Thursday , August 17 2017

Samsung Galaxy S — Review

So I currently have my hands on a little device that goes by the name of “Galaxy S“. Now, this phone isn’t big news, besides the fact it’s one of the best phones that has made it’s way to our great country this year.

This is my long awaited review with a Q&A post to follow. If you’re not interested in reading it all (forgive me for the long review, it won’t happen again, I promise!) just skip to the conclusion. 🙂

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Contents

Buy it!


Intro

The Samsung Galaxy S is the next step up from the Samsung Galaxy, and what a big step it is. Optus have opted (puns have started already) to have the Galaxy S as a 1 month exclusive, which is a tad short, but could lead up to a greater device (surely not) being launched in the near future.

The Galaxy S is a direct opponent to the HTC Desire on Telstra and the Nexus One which will be on Vodafone in the near future.

On Ausdroid.net, the Galaxy S page has managed to jump from one of the lowest viewed pages, to the number one viewed device page, so that may be a hint to me that there are a lot of you guys & gals out there who are wanting to know about the device & I hope this review, and Q&A post that will follow, fills you in on nearly everything you wanted to know.
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Pros

  • Lightweight!
  • ‘Super AMOLED’ 4″ display — amazing technology
  • 1GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 720p video recording
  • FM Radio
  • None of the MultiTouch problems the Desire/N1 suffer
  • Android 2.1
  • 16GB Internal memory + MicroSD slot
  • Front-facing Camera

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Cons

  • It’s the iPhone without being the iPhone — I’ll get to this later
  • No LED Flash!
  • Cartoon-like UI
  • Constant stalling — Randomly it will just go to a black screen and not do anything for a couple of seconds
  • No ‘hot-swapping’ of MicroSDs
  • Have to download a 140MB program to get your computer to recognise the device

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Unboxing & Design

The Box!

The box in which the Galaxy S finds itself confined to is quite a good use of small space. The box is a bit smaller than that of the HTC Desire but manages to pack in more stuff. The box (below) is dark, with a dare I say, sexy looking “Galaxy S” logo printed atop of it.

In the box are the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • MicroUSB to USB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • In-Ear Earphones (w/ Call Answer/End button & mic)
  • Instruction Manual/Health & Safety Manual etc..
Physical Design

At a quick glance, the front of the device could be easily mistaken for a flattened out iPhone. The placement of the speaker, home button & silver outer bezel are exact replicas of those on the iPhone. The device has no sharp edges which is crucial in a device as big as this one, as it can really dig into your hand when you hold it whilst in a call (X10 is the worst in this area). In terms of how large this phone really is, see the photo below comparing it to the Desire & X10.

The volume rocker & power buttons are placed superbly to coincide with where you fingers sit naturally when holding the device, so you don’t have to reach around to unlock the phone. The volume rocker is placed in the usual spot on the left hand side of the device and the power button can be a quarter of the way down the right hand side of the device.

I’m not 100% certain whether the display is glass or plastic, but I am certain that it’s a bloody fingerprint magnet, even the back is. But like most devices, once the display is switched on, you can’t notice any smudges made by fingerprints at all.

The front of the device is black with two white icons denoting where the touch-sensitive buttons are located on the bottom, but what I love about the front being black, is that when you have the screen on showing a black image, you don’t know where the screen begins & ends thanks to the deep colours of ‘Super AMOLED’.

As usual, this is where all the buttons are located:

  • Front
    • Home
    • Menu (Long press for search)
    • Back
    • Speaker
    • Front facing Camera
    • Ambient light sensor & proximity sensor
  • Right Side
    • Power/Lock button
  • Left Side
    • Volume Rocker
  • Top
    • MicroUSB Port (With sliding cover)
    • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Bottom
    • Mic
    • Where you open the back cover
  • Back
    • 5MP Camera
    • Loudspeaker
    • ‘With Google’ Logo 😛
    • LED Flash Not a thing..
[nggallery id=14] The two things that annoy me most about the design is that there is no trackball/optical trackpad and that there is no flash for the camera, but those aren’t a problem for everyone.
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Display

Super AMOLED

The display on the Galaxy S is nothing short of incredible. I’m extremely fussy when it comes to the display on my phone, and the ‘Super AMOLED’ in the Galaxy S nearly ticks all the boxes. It’s vivid and the colours are really, really deep. For example, if you have a black image up on the screen, you could be mistaken for thinking the phone was turned off. My only gripe about it is the clarity, now call my a ‘fusspot’ but I can still make out the pixels in the screen quite clearly, but when I gave the Galaxy S to workmates & friends a majority of them couldn’t notice the pixels, so it’s not a big worry for most people 😉
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MultiTouch

“Buzz, does it have MultiTouch!?” Of course it does, who do you think made it? Sony Ericsson?

In all seriousness, Galaxy S is fitted with a capacitive display capable of two finger (DualTouch) gestures such as everyone’s favourite, “Pinch 2 Zoom”. The dual finger approach also makes it that tiny bit easy to type on the keyboard and is also used by a lot of newer applications.

In addition to this, the Galaxy S does not suffer from the MT problems suffered by the Nexus One & Desire, where it would misplace touches when fingers intercepted each other.

Responsiveness

The screen is quite responsive and so far hasn’t missed any presses. The only time it becomes unresponsive is when you open an app and the whole phone will freeze for 1-3 seconds, but I’ll go into that later. Otherwise, the responsiveness of the screen is up there with the Desire.

Clarity & Brightness

In comparison to the Desire, the ‘Super AMOLED’ renders normal AMOLED obsolete. It’s far clearer, has deeper colours & better sun visibility (I couldn’t take photos of this, but you can take my word for it).
Although in comparison to the TFT display in the X10, they’re pretty bloody even. Although TFT makes colours look “washed out”, it’s still crisper. But only just. So if you want a beautiful screen on your Android device, this is the one you want.
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User Interface

Touch Wiz, or Total Waste, as I like to call it, is for the lack of a better word, crap. It’s a complete iPhone clone, so there isn’t much innovation here at all. If you want an Android Device with the iPhone look and feel, get the Galaxy S.

As with the iPhone & Total Waste Touch Wiz, nearly all scrolling menus have that “bounce-back” action you’ve come to know and love in the iPhone & HTC’s Sense UI.

Touch Wiz also manages to slow everything down, when you go to open and close most applications, the whole phone will become unresponsive for 1-3 seconds. It’s enough to send you insane. It’s quite a shame that a phone with such a fast CPU & GPU manages to completely cease up every now and then. For those of you willing to ‘Root & ROM’ the Galaxy S, you shouldn’t have a problem running an AOSP build at full speed 🙂

Home Screens

There are the now normal, seven homescreens on the Galaxy S, which is more than enough to fill with all your weird & wonderful widgets, folders & apps. At the top of the homescreens there are 7 (or however many homescreens you have) circles that represent each homescreen available. Pressing on any of them will slide you straight to that homescreen.

It’s also easy to add & remove homescreens. By pressing the menu key then select “Edit” from the contextual menu, all your homescreens will come up as cards (see below), to remove one or more you just tap on the red minus sign and they will be removed. To add a homescreen back, you tap on the “+” button at the bottom and it will add a homescreen to where ever you scroll to. For example: If you want to add a homescreen to the first slot, scroll to the first slot, then press the “+” button.

The 3 icons on the bottom of the homescreens/App Slider can be changed, by going into the “App Slider” then hitting menu then edit 🙂 *thanks for pointing this out to me*
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App Drawer/Slider

As Samsung wishes to completely copy the iPhone’s layout, the “App Drawer” has now been turned into an “App Slider” which is identical to that of the iPhone. You just tap on “Applications” on the homescreens and it will bring up your apps 4×4, and you slide across to get to all your apps. Alternatively if you have a lot of apps to scroll through, you can tap on the circles that appear just like on the homescreen.

In the “App Slider”, applications aren’t listed in alphabetical order, which I found quite annoying at times. Instead it will list them from when they were installed, with only System Apps being listed alphabetically.

If you find both the idea of scrolling sideways and disowning the alphabet annoying as hell, I have the solution! When in the “App Slider”, press menu then “List View” in the contextual menu, this will present all your apps to you in a list you can scroll up & down in, and all the apps are listed in alphabetical order.
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Touch Wiz Apps & Widgets

Samsung have done their best to keep the iPhone look and feel here, so they chucked in an eBook reader, which is quite cool and made books pretty easy to read. Included is an app which is quite a good idea, it’s called “Write and Go”, and what it does is you simply write up whatever you want to say, and you can choose to send it as a text message, email, or status update to Facebook & Twitter, all in a very simple interface.

Another supposedly big feature that Samsung wants you to love is “Social Hub”, now this is possibly the most over hyped application ever. It basically does the same thing as “Text and Go”, except you choose where to send the text, then write it. And it lets you click on each social app (Email, Messages, Facebook, Twitter) you have, and it opens it. Yep, pointless.

Samsung have included some pretty widgets of their own. 4 of those being clocks in one way or another:

  1. AccuWeather Clock
  2. Calendar Clock
  3. Dual Clock
  4. Y! Finance Clock
  5. Buddies Now
  6. Daily Briefing
  7. Days
  8. Feeds & Updates

As per most UI’s these days, Samsung have added the usual social networking widgets & app, that allow you to view & send status updates, so there isn’t anything new here.
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Benchmarking

As you will see below, the Galaxy S kicks some butt, too bad the bloody TW UI slows it down!

Note: Higher is better on Linpack & Neocore. Lower is better on BenchmarkPi.

Linpack BenchmarkPi Neocore
SE Xperia X10 3.881 7061ms 29.5fps
HTC Desire 6.258 3092ms
Nexus One 7.095 3086ms
Samsung Galaxy S 8.406 2793ms 54.6fps

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Telephony

This is where the Galaxy S trumps the iPhone, you see, no matter how you hold the Galaxy S, you can still make calls! Revolutionary.

Contacts

The Contacts app is slightly modified version of the default app in Eclair (Android 2.1), so you can sync all your contacts to your Google Account and view them at http://google.com/contacts and if you change phones you can sync them to that device as well. Google <3. When viewing a contact it will tell you all the info you entered, but unlike Sense UI, it doesn’t sync to Facebook & Twitter. Although the official twitter app does sync from inside the app.

If you’re an avid Gtalk user, it will show a green or orange icon next to the contact to specify if they’re logged into Gtalk or not.

Searching through your contacts is pretty straightforward, you can slide your finger down the alphabet located on the right of the list or you can long press on menu and it will bring up the search box and you can then simply type in the name of the contact you’re looking for.

Adding a contact is also easy, you just press “Create contact” and it lets you choose whether to save this contact to the phone, your SIM card or your Google Account. A feature not on all Android Devices I’ve played with.
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Telephony

In almost every review, I forget about testing the actual calling capabilities. But not this time, I made a few calls with the phone, and I found it quite clear on my end, and they had no issues hearing me on their end. So yes, this phone can make calls! Although I did not test conference calling.

Like most mobiles, you can put people on hold and call others, nothing new to see here. The proximity sensor also does it’s job well, turning off the devices display when you put it up to your ear so you don’t accidentally hang up. Something Sony Ericsson bypassed in the X10.
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Loudspeaker

The Loudspeaker is very loud & relatively clear, I had no problems understanding people although sometimes it sounded a bit muffled. In addition, people could hear me when I spoke from a distance.
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Email / Messaging

Gmail

As per most Android Devices, Gmail is the main Email used on the device, unless of course, you don’t have a Google Account. And if you don’t have a Google Account, you’re missing out on heaps!

The Gmail app is no different to the one I spoke about in the Telstra Desire Review, so there still isn’t any support for zooming and copying text, although we know those two features are available in Android 2.2. Which by the way, Samsung will be updating to at a later date.

Email Application

Android 2.1 also comes with a regular email application you can sync all your other email accounts to.

Unlike the Gmail Application, the default Mail App allows you to Pinch-2-Zoom in and out of the email so you can view all your emails the way they were meant to be viewed, instead of having to pan around and miss half the text. It also allows you to have a combined inbox of all your email account you have added, which I think is nice. In the combined inbox each accounts email are colour coded for easy viewing. Very cool!
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Messaging

The Messaging app on the Galaxy S does what it’s meant to, but does have some issues with notifications. For example, if you receive a text message, and you get the usual notification in the notifications bar. When you press on that, it will take you to the message. But if you press home to get out of the message, it won’t mark the message as read, so you have to go back into the app, find the message and then press on it to mark it as read. This does not happen if you get out of the message by pressing back.

Other than that, everything is in it’s usual place. Press “New message” for a new txt, choose who you want to send it to and away you go. You can choose to send it to an individual, or to a group of people. You can also choose to lock a message so you don’t accidentally delete it.
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Music / Video / Images / Radio

Music Player

Just like some of the apps on the phone, the Music Player is a slightly customised version of the default Android Music Player. At the top there is a slider with 5 options:

  1. All
  2. Playlists
  3. Albums
  4. Artists
  5. Genres

All 5 are pretty self explanatory. Each category is listed alphabetically and has the alphabet down the right side that you can slide up and down to get to a song/band/podcast starting with what ever letter.

The main failure in the Music Player is that it doesn’t sync missing Album Artwork. So if any songs are missing their Album Artwork, you will be met with a random looking colourful image. But everything else is there: play, pause, back, next, volume, scrubbing, shuffle, repeat & my personal favourite 5.1ch.

The 5.1ch button only works when you plug your headphones in, and then makes everything sound like it’s in 5.1 channel surround sound. Now, before everyone goes crazy over how awesome that is, it only sounds great on some songs & not others. I found song with a lot of bass sounded great, but if a song had mainly vocals, it didn’t sound good at all. So it really depends on what you listen to personally to get the best out of it.

I’ve also found that when you’re battery begins to go flat, the Galaxy S will stop you from listening to music to prolong the life of your dying battery. Pretty good idea, but it needs an option to turn that off, which as far as I could see, doesn’t exist.

Another absolute fail, is that the Music Player has no widget whatsoever. So Samsung has even removed the default one that comes with Android, smart move that, Samsung :|.
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Video Player

The Video Player is a part of the Gallery which is the default Android 2.1 Gallery. So there is nothing new to report here. For anyone who hasn’t used it, the Gallery brings together all your Images & Videos into one place and arranges them in folders, just as they’d appear on your MicroSD Card. Videos appear amongst the Images, marked with a “play button” in the centre of them.

The Galaxy S supports the following formats for video: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1
format: 3gp(mp4), AVI(divx), MKV, FLV, H.263Sorenson. But for some reason, I couldn’t get it to play any DivX files. So I’m not sure what’s going on there. Other than that, nearly every other codec under the sun is supported
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Image Viewer

The Image Viewer is just the Gallery as I said above. Images obviously don’t have the “play button” in the centre so you know they’re images. In the Gallery, you press on an image and it will bring it up in full screen, with a few menus to play with.

When you’re in viewing an image, you can pinch it to zoom in and out, and swipe left and right to go through other images in the same folder. Pressing the menu button whilst in a photo will bring up a few options:

  • Share
  • This lets you share that image via eMail, Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail etc..

  • Delete
  • Obviously deletes the selected image (Long pressing inside of the gallery allows you to delete multiple images)

  • More
    • Details
    • Image details (size, format)

    • Set as
    • Set image as wallpaper, contact display picture

    • Crop
    • Rotate left
    • Rotate right

So there’s certainly a bit you can do with the image, or you can download Photoshop.com Mobile and go crazy! 😛

There is also an option to play a slideshow of all your images, which is a cool idea if you have pictures you want to show off.
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FM Radio

Not to let the Desire take the limelight away, the Galaxy S also has an FM Radio which will tune into all your most loved stations. It let’s you save all your channels into presets for quick listening later on.

If you’re an international traveller, the radio can tune into frequencies specific to certain countries, so that’s always a good thing.

The FM Radio works by having your headset plugged in and using it as the antenna, so it won’t work without headphones, but don’t think you can only listen to the radio via headphones, there is an option to play via the loudspeaker. All bases covered!
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Camera / Video

Camera

The Galaxy S comes packed with a 5MP Camera and enough options to have you playing with it for hours on end. I have a few shots I took with it in the picture gallery below if you want to check them out.

For a phone I think the picture quality is pretty bloody good, until it starts to get dark, then you’re stuffed. Samsung thought it would be a cool idea to make a great device, and not stick any form of flash on it. But it does come with an option that attempts to take photos in low light with alright results.

If you don’t have a steady hand (like me), you’ll find it impossible to take photos in the “low light” mode, but the stability in other photo modes is fairly good and allows you to take mostly clear pictures.
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Video

720p goodness! Mmmm. Video quality on the Galaxy S is pretty superb (quick example below). You can also choose to take videos in a lower resolution if you don’t have enough room on the internal memory or on your MicroSD.

The front facing camera is great for making video calls over the 3G network, and is even better over WiFi using an application like Ustream.

After taking a video, uploading it to YouTube is as simple as always & is processed almost immediately by YouTube for viewing worldwide.


For people wanting more examples of the Video Recording & Camera. They’re coming in the Q&A tomorrow 🙂
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Browser / Data

Browser

The browser is, once again, the default Android Browser with a few more options and the ability to save RSS Feeds straight from the webpage, so there is nothing new for me to report here.

Data

The Galaxy S supports UMTS Bands I/II/VIII or 900/1900/2100MHz UMTS, which means it works flawlessly on all networks apart from Telstra’s NextG network. But Telstra are going to be getting a 850MHz UMTS version, so wait around for that if you need the extra coverage
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Battery Life

Now, I’m a pretty heavy user. I listen to music, browse the web, download stuff & having nearly everything running. With all that going on, I managed (just) to get a full working day (7am – 7pm) out of the battery.

I found that when your battery gets below 10-15% it won’t let you run certain apps such as the Music Player to stop you wasting battery so you’re able to receive texts & calls for that little bit longer
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Keyboard (OSK)

Not to be outdone by Apple, Samsung made sure they copied the iPhone keyboard to the pixel. As you can see in the picture below, there is no long pressing on characters for numbers and secondary characters, instead you have to press on “?123” to bring up all the other characters you need.

If the iPhone Default keyboard doesn’t float your boat, Swype is pre-installed. For those not familiar with Swype, it allows you to swipe your fingers over the letters to make up the word, and it guesses (quite well) what you’re trying to type.
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Conclusion

If you’re not an Android Newbie, I hope you skipped to here.

The Galaxy S is an amazing light weight device, with an extremely fast CPU & GPU that is let down only by the UI it runs. The UI, which is an iPhone clone, makes the phone feel ‘cartoonish’ and not elegant & powerful like it should be. If this phone was running AOSP 2.2, I would be out buying it, no problems at all.
Super AMOLED kicks arse, there is no other way to put it. It’s giving TFT a real run for its money. the Galaxy S also needs a trackball or optical pad for a way of correcting mistakes in typing, as now you have to keep pressing with your finger until you get the right spot.
The lack of a flash for the camera is also a real shame, especially since the Galaxy S’s strong point is its camera/video capabilities.

Other than that, I am overall pretty impressed with what Samsung have done with the Galaxy


Buy the Galaxy S


A big thank you goes out to MobiCity, for supplying me with these awesome devices to review for you guys. They also offer pretty competitive prices for a massive range of Android Devices.

You can buy the Galaxy S from them for just $849 which includes local warranty

Alternatively, if you’re on a contract with Optus, you can get it from them on the $59 Social Cap 😀

 

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Great blog you have got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

Portrane
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Portrane

Any idea when Viber will be available in australia on this phone

Larry Armond
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I genuinely liked your innovative angle that you have on the topic. I wasnt planning on this at the time I begun browsing for tips. Your ideas was totally simple to understand. Im glad to find that there’s an individual online that obviously understands precise what its is talking about.

Geri Surprenant
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It’s easy I have no idea why some persons have not figured this out yet.

SBro
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SBro

Best review I have seen for a phone. Luv to hear if you get your hands on any of the other models (captivate/Fascinate/Epic or Pro).

Do you do only reviews of locally available handsets as I am thinking of trying to import a Pro(Epic) and would like to know how imported models do.

android_rocks!
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android_rocks!

Bought SGS since July 2010, everything works fine out of the box! GPS lock in 5-10 seconds which is fair to me. Lags, tends to happen during 3gs signal search – after that , smooth ride.

Too bad, the current OS (eclair – android 2.1) only use half of SGS Ram, while there’s another +/- 250 mb lying around LOL.

Can’t wait for froyo update and I become wifi junkie

Phill Ohren
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Great review, I could decide between the iphone4 and the Galaxy s, in the end I chose the Galaxy S, however now I am truly beginning to regret it. Google maps is painfully slow on 3g, even with H!

I wrote a few points on my blog about my experience in choosing between the iphone 4 and galxay s http://phill.co/phone-reviews/iphone-4-vs-samsung-galaxy-s-my-thoughts

Diana
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Diana

Got this phone on Sat. Love most of it but can’t install Kies on my computer (running windows XP). The cds provided do nothing and, although I successfully downloaded the program from the internet, it keeps aborting when I try to install it. Also headphones don’t work. Love the swype text feature.

Hazey
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Hazey

Good review.

Note for the lack of widget for music player: there is drop down controls for the music player which are a little hard to find (apparently according to several other reviews I read). So the reason for not having a widget is excusable.

HSV
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Hey Buzz

Great review
I just got my handset yesterday and so far am pleased with most things.
Just wondering if you or you’r readers can help me out with an excel problem I’m having.
When I open a spreadsheet for editing I can’t select a multiple group of cells to copy or fill down.

This was never a problem with my old i900 omnia.

I know this is probably not the place to discuss these issues here but till I find a Galaxy S users forum I’ll be clutching at straws seeking help in reviews such as yours.

Cheers buddy and keep up the good work.

HSV

Maverick
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Maverick
Great review however I must take you to task with a couple of your cons “No ‘hot-swapping’ of MicroSDs” I read somewhere it is (sorry cannot remember where) and I put in a card and it worked fine apart from stopping the music I was playing. “Have to download a 140MB program to get your computer to recognise the device.” Not true just insert the disk that came in the package, easy! You say that when you open an app the phone freezes for up to 3 seconds, mine doesn’t do that although I only got it today so it… Read more »
Myfanwy
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Myfanwy
Great Review. I love that it is divided into sections so you can read up on the features that particularly interest you. I came across your review looking for a free solution (ie. completely free and not just a trial) on the album artwork transfer issue (perhaps you could add solutions to those you have them for when you identify a weakness??). I’m not a natural at the tech stuff so I fumble my way through. I bought the Galaxy S before I read your review and got it because the reviews had it as a match for iPhone, and… Read more »
Sean Fellowes
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I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S through Optus, 3 weeks ago. The phone has been disappointing. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. My thoughts on the device are on my blog http://sfellowes.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!66B895384B2CC7AF!816.entry

darren
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darren

hey there i recently bought a galaxy s and they are great!

one thing that isnt quite right is, when i am listening to music and i recieve a text, my music player shuts down and i have to either open my message for the player to start up again or, forget about the message and open the player back up. Buzz could you help me out here?

thanks
darren

Shona
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Shona

Thanks for the review, unlike most of your responders, I dont have a lot of background information in this area and was just wanting to check out options of upgrading my phone.
Your review was indepth, seemingly honest and clear enough for us ‘newbies’ to understand.
thankyou.

Apart from the flash issue, it sounds like a real possibility for me.

Cheers!

SleekGeek
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SleekGeek
Ok, I have done a heap of research today (while I should have been working), and have found some interesting facts. Here is a summary. Please correct me if im wrong. A-GPS will function as a GPS without a phone signal, as long as it has built in maps. Here are a couple of sites to support my ? http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1624369&start=0&tstart=0 check out the posts from the guy on the oil rig and his photos on photobucket. http://discussion.forum.nokia.com/forum/showthread.php?166225-GPS-vs-A-GPS Now iv read the manual for the galaxy s and it doesn’t mention much about GPS and A_GPS, just a few pages on… Read more »
gavin
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gavin

AGPS is assisted gps which requires mobile recpetion for full functionality. GPS works through satellites not mobile towers which is why they have better coverage in cities than AGPS

SleekGeek
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SleekGeek
SleekGeek
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Hi Buzz, and thanks for the great review. Its a bit of a shame that this phone closely resembles the dreaded iphone, but I still like it. I do have 1 question though: What type of A-GPS does this phone include? This may seem like a small factor to most, but it is a big one for me. I live in a remote area, and often find myself using my Nokia N95 GPS (trusty phone now held together by tape and a hair tie) to get around, where my Girls iphone 3G struggles because it cant get a phone signal.… Read more »
tiger1396
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tiger1396

Great review! Please advice me if Galaxy S can open/edit Excel documents? Thanks!

charlie
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charlie

hi – i gotta agree with your take on this phone. i have bought one, and in a nutshell – screen (both size and clarity), and processor are brilliant (unmatched?), but the UI and lack of trackball/optical pad is a minor and major pain (respectively).

the lack of flash doesnt bother me, personally (although one is obviously better than none) nor does the similarity to the iphone (to the point of being a clone!) as it is a nice form factor.

If it wasnt for the trackball, i would give it 10/10…

John
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John

Sorry – I meant Galaxy S

John
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John

Can font size be increased on Galaxy X?
IPhone 4 has larger print on messages, contacts etc, can the Galaxy X match this?
I am an older user who has trouble reading the small print (and there are a lot us with the same problem).

Gios
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Hey you can get the new kick arse Samsung Galaxy on the $59 business plan with 3 month free access if your a business customer here eg. have a ABN..

http://www.optus.builtforbusiness.com.au/phone.php?phone_ref=samsung_galaxy_s
enjoy

Hamish
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Hamish

Great review – If I hadn’t imported a N1 not long before high-end android devices started popping up in Australia, I’d be watching this phone very closely.

Not sure that the whole needed to be pumped through to my RSS feed though 😉

scott
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A Nexus Review would be great!

Buzz Moody
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Haha, I want someone who has owned a Nexus One for a while to write the N1 review 😛

mobuksh
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mobuksh

Samsung Galaxy Pro update:

http://apcmag.com/galaxy-s-pro-probably-not-for-australia-says-samsung.htm

“McGee says that while Samsung’s product portfolio is available to carriers, it’s down to the carriers to choose which products they want to carry. If none of the 3G telcos see a strong local market for the Galaxy S Pro, it won’t be launched here. “They’re a pretty good judge of what their customers want”, McGee told APC.”

Not a ‘No’ in my opinion, but seems unlikely.

F-Bomb
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F-Bomb

Cheers for the nice review Buzz! This phone might very well become my first Android.

Velnica
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Velnica

OMG you’re iMuse, lol. Seen you around the WP forum but never would I have guessed!

Anyway awesome review. Glad you took time to play around with it too. I really was looking at this but decided to jump ship to the Desire. I guess both phones have ups and downs but the whole trying to be iPhone is what made me turn around. If I want an iPhone clone I’ll get iPhone instead dammit 😉 Wonder how they got away with mimicking so much UI stuff…

scott
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Thanks for the Review Buzz, though now with the nexus coming along the choice isn’t going to be easy….

Buzz Moody
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I am thinking of doing a Nexus One Review, but I know a few people who read the site own one, so may they can do the review XD

Mrpadoo
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Mrpadoo
Again Buzz / iMuse 🙂 a brilliant review. Hopefully the pc mags will start knocking on your door as you do a better job than most other reviews. 2 Things: a) Whilst I get where you are coming from re not writing so much about Android OS remember that Google keeps updating the OS often so perhaps it makes sense to include as much of the changes / differences as possible. b) I appreciate you had a device supplied by MobiCity but do you know anything about the Optus device. In particular is Optus going to be embedding the same… Read more »
Buzz Moody
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Thanks Mrpadoo 🙂

A) Understood. I just want to have to go over the basics that most people know, and get more into what’s unique about the device :). But I will certainly write about core Android stuff that has changed.

B) The Optus device will indeed have a few carrier apps included. I have a guess at about 4-6 of them, not as bad as Telstra’s 19.

Toasty Warm Hamster
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Toasty Warm Hamster

Hey Buzz,

Great review, the only problem I have is that you make we want to check out the Samsung S. I have been trying not to buy the latest tech (I don’t have an iPad yet), your reviews are testing my willpower.

Luckily I have a Desire all ready so I am pretty well set.

Keep up the great work.

twh

Buzz Moody
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Cheers, mate. I’ll try to make future phones less appealing XD

m1n1on
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m1n1on

http://androidandme.com/2010/05/news/samsung-galaxy-s-to-also-feature-atmel-maxtouch-sensors/

SGS uses the Atmel maXTouch sensor with unlimited touch support, not dual touch as you have indicated. With that touch sensor it is in a whole different league to the Nexus One or the HTC Desire in terms of touch capabilities.

Buzz Moody
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That may be so, but the software only takes advantage of DualTouch, there is no pre-installed software that I can find that needs more than two finger operations.

But it’s good to know it is capable of gestures such as “scrunch” 😀

Nathan
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Nathan

Thanks for the review. Sounds like another manufacturer has stuffed up by combining great hardware with their own crappy Android customizations.

Peter Graham
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Great review ausdroid .. after reading this I’m left sort of wondering why I was ever excited about this phone in the first place. In September when I upgrade my phone if I do go to something other then the iphone 4 it would have to be much more polished then the Galaxy S. The only thing I found is that maybe you should have used identical background images on all the phones when showing the side by side pictures of the three different phones. I found it nearly impossible to distinguish any sort of difference in screen quality with… Read more »
Tap
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About “way of correcting mistakes in typing”… Don´t keep pressing with your finger until you get the right spot. Just keep pressing the ?123/abc and… (pressing, not tapping)

Great job by the way!

Yesly
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Yesly

3 of the 4 bottom icons can be changed actually. If you’re in the menu and go to menu->edit you can swap the first 3 icons with anything you like.

skeet
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skeet

Shouldn’t you mention that this is going to be available outright and unlocked from Optus in the 16gb version for $849 (as opposed to the 8gb version for 849 from Mobicity)? It would be a waste, even accounting for a couple of pieces of ignorable if not removable Optus crapware, to buy from Mobicity if this is the case.

nais
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nais

Good review. You didnt just write stuff we can read from the spec sheet and gave your opinion.

Simon
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Simon
Wow BuZz, i didn’t think you could write a longer review than that Telstra’s HTC Desire! i was wrong! hehehe Forgive me if i jumped to the conclusion (ive been following the phone for a while, so kinda read most reviews bout it already). I completely agree with you. Mate u really did a great job! and happy with ur conclusion, u said exactly wat i was thinkin, looks like an IPhone rip off! but definitely worth buying, this will be more awesome on android 2.2. Ur doing a great job being the Aussie Android portal to us Aussie Android… Read more »
Buzz Moody
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Cheers mate, all my reviews from now on aren’t going to be anywhere near as long as I won’t be including any of the basic Android stuff, only what’s new for this device 🙂

I have no word on the Galaxy S Pro, sorry. But I’m pretty excited about it though, we need a good phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

Glad you like the site! 😀

John Boxall
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Very nice and detailed review. However, with regards to the Benchmark section, you should say whether a higher or lower score is better – not everyone is familiar with these benchmarking applications. Otherwise, keep up the good work, I have been enjoying reading about the new handsets through your site.

sarah
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sarah
hey! Just found this review, I have found a problem with my new Galaxy S which is that I receive txt messages, and for example, it was from my mum, then i replied to it under the threads of those messages to my mum, and my friend lisa replies telling me i sent her that message. Then when you look at the main screen when you go into messages,with all the names/threads of msgs from people, click on one to write to someone, and then the wrong thread of messages is listed under that friends name/number. so confused!!! now sometimes… Read more »
Buzz Moody
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Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll add that now 🙂

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