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Samsung Galaxy SL - Product Summary
Samsung Galaxy SL is powered by Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), Upgradable to v2.3 (Gingerbread) platform
It comes loaded with latest features and specifications
A 1 GHz Dual-Core, MediaTek MT6577 processor gets along well with a 478 MB RAM to empower multi-tasking capability in the smartphone
This smartphone derives its power from a Li-ion 1650 mAh battery
This powerful battery provides adequate power for heavy usage and gives a talktime of Up to 15 hrs (2G) / Up to 7 hrs 30 mins (3G)
This is not a device that has been built for photography to be honest with an average 5 MP primary camera
The front camera too delivers average images with Yes, VGA sensor
The rear camera is also equipped with LED Flash
This phone comes with an average screen size of 4 Inches that delivers clear pictures from every viewing angle
It comes with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
The latest price of Samsung Galaxy SL was obtained on May 28, 2018
The price is valid in all major cities of India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, NCR. Please check instructions at the specific stores for any deviation.
Samsung Galaxy SL - Expert Reviews
Samsung Galaxy SL is a high-end advanced version of Samsung Galaxy S but comes loaded with lot more new features and applications with a slight change in the thickness of the body. Though the outer appearance is still almost the same but there are many changes in the internal configuration of the device. It is a single piece of glass that covers the screen and is covered by bezel, which gives a tough feel to the device, and resists scratches well with the metallic rim around the edge. However, the back is finished by a glossy plastic that scratches easily and flexes slightly, and gives a nice grip in the hand. Also adding to this general impression is the lightness of the device, although a weight of 131 grams is not considerably lower than many smartphones, but on such a large device this weight perfectly suits. The size of the phone is 123.7 mm x 64.2 mm x 10.6 mm, which is the same as its predecessor. Below the wide display, there are three keys below the display with hardware home key residing in the centre and the capacitive Menu and Back buttons on either side of this hardware button. This menu key also functions as a dedicated search key when it is pressed for a little long time and a long press of the home key will activate the task switcher. The power and screen lock key is placed on the right side of the device. It has no dedicated camera key to open the camera application with a single touch, the left side is the home for the volume rockers, which provides enough pressing area and good enough feedback to make usage trouble-free, the bottom of this smartphone has nothing other than a mouthpiece, whereas the top of the phone has a tiny sliding lid that covers the microUSB port and next to it is the exposed 3.5 mm standard audio jack. The back of this amazing device holds camera lens and loudspeaker grill, but unfortunately there is no flash of any kind, so low-light photography or video capture is not possible with this smartphone. The microSD card slot is under the battery cover, but it is hot-swappable, which means that the user can remove the memory card without removing the battery. This smartphone comes with DLNA support that gives freedom and flexibility to the users to enjoy and share all the digital content with any DLNA-certified devices with the help of AllShare application. With ThinkFree Office Mobile application, one can add images or edit text within the Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents.
Operating system and UI
With Samsung Galaxy SL, the user can enjoy the best viewing experience with 10.16 cm or 4 inches super clear LCD display, which has capacitive touchscreen that provides a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with 16M of color schemes and a pixel density of 233 ppi. Such an amazing screen makes the user watch their favorite content in broad daylight and by enjoying a crisp, clear picture with brightness coming from each angle of the display. The multi touch facility on the display allows the user to give multiple commands at one time to the device. To make the display scratch resistant, it is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass and has TouchWiz UI v.3.0 on top of the Android platform, which helps in adding more uasability to the device. Running on Android v.2.2 Froyo, which is upgradeable to Android v.2.3 Gingerbread, this smartphone is powered by 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor that helps in improving the processing speed of the device and makes it work more faster and quicker. The TI OMAP 3630 chipset brings light to every pixel of the screen and to improve the graphics performance, Galaxy SL comes loaded with PowerVR SGX530 GPU. Sensors such as Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass adds more fun and functionality to the device, thus making it a super phone with near about all amazing facilities. The exclusive Layar Browser of Samsung Galaxy SL is powered by Tele Atlas, which helps to see real-time digital information right on top of the real world and one can see more POIs (points of interest) from their current location, such as which train is on the corner, or customer reviews about the cafe across the street, and by just pointing the camera in the chosen direction, one will be provided with all the information related to that location, in geographical terms. The user can use Google Maps, with automatic car mode when in the car cradle, to get three different views, which are, real street view, traffic view, and satellite view. With Social Hub inbox one can manage all their incoming and outgoing messages and the user can integrate their Google and Facebook calendars with Calendar. This amazing smartphone comes with a virtual QWERTY keypad using which, the user can reach the speeds up to 40 words per minute along with Swype feature. Rather than requiring one to hit each letter accurately, Swype has a built-in intelligence that follows the path the finger traces on the keyboard. It just traces the word the user want to write and do the rest of the thing itself, thus making texting a fun and with the Write and Go application, the user can swype a message and send it directly from the notepad by SNS, SMS, Email, Calendar, or Memo.
Samsung Galaxy SL is a complete entertainment package with many multimedia features, which makes the device more entertaining and amazing. The user can immerse themselves in the rich media content like never before and can even enhance their reading experience with Aldiko ebook, can easily source to gaming content from PC and Android Market, and enjoy the best picture quality. The user can even record in HD right on the TV with the phone as the remote control. Other than this, one can also enjoy a seamless 24 x 7 hours FM radio with RDS facility, for which the 3.5 mm headphone works as an antenna for the connectivity and one can also use this earpiece jack to attach speakers or woofers with Samsung Galaxy SL. There are various audio and video formats supportable over this device, such as MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC aural players and MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video players, which allows the users to play and record multi format supported audio or video files on this smartphone. The in-built loudspeakers are very good and gives a clear and audible sound output.
Samsung Galaxy SL comes with a 5 MP auto focus camera and has features such as Geo-tagging, touch focus, digital zoom, face and smile detection, which adds more fun to the photography experience. The user can take images in various shots such as Single, panorama, self, action and smile shot with various photo effects like normal, negative, black & white and sepia. The images captured are recorded in .JPEG format. This amazing camera can capture images in a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and can record 720p videos with 30 frames per second. The secondary front facing VGA camera allows the user to have live video chats with friends and family members.
Samsung Galaxy SL provides various Internet connectivity options such as EDGE, GPRS via 2G and 3G networks, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and WiFi hotspot via WLAN. To have connection with the nearby devices it has Bluetooth, DLNA and USB port options to enable the users to transfer data from one source to another.
Samsung Galaxy SL has an internal storage capacity of 4 GB with 478 MB for RAM, which is sufficient for the user to save the daily information in the device. To have more storage space, the user can expand the external memory up to 32 GB with the help of microSD card slot, to run heavy applications easily and smoothly.
Samsung Galaxy SL comes loaded with so many applications such as Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Document Editor, Google Search, Google Maps, gTalk, Swype and a lot more. The user can enjoy n-number of games on this large screen, which can be downloaded from the Android Market and Samsung Applications Store.
The standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery of Samsung Galaxy SL permits the users to have talktime up to 7 hours 30 minutes on 3G and up to 15 hours on 2G. This amazing battery can give a standby time up to 550 hours on 3G and up to 610 hours on 2G.
Samsung Galaxy SL offers connectivity to 2G and 3G GSM networks only at a bandwidth of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 900/1900/2100 MHz, respectively. The user can download and upload files at an HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps, accordingly.
Samsung Galaxy SL is a high end device and is the successor of Samsung Galaxy S with more add on features and applications, but the advanced siblings, Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy S III can easily beat this smartphone, as they has more features and runs on the more advanced version of OS. Other smartphones which can give a tough market to Samsung Galaxy SL are HTC One X, Apple iPad 2, Nokia 808 PureView and many more.
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Samsung Galaxy SL Specifications
Announced 2011, February
Handset Color Black, White
Model Name Samsung Galaxy I9003
Network Type GSM
Display Size 4 Inches
Display Type SC-LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
Display Color 16M
Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass, Multi-Touch Screen
Horizontal Pixel 800
Vertical Pixel 480
Rear Camera 5 MP
Front Camera Yes, VGA
Flash Yes, LED Flash
Video Yes, (720p HD)@30 fps
Camera Features Face and Smile Detection, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus
Internal Memory 16 GB
Extendable Memory Yes, Up to 32 GB
RAM 478 MB
Operating System Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), Upgradable to v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor 1 GHz Dual-Core, MediaTek MT6577
GPU PowerVR SGX530
User Interface TouchWiz 3.0 UI
Operating Frequency GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
Data & Internet
3G Yes, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
EDGE Yes, Class 12
GPRS Yes, Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps