Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy S 8GB Black
Samsung's mid-range device named Samsung Galaxy S is composed of Gingerbread v.2.3 Android as its operating system. This smartphone is touted as Samsung's flagship gadget and was originally loaded with Android v.2.1 OS. Subsequently, it got upgraded to Froyo which is Android v.2.2 OS and now, blessed with the latest operating system as Gingerbread v.2.3 Android with which, we can access a lot of exiting applications and features, thus giving a relief to the buyers of this handset. In terms of processing speed, screen, features as well as looks, Samsung Galaxy S is an unbeatable phone.
The dimensions of this smartphone are 122.4mm x 64.2mm x 9.9mm and is 5mm taller than other phones of the same range, and weighs 119 grams and is 9.9mm thick. With all these, we can say that it will give a minimal impression on the line of your trousers or jacket and its sleekness also comes across in the phone's design. The front of the device is very neat and simple that comes emblazoned with the Samsung logo and on the back, there is a pattern of little dots that does retain its sleekness. The front consists of a metallic bezel that helps in giving more toughness to the gadget. The front of the smartphone is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass that gives toughness to the screen and makes it finger prints resistant and scratch resistant.
However, the back has glossy plastic cover that scratches easily and flexes slightly, just taking the edge off any feeling of quality. The basic advantage in this handset is the lightness of the device. With Swype application, the user can reach speeds up to 40 words per minute. Rather than requiring the user to hit each letter accurately, Swype has a built-in intelligence that will follow the path your finger traces on the keyboard. We just have to trace the word which we want to write and then Swype will do the rest and with the Write & Go application, one can swype a message and send it directly from the notepad with the help of SMS, SNS, Calendar, Email or Memo.
User Interface and UI functionality
With 10.16cm or 4.0 inches super-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display and TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, Samsung Galaxy S makes the person enjoy the best viewing experience. One can watch his/her favorite content in immense daylight and enjoy a crusty, fine picture and with 4GB internal memory, 1GHz processor and Wireless Tethering, there is an increase in the speed, space, and you can access whatever you want. With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 16 million colors combination and a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch, the display allows the user to give multiple inputs at the same time as it has multitouch facility to makes the work faster and simpler. The heart of this smartphone is clocked at A8 1GHz by Cortex processor along with a hummingbird chipset and the brain part is loaded with PowerVR SGX540 GPU. One can see a large number of POIs (points of interest) from the current location like information regarding the train or reviews of the customer about the café across the road by just pointing the phone’s camera in the desired direction, and you will get to know everything with the help of the embeddedTele Atlas. Samsung Galaxy S has an absolute Layar Browser loaded with Tele Atlas so as to see real-time digital information on top of the real world.
With this cell, you can souse in the rich content of media like never before and enhance your reading experience with Aldiko ebook, easily source to gaming content from PC and Android market, and enjoy the best picture quality. With this smartphone, you can do recording in HD right on your TV with the gadget acting as the remote control.The video formats suported by this handset are H263Sorenson, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX HD/ XviD, MKV, VC-1, FLV, and WMV, and the audio formats supported are MP3, eAAC, AAC ,OGG, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB, MID, IMY, AC3, FLAC, and XMF. With all these, there is a jack of 3.5mm for the earphone that allows the user to have fun with songs by padding their surroundings with the flow of music. Samsung Galaxy S has built-in speakers and FM radio with RDS technology that allows the user to save songs from the radio directly on the phone so that he/she can listen to them at any time and have no longer to wait for them to be played again on radio.
Pictures and Video quality
To capture your memorable moments, Samsung Galaxy S is loaded with a 5MP auto focus rear camera with features like touch focus, Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, and imparts an image of size 2592 x 1944 pixels. We can also record a full HD video of size 720p with 30fps. This phone also comes with a VGA camera in front so that the user can do video chatting with friends and family. To widen your photography experience, the gadget allows you to have images in various modes like single, self, panorama, smile, and action shot with various effects like negative, normal, black & white, and sepia along with white balance that keep the picture crystal clear. With digital zoom facility, you can have a view of each angle of the image. The images clicked with such a superb camera are saved in .JPEG format.
Samsung Galaxy S provides support to connectivity options like GPRS and EDGE with HSPA speed, DLNA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Wi-Fi hotspot via WLAN, USB via microUSB v2.0. Also, Bluetooth v.3.0 with A2DP is loaded for the user so that he/she can connect to the whole world of net and connect his handset with nearby devices such as PC, Laptop or mobiles.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy S comes with an internal storage capacity of 8GB or 16GB along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB for ROM. With this huge capacity of saving data or media, the user can store a good amount of data in this cell and should there be any shortage of memory, a microSD card slot is there so to expand the external memory up to 32GB.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Galaxy S brings your e-mail and SNS contacts into your phone book, allowing you to check your friends’ status updates and newly added photos directly from the Contacts. Plus, you can integrate Google and Facebook calendars with Calendar. And with Social Hub Inbox, you can manage all the incoming as well as outgoing messages. You can also download your favorite games from the net at an exiting and faster speed.
Samsung Galaxy S has a standard lithium-ion 1,500 mAh battery which is capable of giving a talk time of 13 hours and 30 minutes for 2G network and 6 hours 30 minutes for 3G network, and has a standby time of 750 hours for 2G network and 576 hours for 3G network.
Samsung Galaxy S buttress the GSM network at a bandwidth of 900/1900/2100MHz for 3G and 850/900/1800/1900MHz for 2G respectively. In this device, the HSDPA speed is of 7.2Mbps and the HSUPA speed is of 5.76Mbps, which allow the user to upload and download media or files at a lightening speed.
Samsung Galaxy S is the highly appreciated smartphone that breaks the monopoly of Apple in the top-end smartphones category. The smartphone is also declared as the new leader of the Android pack. Galaxy S, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, comes in direct competition with Apple iPhone 4 that runs on iOS 4 platform, upgradeable to iOS 7. Samsung Galaxy S holds a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with capacitive touchscreen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass whereas, Apple iPhone 4 has a smaller 3.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with oleophobic coating and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. In terms of internal memory, Apple iPhone 4 has three variants of 8/16/32GB whereas Galaxy S is available in two variants of 8/16GB but RAM is the same for both, that is, 512MB. The plus point with Samsung Galaxy S is that it has a microSD card slot to expand the external memory up to 32GB whereas the same is absent in Apple iPhone 4.
Both the smartphones hold 5 megapixels primary cameras and VGA secondary snappers to support video calls. In fact, Galaxy S and iPhone 4 have the same processing speed of 1GHz with same Cortex-A8 processor. The difference lies in the chipset wherein, Samsung Galaxy S uses Hummingbird chip, Apple iPhone 4 is controlled by Apple A4 chip. The two varies from each other in terms of battery as Samsung Galaxy S has a removable lithium-ion 1,500mAh battery whereas, Apple iPhone 4 holds a non-removable lithium-polymer 1,420mAh battery.
Apart from Apple iPhone 4, other smartphones that are giving a good competition to Samsung Galaxy S are Android platform based HTC Desire, Sony Xperia X10, Google Nexus One, and Windows operated HTC HD2.