Already receiving rave reviews online, many of which hail it as an "iPhone beater", the Samsung Galaxy S has some seriously impressive features at its disposal. Boasting the versatility of the Android OS (v2.1) backed up by a 1 GHz processor, this touchscreen smartphone is the epitome of what is available to consumers when choosing a new smartphone.
A major part of the appeal of the Samsung Galaxy S is its large 4 inch touchscreen, which utilises super AMOLED touchscreen technology, displaying up to 16M colours within a pixel resolution of 480x 800 resulting in superb quality and clarity of image display, making it perfect for viewing photos and video files. The screen also includes accelerometer and proximity sensors, Swype test input, touch-sensitive controls and the TouchWiz UI.
The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S still has strong competition from recently released handsets such as the new HTC Desire HD and Nokia N8, however with a multi million pound advertising campaign it continues to stave off its competitors.
Measuring 122.4x 64.2 and only 11.8mm thick, the Galaxy S is a slimline handset which is also very lightweight at just 119 grams, which is impressive given its long spec list. The Samsung Galaxy S utilises both vibration and ringing to alert users to incoming calls and messages, with the added bonus of being able to assign MP3 and WAV files as ringtones. Handsfree communication is achieved by way of an easy to use speakerphone system and a 3.5mm headset jack.
Either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage is provided as standard, depending on which model is chosen. An additional 32 GB can be made available by installing an appropriate memory card within the micro SD card slot. This can potentially result in up to 48 GB of storage being available, which is sure to cater to the needs of 99.9% of users.
Browsing the internet is a breeze with the Samsung Galaxy S. An HSDPA connection provides the initial method of internet access, thanks to 3G coverage which can provide download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. A faster connection is also available whenever local wireless internet networks are available. Class 12 GPRS and EDGE allows the handset to connect to cellular networks, whilst micro USB and Bluetooth connectivity allows users to connect to compatible hardware devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S boasts the capability to record video at 720p HD thanks to the powerful 5 megapixel digital camera. This also takes high quality still images with the minimum of effort and incorporates a number of image enhancing features which include autofocus, touch focus, face & smile detection, and geo-tagging. The latter records the location at which a photo was taken, based on GPS.
The Android OS and 1 GHz processor means the Samsung Galaxy S is just about as versatile and powerful as a modern smartphone can be. The long list of additional features and access to the Android Market means that this impressive handset has almost unlimited options in terms of customisation and functionality.