Samsung Galaxy S Review [A for Apple, B for Beauty]

Yeah. That’s right. A for Apple and B for Beauty – and that beauty is Samsung Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy S is a beautiful device that runs on Android 2.1 (they have upgraded to 2.2 and will soon be rolled out).

Notable specification of Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 :

  • Super AMOLED Display
  • 4 inch display
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB storage
  • Support for GPS, A-GPS
  • 5 MP Camera (and a front facing camera for Video calls)
  • Supports 7 Home screens
  • Light weight (119 gm)

Form Factor/Navigation

Samsung Galaxy S feels more like iPhone 3GS than a Samsung phone – and having said that, the mobile offers an awesome user experience. Right from simple navigation to contextually relevant menus (e.g. : tap/hold a phone number and you have all the relevant call to action in place).

There are a few setup issues with the phone, especially with WiFi (and it’s quite a known issue, it seems) and once you pass this, you have a sexy experience ahead.

Touch is quite an experience – and I have a bit of context here, as I have been using Nokia (smart)phones for the last few years (N900/N97) and never had the ‘near perfect’ touch experience.  With Samsung Galaxy S, it works as-expected (++).

I can go on talking about the device and some of the feature, but in short, Galaxy S is a super powerful Android phone and is quite a beauty – the more you use it, the more you fall in love with it.

Preloaded Apps

Samsung Galaxy S comes preloaded with a few great utilities (like Layar) and apps – Samsung AllShare, SocialHub etc that are quite powerful and gel in quite well.

As far as phone’s performance is concerned, there is not much to crib except for in some cases, the phone hung on me (running Inbox + too many apps). Battery life is quite good and has no surprise element here.

At a price point of Rs. 28,000, Samsung Galaxy S is a neat bargain as long as you are the type who hogs on media consumption on mobile.

Please do not buy this phone if your mobile usage mostly revolves around calling/messaging – its like buying a bullet for commuting – heck! it’s meant for a wild ride!

Next : Nokia N8 Review.

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