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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Samsung Galaxy S first impression

After the launch of the Wave, Samsung hits the market with another high end Super AMOLED device. The Galaxy S is the first Android flagship released by Samsung, and it brings Android to a whole new level. The Touchwiz integration is seamless and brings the power of both Touchwiz and Android together in one unforgettable user experience. I've played with the Galaxy S for about half hour and it really impressed my socks off :). I'm a fan of Touchwiz, but when you combine it with Android you get the best of both worlds. What I like about it is that this is not just a phone for geeks, like the Nexus One for example which looks like a mobile desktop, but a phone for everybody. The Touchwiz makes the phone look like a user-friendly feature phone, but the Android power is at your fingertips.

It has 7 homescreens by default which is a lot of space for keeping your favorite widgets all the time. The menu of the phone along with the user interface look like Samsung pride and joy, Bada. And this is a good thing, because Bada is the most intuitive platform I've seen so far. However, the Galaxy S has a clear advantage over Bada, the Android Market, which provides thousands of apps for this beautiful phone.

The Super-AMOLED display is the brightest display in the industry, and even though I've tested this phone in broad daylight I did not encounter any readability issues. The phones looks sleek, even if it's not a full metal body, and runs fast and smooth.

Samsung's choice of colors for the UI and the icons really helps the Super-AMOLED screen to get noticed. Even if I am an adept of screens between 3.2 and 3.7 inches, this phone didn't bother me at all.

Another thing that increases the user friendliness is the Swipe text input. It takes a minute or two to get used to, but once I was there it was very hard for me to go back to conventional typing.

It has Bluetooth 3.0 which shows that Samsung is thinking about the future.

The only downside of this phone is the lack of camera LED flash. That should have been there for this high end phone, but the lack of it isn't a showstopper.

Another thing I really like, and this goes for most Samsung smartphones, is the integration of the DivX/Xvid video player, which I think every phone should have. Same goes for document editing. The large amount of internal storage also makes this phone a must-have.

The connectivity is all there, 3G, WiFi, A-GPS, BT 3.0, everything you need. The in-call audio quality is also very good.

Here is a video review of the Galaxy S.