The mobile handset market place can currently offer a massive range of Android handsets, from entry level devices to top end smartphones. The new Samsung Galaxy S finds itself positioned nicely toward the top of this pile thanks to it not only huge, but excellent quality display and great list of features.
If you were to stand the Galaxy S and the Apple iPhone 4 side by side, you would have to look closely to notice any real differences between the two. The front of the Galaxy S is dominated by the handsets huge 4″ screen, with three physical buttons located beneath this display. The screen itself is flanked by a neat silver trim which acts as a nice contrast to the chassis predominantly black finish. Measurement wise, the unit is 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9mm, which seems a tad on the large size but much of this is in order to accommodate the large screen. The depth of the unit is refreshingly slim lined at 9.9mm, thanks in part to the screen technology producing a much thinner display. In terms of weight, the 118 grammes is lightweight for its size, thanks to the extensive use of plastic in the construction. The display of the phone uses cutting edge Super AMOLED technology to produce incredibly rich colour tones as well as great viewing angles. The depth of colour can be attributed to the lack of a backlight which can traditionally wash colours out. The official resolution of the screen is an impressive 480 x 800 pixels, and being a capacitive touchscreen it benefits from excellent responsiveness, which along with its overall size makes for a very pleasing user experience.
The Samsung Galaxy S features a host of top end features that will appeal to a wide range of customers. The phones processor is lightning fast and is clocked at 1Ghz. This ARM Cortex A8 chip comfortably handles all that the handset can throw at it. Memory options on the handset are extensive. The unit comes with either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, with the larger option set to appeal to user more interested in utilising the phones great media features. A micro SD card slot is also present, meaning a further 32GB of storage can be added if required, meaning a potential total memory 48GB. The phone uses the Android 2.1 operating system with Samsungs own TouchWiz user interface overlaid. A total of seven homescreens are offered for you to place your widgets on, an these are accessed by scrolling horizontally. Four ever present icons for the phones main functions such as Messaging and Phone are present on every screen. Swype text input makes messaging on the handset a much quicker affair, meaning you just move your finger across the screen to your desired keys rather than having to individually press each one.
The Samsung Galaxy S will win many fans thanks to the huge screen and great functionality, and is certainly worth adding to the wishlist of anybody contemplating an Apple or HTC purchase.
The Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire HD are available now.
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