Samsung Galaxy S (GT-i9000) Hands On

As the device arrived in the post, I held it carefully in my hands like an unopened present. And I laid it on my table, gently. Peeling the tape off and lifting up the lid, I am greeted by the device itself, and by God, its a handsome device.

Let’s run down some of the main specs:

Network: 850/900/1800/1900
Display type :  Super AMOLED (C-type)
Resolution : WVGA (480×800)
Weight : 118g
Dimension : 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9mm
Talk Time : 803 min(2G), 393 min(3G)
Standby : 750 hrs(2G), 576 hrs(3G)

Beneath the device, are some manuals, a wall charger, a USB cable and a pair of premium earphones. (Samsung generally make great earphones.)

The deal-breaker of the Galaxy S is the 4″ Super AMOLED screen. Compared to my previous phone, the iPhone 3GS, this phone is beast. The iPhone 3GS’s screen is nothing compared to this behemoth. The 4″ screen is also, in my opinion, the perfect size, compared to smaller screens like the iPhone or Palm Pre Plus or bigger screens like the HTC Desire HD or the HTC HD2. It fits into the pocket without leaving an unusual shape…

It struck me, when I lifted the device, as to how light it was. 118g is as light as any high end smartphone can get, albeit, it is made of a cheap plastic, not the premium glass and metal found on other devices.

In conclusion, the first look gave me a good impression, and it is obvious that Samsung is getting serious in the smartphone market, following the debut of the Galaxy Tab and the rumoured release of the Samsung Continum.

Written by Adam Cheung

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