I just purchased the Samsung Galaxy S, trading in a Sony Ericsson Satio and only paying £75 on top of that, and I must say that after using the phone for 24 hours Iím very impressed. The Android operating system, which Iím using for the first time, is intuitive to say the least, very fun to use, however an App Killer is a must as the battery drains instantly, if you use it though, battery life shouldnít be a problem as such but saying this might come back to haunt me.
Now to the phone, the calling itself is very normal, everything is just as it should be, nothing fancy but that is a great plus, after all calling should be easy as it still is the phones main function. Messaging, whether text or email is fantastic, I love the on screen keyboard (setting up your email is also quiet straightforward, if you have a g-mail account then itís a doddle, others shouldnít be a problem either). Lots of great social apps like twitter and Facebook are easy to use and of course free, thereís also many apps within the phone like the Memos or Daily Briefings which make life easier for the user.
The screen is amazing, I havenít seen the iPhoneís Retina display as of yet but Iím not sure it can match the Samsung display, if you use this itís going to be hard to go back to anything else. The screen makes using the phone a joy, movies are fantastic, after watching Zombieland on the phone (divx included, yay) my eyes barley felt strained so thatís a huge plus. Web browsing is also great, pinch zooming here as well as in pictures always comes in handy and the large 4 inch display makes websiteís very readable and the speed, well, Iím on Vodafone with good reception everywhere and for me it seems very quick, not even mentioning hooking up through wi-fi. Music quality is also very good, as far as I know Samsung supply Apple with music chips so I was expecting a high standard and thatís what I received, the music interface is very nice and I especially like the CD flow animation, sound quality is way above average with and without headphones (just by the way, the headphones which come with the phone do a pretty decent job) with both music and films. The quality is so good that this is the first phone Iíve ever had which might make me consider not using my iPod. Storage is reasonable, the 8 GB internal and my 8 GB memory card is plenty but I think the phone will support up to 32 GB memory cards which is more than plenty. Thereís a nice radio and easy to use radio too.
There is just two minuses which I found in the phone so far, the fact that it hasnít got HTCís Sense UI, which I think is amazing (my other choice of phone was a HTC Desire) and the 5 megapixel camera. The snapper itself isnít bad, however itís a huge step down from the Satio by my standard, that had the best camera on the market bar none if you ask me, the lack of any kind of flash is its biggest minus.
Thanks, if you have, for bothering to read, as I said Iíve only had the phone for a day and still getting the hang of things so ill update this review with time, hope I helped in any way whatsoever, ask any questions if need be.
i dont why r d ppl so crazy for an iphone dat even forget dat dis is a forum for galaxy admirers n users.
PS-all u ip4 lovers pls dont bore us wid ur crappy little device n its features....
all i see on here is iphone better, sgs is better what aload of crap we all know iphone is rubbish and people only get it because its an apple i had an iphone yes they was great when they first came out but now they are so far behind, and yes the sgs does look like a large iphone but who cares get a life and stop all the iphone sgs crap.
I'm soooooo sick of iphone rip offs... and I don't even like the iphone, much less Android OS.
Anonymous, 28 Aug 2010"So your sayin that 800x480 is better that 960x640" its not about resolution unders... moreyes I have tested and I put the same HD movie in my brothers Galaxy s and my iPhone 4 and the difference is that in iPhone 4 there is much more detail and sharper picture. And galaxy s has a little bigger screen but with low resolution and pentile matrix screen(search internet if you don't know what that means) which makes the picture worse compared to iPhone 4 and that makes the galaxy look less detailed and not so sharp picture and the colors look too saturated. So you get a better experience if you look on movies with iPhone 4 actually.
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010So your sayin that 800x480 is better that 960x640 then you must be braindead it's like saying ... more"So your sayin that 800x480 is better that 960x640"
its not about resolution understand that.....
U can get 4 gb 1080p and 720p but 4gb 720p has more bitrate than 1080p so even if the resolution is lesser the definition(details) is higher........if u havnt understood this try different rips(2gb avatar of 720p,4gb avatar of 720p and 4 gb avatar of 1080p) of same movie.....i hope u will understand.........
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010they dont have similar spec iPhone 4 has better screen and better build quality and iOS is bet... moreUnderstand S AMOLED and Retina and then speak........iOS mayb better as it seems for u bt google provides for the best,user friendly and fastest OS. also a question with LED flash would u b able to take a pic of scenary at night?? I dont think so bcoz the flash is nt that strong........I 2 have used camera phones with flash(Led and Xenon)........
Ryan, 28 Aug 2010Led flash is joke in mobile phone. this phone will take better picture than iphone 4 in low li... moreiPhone 4 has a new so called backlight illuminated sensor wich makes the camera take the best picures in dark conditions without flash. And the only phones with backlight illuminated sensor is iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G so that means that your just another uninformed fanboy.
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010I agreed with you. Finally more and more people realize that everyone tries to copy iPhone but... moreWho said about copying its about not giving autonomy 2 a company.........Also if Iphone nex gen is better people would go for that.............if samsung continues this pace it will reign the market...........so fanboys(iphone) ls get way from this forum
Andy E London, 28 Aug 2010I had SGS on trial for 10 days via o2 in London. I sent it back and bought an iPhone 4. If any... moreHow ignorant are these apple fanboys..........Iphone way way ahead????how??/
it was released at beginning of jan 2007, it didnt have video recording wen nokia 6600 had it 4 years back or even w200i had it during same release date,it hasnt or wont support java or it hadnt had any flash wen nokia/sony had it years ago,it neither had infrared(accepted people dont use it now).Touchscreen was also available,what they did was they put 4-16gb memory+flashy look+nothing else.....
People were lured in2 nothing but still they claim it was everything.
Samsung has risen and these people cant accept the change
shiva , 28 Aug 2010Hoo boys i agree the display of i phone is clear and crisp but amoled has more contrast than r... moreit has a better gpu but that does not mean it runs smoother. iPhone games runs smoother because the games are optimized for the phone just look at "Rage" for iPhone 4 search youtube. And if galaxy s has better processor then why is iPhone smoother and the answer is same the iPhone OS is more optimized also in processor.
Anonymous, 28 Aug 2010U do accept its going to be 2011 but even when phones of smaller price had flash 3G and 3GS di... moreiPhone 3g had a camera you uninformed idiot and it did not need flash because everything else about it was perfect smooth, games apps and everything so people did not complain about that. Next time you comment get some information first!
Led flash is joke in mobile phone. this phone will take better picture than iphone 4 in low light condition. There is advance function like night shot and indoor shot which takes better picture. Xenon is only needed if you take picture in total darkness. Most of the time there is always some light which is enough for galaxy to take a good picture. If you iphone 4 fan thinks it takes better pic compere with your frens galaxy. Don't bull shit what you have not experience.
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010So your sayin that 800x480 is better that 960x640 then you must be braindead it's like saying ... moreHoo boys i agree the display of i phone is clear and crisp but amoled has more contrast than retina display and saves battery as well so both has diff features so both ends in draw accept that
then if u come to gpu galaxy has latest sgx 540 which is latest and 2 times powerful than sgx 530 which apple uses in iphone 4 same used in iphone 3gs..... If u don't believe this check out the videos in you tube and if any of the phone reaches more 55 frame rate in gpu benchmark test i get u free i phone 4 k
then next is processor apple has a4 and galaxy has a8 which is latest.... Then it supports flash player 10 which supports 30.ps frame live videos which apple can do only at 15 and v8 java script engine makes 3 times faster than apple
so apple users get away from hear...
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010The only thing people complaining in iPhone 4 is dropped calls. I have iPhone 4 and I can prom... moreU do accept its going to be 2011 but even when phones of smaller price had flash 3G and 3GS didnt have so now wen they added jus a small bit of thing in2 it u hail.........and 3G did nt even hav camera at that time wen every cell had camera
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010The only thing people complaining in iPhone 4 is dropped calls. I have iPhone 4 and I can prom... moreWhats the main purpose of phone to call if a "thing " cant provide that then its hopeless nt even worthy for a conversation or arguement
Anonymous, 28 Aug 2010lol retina display is sh** compared to superamoled screen and who cares about the camera?! it... moreSo your sayin that 800x480 is better that 960x640 then you must be braindead it's like saying that 720p is better than 1080p. I can't believe how you samsung users still think it's better. Go buy an iPhone 4 then you will see it's better I can promise you that and you will realize that you wasted your money on this crappy copy.
pcuser, 28 Aug 2010they dont have similar spec iPhone 4 has better screen and better build quality and iOS is bet... morelol retina display is sh** compared to superamoled screen
and who cares about the camera?! it's just a flippin camera
iphone isnt better,now get lose
[deleted post]they dont have similar spec iPhone 4 has better screen and better build quality and iOS is better than Android and galaxy s has no flash and they are almost the same price where I live. So the iPhone 4 is better just face it!