25
BLACKMANTIS
Wow love the way OSF keeps taking over the comments, definitely gonna buy one! Any tips on how to get the OLED one?


you can't get OLED new any more afaik. well only grossly inflated prices on ebay etc.
just get a TFT, choose your color and don't worry about it. the TFT is fine and better resolution than OLED anyway.

yeah there is nothing close to OSF on the market, probably won't be a few months yet..
the few complaints you hear are because they have sold vast numbers in the UK over xmas.
most importantly, CyanogenMod (Android 2.3 derived) is coming to Blade (OSF=ZTE Blade) which makes it massively good for the next couple of years or so!

personally i don't really know why anyone bothers posting any other phone between £50 and £150 :p

/another thread taken over by OSF sorry, but this is not astroturfing, users genuinely love it.
haven't voted since i can't be bothered to look into this phone..



Edited By: Smiff on Feb 22, 2011 17:41: blah
#26
BLACKMANTIS
Wow love the way OSF keeps taking over the comments, definitely gonna buy one! Any tips on how to get the OLED one?

All OLED screened versions would have sold out weeks ago I would have thought. All later batches are TFT only.

Nothing wrong with the TFT screen really, anyway. There are comparisons somewhere on the net if you do a search. Not worth getting worked up over IMHO...
#27
Lawls
The SF used to have a better quality screen but now they use a lower quality screen type. I would still say the San Francisco is better even with its lower quality screen though, but like said above, flash it and install custom firmware because orange firmware is no good.

Good deal on the apollo but for what you get you might aswell get the SF for the 10-15 pounds extra I say!


It's NOT a lower quality screen! It's a DIFFERENT screen; there are pros and cons to each. We have both types in the household and, frankly, you wouldn't notice a difference unless some geek started going on and on and on about it.

Forget the screen type and just buy the phone; it's unbeatable at anything near the price.
#28
My SF is miles better than my sons Galaxy. Has a lot more features. Th eonly downside on SF is batter doesnt last long if you use it a lot
#29
#30
go to local store with orange sim card and ask them to order one to store and pay there.

stuart9787
samyip88888
Has anyone here managed to get the phone for £79.99 without the top-up charge (being an existing orange customer)?Spoke to 2 sales person, both say that option is not available.Also, rang up a few stores, but none of them stock the phone, some of the staff have not even heard of the phone!Anyone?
Rang my local store but none in stock - Advisor said they were discontinued and wouldn't be getting any more in. Called the main Call Centre and tried to use my existing Orange PAYG details (they took the PAYG number) but they came back and said the Upgrade without buying the top up is NOT available on this handset at this price.
#31
Good deal! Heat added!!
#32
BLACKMANTIS
Wow love the way OSF keeps taking over the comments, definitely gonna buy one! Any tips on how to get the OLED one?
got OLED from Very at end of january good price as well with no extra charge for £10 orange top up
#33
Smiff

most importantly, CyanogenMod (Android 2.3 derived) is coming to Blade (OSF=ZTE Blade) which makes it massively good for the next couple of years or so!

Couple of years is a bit of an overstatement! Each release only seems to last 6 months. And it also a LONG way before we actually see stable a 2.3
#34
I got jelly fish rom on mine and got No issues with it what so ever.



cbrpaul
lukeyd
I had a san francisco, All it did was freeze, So i got rid within a week. I kept having to reformat it every day just to keep it working. Maybe a faulty 1 :/


same here, and i was running 2.2 jellyfish rom too ,, ,just not reliable enough for me !!

OSF is built to budget, i noticed on mine the finish was starting to flake also !!

#35
glad for the debate as I too think SF versus Samsung
#36
meinnit
Smiff

most importantly, CyanogenMod (Android 2.3 derived) is coming to Blade (OSF=ZTE Blade) which makes it massively good for the next couple of years or so!

Couple of years is a bit of an overstatement! Each release only seems to last 6 months. And it also a LONG way before we actually see stable a 2.3


ok, within 2 years there'll be another budget king. but 2.3 will be fine for most users. 2.3 is a small improvement over 2.2 which is a large improvement over 2.1
progress is rapid on CM i doubt it'll be long before it's useable, maybe a couple of weeks. no ROM has no issues. will CM come to this phone? probably not, so you may be stuck with original firmware, which tends to be less well supported than the community alternatives.

if this has a WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) screen you are going to be limited in apps, that's the main issue (like all budget phones.. except the SF).


Edited By: Smiff on Feb 22, 2011 23:34: blah
#37
Sorry another SF comment.

This was the best guide I've seen for rooting and changing rom, generally much quicker afterwards.

http://orangesanfrancisco.co.uk/android/how-to-unlock-the-orange-san-francisco-zte-blade-for-free/
#38
pot_belly
Sorry another SF comment.

This was the best guide I've seen for rooting and changing rom, generally much quicker afterwards.


http://orangesanfrancisco.co.uk/android/how-to-unlock-the-orange-san-francisco-zte-blade-for-free/


Is that your site? I'd recommend http://android.modaco.com/category/453/zte-blade-blade-modaco-com/ - the other website is plagiarized.
1 Like #39
blackanchorage
pot_belly
Sorry another SF comment.This was the best guide I've seen for rooting and changing rom, generally much quicker afterwards.http://orangesanfrancisco.co.uk/android/how-to-unlock-the-orange-san-francisco-zte-blade-for-free/
Is that your site? I'd recommendhttp://android.modaco.com/category/453/zte-blade-blade-modaco-com/ - the other website is plagiarized.

No not my site and who cares if plagiarised. Much better laid out than modaco for the non hobbyist just wanting to do the one job and not wanting to be confused by 1001 options.
#40
How does this compare to other options aka San Francisco?

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