Samsung Galaxy S comes to Singapore
by Ivan Teo
At first glance, the new Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) looks like another iPhone spin-off. But a closer look reveals that it packs some pretty neat features.
For starters, the 119g smartphone boasts a 1 GHz processor and comes with a highly responsive 4-inch ‘super AMOLED’ display. Incorporating technology from Samsung’s own LCD and LED TVs, the display is crispier and brighter on the screen, making it great for watching HD videos, browsing pictures taken with the 5MP camera, and playing games downloaded from the Andriod Market. The screen’s ability to cut sunlight reflection by 80% makes outdoor use much more comfortable on the eye.
And if you are starting to worry about battery life, you’ll be happy to know that the phone has a 20% longer battery life compare to other AMOLED models.
Another highlight of this latest Samsung flagship model is the new TouchWiz 3.0 user-interface. Uncannily similar to that of the iPhone, it is intuitive, slick and easy to navigate. SMS fanatics can also look forward to breaking new texting record with the ‘swype’ text input method. Just swipe your fingers across the on-screen keyboard to complete a word or sentence without having to lift your finger.
With more than 50,000 applications now available from the Android Market, you can download apps to customise the phone to suit your lifestyle needs as well as access services such as Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps.
No smartphone today is complete without mobile social networking capabilities and Samsung is aware of this. The Samsung’s Galaxy S allows you to view and update your Facebook and Twitter accounts using the ‘social hub’ application.
Exclusive to SingTel, the Samsung Galaxy S is available from $0, on selected price plans. For more information, go to www.singtel.com/galaxyS.
Specs at a glance:
Screen: 4-inch Super AMOLED with mDNIe
Processor: 1 GHz application processor
Operating system: Andriod 2.1
eBook: Customisable fonts, text search and book list management
ThinkFree: View and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents
Camera: 5 megapixels
Video: HD video playing and recording
Memory: 16Gb/8Gb storage, 512 RAM, external memory slot
Size: 64.2 X 122.4 X 9.9mm, 119gms