Most consumers can't be faulted for getting all dazed and confused when it comes to locally available smartphones. There seems to be a deluge of new models each month, and it's getting a bit tricky to pick out the ones that would make a person whip out that plastic without any hesitation (especially those launched last week; ooooh, lots of new, shiny mobile toys coming our way very soon!) But there are some smartphone models that manage to stand out in the crowd - the ones that perform quite decently and have a reasonable price tag to go with it. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is one of those smartphones, and we're (finally) following up on the sneak peek we posted weeks ago.
This pretty newborn follows in the footsteps of its older sibling, the first-gen Galaxy S, and trumps the much-loved kuya in some aspects. The front-facing camera was upgraded to 1.3 megapixels, and its brains work faster thanks to a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 MPCore processor. However, both are upstaged by another sibling, the Galaxy S II, when it comes to display, memory and storage space, primary and secondary cameras, and video recording. These three are set to say hi to the Galaxy S III next month, which would make this particular sibling rivalry even more fun to watch.
The Galaxy S Advance has a profile that somehow reminds us of the Galaxy Nexus
Back to the Galaxy S Advance. It may be the middle child, but it can definitely hold its own. Putting it beside the Galaxy S II we have on hand, the S Advance is slightly thicker, heavier and curvier, which isn't really a problem for us; it doesn't hurt for something to have a tad more meat on it. The curved Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass display (surrounded by a metal border) was noticeable too, particularly when you turn the unit on its side. The Power button has the right side all to itself, while the top portion is completely free and the left side housing just the volume rocker. The micro USB port and 3.5mm jack have been placed on the bum. The back portion contains the 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, and internal speakers.
Besides the Power button and volume rocker, the S Advance has one other physical button: the smaller but wider Home button on the lower center part of the display. Other control functions are done via two soft keys on both sides of the Home button.
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