Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung wins again with there first class Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Member Name: doubleheman
Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Date: 17/01/12, updated on 17/01/12 (28 review reads)
Advantages: Gorgeous phone, Lots of features, Very bright super amoled screen, Light weight
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, The PC Software Samsng kies if poor
Welcome to my review of the gorgeous looking Samsung Galaxy S. The phone was first launched in Singapore on June 4th 2010. It features a 1Ghz ARM Hummingbird processor, a rare super amoled 480x800 screen. A 5 MP Camera and Wifi connectivty.
The Samsung Galaxy S won European smart phone of the year at the European Imaging and Sound association Awards 2011 to 2012.
Pros and Cons
Lots of features
Very bright super amoled screen
Very quick processor on the phone
Runs android with the full android features
Poor battery life
The PC Software Samsng kies is poor
I am in love with this phone, I'm on contract so I get to upgrade my phone usually for free or for a small fee at my phone shop. It so happened that in summer 2011 my phone's contract ran out and I had a free choice of what phone I should upgrade too. My choice was the Samsung galaxy S, I had heard very good things about this phone from friends and read good online reviews so I thought if I could get one on contract for free then I have got nothing to loose.
I'm very pleased with the phone so far, It runs the android software without fault, it has frozen once or twice but I just tuned the phone off and back on again and it has been fine since then. I feel that the 1ghz processor is enough for the tasks that I want to do. I access my Twitter and Facebook feeds, listen to music, watch Youtube videos sometimes and I chat on msn and Facebook chat. It runs all of these applications for me without a problem.
The only main problem I have had with this phone is the poor battery life. I do use my phone rather a lot, I'm always checking twitter or texting somebody which means it's always connected to the internet and such and I can just about get about half a day out of the battery when I am using it a lot. That means that when I go to bed every night.
Look and Feel
The phone hardly weighs a thing with measurements of It's 9.9mm thin and weighs 118g. Whether it's in your pocket or bag you hardly notice it at all.
The screen is huge and is a very clear and nice screen to view things on put it does take al ittle bit of getting used to when the phone is in your hand it's one of the longest phones that I have had owned and for the first week it did not feel right sitting in my hand when I was texting or browsing Twitter but you do get quickly used to holding the phone in your hand.
My version of the phone is running the latest update from Samsing Kies of Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 the update came out about two months ago.
Samsung have pushed to make their version of android their own it has a whole of special Samsung Apps most of them being for free and Samsung Widgets on the home screen. I don't personally use any of the special widgets but I can see how they could make your life easier but I don't see how I would find them any help to me.
The 5MP Camera is very good, it takes decent quality photos, I have used my phone at parties and the results have not been bad. The only drawback to the camera is a lack of flash which is unusual for phones in this day and age but the photos that I have taken at night time have not suffered that much and they are still decent.
At the moment there are more than 400,000 apps to be downloaded from the Android marketplace. I have about 20 apps on my phone, I just really use the apps that I find will be useful to me, I have some driving apps, along with the facebook and twitter and I also have some mobile phone games but they are really fun to play on the big phone screen.
One of the main good features on this phone is the widgets on your home screen. You have up to 7 home screens in which you can place widgets. I currently have a weather widget,twitter,facebook and a cool clock app that sync with my calender and puts on a little note on the clock when my event starts and finishes I really like the last widget. I have uploaded some screenshots of my homescreens from my phone onto the review's pictures.
The one feature that I don't like is the Samsung Kies PC software that comes with the phone, I would of thought that with Samsung being such a big company they would of released a better piece of software. You can use samsung kies for backing up your phone and updating your phones firmware but I have found the software to run really slowly and a friend of mine was updating his phone using Samsung kies and suddenly his Samsung Galaxy is bricked (It wont turn on) he was not doing anything wrong just following the kies software correctly and the kies software just froze up half way though a update. My friend is not happy and is looking into options onto how to fix his phone. It does put me off connecting my phone to kies. He's not the only person that this has happened to it's happened to quite a few pople online.
Value for money
With this phone you are paying for a very good that runs Android flawlessly however the phone itself compared to other new phones (Spec wise) the phone is outdated but in terms of how much a brand new mobile phone costs and if you are wanting a android that is excellent you will get value for money but if you are one of the people that desires the latest and greatest technology then this phone properly is not for you.
I have searched around and compared the prices for the sim free version of this phone the prices are as follows:
This phone is a very good phone it does just about everything a smartphone was made to do the price is not bad and maybe you could get a cheap deal second online if you did not want to spend hundreds of pounds on a phone. I do recommend this phone to you because you will end up falling in love with it.
Summary: If you can forgive the poor battery life then you have a very good phone
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