Samsung has outdone itself with the Galaxy S, producing one of the best smartphones on the market. With excellent features and a more than reasonable price, this handset should be on the shortlist for those looking for a high-end smartphone.
Excellent screen; very light; simple text entry; Android 2.1; fast processor; value for money.
No camera flash.
4in WVGA (480 x 800) 16M Super Amoled screen,1GHz CPU, 5-megapixel AF camera, 16GB/8GB+ MicroSD (up to 32GB), HD video player and recorder (1,280 x 720) at 30fps, Flash Lite 3.1, RSS reader, Swype, Write & Go, integrates SMS, email and calendar accounts.
The Galaxy S heads up Samsung's high-end smartphone line up, and it is easy to see why. The beautifully crafted handset is not only one of the bigger phones on the market, with dimensions of 64.2 mm x 122.4 mm x 9.9 mm, it's also one of the best around.
Weighing in at just 119g, the Galaxy S is deceptively light, an impressive design feat considering that it is larger than the iPhone 4.
The 4in WVGA (480 x 800) 16M Super Amoled screen is its most impressive feature, capable of displaying HD content and gorgeous pictures and videos.
While Apple may claim that the Retina display in the iPhone 4 is the best available on a smartphone at 960 x 640 pixels, this screen on the Samsung Galaxy S is a definite rival.
There are two touch sensitive buttons below the screen and a traditional push-down home button, while navigation is carried out via the extremely responsive touch screen.
The Galaxy S runs on Android 2.1 Éclair and incorporates Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 interface. There is full access to the Android Market and the Samsung App Store, so users can pick from well over 80,000 apps. An upgrade to 2.2 Froyo has been pencilled in by Samsung for later this year.
The pick of the apps are AllShare and Layer. AllShare allows users to share multimedia files, including pictures, music and video, over a Wi-Fi connection with other devices that are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified.
Layer is an augmented reality browser. Using the camera, it identifies landmarks and provides information including star ratings and historical information. Users are also able to leave comments about places, so the app builds up a database of information.
The standard home screen is busy, including shortcuts to Gmail, Google Maps, Android Market, Google Talk and YouTube.
There is also a Google search bar to give quick access to the web, and users can search using the voice option, which is rather nifty.
As with all Android-based phones it is possible to customise the home screen to allow instant access to the most commonly used applications. Synchronising to email accounts is also quick and easy, providing access on the move.
With a 1GHz ARM processor, the Samsung is extremely quick and shows no lag, even when using demanding applications. Android also allows the Galaxy S to multitask, just like the much-touted capabilites of the iPhone 4.