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Samsung Galaxy S First Impressions

Yesterday, Samsung launched their very highly-anticipated smart phone, the Android-based Galaxy S (i9000). I was able to play with it for a few minutes and take some crappy photos (hard to shoot under blue lights).

Here’s my initial thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S.

It’s surprisingly light (119g) for a big device. The first thing that entered my mind when I held it was, “œIs this a dummy phone?”. Seriously, it feels like those dummy phones you see in mobile shops. I don’t know if that’s a good thing for some people but for me it lacks the sturdy feeling you get from a typical high-end phone.

Samsung Galaxy S

It is slim at 9.9mm making it their slimmest smartphone to date. The only smartphone that can beat its anorexic body is the iPhone 4 (9.3mm). Here’s a side-by-side shot with the HTC Desire.

Samsung Galaxy S vs HTC Desire

The 4-inch Super AMOLED screen is simply gorgeous, bright and crisp colors. It has the same screen size as that of the SE Xperia X10. Here it is side-by-side size comparison with the HTC HD Mini, the gigantic HTC HD2 and the HTC Desire.

HTC Mini, HTC HD2, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire

I didn’t check if the Galaxy S’ brightness was cranked up but the HTC phones display weren’t dull during this shot.

They have a UI (doesn’t look like their usual TouchWiz) layered over the Android 2.1 interface making it appear cooler. Still love HTC’s Sense UI though but props to Samsung for not sticking with a bare Android interface. It’s also ready for an Android 2.2 upgrade by the way.

Samsung Galaxy S

Is the phone responsive? Very much. Thanks to its 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Swiping my fingers to different pages and widgets was a breeze. Similar experience I get from the HTC Desire.

Other notable features that I like was Samsung’s Social Hub, the internal memory (8GB/16GB) and the live wallpapers which you should not show to your kids if you still want to use the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S

That’s it for now until we get a review unit. Oh, I have to mention that the 5mp camera on the Galaxy S doesn’t have flash built-in which I’m usually after for an expensive phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S is priced at Php32,995 and is exclusive only to Globe subscribers until the end of July. For subscribers to other networks, you can start getting it from Samsung Mobile stores by August.


  • 4.0″ WVGA Super AMOLED (800×480 pixels)
  • 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
  • 16GB / 8GB storage and external memory slot (upto 32GB)
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • 5MP autofocus camera (no LED flash)
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • GPS w/ A-GPS support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS upgradeable to 2.2 (Froyo)
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  • ganda nito calv. so which do you think is better? the samsung galaxy s or iphone 4?

    • i would still choose the iphone 4 since mas maganda yung itsura for me. pero android is quickly gaining popularity as smartphone OS of choice so maganda rin itong galaxy s.

  • Lyn

    do you know how much is this? I’m referring to the 8GB model

    • Galaxy S Prepaid 8GB is P27,859. 16GB is P32,995. That’s from Globe by the way which is the exclusive distributor until the end of July.

  • Louise

    Galaxy S or Wave?

    • Galaxy S!!! Just because it’s running on Android. Bada is a long way from being a really good mobile OS. Unless you can root the Wave and install Android on it. 😛

  • J.

    Does Samsung have other Android phones? I’m not a big fan of Bada (since it lacks apps) and I’m just student. XD

    • there’s the galaxy s, and the upcoming galaxy 5 as of now.

  • mouRkh

    sir calvin. kung kayo po papapiliin.. anu b mas maganda. iphone 4 vs htc desire hd vs samsung galaxy s.. hindi po kc ako makapgdecide. thx

    • hmm may ipod touch na ako so pipiliin ko android naman. between desire hd and galaxy S pipiliin ko galaxy S. 😛

      • sir calvin question po.. malaki po ba ang impact ng no flash ng ace?? makakanuod pa rin po ba sa youtube even w/o this?

        pls reply thanks!! 🙂

        • yup. lahat ng android phone may youtube app. you can watch it using that app. hindi lang pwede is manood ng youtube using your browser.