Samsung I9010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani review: Fashionware

GSMArena team, 14 January 2011.
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An Armani-touched phonebook

As typical Android (Galaxy S) smartphone, Samsung I9010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani has a phonebook with massive functionality and practically unlimited capacity. The Armani font we mentioned before is also seen here.

Besides the font, the default “blank” contact icon is now different too. It has the GA logo and a person in full-height instead of the standard blue head.

The handset displays the phone memory, SIM-stored and all Google contacts in the phonebook. There is a dedicated setting for that, so you really can have all of your contacts gathered in one place. You can search the entries by either flick-scrolling the list or using the alphabet scroll at the side of the screen (courtesy of Samsung and the TouchWiz UI).

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The Galaxy S Giorgio Armani phonebook

The Galaxy S GA also packs the quick contacts feature, which pioneered on Android 2.1. It lets you use the contact photo in the phonebook and call, text, or email the person with a single click.

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The quick contacts feature

Typically multiple accounts for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange, are supported.

There are many info fields that you can assign to each contact, but it still remains perfectly organized. You have all the types listed (numbers, email addresses, etc) and there's a plus sign on the right - clicking it adds another item of that type. Pressing the minus sign under it deletes the unneeded field.

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Checking out and editing a contact’s details

In the main contact list, a swipe to the right on a name will dial the contact’s default number, while a swipe to the left will start the New message interface. The side-sweep thing is part of the TouchWiz UI and works in other lists too where you have names or numbers (such as the messaging menu).

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Swiping on a contact’s name or number in the log will start a call or launch the message composer

Great telephony

The Samsung I9010 Giorgio Armani caused us no trouble during calls. The reception was good and we didn’t experience any dropped calls.

Smart Dialing is available and works like a charm – the implementation is the same as in every other Galaxy S out there - it searches both contact numbers and names.

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Smart dial works like a charm • the call log • the in-call screen

Thanks to the proximity sensor, your screen will automatically turn off during a call. The available options during a call include taking a note, using the keypad, muting, holding the call or adding another call to this conversation.

The call log is the tab next to the dial pad. It shows all the dialed, received and missed calls in one list sorting your call history by contacts.

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the Galaxy S GA. It scored an Average mark. More info on the test itself as well as other results can be found here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S66.6 65.966.6Below Average
Samsung I9010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani64.066.275.7Average
HTC Desire HD69.766.678.3Good
Nokia N875.866.282.7Very Good
HTC Desire76.675.784.6Excellent

Swype-enhanced messaging

The SMS and MMS messaging section is quite straightforward and simple - there are no folders here, just a new message button. Under that button is a list of all your messages organized into threads.

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The Galaxy S GA messaging department and swipe functions • the app specific search

Swiping on a message header will do exactly the same as in the phonebook – a left swipe starts a new message, while swiping to the right will start a call.

There’s application-specific search that lets you quickly find a given message among all your stored SMS and MMS.

To add message recipients, just start typing the corresponding name or number and choose from the contacts offered.

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Adding recipients • Adding any multimedia content automatically turns an SMS into an MMS

If you wish to manage a specific message in the history, you can press and hold a message to bring up options such as edit, forward, delete and lock as well as view details and copy message text.

A press-and-hold in the tap-to-compose area gives you access to functions such as cut, copy and paste. You are free to paste the copied text across applications like email, notes, chats, etc. and vice versa.

Converting an SMS to MMS is logical and easy. When you add multimedia content to the message, it is automatically turned into an MMS. You can just quickly add a photo or an audio file to go with the text or –depending on your needs - you can choose to go into a full-blown MMS editor.

Moving onto email, the Gmail app supports batch operations, which allows multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted. Multiple Gmail accounts are also supported.

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The Gmail should be pretty familiar to everyone by now

There is also a generic email app for all your other email accounts and it can support multiple POP or IMAP inboxes. You have access to the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

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The standard email app also does a good job • the combined inbox

The Galaxy S Giorgio Armani also sports a combined inbox, which brings together all your mail in a single folder so you don’t need to check each one for new mail. This can be quite handy if you have lots of accounts and you just want to check if there is a new message needing your attention.

Google Talk handles the Instant Messaging department. The G-Talk network is compatible with a variety of popular clients like Pidgin, Kopete, iChat and Ovi Contacts.

As far as the text input options are concerned, the I9010 Galaxy S GA comes with the Samsung home-backed keyboard preinstalled. It’s actually much more comfortable (and accurate!) than the often criticized stock Android QWERTY.

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The Samsung’s QWERTY keyboard • the Swype-enabled QWERTY keyboard

And if you are for the ultimate speed there’s also Swype onboard. The innovative text input solution that took over the world is responsible for all current typing speed records. It does take some time to get used to, but after that it might even give you a chance to rival some hardware keyboards.

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Swype input in action • Swype suggestions

Voice input is also available and works quite good if you’re in a quieter environment.

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