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Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on
      #36532 - 03/26/10 01:55 PM

I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with Samsung's new high end Android 2.1 smartphone, the Galaxy S. Folks, this is a nice phone, and while it has pretty much every feature you could expect in a top model, it's not the over the top mish-mosh of features that was last year's Samsung Jet.

The model on display was quad band EDGE with Euro 3G. Samsung says there are no US carrier deals in place yet. I have a feeling it might come to one of our CDMA carriers, but time will tell.




The phone has a 4" Super AMOLED display. What's super about it? Much improved sunlight legibility and seriously wider viewing angles. While AMOLED displays are already power-frugal, Super AMOLED uses even less power.





The phone is about the same size as the Nexus One and smaller than the HTC HD2. It runs on a Samsung-built ARM Cortex A8 CPU clocked at 1GHz and has a new PowerVR graphics chip that's significantly faster than the iPhone 3GS'. Sweet. How did it feel? Very fast and responsive, and certainly in the same league as the Nexus One for every day tasks. Alas, we didn't get to try out any 3D games.





The Galaxy S has a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video, and Samung's cameras are usually pretty good in terms of quality. There is no flash.


What about that dirty word "TouchWiz"? The Galaxy S runs TouchWiz 3.0 on top of Android 2.1. The good news is Samsung heard us and the widget bar and other intrusive UI items are gone. What's left are some useful widgets and shortcuts that enhance functionality.


Other features include 8 or 16 gigs of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36538 - 03/26/10 03:26 PM

I actually like this better than the EVO 4G...

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36539 - 03/26/10 03:29 PM

It is thinner, smaller and the screen is more colorful (though not sharper). I'll be posting photos and info from CTIA on the HTC Evo soon. The Evo seriously reminds me of the HTC HD2 but running Android instead of Windows Mobile.

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36540 - 03/26/10 03:46 PM

So the EVO has a sharper display?

The EVO is nice (most likely the best phone around right now) but it's just too big for my taste. For me a 4 inch screen is max (that's why I also like the X10). The EVO also seems a tad thick and I don't like the pointy edges or the red accents on it...the Galaxy might not be as "high-end" as the EVO but it's thinner, rounder, more pocketable, and it's new interface (the whole S Life thing) seems pretty fresh and cool...


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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36541 - 03/26/10 04:02 PM

The Evo is thicker than the HD2, that's certain. In terms of the display, AMOLED displays are much more colorful but aren't necessarily any sharper than conventional displays. In general, they are a bit less sharp due to some color aliasing issues. That doesn't mean they stink but I've yet to see one as razor sharp as the best conventional TFT LCDs.

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36551 - 03/28/10 10:45 PM

I watched a video of this phone in action. Samsung sure seems to have ripped off Apple's iPhone interface. That in itself is a turn-off. I've also read rumors of a CDMA version. Maybe Verizon will get this phone so they can say it looks just like an iPhone, but it runs Android, and is just BETTER.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but this phone just doesn't seem quite right to me. I think it might just be too much of a "me too" phone.

Beautiful display, though.


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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: liteon163]
      #36584 - 03/31/10 11:19 PM

Does this phone have a front facing camera?

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36585 - 03/31/10 11:39 PM

Not that I saw.

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36646 - 04/06/10 12:38 PM

Does it have any metal? Or is it all plastic?

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36649 - 04/06/10 02:13 PM

Genuine Samsung plastics .

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36653 - 04/06/10 04:20 PM

Hahaha greeeeaaaat...but does it feel cheapish or fragile?

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36655 - 04/06/10 05:39 PM

It's on par with other Samsung high end phones like the Omnia, Omnia II Jet and Behold II if you've ever touched those. It doesn't feel fragile at all but it doesn't look like an expensive piece of hardware as does something like the HTC HD2. But is is a nice looking phone and sexier than other Samsung smartphones-- slim and black.

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: LisaG]
      #36656 - 04/06/10 05:45 PM

Would you say it feels as durable as a Nexus One or Droid? Does it feel as high-class as a Nexus One or Droid?...

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Re: Samsung Galaxy S Android superphone hands on [Re: punyparker04]
      #36658 - 04/06/10 05:53 PM

No and no. The Droid and Nexus have a good deal of metal and that's always going to be stronger. As far as I could tell, the Sammy had no metal. Same goes for the high class thing-- metal adds class. But it's still a very nice looking phone and I think it's eye catching thanks to the large display and very slim design.

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