It has been a while since I have purchased a phone. I actually have been using the Samsung Galaxy S (SGS) 16GB for about a month plus right now. I am subscribed to Maxis and tied down with their contract for 12 months.
I have always wanted to try the Android platform. Unfortunately the sets available at the moment comes with Eclair (2.1). Hopefully the firmware update Froyo (2.2) comes from Samsung soon!
*NOTE I'm not doing a review, I'm just liking the phone and want to share it with my you. So if your looking for in depth review and stuff its not here!
Front of the box
Rear of the box
One thing that is apparent when I first held the phone (comparing to iPhone 3gs and other touchscreen devices from Nokia) was that it was light, had a more vibrant screen, and a huge 4" SuperAMOLED screen (480x800). The second thing that came to my mind was how sensitive the touch was. The SGS was running the ARM Cortex A8 1Ghz processor. Its fast, sometimes.
Haha~ So since I have been using this phone for more than a month its not really out of the box, its an re-enactment. I event had my screen protector on already (stuck on badly).
During the whole process of taking the photos I have not switch on the screen. Because I was lazy to switch back to the Samsung TouchWiz UI 3.0. I have already customize it to LauncherPro UI.
Essentially there are only 3 buttons on the phone. One home button, volume rocker button (above) and a power button on the right side of the phone.
ooo can see reflection of my flash unit
On top of the phone it's the 3.5" headphone jack with TV out capability, unfortunately the set does not come with the cables. But I have read online that it works with Nokia TV out cables. And the other port is the charging / USB port.
Big box for one super slim device.
Love the patterned back. Too bad now its encased. I have the tendency to drop things, therefore I put the phone in a case.
with Google Android
While I did say this is not a in-depth review, I will still share my thought on the device simply by breaking down into my personal likes and dislikes.
- 4" Super AMOLED screen, very vibrant and clear screen. Even my old work which I uploaded into the device looked refreshed. Video looks superb on the display.
- Media playback. Natively being able to playback mkv files is great. I just pop in my favorite MTV and its ready to play.
- Dual Storage with built in 16Gb and option to expand, currently I am using an additional class 4 microSDHC 8gb card. Plan to upgrade it to 16GB class 6.
- Relatively loud ringtone nothing is more annoying than missing calls because you were not able to hear it ! Then you have to call back, or dont.
- Light weight (119gm) For 4" screen at this weight. Fantastic.
- Android platform, very customizable. Nearly all aspects of the software can be customizable.
- Average battery life, with care at end of the day I can use up to 70-90%. But its a chore.
- Lag. While Eclair 2.1 is good. I cannot wait for Froyo 2.2. Samsung didnt implement the 2.1 properly, even with the 1ghz processor the phone is not functioning as it should.
- Display color temperature. its 'Colder' than it should, and this is a firmware issue. Hopefully to be fixed soon
- kick ass slow boot up. It takes 2-4 mins from cold start for the phone to be responsive enough. Ugh, I'm used to my Nokia devices to be WORKING in under a minute !
- No support for Apple OSX users. This happens to all manufacturers, at least Nokia has sync capabilities.
Well most of my dislikes are software related. I really hope that Froyo comes from Samsung soon.
Over all I'm very satisfied with the Samsung Galaxy S.
Shot using the Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 via Nikon CLS with Nikon SB-900 and SB-800 in a white box.