Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung GT i9000 Galaxy S
Member Name: icetsunami
Samsung GT i9000 Galaxy S
Advantages: Screen is gorgeous, just feels 'right'
Disadvantages: Build quality
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.
Summary: Excellent phone