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The Samsung Galaxy S I comes in the colours black and white. With the phone comes the charger, battery, headphone and a manual. The phone has a super 4 inch Amoled screen which is known from the bright colours and sharpness. With the black version of the phone the entire phone is in black but with the white version is only the back in white. At the side it has a silver colours and the front of the phone is black. It looks very sleek and stylish. On the right side are the volume control buttons and on the top of the phone is the on/off switch. On the bottom the phone has the headphones and USB port.
What really impressed me was the size of the screen. It's a very bright and large screen and almost covers the entire front of the phone. The touch screen is very responsive. In order to unlock the phone you need to swipe your finger over the screen. You can set a certain pattern to secure your phone. The phone will lock itself after it hasn't been used in 10 seconds or more. You can adjust the time at the settings.
Using the internet is very easy through the already installed internet application. The Internet works fast and you can save your favourite website. Zooming in and out is very handy so you can easily read any articles. With the Android market you can download thousands of free applications and games like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. You also have applications were you need to pay for but almost 70% is free to download.
The phone has a 16 GB internal memory and with a micro SD card you can add more memory. I use the music player quiet a lot on this phone and have about a thousand songs saved on my Micro SD card. With ease I created play lists on my phone so I have my music perfectly organised.
It took me about a day or maybe even just a few hours to figure all the options out of this phone. It's very easy in use. The only negative is the battery life. You are lucky if it will last 24 hours but this is a common problem with most smart phones. When you turn off the Internet connection and Wi-Fi you can easily last up to two days. For me it's a perfect phone. With great applications and it works quick and is easy to use.
Right. I am going to be bold and say that the iPhone is no longer relevant thanks to the ever improving Android handsets. As an Apple fan and iMac owner I doubt anyone will surpass them for design and build quality but I strongly believe that the Andorid platform is better and stronger. A strong platform requires a phone capable of doing the operating system justice and this means doing all things equally well, consistently and better than its rivals. Samsung have delivered with the GT i9000 Galaxy S.
In terms of general specifications the S hits hard with an ARM processor clocked at 1Ghz which is complimented with a generous 512Mb or RAM with a choice of either 8 or 16Gb of internal storage. Memory can be supplemented with a micro SD card upto 32Gb. What makes this handset a delight though is the 4in Super AMOLED display banging out a resolution of 480*800 and it looks simply sensational. Colours are bright and vibrant, particularly greens and yellows, and even turning down the brightness does little to dull the experience. The capactive touchscreen is responsive and thanks to the hardware everything seems to fly along nice and quick.
The body of the phone is slimline and feels good in the hand. It feels quite substantial despite only being 9.8mm in depth and the majority of the mobile is simply screen area. It's fair to say that the design whilst nice is slightly cheap feeling and the plastic is a major departure from the prestige of the Apple and HTC models. The front fascia features a physical home button and touch sensitive menu and and back buttons. The sides hold volume controls and a power button, the majority of interaction being handled by the touchscreen.
The camera has a 5mp sensor and is capable of shooting video at 720p. As always the best shots come from the best conditions so bright sunshine or good ambient light is useful but the lack of a flash kills most low light shooting. The front facing camera is VGA quality for video calling and may be useful in some apps though it seems to be a feature that isn't actually in demand.
Typically Android is very simple to use though my first transition from standard interfaces was troubling. A few moments and things make some sort of sense and a few hours later it seems natural and perfect. The system basically comprises a series of desktops as with a PC which each contain a series of customisable icons and widgets. The menu within shows all the apps and gives access to the system settings and items such as the gallery which houses media.
The Galaxy S comes with version 2.1 Eclair or 2.2 Froyo but 2.3 Gingerbread is available with an update through Samsungs Kies software. The 2.3.3 official update is the very latest but you can go to 2.3.4 if you don't mind the chance of bricking your phone through error with a custom download.
The typical smartphone battery struggles to hold throughout a normal day and the same almost holds true here. The lithium ion 1500 mAh source lasts me the whole day with moderate to heavy use though gaming or GPS will kill it mid evening. If you are desk bound a dock would be an idea and I always keep a charger in my car for top ups.
1GHz CPU Speed
16GB/8GB+ MicroSD(Up to 32GB)
Display / Size
4.0" WVGA(480x800) 16M SUPER AMOLED mDNIe(Mobile Digital Natural Image engine) Samsung Android 2.1 (Eclair)
Bluetooth technology v3.0, USB 2.0 FS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS
Main color : Ebony Gray Type : Full touch bar
HSUPA 900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/ 900/1800/1900
5.0 Megapixel AF camera Self Shot, Action Shot, Add me,
Cartoon Shot, Smile Shot
HD Video Player & Recorder (1280 x 720) @ 30fps codec: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1 format: 3gp(mp4), AVI(divx), MKV, FLV, H.263Sorenson
Samsung Apps / Android Market
Various applications downloadable
Integrates SNS, email, and calendar accounts
Li-pol, 1,500mAh Talk time: 2G/803 min, 3G/393 min. Standby time: 2G/750 hrs, 3G/576 hrs.
Music Player with SoundAlive 3.5mm Ear Jack MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/OGG/WMA/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/WAV/ MID/AC3/IMY/FLAC/XMF
Flash Lite3.1, RSS reader
Android Samsung UI
Multiple Homescreens Hybrid Widgets
Multi-touch zoom, Light sensor, Accelerometer sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Layar Reality Browser powered by Tele Atlas Swype, Write & Go ThinkFree Aldiko e-book
The Galaxy S is a fantastic phone and even in light of recent dual core and 3D releases remains one of the best smartphones on the market. I have no reservations at all in giving it 5 stars and as said the screen is a real delight. Give it a try.
Simply the best phone I have ever owned. It's easy to use, stylish, shiny and - on the deal I got - was cheaper that an iPhone.
This is the first smart phone I've had but I'm a convert. There are lots of free apps and it comes with some really useful ones like youtube, maps and a program that manages any music you upload onto the phone - which is really easy to do by the way.
The camera has no flash so I'd say that was the one down point - and the battery life isn't great, although I think that's the case with all smart phones. If you don't play with it a lot the battery will last longer but it's too tempting when it's so much fun.
All the normal phone functions are super easy to use and super efficient. All in all I'm really glad I took the advice from the member of staff in the phone shop and picked this handset.
The Samsung GT i9000 Galaxy S, I think if anything the 'S' stands for Superb! For that is what this smartphone really is. After using standard mobile phone models for many years I found them to be reliable and cost effective. I thought i would never give in and buy a smartphone until this baby came along.
Appearance: The Galaxy S uses most of its front to house the massive 4inch Super Amoled touchscreen display with a main function button, menu and back touchpads situated below the display at the bottom of the phone. The power button can be found near the top of the right side of the phone with the volume controls on the upper left side. A 5 mega-pixel camera is located on the back of the handset with a small yet loud speaker for media and music. The charger and headphone ports are located on the top of the handset. All the buttons and ports are kept small, thin and flat in keeping with the handsets thin sleek profile. The Galaxy S is only 9.9mm thick and weighs a mere 155g making it a lightweght in the family of smartphones.
Features: One of the main attractions to the Galaxy S is its super bright and colourfull Super Amoled display, giving the user some of the most stunning image quality available on any smartphone on the market. The phone comes with Googles Android Market giving the user access to tens of thousands of apps which can be downloaded and installed within a matter of minutes. The handset comes with standard apps installed, best of which being Google Maps and Layar which can turn the phone into a gps for easy navigation. Car accessories such as a holder and charger can be purchased seperately allowing the phone to double up as a satnav.
The pphone features all the usual functions, clocks, calaenders, calculators, etc can all be found on the easy to navigate applications menu.
The phone features a touchscreen dialpad accessed on the phone menu screen and easy to store and access contacts.
The phone has a built in Google search bar for quick internet searches or a standard internet browser.
An active application menu can be accessed from the main screen giving you a list of all active applications each with an 'end' button to quickly terminate any running application. This helps in battery management as it is easy to lose track of what apps you are still running in the background.
The 5 mega-pixel camera provides medium quality images and hosts many options for shooting conditions and photo editing. One downside to the camera is a lack of flash or light for taking photos in dark rooms or low lighting. A small camera can be located on the top front of the handset allowing for video calls.
Text messages are laid out as text bubbles in a conversation format. Texts are typed on a popup keypad with can be made large by rotating the handset onto its side making use of the full width of the screen to enlarge the letters.
With access to so many apps via the Android Market the phone can be altered to suit a multitude of purposes, far too many to be put into words. Such an abundance of apps makes the Galaxy S very versatile, to steal a quote from apple, "Theres an app for everything".
Battery life: Due to the bright and colourful Super Amoled display the phone drains its battery VERY quickly. It is recommended to turn the display brightness to minimum and close any apps not in use to greatly increase battery life but you will still find yourself charging the phone every one or 2 days. When in constant use the phone could drain a full battery within a couple of hours. I recommend purchasing a car charger and spare battery for when you are on the go, especially if using the phone as a satnav. Some battery life extenders are currently being developed by some phone accessory manufactorers and future software updates will help to reduce battery usage.
Memory: The phone comes with 8gb of internal memory with the option to use microSD cards and can support upto 32gb total. The standard internal memory should be sufficient if you occassionally delete old unused apps and pictures.
Sound: The sound quality for phone calls is excellent, clear and can be adjusted using the 2 volume controls on the left side of the phone. When watching videos or listening to music the sound quality does not degrade when using the speaker on max and there is an optional headphone port located on the top of the handset for when in public places.
Price: Being relatively new and top of the market, the Samsung Galaxy S can lighten your wallet a great deal unless received free with a contract. I highly recommend insuring your phone as it can be easy to forget your holding it being such a light handset, believe me, it can happen. Purchasing a screen protecter and case with keep the phone in good condition and reduce any internal or external damage if dropped.
Conclusion: A fantastic smartphone that can fit any function the user desires with the use of the many thousands of apps on the Android Market. With its super Amoled display you can view videos and pictures in outstanding quality and vivid colour. Access the internet on the go via your network or Wi-Fi and make use of Google Maps if you get lost. Be sure to keep a charger close by as the battery will drain with alot of use, especially if the brightness is not turned down. I love this phone and it never leaves my side. The games available on the Android Market have kept me entertained for many hours during my breaks at work, Google maps have helped me navigate the streets of london and I always have the internet at hand for any problems my applications cannot solve.
In an ever increasingly busy world, the Samsung Galaxy S has been a reliable and useful companion in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It's upgrade time for me, and so I've started my quest to find the phone that I'll be happy to use for the next 18 months. The first phone I've tried is the Samsung Galaxy S and I have to say that after my first disappointing foray into the Android operating system with the G1 (I have written a review on this but it was a long time ago), I am actually really impressed with how far forward the Android operating system has moved.
The phone design is actually really similar to the old style iPhone both with how the phone looks and also the software user interface that Samsung have used - you only have to look at YouTube videos to see how similar they look. In fact, when in Harvey Nichols at a beauty event, one of the sales ladies mistook it for an iPhone (she had owned one too) when she was going to use it to take a photo of some product she had used on me.
The screen is immense, it's so clear and crisp and the colours are spectacular - it's a real treat to use, I promise you this. I don't think I've seen or heard anybody complaining about the screen on this phone, in fact it appears to be very well received in general all round from my experience when looking.
The phone is also VERY light, even with the battery inserted, I quite like this but some people say it feels flimsy and cheap so I guess it depends what you're looking for - I know I'd like my handbag to be lighter whenever possible so a lighter phone is a great option for this.
The 1ghz processor means that the phone is very quick, the capacitive touch screen means that it is super responsive too - although it does hang at times, it's certainly not often enough to put me off owning one.
The Android system loaded on this phone is version 2.1 which is still great but the latest currently is 2.2 (Froyo) and still doesn't seem to have a definite release date for this phone. This is quite disappointing when you consider that some of the features like Flash 10.1 support and being able to install to your micro sd card (great for if you're running out of room - although this phone does come with 8gb or 16gb of internal memory - not impossible to fill if you like music, pictures and videos though) are missing - hopefully Samsung will rectify this soon, but until then you'll have to make do with 2.1.
Navigating the phone is super easy, just a swipe of the finger moves you between multiple home screens where you can add shortcuts to apps and widgets. I quite like to have things like the Facebook and Twitter widget - but they do take up a little more battery, but I am willing to pay that price. The same is also said for the choice of wallpapers that you can personalise your phone with, you can have still or live wallpapers and can get more than comes with the phone via the marketplace or Samsung market.
The live wallpapers are fab, and responsive as you can touch say the water one and it will ripple where you touch it - obviously this is purely for vanity and novelty so you might not want it on all the time if you're more interested in using the phones battery for other things, like making calls - ha!
One massive attraction with an Android phone is the Android Marketplace - some may say a poor man's iPhone store but I say not. The applications on Android are vast, and a lot of what you can get on the iPhone, you can get on Android these days; and what you can't is very possibly already on its way. Developers have, and are tuning into the fact that Android is proving to be a popular and viable alternative for a huge market of people who refuse or can't afford to buy into the Apple market and they want a slice of that pie. I am so impressed with both the quantity and quality of the apps and games available, it's a massive draw to me to an Android phone I have to say.
The marketplace is easy to navigate with options to search via applications or games and then into various options that specify the type of game or application you're looking for. You can then search by the top free or top paid in each category. You then also have the option of searching outright for something by name - for instance Angry Birds, and it will bring up all options for this (including things like wallpapers etc but they're all quite clearly labelled as to what they are) and you can then install from there. It's just a shame you can't then filter between free and paid once you've done this kind of search.
The camera is where the camera gets let down in my opinion as whilst it can take a decent quality picture, there is no flash and this is something that is super important to me as I don't always take my normal camera out with me, so require my phone to be able to take photo's to an acceptable standard whenever the need arises. If this is when light isn't great, or it's in the evening then I'm stuck with no photo or a badly lit one where you can't see the subject of the picture very well anyway!
How well does it cope with the basics though? Actually really rather well; making calls and sending texts are both easy to do, with good sound quality on calls and good reception, meaning you're not always getting cut off due to a dodgy antenna or its positioning (iPhone, I am looking at you here)!
Using the keyboard is fantastic, both in terms of using it QWERTY and in its normal phone keypad layout but where it really excels is the Swype text input facility that is included; you literally swipe your finger from letter to letter in one continuous movement and it types it out for you. It's said to be quicker than every existing text entry method, apparently because it has some kind of built in intelligence that doesn't even require the user to be accurate or an expert to get data entry speeds of over 40 words per minute.
I touched on the battery earlier on in this review but thought I should expand a little on it; it's not a battery that is going to last you days - unless you're not using the phone much, but I do find it lasts the day with average use which is fine. I do recommend having a spare battery and a dual charging dock (one where you can charge your phone and a spare battery at the same time, usually either via USB or mains) if you want to make full use of this phone. To me it's no hardship as most phones seem to be this way, since they are all expected to sing, dance and do everything in-between.
The box the phone comes in is tiny, much smaller than I thought it would be, in fact not much bigger than the phone - they're really cutting down on packaging and items that they send out with the phone (I remember when it came with a big thick manual and a cd - not anymore)!
In the box I received:
Galaxy S Mobile
A Small Quick Start Guide & Marketing Bumph!
I have to say that whilst I have sent this phone back to my service provider, it's not because it was a bad phone. It's because I wanted to try the HTC Desire HD before making my decision which to buy (since it has a flash on its camera, and uses the same operating system - expect a review on this soon) and I still haven't ruled out going back to the Galaxy S as it really is a fabulous phone. I really recommend it and am reluctantly knocking one star off (would only be half a star if I had my way) because of the lack of flash on the camera and the 2.2 upgrade not being available.