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      23.12.2014 02:18
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      brilliant first smart phone but old now.

      With dimensions of 122.4mm x 64.2 x 9.9 mm it's a good 5mm taller than many rivals and about the same amount wider. This doesn't make it completely unmanageable and it certainly isn't on the same level as the Dell Streak, but it is pushing the limits of what we'd call a sensible size for everyday use. At 9.9mm thin, it should at least have minimal impact on the line of your trousers or jacket.

      That sleekness also comes across in the phone's design. Aside from its Samsung logo, the front of the phone is very clean and simple, and the pattern of little dots on the back of the phone does retain this sleekness - albeit less effectively. Obviously there's the general feeling of homage to the iPhone, but when it's as nicely done as the Galaxy S we certainly aren't complaining too much.
      However, it's a different story when it comes to build quality. Again, the front is doing okay. Its single piece of glass that covers the screen and bezel feels tough and should resist scratches well, as should the metallic rim around the edge. However, the back is finished in glossy plastic that scratches easily and flexes slightly, just taking the edge off any feeling of quality. Also adding to this general impression is the lightness of the device. Although a weight of 121g isn't considerably lower than many smartphones, on such a large device it makes it seem a bit flimsy.

      Other initial complaints include the lack of a flash for the camera and the three buttons on the front. For a start, we're not fans of touch sensitive buttons – they're too easy to press accidentally and because they lack visual feedback, like on a touchscreenn, you're sometimes left wondering if you've actually pressed them. Also having two buttons be touch sensitive and one a physical button just seems a bit odd.

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        22.04.2014 13:36
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        My first smartphone

        This is a good smartphone, but is is now to old.

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          15.12.2013 18:57

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          An average smartphone and extremely easy to use. I used this phone for around 2 years until the home button unfortunately broke. Initially the phone started off working at a good speed but as time progressed it got slower and slower. Camera and video quality is average but I found the layout of the music player to be easy to navigate and also very visually pleasing. The speaker was also very good providing a crisp sound without any interference

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          19.11.2013 15:19

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          It's not the newest phone, but still reliable.

          Although this model is a year or so old, it is still a great phone.

          With its four inch AMOLED display looks really nice and is bright, too. Besides, the overall processing is very good, though the phone does not feel very expensive due to the amount of plastics used. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass which I consider too be a good choice. It lacks stereo speakers opting for a loud but monaural speaker in the back of the phone with a unattractive two slit hole for sound in the back of the phone. In a loud environment this often leads to holding the phone cupped in your hand to really hearing the sound. But I'm sure that most customers will use this phone with headphones.
          The only disadvantage in my opinion is the battery life.
          As a conclusion, this is a very nice phone for "smartphone beginners" who like to have a real smart phone with Android OS. For experienced customers, who want the newest technology, this phone might be rather outdated.

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          23.07.2013 22:55

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          Top notch phone if you're shopping in the bargain basement, nothing will beat it for value.

          I've had this phone for about 6 months now, after my Nokia Lumia 800 'fell' down the toilet! You can get one of these babies for next to nothing now (paid £50 for mine 2nd hand) and they do EVERYTHING!!!

          The lay out is very easy to get used to, the screen is responsive and everything is very simple to navigate around. The camera is excellent and I don't even bother taking a camera anywhere now, this phone is more than good enough for pictures of family, friends, kids, nights out etc.

          It runs on the Android operating system, which is huge now, and in my humble opinion is streets ahead of the windows phones, although I've never had an I-phone so can't really compare to those. Having said that, I really cannot think of anything I wish this phone had that it can't do. The array of apps available is unbelievable, even for me and I have a 'free apps only' rule being a typical Yorkshireman!! I have a selection of games, news apps, sports apps as well as the usual facebook and other social media, and the apps run perfectly.

          The phone is touch screen, and the screen is a good size and highly responsive. It looks stylish and modern as you would expect from a brand like Samsung, and extras are available. I would highly recommend investing in a screen protector, as they do inevitably end up with scratches and scuffs otherwise.

          Another thing I really like about this phone is its durability. I've lost count of how many times mine has been dropped, or fallen out of my pocket, and of course this has resulted in a few dents and scrapes, but it is minor superficial damage, and the important bits like the screen seem to be extremely solid and well made, suffering no significant damage at all.

          Even the kids (4 and 5) can easily use the phone for things like camera and games like angry birds. It's set up in a very logical manner, making it very easy to just pick up and use.

          I mainly use the phone for internet browsing and texting, and it is perfect for these. I will definitely stick with the 'galaxy' range for my next phone, and will be keeping this as a spare next time I upgrade, it really is a terrific phone.

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          17.05.2013 23:43
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          good

          Had this phone around 6 months and been very happy with it.

          There is a huge range of apps which you can download at your will, (does take up lots of 3G) so make sure you download on wifi. However some of the high quality game apps for example fifa and certain driving games can lack and relax the reactive touch that you want, which does become quite frustrating and can make you lose games/crash.

          The screen is crystal clear, it really is brilliant and can even be said to be better than iphone screens. This certainly helps as you can watch a film on the big screen with comfort. The battery life is very good, and even on the internet the battery life remains impressive, only time it doesnt is when you're downloading.

          The fact that it has a normal headphone jack (not phone specified) makes it handy and you can use your own headphone in it makes everything a lot easier. Despite looking fragile mine is actually quite durable having dropped it many times before.

          The camera is very good, and again the pictures look very good on the phone. And even better when you've downloaded them onto your laptop/computer. However I found when my software was downloading to be compatible with my phone it took ages and my laptop kept rejecting it (could just be my laptop though being over cautious)

          All in all good phone!

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            25.11.2012 15:25

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            Great smartphone which easily competes with its rivals!

            I have had the Samsung Galaxy S for a year now, and I have been really pleased with it. It is easy to use, the screen is very clear, there are a wide range of apps available, and it looks great. I mainly use it for phone, txt, a bit of internet browsing, camera, games, films, maps etc. I am not a techie by any means, but I have really enjoyed this phone because of the ease of use. The only problem I have had is that there are sometimes slight "glitches" or "errors" e.g. it won't connect to my wifi and I have to go into the connections and solve the "error", or sometimes if i am playing a fast-paced game like scramble or songpop it is slightly less responsive than I oauld like. This is sporadic though, and generally I find the processor to be great and perfectly capable of doing everything I want it to do.

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            18.11.2012 22:23

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            The Samsung Galaxy S is the best smartphone you can get in UK.

            The Samsung Galaxy S is a great phone to use. With it's ultra clear HD (High Definition) display, you'll experience better game play, crystal clear videos, and web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy S can be updated to Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), one of the latest Android operating systems.
            This phone features a front and rear camera. Perfect for video chatting and sharing photos... Personally, I love the rear camera as it is focused, clear, and prevents red eyes. Another cool feature about this phone is the fast processor. You can multitask, download/use apps, surf the internet, etc. without slowing down the speed of your phone. The new Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system automatically kills unused apps for a long period of time.
            This phone can also act as an organizer. You can set reminders, alarms, notes, etc to help you plan and remember day to day activities. After a long busy day, you can sit back and relax to one of the 250,000 Android apps in the market.

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            14.11.2012 00:03
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            Not for those who rely on easy access to their emails.

            I loved my trusty samsung galaxy s phone. The quality of the colour is amazing. However, despite it having an app for emails, it never flagged up that I had any, and never seemed to open when I tried to access them. As a student, I need to access my emails regularly to keep up to date with readings and messages from lecturers and was therefore left disappointed. However, I have 'butter fingers' and despite dropping it too many times to count, I was very impressed that it managed to last as long as it did! However, one day, after dropping it on the pavement (as I had done many times before) the screen shattered. Although it still worked, I wasn't prepared to pay out for another and therefore decided it was time to update to an iPhone, which I must say is fantastic for emails and so I am pleased I converted.

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            06.11.2012 18:03
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            A superb phone

            I must say that this is the best phone I've ever had. My 19 year old son already had one of these and insisted I upgrade to this when my previous phone died. Having been a steadfast Nokia stalwart for too many years to remember I can honestly say I'm a convert to the the smartphone market - an in particular the Samsung. It has so many features I didn't know I needed, along with the vast array of apps to cater to my every need. I love the fact that I can access my emails, calendar, friends, family, Facebook to name but a few at the drop of a hat. It's stylish, has an amazingly clear screen and brilliant camera - and can take a good bashing without scratching or disfigurement of the casing - in three words 'I love it' - so many thanks for my son's suggestion.

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              31.10.2012 10:56
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              a very decent phone and now quite cheap

              This is my review of the samsung galaxy s.

              With how fast mobile tech moves forward nowadays it's easy to see why the galaxy s has fallen abit to the wayside. Dont get me wrong it's still not a bad phone but compared to the newer phones on the market it is understandably not in much demand now.

              However as i said, with prices as they are now with the galaxy s it's still a good buy. The screen is superb and it runs on the Android operating system. It's very responsive and i found no lagging whilst moving from screen to screen and loading apps.

              The apps market is full of great stuff to stick on your Galaxy s and you will spend hrs mucking around downloading various apps.

              The camera is very good with HD playback.

              I have chunky fingers and the keyboard was a bit of an issue at first, but i got used to it.

              All in all a good phone that has more positives than drawbacks and i well worth the money.

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                17.10.2012 11:16

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                Very usable, happy with my choice

                My Sumsung Galaxy S is a perfect tool for my business needs. I'm a Pest Controller so obviously need it to make and recive calls but the other features available are what made me buy the phone. I'll explain, I get emails throughout the day and with my old Nokia I didn't get them til the end of the day. The Samsung Galaxy S has email and support both Hotmail and Gmail which is great because I use both.

                Secondly I often need to take photos both for my own records and to show customers what I've found in the loft of under the bed for example. The high quality of the pictures and the fact that once a photo is on the phone you can zoom in with no loss in quality really sold it to me.

                The apps that you can download form the Android store are every bit as useable as any I've seen on friends iphones.

                The screen size is good, touch screen sensitive and the display is clear. Great feature on text messaging - Swipe - no need to spell individula words just 'swipe' across the keyboard and it spells for you and suggests words - needs a little training for unusuable words but with perseverence it gets the hang of it.

                I'd definately recommend it and will look out for future upgrages of the same type.

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                16.10.2012 00:27

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                my towines brother have This mobile as side mobile but samsung sii is nightmare for me ilike to injoy musiq while iam working online but dad won't leave me alone he is very attached to this mobile like crazy every day he discover somthing new and he will run to me asking do this for me do that evrey day install new app for him ilike the mobile it has more Possibilities thin iphone in my opinion and iam looking forward to own siii.....

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                08.10.2012 01:46

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                great as a 'my first smartphone'

                Last year I was offered a galaxy sII on a contract that was only 5 pounds more a month, I turned it down and it was a big mistake!
                I love the android market 'play store' and I download new apps all the time. Unfortunately the processor in the phone struggles with this and I have found some of my apps have been crashing during use or just won't open any more at all.
                Also the back of the phone is not very resilient, I treat my phone fairly well but I got one small crack on the back and now after taking off the back to check something on the sim the crack almost doubled in size and i'm worried if I have to open it again the back will snap of completely. Also it is annoying that the camera does not have zoom.
                All this being said if you are looking for a 'good' phone that can do a variety of things but you are not a 'hardcore' phone user then this is a great phone. The apps are incredibly easy to organise and the app store really is amazing. I love being able to watch a film and instantly be able to search for who that person is that I recognise but just can't quite place.
                Not a perfect phone but it'll do the job if you don't ask too much of it.

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                29.09.2012 01:49
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                I would definitely recommend this phone to my friends and family.

                The Samsung Galaxy S is as close to as an Iphone that you can get. Except in my mind it is so much better. You can do everything from text to take picture to surf the web. The great thing is using the Google play store because you can get so many apps for free. The ease of use is just simply amazing. Everything is literally at your finger tips. When I am on the go I feel confident that I have everything I need in my phone. If your one of those people who love facebook you can facebook all you want on this phone.

                This phone is an android device that has a 4 inch touch screen that is very sensitive. It is about 119g in weight it is slim and easy to handle. It has a front and back facing camera so that you can video chat with your friends and family with ease.

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