After a succession of average smartphones from Samsung, the new Galaxy S looks like the model destined to compete with the big names in the industry.
The new Samsung Galaxy S runs on the Android 2.1 platform, and it works perfectly. This is thanks to the manufacturer using the excellent TouchWiz user interface which simplifies proceedings, as well as adding a bit of a wow factor when it comes to the visuals. The layout of the homescreens is fairly similar to most Android affairs, with everything the phone has to offer having its own widget. This looks very similar to Apples OS, even as far as the small notification numbers that appear with the icon. Pages load incredibly quickly on the Galaxy S and this user friendliness is further enhanced by the very responsive keyboard. You even have the option to use the Swype text input method, which allows you to run your finger over the keyboard in one continuous motion, then leave the very clever processor to correctly predict the word you are trying to type. Sounds a bit laborious, but it guess correctly nearly every time.
Media fans will be attracted to the Samsung Galaxy S thanks to its excellent multi media support. Video formats that are supported are numerous, with all the usual suspects present as well as newer formats such as MKV and DIVX/Xvid AVI's. Streaming material is easy thanks to DNLA support, allowing effortless transfer to televisions, games consoles and computers. The camera facility impresses. The industry standard 5 mega pixels is the resolution and the snapper also features smile detection, auto focus and geo tagging. Video footage can be recorded at a very high rate of 30 frames per second in 720P high definition quality. Anybody worried about storage space being used up by such extensive features need not. The unit has an internal memory of 8 or 16GB, but the always appreciated microSD card slot allows users to increase this by up to 32GB with the addition of a compatible card.
The Samsung Galaxy S is the first smartphone frome the brand to break away from the pack and go head to head with HTC and Apple. The screen is currently the only one to rival the iPhone 4's retina display, and TouchWiz enhances the excellent Android OS to offer near faultless performance.
The Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire Z are available now...
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