Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Excellent phone, bad battery life
Samsung Galaxy S
Member Name: Sherlock_Holmes
Samsung Galaxy S
Advantages: Android, does everything you throw at it, screen
Disadvantages: Battery life
I have owned this phone since it released and can say that it has been largely superb. As with all phones of this generation, the battery life leaves a lot to be desired, however this is partly down to the Android OS still being relatively new and going through constant tweaks. I suspect there are 2 other culprits of draining the battery. One is that big screen, which you can adjust the brightness of, and the other is when Android is searching for 3g+ networks. Simply setting the phone to use 2g only, makes a large difference to battery life and is ample for apps to auto-update themselves in the background, whilst also being a simple toggle away when you know you are in an area with faster coverage for web browsing and such-like.
The graphic performance of this phone is excellent, as is the image on the screen. The brightness in full sun is sufficient to continue to use it, for example to read a GPS map or text message/email, however for critical viewing you would need some shade. Volume levels are good and can be turned up to what I would class as too loud.
I have read many times about people having problems with the GPS. Well I can say I have had no problems with mine. Admittedly it can be slow to pick up satellites compared to a standard in-car nav, but when you look at the size of the device, it is hardly surprising. I now use it as my only GPS device.
The phone is surprisingly durable. When I initially saw the flimsy looking plastic case, I was dubious about how long it would last. And as for the big screen, I handled that with care. I do not keep mine in a extra casing and it is still in one piece and looking smart, if a touch "used". I have dropped it many times including on tile floor and tables, and it has been lightly rained on, and carried in a pocket with a set of keys, and the screen is still unscathed. Truly impressive for such a light-weight product.
The worst part about this phone is the software that comes with it for backing up contacts and files, and updating the firmware.
Summary: Great phone, as long as you have daily access to some form of charger
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