The new Samsung Galaxy S is every inch the perfect smartphone. Running on the excellent Android 2.1 operating system, the phone will win many plaudits thanks to its excellent quality screen.
Due to its very large display, the Samsung Galaxy S does measure up slightly larger than some of its counterparts, which is to be expected. The height and width measurments are 122.4 x 64.2mm. Despite these being a touch on the large size, the overall aesthetics are helped by the fact that the handsets is actually one of the slimmest available at just 9.9mm. The screen itself uses the latest the latest Super AMOLED technology to not only help achieve the ultra slim profile, but also to give colour reproduction a richness rarely found on mobile devices, thanks to the lack of a backlight. This also helps the screen produce wider viewing angles. Super AMOLED combines the two layers that are found on other devices into a single sheet, reducing depth and giving better results. The phone weighs just 121 grammes, which is surprisingly lightweight for such a high specification model, however this is due to the large amount of lightweight plastic used in its construction. The actual design of the phone is very simple, rather similar to Apples iPhone. Physical buttons are kept to a minimum, and the screen dominates the front of the handset. The rear panel houses the phones camera facility and is finished with numerous black dots which breaks up the black plastic finish quite nicely.
The battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S is perhaps a little less than you may expect, with the massive screen placing a huge drain on resources, however you can expect between 1.5 and 2 days with normal usage. This won’t seem to much of a problem to many people, with most phones being charged up routinely on a daily basis. The actual call quality on the phone is very high, voices are full without the tinniness found on many models. If you like to use your phone in conjunction with a wireless headset, the Galaxy S boasts the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology. Where this differs from the widely available 2.1 is in the data transfer speed department, thus the sending of files using this format is greatly improved. With modern phones being used as much for SMS text messaging as making calls, Samsungs Swype text input method makes the process a much quicker affair. Using an ingenious text recognition system, rather than individually pressing each character you require, you can just move your finger across the screen and the phone predicts the word required. It is easy to be sceptical of this method, but in tests the phone was correct 95% of the time. The Samsung Galaxy S really does excel in all departments, but especially with regards to its great screen and superb user friendliness. The phone rightly deserves to be competing with the very best smartphones currently available.
The Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Wildfire White are available now.