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Samsung i9000 Galaxy S review

Samsung i9000 Galaxy S review
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Retail Price: RM 1,870
AP Price: RM 1,220 - 1,250
The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S features Samsung's custom "social hub" user interface which has a range of social networking feature built in. On top of that the i9000 also features A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and a micro SD card slot.
Review On : Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
By Loh Ving Sung
In the box
- Samsung Galaxy S I-9000
- USB connector
- Charger
- 3.5mm charger
In the space of 2 months, Samsung has launched the Bada powered Samsung Wave. And now another Samsung smartphone is set to make the rounds - the Samsung Galaxy S is armed with Android 2.1 (Eclair).
The Galaxy S has a huge 4.0 inch Super AMOLED 16M colours capacitive touchscreen, with 480x800 pixels resolution. The phone is covered in shiny plastics, and plate glass, and sports a simple, attractive look. The 4.0 inch screen displays crisp and clear colours and it is very enjoyable with such a huge screen. But its sunlight legibility was lacking, especially under direct sunlight.
The phone’s dimension stands at 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm, which is slightly thinner than the iPhone. The Wave’s weight stands in 119g, we were surprised how light the phone despite its size.
The left spine of the phone has the volume rocker, the right has the lock/unlock button, and the quick camera button. The home button is located at the bottom of the screen, with the cancel and menu button. The top part of the phone has a microUSB port with a slide protector and the 3.5mm port for headphones.
The back of the device has the camera, and the lanyard gap. Crack it open and there’s a hot-swappable microSD card slot and a SIM card slot.
The device is armed with an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz, and the Galaxy S we have is the 8GB variant. There is also a 16GB variant. There is a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB.There’s an onboard accelerometer, A-GPS and a FM radio. Samsung claims the standby time lasts up to 3 weeks and call time up to 7 hours.
The Galaxy S is armed with Google Android 2.1 Éclair smartphone OS, it has a smooth interface, the kinetic scrolling is accurate and slides along quickly. The response is intuitive, quick and easy to get a hang of. The 2.1 finally supports mutlitouch, has a simple, minimalist interface, which is a welcomed improvement. The 1GHz processor makes the UI and multitouch noticeably smoother.
Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI integrates well with the Android OS, and isn’t jarring when it comes to functionality. The Galaxy S supports folders, which means you can place your favourite shortcuts in a neat stack on the homescreen. Drag down the top of the homescreen, will reveal Connectivity options and notification system.
Samsung also threw in the TouchWiz 3.0 UI, which comes with a little Android. The TouchWiz has a whooping 7 screens for Android and Samsung widgets, which ranges from, Google calendar, diary, news updates and more. The bottom of the UI has 4 primary buttons, phone, contacts, messages and applications.
The main menu is called applications here - the Android 2.1 has 3 pages lined up in a 4 x 4 grid and editing of the menu. The messaging tab opens to SMS, MMS and email, swipe on a message and it starts a new message, and swiping to right will call the person who sent in the message.
The Multimedia capability of the Galaxy S includes a music player and video player. The Wave’s music player is hands-on. Tracks are sorted by albums, artists, genres, composers, etc. Tilting the phone horizontally will display the albums, and will inevitably draw comparisons to the iPhone’s cover flow.
The video player supports DivX/XviD files, and is capable of playing videos up to 720p. There’s a built-in Youtube portal, and the Google browser has multitouch support and Flash Lite 3.1 support.
The Galaxy S is armed with quad-band GSM connectivity (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz). Data connectivity wise, there’s HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
The Galaxy S’ 5 megapixel camera comes with autofocus and shoots at 2592 x 1944 pixels. The camera has quite a few tweaks - ISO, white balance, default storage, stabilizer, face and blink detection, and geo-tagging. Photo quality is relatively good - a Flash LED would help with some of the shots.
Video recording goes up to 720p, and goes at 24fps providing relatively smooth playback.
The Galaxy S doesn’t have any built-in games, but the Samsung App Store will provide a bunch of apps for gaming. Sadly, without Marketplace support, we missed out on a lot of apps.
All in all, we felt the Galaxy S is a device that truly represents a true knock on the smartphone door. The large AMOLED screen goes together with the Android mix. The phone has a minimalist design, topped off with top of the line features, and a venerable OS.
Aside, from the lack of Android apps, the phone is recommended to anyone who wants a truly smart smartphone. It is priced at RM 2,599, and on Maxis’ voice and data plan, the phone is priced at RM 1,699.
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