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The Galaxy S is Samsung's first Android device featuring its own 1GHz Cortex-A8 based ARM application processor.

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Pros

stunning 4" Super-AMOLED display @ 800 x 480px, takes phone displays to a new level (esp. color, contrast, viewing angles & brightness)

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runs a current generation high end 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU by Samsung (Hummingbird)

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WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and 3G (HSPA max downlink 7.2 Mbit/s, max uplink 5.76Mbit/s) connectivity

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5MP backside camera with HD video recording (720p @ 30fps)

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stunning graphics acceleration (PowerVR SGX540 GPU): 90 million triangles/sec (iPhone 3GS: 28 million/sec; Snapdragon Adreno: 22 million/sec)

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Has a forward-facing camera with 1.3MP

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supports Bluetooth version 3.0

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internal storage of 8 or 16 GB!

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user-removable Li-Ion battery with 1500mAh capacity

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GPS with 3D maps

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one of the first mobile phones to support DivX HD

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incredibly thin (9.9mm)

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standard 3.5mm headphone jack

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memory expandable with standard microSD/microSDHC cards

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charging/data transfer via standard microUSB port

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Atmel maXTouch sensor for multi-touch (high precision, very low power, can detect indefinite number of points on the screen)

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Qik video chat and Swype are included

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runs the latest version of the open source Android OS (2.1)

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responsive UI

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wide U.S. availability: Verizon (Fascinate), T-Mobile (Vibrant), Sprint (Epic 4G), AT&T (Captivate), and U.S. Cellular (?)

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stellar battery life (50 percent battery left after a full day of heavy usage)

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Now upgradable to Android 2.2

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One of the best android phones around currently.

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Better than iphone in flash player , iphone has no flash player

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Excellent battery life. Much better than most phones in its league.

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Corning® Gorilla® glass (environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass that is both scratch resistant and durable)

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3-axis gyroscope plus accelerometer for precise 6-axis sensing (same STMicro chip as on iPhone 4)

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Android 2.2.1 available with 2.3 well underway. (scheduled March '11)

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CyanogenMod support

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Supposidly comes with the movie Avatar on SD card to show off the phones graphics ability.

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Very High Quality Audio Codec

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Very flat slide out keyboard.

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Samsung provides a desktop sync app ("Samsung Kies") - Outlook contact sync, SMS backup, tethering setup, etc.

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Cons

no camera flash

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No dedicated Camera button

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Terrible GPS performance and no reliable fix so far

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Samsung has never provided a premium UI / good support for their mobile devices

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no HDMI output port

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no FM transmiter for in car stereo wireless audio

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As of now they should have done something special and unique instead of this dumbshit

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Samsung's Android UI skin looks like a blatant iPhone ripoff

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not a very good camera

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extremely glossy glass screen atop the display

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The menu button sucks

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Inner menu is also copied from iphone O.S but is worse

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As seen body from front is an total iphone copy

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no Infra Red

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not very slim

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No Android 2.2 yet.

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not very competitive compared to other smart phones like nokia N8

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A little too big

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looks cheap compared to the iphone

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Can't shoot lazers

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the phone breaks very easly

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no software goodness

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not very nice battery life

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Bad icons

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ugly and cheap looking

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it's not a blackberry!!!

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Edit

 

Announced and demonstrated at the CTIA 2010, the Galaxy S is Samsung's first Android device featuring its own 1GHz Cortex-A8 based ARM application processor named "Hummingbird" (labeled as "Apple A4" in the iPad and iPhone 4) which also integrates hardware graphics acceleration (PowerVR SGX540 core). Being a rather large smartphone, it comes with a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen and an Android skin called "Smart Life" atop Android version 2.1. It can be paired with an optionally available "Home Cradle" for use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station. Samsung is targeting 110 countries in North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. In the U.S., the Galaxy S is launched on all four national carriers: T-Mobile Vibrant, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G, and AT&T Captivate. It is also announced to be available on the regional carrier U.S. Cellular.

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Brezzin15
03/23/2012 03:01

da samsung galaxy is da besst phone evva ?
the only waay yhuu kann brakke ihht isz!! yhuu haave two qeet ihht rann ovva by a kaar :)

Dom
01/19/2011 11:59

Isn't it funny how many iPhone fanboys criticize "plasticky Android phones", or whatever other smartphones. There are very good (engineering) reasons for that. What you don't want to do is cover the antenna(s) with any metal because of unnecessarily high signal attenuation. Also, you don't want to expose the antenna to the user's touch, because the human body conducts quite well due to its high water content. So, the best way to design it is: a) put the antenna into a part of the phone that is least likely to be covered by the hand(s), especially during a call, and b) cover it with a non-conducting material, such as plastic. Apple pays no attention to such criteria - looks are much more important than function. But that's how you get the ignorant masses to buy it.

Yale

Yale

01/19/2011 03:03

You're right but at the same time plastic really really sucks.

Erik

Erik

01/19/2011 09:18

Good points dom. I had never thought about it. My Captivate has a little bit of a plasticky feel on the sliding cover that allows for the removal of the battery, but overall it has a much more high-end feel than the iPhone 3G or 3GS. I can't speak for the iPhone 4, since I've never handled it.

Dom

Dom

01/20/2011 10:49

Yale, of course it doesn't mean that I'm all for making a phone look cheap. Like Samsung, who have a bit of a talent for doing that (except for the Captivate, which is done very well). There are plenty of phones that use plastic and look great though. But if in doubt, a plasticky phone that works very well should be favored over a metal/you-name-it one that doesn't. Why buy a phone that can barely be called a "phone"?

Erik: The iPhone 4 does look really sleek and has a great quality feel to it, no doubt. But a "quality feeling" has no relation to the presence of quality.... besides, it's always used in a plasticky case that's provided by Apple, of course.

Dom
06/30/2010 03:07

Galaxy S introduction Zurich video (youtube.com)

Galaxy S international version video introduction (youtube.com)

Dom
06/17/2010 02:00

After experiencing Samsung's "support" with my Symbian S60-based SGH-G810, I swore to myself never to buy a Samsung again. There have been so many other issues with Samsung, like with the Omnia HD (i8910) or with the Behold II that even triggered petitions that people signed to finally get Samsung to fix bugs. All this stuff looks really terrible.

On the spec sheet and in a first review Samsung certainly makes the Galaxy S interesting again. And unlike the G810 or Omnia HD, this one is looking to be launched much more broadly across the world (targeting 110 countries, including all 4 national US carriers). You would hope that Samsung pays some attention to support, bugfixes, and OS updates in this case.

But considering their track record of non-existing support, are the hopes justified? It may again be their usual game of impressing everyone with the spec sheet, launching it - only to then forget about its issues and its users, and instead launching a new handset a few months later. What do you all think?

Claude Breton
06/01/2010 10:08

pros well over cons, the only real big cons might be no flash but for me I can deal with it. Now Waiting for the price ...will it be a pro or a con.???

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