Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Samsung Galaxy S Review

Well, just to share with you guys what I've being doing in my Portuguese Blog - sorry for not having much time to create long articles in english, but I've been swamped with lots of reviews lately.

But,this one I had to share with you! The amazing Samsung Galaxy S, the best Android device around at the moment!

For the full review of the Galaxy S you can head to my portuguese blog, and hopefully Google translate should kick in and allow you to (barely) understand what I had to say.

But here are the highlights

Samsung Galaxy S

Top of the class hardware:
  • CPU ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor
  • 8 GB/16GB internal Flash, 512 MB RAM, 2GB "App space" (plus microSD up to 32GB)
  • Super AMOLED 4" (480x800) screen with capacitive multitouch touchscreen
  • GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
  • EDGE Class 12
  • 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
  • Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP
  • USB v2.0 microUSB
  • 5 MP Camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus (geo tagging, face and smile detection, accelerometer panorama assist mode, etc.)
  • HD Video 720p@30fps
  • VGA front facing camera
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • Dimensions: 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight: 119 g
  • Li-Po battery 1500 mAh
  • Stand-by up to 750h (2G) / up to 576h (3G)
  • Talk time up to 13h30 min (2G) / up to 6h30 min (3G)
  • TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • Multi-touch
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Swype text input
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
LED Flash is missing... which is a shame in such a "have-it-all" device.

Build Quality

Besides its sheer size, the Galaxy S impresses by its clean look and amazing thinness and lightness. The first time you hold it in your hand you'll be amazed.
That small hump in the back is also cleverly designed and placed, and helps holding it in a comfortable way.

Super AMOLED screen

From the first time you boot the Galaxy S the screen is the most impressive feature that will mesmerize you from the moment it lights up. Amazing color, incredible contrast, with deep blacks like you've never seen.

Sure, it has that dreaded pentile pixel pattern, but... you won't notice it that much:

As for the viewing angles... I think it's safe to say... what viewing angles!?!

In use

The Galaxy S comes with the TouchWiz interface from Samsung, but it's simple enough for any Android user to feel right at home. Those who don't like it will quickly dismiss it and install any other launcher anyway - that's the beauty with Android.
As for the speed, as you'll be able to see in the following videos... there's not much waiting involved when using this Galaxy S.

It also comes with the Swype keyboard as standard... and I loved it (you can see it in action in the video above)!


The Galaxy S comes with a great photo App, from smile detection to accelerometer based panorama assist, you'll love how it handles photos... though you might miss the LED flash.

Photos and Video

Here's photo and video HD 720p recorded by the Galaxy S (it was done under adverse sunset conditions, but it should give you an idea).

Live Wallpapers

Just to show off to friends and such. :)

Last Words

When I first reviewed the HTC Desire I wasn't entirely convinced it would be enough to make me let go of my trusted iPhone. Well... the Samsung Galaxy S finally seems to do it: this is the first Android device I would seriously consider as a full time replacement for my iPhone.

Sure, there are things that should be taken care of (but that holds true for all devices out there) but considering it's cheaper than the iPhone 4, and all it has to offer, this Samsung packs a mean punch and is highy recommended for all!

Here it is next to some low cost Androids I had for review: Vodafone 845 and Optimus Boston:

And here it is next to some more well known contenders: a Nexus One and the HTC Magic.

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