Released in distant 2009, Android 2.1 isn’t really supported anymore. But can you do anything with in 2017?
Well…first, let’s introduce the star of the show – The Samsung Galaxy 3, or Apollo. When released, it was the middle-class phone of it’s line-up. It’s sporting a single-core chip at 667 MHz, 512 MB of storage and 256MB of RAM, and of course, running Android 2.1.
So, what can you do with it? Well, honestly…not much. To give you an idea, this is my grandmother’s phone, and she uses it only when she needs to call someone. If you open up the play store, you won’t find much. You’ll be greeted with a vintage version of the play store. Some basic apps are available, and that’s it… flashlights, cleaners, and some simple games, and some of them won’t even work. Searching for any common apps, like Chrome or YouTube, gives you other apps, like Dolphine.YouTube won’t work, it just crashes if you interact with it. I had to download Dolphin browser just to play back a YouTube video, and that’s with a lot of waiting. When the video eventually loads, it’s with massive lag.
But you can’t criticise this phone, no. It’s 7 years old!
Some stuff actually does work, like the maps. Although sluggish, it work, and can actually give you directions.
So there’s not much you can do with this phone today, except make calls and some really, really basic stuff. This just shows how much Android, and mobile technology, has progressed in 7 years.
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