Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Review
Samsung must have been in no mood to beat around the bush when they decided to stop playing tag with the competition and just smack them right in the face with the I9000 Galaxy S. Surely, the South Korean electronics giant knew what it was bringing to the table, alerting all 110 countries simultaneously that Galaxy S has been unleashed. And this smartphone is probably worth all that fuss. Its crowning glory, the 4-inch Super WVGA AMOLED display, is not only the biggest in its line, it’s also the closest to a perfect display there is. Samsung made a bold, but very smart move removing the customary outer glass, leaving the touch sensor right on top of the display panel. This significantly reduced reflected light from its surface, allowing improved and wider viewing angles. But don’t be deceived by its size. Despite its 122.4 x 64.2 mm frame and larger-than-usual 4” display, the Galaxy S is a lightweight at 118 grams and is slim enough to fit most pockets with a thickness of 9.9 mm. Its size will need some getting used to, but users will find this smartphone ergonomically sound, with all its main buttons placed at the most sensible locations. Video-hungry users will find Galaxy S’ 8-16 GB internal storage more than enough for their collection of Xvid and DivX movies. Or maybe not. With a smartphone able to support up to 32GB of external memory, that can’t be a problem as well. Samsung also made sure that its other specs can keep up with its larger-than-usual display. Powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU and a 512 MB RAM facilitated by Android 2.1 OS (Éclair), the Galaxy S can easily maintain optimum performance even with several applications running in the background. Rumor has it that it can be updated to the Froyo OS, believed to be 2.5x faster than Éclair, significantly improving its already impressive operational speed. To top it off, the TouchWiz UI makes navigation easier, sensing even the slightest of touch, while selectively responding to objects touching the screen. Yet the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is not without its flaws. While trying its best to stay lightweight, Samsung had to settle for an all-plastic case, which is sturdy enough to endure daily use, but is also prone to fingerprints. Also, its 5-pixel camera capable of recording videos with HD quality is decent enough to merit a flash and a dedicated shutter button, but neither is present in the Galaxy S. It’s not big on loudspeakers as well, so users must hold on to their earphones. Given what the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has to offer, it’s easy to see that its strengths trump its weaknesses. It’s a smartphone that’s bigger, smarter and faster in almost every aspect, catering to users with high expectations and big appetites without compromising most of the good stuff. And at 350-370 USD depending on the internal storage size, Galaxy S guarantees value in every penny spent for it.
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