The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is a “beast” of a smartphone, which it has to be to beat out its only real competition, any of the HTC Android smartphones. Not only is this Galaxy pass by other smartphones of its class, but i....
The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is a “beast” of a smartphone, which it has to be to beat out its only real competition, any of the HTC Android smartphones. Not only is this Galaxy pass by other smartphones of its class, but it also meets and beats all expectations of most tech reviewers everywhere using the biggest and best of hardware and features any Samsung has to offer. The Samsung Galaxy is certainly out of this world and much deserving of the Samsung name.
This Galaxy is a beast of a smartphone at 4.8 inches tall by 2.63 inches wide, and just as tall as the HTC HD2. However, it is thinner than most at .39 inches. The Super AMOLED, a usual addition to the newer Samsung smartphones, shows off colors brighter and with more clarity without washing out in bright or sunlight then any other display technology available while saving power.
Another great thing is the display size. At 4 inches diagonal, it is smaller than HTC’s HD2 display of 4.3 inches. The display is made of the same technology used inside Samsung’s televisions, the Digital Natural Imagine engine (mDNIe), which is what makes colors and text so clear and bright on the phone. The resolution of the Galaxy is an impressive 854 pixels by 480 pixels (WVGA), which does both video and camera great justice during playback and review of photos.
This Samsung sports a 5-megapixel located on the back and it is outfitted with auto focus, LED flash, blink, smile and face detectors to focus the camera’s line of sight automatically while taking exceptional photos, even without an active flash. However, a downfall exists; when viewing photos on a computer instead of the Galaxy’s screen, they seem a bit colorless in comparison. The Galaxy is outfitted with a second camera on the front casing used for HD Video recording; it takes video at 720p HD at up to 30 frames per second.
The Android 2.1 Éclair OS is one step below the newer Froyo 2.2; however Samsung has recently announced that an update will become available for the Galaxy shortly. Much like the HTC and their Sense UI, Samsung has a UI called the TouchWiz v3.0 and it works great with the phone’s keyboard; a virtual full QWERTY. Additionally, the Galaxy uses the Samsung Swype input method, which makes typing on a virtual much easier and more responsive.
Both Android OS and TouchWiz UI are easy to customize with numerous features. For example, the default UI adds new applications to the last page of apps, which is different from other smartphones that add them alphabetically and have no way to change their position. The user can move the apps to any place they want to, add more pages to the apps menu and delete any user added applications at will. The only downfall here is that any pre-installed apps are difficult or impossible to delete and move. What this means is that there are going to be icons suck on menus that will never be used that take up valuable real estate.
Another feature of the combination UI is the Social Hub, which makes massive social networking and messaging in a single area. Additionally, Facebook and Twitter friends are added to your contact menu once they have been linked to the Galaxy user’s phones. The problem with this is that anyone wanting to add their Facebook friends must do so individually, which can become time consuming for those who have hundreds of friends. The Galaxy also has an augmented reality browser, compliments of Layar. The included Mobile AP allows the Galaxy to function as a wireless access point.
The Samsung Galaxy runs on a 7.2 Mbit/s HSDPA 3G services and has support for 5.76Mbit/s HSUPA in addition to the usual GSM and EDGE support for 2G. In addition to the Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi capability, this smartphone is ready for anything a business or media user can throw at it. The battery is a 1500 mAh Lithium-ion that lasts almost a full day on 2G networks. The processor is a power saving and efficiently fast ARM Cortex 1GHz Hummingbird, which is made for running multiple apps or programs at once.
The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is simply a beast of a smartphone with great performance and functionality