Review of "Samsung I9000 Galaxy S"

published 02/03/2011 | JL132
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Excellent
Pro smooth and operation system, easy to add music and movies, great pictures/video's
Cons no flash camera, very annoying software
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Durability & Robustness
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Battery talktime
Value for money

"The Samsung Galaxy S"

Samsung GT I9000 Galaxy S

Samsung GT I9000 Galaxy S

Introduction

After my previous Smartphone broke down, it took me a month to find a new Smartphone. In that month I had to use my old back-up phone without Internet, music, movies and games and I felt disconnected from the modern world. Finally with my new Samsung Galaxy S I’m back in the modern world and am able to use Facebook and Twitter again. This Galaxy S phone came on the market almost more than a year ago but it’s still considered the best available Android phone.

The Samsung S Galaxy

The Samsung S Galaxy is currently seen as the best Android phone available. Samsung focuses with this phone on the multimedia market, with a 1 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera and with the possibility of recording HD movies. It’s often said that the phone looks a lot like the Iphone 4 but is easier and better to operate. The phone works on the Android operating system and works quickly, smoothly and clearly and gives you access to the Android Market where you can download several thousand applications.
Appearance

The Samsung Galaxy S is available in black and white and has a silver chrome border. The phone is made of plastic with two slots on the top for the Micro-USB cable and the 3.5 mm audio jack. The dimensions of the phone are 122 x 64 x 9.9 mm and it weighs 118 grams. On the front of the phone is the screen which covers almost the entire front. At the bottom of the screen are two buttons: Menu, Back and in the middle you have the Home button. You can remove the back of the phone to access the battery and the SIM. On the back you also have the 5 megapixel camera and speaker.

Operating system

The Samsung S Galaxy works with the operating system Android. The phone uses the Android OS version 2.2. with Touch Wiz 3.0. This phone was originally released with operating system Android OS 2.1.
Features Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung S Galaxy has several features:

5 Megapixel camera
The phone has two cameras. The camera on the back is a 5 megapixel camera which can take up to 2592 x 1944 pixel images. The camera focuses automatically when taking a picture, but you also have options like image stabilization, geotagging, face detection and smile detection. There is no flash on the camera. The camera on the front allows video calling.

HD video camera
The Samsung S Galaxy has the ability to record 720P movies with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps. Optionally you have the option to reduce the resolution.

Music
On the phone there is a music player. The phone has a built-in 5.1 SRS virtual surround technology that will allow you to listen to music with 5.1 surround effect on your stereo headphones. This technology enhances the voice of the singer and enhances the bass while listening to the song. You can also create playlists.

Internet
The Samsung S Galaxy has a built-in browser but you have the option to download another browser from the Android Market. The phone has access to WiFi 802.11n. 3G Internet, HSDPA and UMTS are also integrated.

Call / texting
With this phone it is possible to make calls and send texts. When calling you have the ability to adjust the sound level. You can send text messages using the touch screen keyboard. Samsung has a method called Swype. I'm not a fan of Swype which is meant to work very easily and fast, but it just doesn’t work for me. Fortunately you can disable this feature.

Video / music
The biggest advantage for me is that this phone can play almost every audio and video format. You can upload these files quickly via the USB cable and you don’t have to convert the files to the right format. I have seen with several other phones that with converting the files to the right format, it can take up to an hour to transfer files whereas with this phone it takes me minutes. The sound quality is very good and the videos look sharp and this phone can also record HD video which gives you perfect quality.

Applications

The Samsung S Galaxy comes with a variety of already built-in applications like Google Mail, Google Maps, Android Market, Youtube, Google Talk, and a calendar, a mini-diary, alarm, clock, gallery and more. You also have the ability to download multiple applications including:

Facebook
This application lets you log into your Facebook account to post status updates, upload photos and more.

Twitter
Log in to your Twitter account and read and send new tweets.

Skype
Make and receive calls with Skype. When you download this application you can either call from your mobile provider or with your Skype account. Please note that this application calls via the Internet. I must say the quality is not as good but when the other person has also Skype you can call for free.

Battery

The battery of this phone has a capacity of 1500mAh. This represents a standby time of 750 hours and talk time of approximately 7 hours. This depends on your settings and the applications you use. For me, I find that this phone can last nearly 24 hours. I am someone who listens to a lot of music and occasionally I play a game and use the Internet. I am satisfied with the battery life. It can last longer if , for example, you turn down the screen brightness and turn off the automatic updates feature as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Included Software

To say at least something negative I have to mention the software. First of all, you don’t get any software with this phone and you have to download the program Sansumg Kies of the Internet. This isn’t really a problem but the file is about 100mb in size and for some reason it took me almost an hour to download this from their website. Normally it would take less than five minutes. Once I had installed the program, I couldn’t connect to my phone! Apparently this is a common problem as I read many similar stories on the internet. After a few attempts I just gave up because you don’t really need the program to connect your phone to the computer. You can adjust the settings on your phone and the computer will see your phone as a storage medium where you can simply add your music and movies by simply transferring them onto the phone.

Conclusion

For me it’s a perfect phone and the Android OS version 2.2 works very smoothly. All the applications work very quickly. Also, taking photos and videos goes fast and they look good. You will not get the quality of a normal camera but this phone will take sharp pictures. The only negative is that the phone doesn’t have a flash. What strikes me is that I can run multiple applications and it still works smoothly. I can listen to music while surfing on the Internet, downloading a new application and going on Facebook. Games work really well and you can even download HD games (not free). You get an internal memory of 8GB but you can extend the memory with a Micro SD card. I find it amazing how easy it is to add videos and music on this phone. No fuss, but simply copying a file from the computer to the phone and within minutes a large video is copied. The quality of the display is also very sharp. The only drawback is the Samsung software but fortunately you don’t really need to use this. For me this phone gets five stars!
General Information:

  • Operating system Android 2.2
  • Display 800 x 480 pixels
  • 720p HD video recording / playback
  • Camera 5.0 Mega pixels
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Wifi Wifi 802.11 b / g / n
  • Memory 16 GB or 8 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAH

What you get included in the box:
  • Samsung S Galaxy
  • Battery
  • The charger
  • USB cable
  • Manual
  • Headphones

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Comments on this review

  • sarahbarrow published 04/03/2011
    Well reviewed, E x
  • RICHADA published 03/03/2011
    Asd a PAYG customer I wonder what this one would cost me? R.
  • moistbabe published 03/03/2011
    Thorough and very well reviewed x
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Product Information : Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

Manufacturer's product description

Samsung GALAXY S

Product Details

Long Name: I9000 Galaxy S

Cellular / Technology: GPRS; EDGE; HSDPA; UMTS

Cellular / Band: Quad Band

Cellular / Combined with: 5 MP digital camera; FM radio; MP3 player

Display Type: AMOLED

Weight: 118, 119 g, 118 g

System / Handheld Type: Smartphone

OS Provided / Type: Android OS 2.1

Display / Diagonal Size: 4

Communications / Wireless Interface: Wifi; Bluetooth

GPS Navigation: GPS

Battery: Li-Ion

Manufacturer: Samsung

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Slate

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Integrated Components: Digital camera; Digital player; FM radio; GPS receiver

CE Input Device / Type: Touch Screen

Cellular / Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Cellular / Operating System: Android

User Interface: Samsung TouchWiz 3.0, Samsung TouchWiz

Instant Messaging Services: Google Talk

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch), Touch sensitive screen

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: MySpace, Twitter, Facebook

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Colour: Metallic black, Black, Ceramic white, Metal black, White

Form Factor: Touch, Bar

Service Provider: Vodafone, Not specified, O2

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Operating System: Google Android 2.1, Google Android 2.2, Google Android

Standby Time: Up to 360 hours, Up to 570 hours, Up to 750 hours

Supported Memory Card: microSDHC - up to 32 GB, microSDHC, microSD

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Dimensions (WxDxH): 64 mm x 10 mm x 122 mm

Mobile Services: Video Call, Google Play, YouTube, Picasa, Samsung Apps, Google Search, Gmail

Smartphone Memory: 8 GB

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Product Type: Android Phone

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Talk Time: Up to 390 minutes, Up to 803 minutes, Up to 790 minutes, Up to 792 minutes

Playback Digital Standards: MP3 , XviD, DivX

Display: OLED display - colour - 4" - Super AMOLED

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

SAR Value: 0.24 W/kg, 0.27 W/kg

Phone Design: Candy bar

Phone Features

Additional Features: Intelligent Typing (T9), world clock, Radio Data Service (RDS), TV Link, DLNA Certified, widgets support, intelligent typing (SWYPE)

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, flight mode, voice dialing, vibrating alert

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass

Ring Tone Formats: MP3

Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty: 64

Media Player

Supported Digital Video Standards: XviD, DivX

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Navigation System

Navigation Software & Services: Google Maps, Tele Atlas, Google Maps

Navigation: A-GPS receiver

General

Depth: 10 mm

Weight: 119 g, 118 g

Height: 122 mm

Width: 64 mm

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Product Type: Android Phone

Body Colour: Metallic black, Black, Ceramic white, Metal black, White

Form Factor: Touch, Bar

MPN: 09904134, GT-I9000HKYXEF, GT-I9000HKYXEU, GT-I9000RWYXEN, GT-I9000HKDXEU, GT-I9000HKADBT, GT-I9000HKDDBT, GT-I9000HKYCPW, GT-I9000HKDXEE, GT-I9000HKDO2U, GT-I9000RWYDBT

SAR Value: 0.24 W/kg, 0.27 W/kg

Phone Design: Candy bar

Aerial: Internal

Cellular

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Input Device(s): Multi-touch , capacitive

Application Software: ThinkFree Mobile, Adobe Flash Lite, Adobe Flash Lite, ThinkFree Mobile, Aldiko E-Book, Write&Go, E-Book Reader, Write&Go, Google Chrome, ThinkFree

User Interface: Samsung TouchWiz 3.0, Samsung TouchWiz

Operating System: Google Android 2.1, Google Android 2.2, Google Android

Service Provider: Vodafone, Not specified, O2

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Software Platforms Supported: Java MIDP 2.1, Java

Messaging & Internet

Mobile Services: Video Call, Google Play, YouTube, Picasa, Samsung Apps, Google Search, Gmail

Messaging & Data Features: PDF support, Microsoft Word support, Microsoft Excel support, Microsoft PowerPoint support, RSS feeds, mobile blog

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: MySpace, Twitter, Facebook

WAP Protocol Supported: WAP 2.0

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP

Instant Messaging Services: Google Talk

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Downloadable Content: Audio files, video files, games, ring tones, wallpapers

Communications

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 3.0, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth Profiles: Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN), File Transfer Profile (FTP), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Object Push Profile (OPP), Serial Port Profile (SPP), Generic Access Profile (GAP), Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), SIM Access Profile (SAP), Basic Printing Profile (BPP), Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP)

Organiser

Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, stopwatch, alarm clock

Processor

Clock Speed: 1 GHz

Type: S5PC111

Memory

User Memory: 8 GB, 2 GB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC - up to 32 GB, microSDHC, microSD

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Features: Face detection, smile shutter, video recording, Geo-tagging, macro function

Video Recorder Resolutions: 1280 x 720 (720p), 1280 x 720 (720p), 640 x 480 (VGA), 1280 x 720 (720p), 720 x 480

Digital Zoom: 4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Still Image Resolutions: 2560 x 1920

Self Timer Delay: Yes

Special Effects: Negative, Black & White, Sepia, normal

Lens Aperture: F/2.6

Still Image Formats: JPEG

Digital Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Display

Colour Depth: 16.7 million colours

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels

Diagonal Size: 4"

Technology: Super AMOLED

Type: OLED display - colour

Features: Wallpaper

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x Micro-USB - 5 pin Micro-USB Type B

Battery

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 390 min ¦ Standby - up to 360 hrs

Capacity: 1500 mAh

Technology: Lithium Ion

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Stereo headset, USB cable, power adapter

Also Included: microSDHC - 8 GB

Compliant Standards: RoHS

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 50 °C

Min Operating Temperature: -20 °C

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