Finally, it has arrived !!! After much wait the Samsung Galaxy S is here.
I got mine on the 15th (thanks to T-Mobile pushing their launch date a week from the July 21st originally scheduled date) and although I love the device, I don’t understand why T-Mobile hasn’t made much of its release (maybe this is why they are the #4 US wireless carrier afterall).
I went to a T-Mobile store to get the Galaxy and there were a couple of customers being helped, so I was browsing around the store and notice NO posters, signs, pictures and not even one single Galaxy out front for customers to look at. So far there hasn’t been any tv comercials about the samsung galaxy, so it is no wonder the iphone gets the most press, T-Mobile can’t even help themselves. You’d think with such an awesome device T-Mobile would be all over it, at least at their own stores, but oh well, I’m happy with the device and that’s all that matters.
The Samsung Galaxy S is indeed an awesome device and it will be the iphone killer (well, maybe not in numbers sold, since T-Mobile doesn’t know how to market a great device, but once Verizon launches theirs, than I think things might change).
For starters, the battery life is great, I got the device at the store around 10 am, I didn’t charge it at all (it had about 70% battery charge out of the box) until next morning around 3AM or so. The device charged and it was ready to go with full battery (I unplugged it around 5AM, battery 100% full) and it went on until the next day 1700 (that’s 8PM), so about 39 hours in one charge, I could have probably gone farther, but I had to go to bed so I plugged it in then.
The display, as it has already been talked about inumerous times, is also great, the colors are just plain awesome. The device is very responsive, especially coming from a G1 (this is also a sore spot with T-Mobile, I think since G1 owners were the first ones to support Android, we should’ve been given the same discount as a new customer, but oh well, who do we think T-Mobile is, Verizon ??) which compared to the Galaxy, it is ancient history (and I don’t mind not having the physical keyboard, since it was starting to fail anyway).
The Galaxy S is super thin and lightweight, I had to check my pockets a couple of times just to make sure it was still there . The software keyboard is great, much snapier than what’s on the G1, and it gives you 3 options of which version to use: Android keyboard, Samsung keyboard or Swype. Also, with the new Samsung user interface, called TouchWiz and its own social networking aggregator, Social Hub, you’ll find everything packaged in one streamlined user interface.
The Galaxy S comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with HD recording and playback. I’ve taken a few sample pictures and videos so you can check out the quality. If you’re on the fence between the Galaxy S, or any other android device and the iphone, I’ll strongly suggest the Galaxy S, this device is sure going to impress everyone.
Check out some of these pics taken with my new Galaxy S (default settings):
These were taken using different scene modes:
And here’s a video taken outside:
Here are some of the specs:
EDGE/GPRS 850/ 900/1800/1900
64.2 X 122.4 X 9.9 mm (119g)
4.0” WVGA(480×800) 16M SUPER AMOLED
mDNIe(Mobile Digital Natural Image engine)
Samsung Android 2.1 (Eclair)
Samsung Apps / Android Market
Integrates SMS, email, and calendar accounts
Android Samsung UI
1GHz CPU Speed
Battery (Standard) Li-pol, 1,500mAh
Talk time : 2G/ 769 minutes, 3G/ 391 minutes
Standby : 2G/ 750 hours, 3G/ 625 hours
5.0 Megapixel AF camera
Self Shot, Action Shot, Add me, Cartoon Shot, Smile Shot
HD Video Player & Recorder (1280 x 720) @ 30fps
codec: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1
format: 3gp(mp4), AVI(divx), MKV, FLV, H.263Sorenson
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
16GB/8GB+ MicroSD(Up to 32GB)
Flash Lite3.1, RSS reader
Accelerometer sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Layar Reality Browser powered by Tele Atlas
Swype, Write & Go
If you’d like to see some more samples, videos and specs on the Galaxy S you can check it out here, and as always, thanks for stopping by and please share with others, after all, code should be free.