It’s not so often that we get enamored with smartphones other than the iPhone, but Korean mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung has done just that. [firstpara] The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has what it takes to stand toe-to-toe with the best of them, with a sleek profile, and all the features you’ve come to expect from such a phone.
While ‘groundbreaking’ might not be the first thing that comes to mind when describing the phone’s looks, the fact is the Galaxy is a handsome phone.
It borrows a lot of its design from iPhone, but the minute differences such as the curved hump at the bottom, a slightly recessed screen and a thin silver border running around the phone do enough to set it apart.
Essentially though, the Galaxy has that same understated, elegant appeal, albeit it is a tad bigger and heavier than the iPhone 4. A volume rocker can be found on the left side of the phone, the power button on the right, and a Home button at the bottom part.
Another thing we loved about the Galaxy though is its 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The display is sharp, bright (although small text does look crisper on the iPhone 4), and is viewable even under bright sunlight.
Browsing the web and looking at photos on the phone is a joy thanks to large screen size, and resolution. The screen’s touch responsiveness is as smooth as other top-of-the-line touch screen phones, as well.
With the Galaxy’s 5-megapixel camera, and 16GB of internal memory, you’ll surely be taking a lot of great photos…just as long as you’re not somewhere dark. While the phone’s camera is a pretty capable one, the phone unfortunately doesn’t feature flash. It does however feature support for microSD cards, in case you fill up the its internal memory.
Equipped with a 1 GHz “Hummingbird” processor and Google’s Android 2.1, the Galaxy rarely bogs down, and offers a very intuitive user experience thanks to its OS.
As for apps, Techie.com.ph agrees that while the Android 2.1 offers all the necessary software (i.e. Youtube, Facebook, Google Maps), the Apple’s App store still aces the Android Market in terms of sheer number of apps.
Priced at around P32,000, the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has the brawn, the looks, and the features to not be outshined in the ultra-competitive universe that is the smart phone market. It must be getting more and more uncomfortable for Apple every time it looks at its rearview mirror.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES