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Samsung GALAXY S Review

Written By Unknown on Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 1:46 PM

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As soon as I unboxed the Samsung GALAXY  S which Samsung provided to me for reviewing, I noticed that the phone looked really thin. I held the phone in my hand and it felt incredibly light. The phone weighs 119g. Dimensions of this phone are 122.5 x 64.2 x 9.99mm. (Quick Note:  I'm referring to the phone as Samsung with "GALAXY S" in all caps, because that's how Samsung spells it on their official site and on the phone cover, manual, etc.)

THE KILLER FEATURE: AMOLED SCREEN

Make no mistake, despite being incredibly light-weight and thin, Samsung has packed really powerful technology in this mobile phone. The first thing you notice when you turn on this phone is it's amazing 4-inch Super AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display. With the Super AMOLED screen, the Samsung GALAXY S has 80% less reflection (according to Samsung), and I'd have to agree with that. I don't even see any reflection when I'm using the Samsung GALAXY S indoors. The Samsung GALAXY S is also usable outside thanks to the AMOLED screen.

HARDWARE DESIGN

The hardware design of Samsung GALAXY S, reminds me of the iPhone 3GS. It looks similar in some ways. On the top you will find the USB charging port and a headphone jack. On the left you will find the volume slider. On the right you will find the power button. I didn't like the fact that the power button was on the right rather than the bottom because I'm so used to reaching up to the top to turn on or turn off a phone. The front of the Samsung GALAXY S has a camera on the top, and three buttons on the bottom. The first button is the context menu button, the second button lets you select or exit an app, or multi-task, and the third button on the right is the back button.

KEYBOARD

Although there is no physical QWERTY keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S, I still liked typing on the phone. I was able to dictate what I wanted to type using the voice to text feature. The virtual on screen keyboard was also really easy to use. The one feature I liked the most was the "Swype" feature. Swype is a very quick, and convenient new way to type.  You can drag and type text with Swype.

OPERATING SYSTEM

The Samsung GALAXY S uses Google's Android 2.1 (ECLAIR) operating system, with a polished and better looking user interface which Samsung calls Touchwiz. Samsung has also created it's own set of widgets that can be added to the home screen.  There are also animated "live wallpapers" that can be added to your home screen. Samsung has added their own live wallpapers as well in addition to the default ones that Google provided. I found the custom Touchwiz user interface more pleasing to use than the regular Android skin found on other Android phones.

With the 1 GHz processor, opening and closing apps on the Samsung GALAXY S was really fast. I tried the Asphalt 5 3D game, and found that the graphics and the speed of it was excellent. The Asphalt 5 3D game ran without any lags.

Samsung has also included what i calls the "Layar Reality Browser". With the Layar Reality Browser allows you to use your camera to find places around you, whether they are restaurants, coffee shops, twitter followers, etc. This feature was fun to use, and it was accurate as well. I found that 5 people on Twitter live near me thanks to this app!

CAMERA

There is a web camera on the front of the phone and a 5 mega-pixel camera with 720p HD video recording on the back. The camera picture quality is good, but Samsung made a huge mistake. Samsung did not include flash on the camera. There are 10 different shooting modes: Single shot, Self shot, Beauty, Smile shot, Continuous, Panorama, Vintage, Action shot, Add me, and Cartoon. There are also 11 different scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night, Sports, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dawn, Fall colour, Firework, and Text. There are three different focus modes: Auto focus, Macro, and Face Detection.

I was able to video chat with the Samsung GALAXY S camera using the Fring application.

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CONCLUSION

The Samsung GALAXY S is the best Android phone that I've tried to date. The AMOLED screen, the thin and light-weight hardware design, and the speedy 1 GHz processor are the three reasons I would go with this phone. If you are an iPhone user and looking to switch to another phone, this should be the first phone you should consider.

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Ray
July 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Love my iPhone but I am going to get this phone. I think Android will surpass Apple wiring the next year if not sooner with what they have coming. Messed with the t-Mobile version today(Vibrant) and was really impresed.

Ray
July 15, 2010 at 2:16 PM

I'dime to add that I have not ways enjoyed texting on the iPhone and I make a ton of mistakes and the spell correct inserts things I'm not aware of when typing. Disnt have that problem on the Galaxy. Typing was easy , swyoe is amazing and voice to text was awesome.

JustMe
July 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Tested the vibrant Today. along with the Droid X / Captivate / iPhone 4G / Evo 4G (WiMax)

Of all 4 phones, Vibrant has the best screen, specially under sunlight. It has the best camera of all, Its colors are vibrant.

But Droid X slowed down after 50 apps were loaded. Captivate and Vibrant were at 120 apps before they slowed down.

But the key difference is the network, TMobile consistently has 4.4+Mpbs download and 2Mpbs+ upload speeds, making it the easiest to surf.

Vibrant is a better phone, in fact if it had flash and ffc using Froyo 2.2 it Would be the perfect phone. Most other companies have to struggle a lot now to offer anything that can compete with it. That includes the Droid X and Apple's 4G.

luke
July 19, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Are you being paid to write a good review for this phone because you hardly gave a criticism except you didn't like the power button placement

Hans
July 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I'm not being paid to write a good review; nor would I ever do this as it's unethical. I honestly think it's a good phone. Is there any specific question that you have about this phone? Let me know, and I'll answer in the comments.

Lucky
July 20, 2010 at 3:12 AM

How do i exit browser, when i finish using the internet i don't know if i'm still connected therefore using up my allowance, as i cannot find any instruction on exiting the browser, please help

Colleen
July 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Yes, I have a question.

You did not address how much memory it has or if it is upgradable if it comes with speakers.

RE: speakers, does it interchange with any other equipment i.e. cords, headphones, mp3 connection in my Camery...

Hans
July 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM

The phone I had was a review unit, and won't be the same as other phones that will launch in market. Different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S are/will be available on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Currently only T-Mobile and Sprint offer their own version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy S is called Samsung Vibrant, and you can find more information on it here. The AT&T version of Samsung Galaxy S is called Samsung Captivate and you can find more infrmation on it here.

Cheer coach
July 24, 2010 at 4:36 AM

Im not good with new technology but I love my galaxy s... How do u usr video chay, I dont see a camera on the front of the phone
Any help would be great

Hans
July 24, 2010 at 5:18 AM

There is a camera on front of the Samsung Galaxy S that I had. You can video chat using the Fring application from the Android Market.

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marcelo
August 5, 2010 at 11:19 PM

What do Ive to do if fring doesntvwork any more?

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