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Samsung galaxy s rock the market!

The Samsung Galaxy S could seem like an iPhone 3GS wannabe, but its huge, vibrant screen and plenty of sensible-phone options produce it a lot of than just another touchscreen additionally-ran. Samsung has played to its strengths by delivering nice hardware and largely leaving the software aspect of things to Google’s Android operating system.

Better of all, the Galaxy S isn’t insanely expensive. You’ll choose it up free on a £30-a-month contract. It is conjointly offered for around £four hundred on a pay-as-you-go deal, and £450 SIM-free.

Lightweight as a feather, stiff as a corpse
The Galaxy S appearance terribly kind of just like the iPhone 3GS, with a black plastic case and a gunmetal-grey trim. On the front there are two touch-sensitive, flat buttons and one mechanical home-screen button, lending the total phone a sleek and pared-down look that sets it other than alternative button-laden phones that run Android, like the HTC Desire.

The Galaxy S’ screen could be a 102mm (four-in.) behemoth, and but the handset manages to feel shockingly lightweight-weight, at solely 119g. Some people will miss the heft of a big, significant sensible phone, however we tend to tend to like the Galaxy S’s lightness. We tend to tend to expect that the shiny black case will gather scratches once you’ve got used the phone for a while, though.

The massive screen is that the supernova of this specific galaxy — it is the Super AMOLED kind, that you will be able to solely get on Samsung phones. The name’s hyperbolic, but Super AMOLED screens are a huge improvement on the traditional AMOLED screens that we have a tendency to tend to loved on phones like the HTC Legend.

In the past, we tend to admire the insanely bright colours and high saturation of Super AMOLED screens, however lamented the fact that they are thus reflective that they’re going to be invisible in bright sunlight. The Galaxy S has overcome this draw back though. We tend to were prepared to use the phone even in the brightest daylight that Wimbledon week may bestow upon us. The show even look sensible compared to an LCD screen just like the iPhone’s. The 480×800-pixel resolution is not quite as spectacular as a result of the razor-sharp, 640×960-pixel show on the iPhone 4, but it more than bears comparison with the remainder of the touchscreen posse.

Galactic speeds
The rest of the Galaxy S’ hardware lives up to the promise of the screen. HSUPA connectivity ensures fast Internet surfing over 3G, whereas Wi-Fi works when you’ve got giant files to swap. You’ll even wirelessly share your phone’s 3G association along with your alternative Wi-Fi devices, like your laptop, thanks to the tethering feature.

The Galaxy S offers 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, and the flexibility to add up to 32GB further with a micro SD card. That makes the Galaxy S a massive memory monster, that is handy, since you will want to slap masses of video and pictures on this phone to need advantage of its massive screen.

You’ll conjointly would like masses of room to store the photos from the Galaxy S’ five-megapixel camera. It took decent photos in good light-weight in our tests. They were slightly noisy, but the camera was very quick to retort, that makes it excellent for taking spontaneous snapshots. Whereas not a flash or LED photo lightweight, but, you will not capture abundant detail in low light.

With speedy surfing capability and a 1GHz processor, the Galaxy S is mostly fast. Menu transitions are swish and responsive, and using a fast pinch of the fingers to zoom into the Web browser, maps and gallery applications is pain-free. The Android Market, but, didn’t even work once we initial started the Galaxy S up, and it continuously gave the impression to run at [*fr1] the speed of the opposite apps on the phone.

There’s conjointly an FM radio on-board, and, if you’ve got a Samsung TV, you will be in a position to use the phone as a foreign control.

Awesome app action
Samsung has principally let Android handle the software options, which we tend to suppose is very wise — we tend to sometimes do not notice Samsung’s own makes an attempt as user-friendly. Android is Google’s software for powering good phones, and it includes innumerable treats, particularly if you use Google merchandise like Gmail. For example, Google Maps is out there on lots of phones, but, on Android phones, together with the Galaxy S, it comes with a free turn-by-flip navigation feature.

You will additionally get access to the Android Market, which is crammed with apps that you will be able to simply download and add to your phone, increasing its capabilities and options to an nearly infinite extent.

Even if you never download an app, Samsung has created certain there are masses of fine ones pre-put in on the Galaxy S. Our favourite is Swype. It’s another keyboard that makes writing on the screen faster, as a results of you simply have to run your finger over the letters that you wish, rather than choosing out each one. To activate Swype, you only have to hold your finger on any text field. If you do not like it, you will be in a position to modify it off just as easily.

Many of the choices that we have a tendency to tend to used to wish apps for on Android, like support for Outlook email, have currently been designed into the operating system. The Samsung Galaxy S has the foremost recent version of Android place in, 2.1. Samsung features a sensible chronicle of updating the operating system of its previous Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Portal, that bodes well for the Galaxy S, since version 2.a try of of Android is on the way.

Unfortunately, we tend to be praying for a firmware update even before Samsung finishes baking Android 2.a pair of, as a result of the software on the Galaxy S will be very flaky at times. For instance, we tend to generally tend to never got our calendar to sync any of the events from our Outlook calendar except the all-day ones, and our Google Apps calendar was ignored altogether. Our sample, which wasn’t a pre-production version, conjointly froze usually enough to depart us feeling like we have a tendency to were living among the North Pole.

Widget weakest link
Together with apps, you’ll be ready to load up the seven home screens with widgets. Some include live updates, providing you with, for instance, up-to-the-minute data from social-networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter. The phone conjointly merges your Facebook and Twitter chums with the contacts in your address book, to help you retain in touch.

Like apps, you will download widgets from the Android Market, and Samsung has conjointly chucked a number of its own onto the phone. They provide the impression of being sensible, if you prefer Samsung’s playful vogue, but we tend to do not rate any of them as ought to-haves. As an example, the daily briefing widget sounds nice — it shows the weather, news and calendar for your day ahead. But the widget will not fill the screen, therefore it only has room for one headline or appointment, and also the headlines all come back back from AP Mobile, that is solely helpful if you are favourite topic is American congressional hearings.

You will never would like to use Samsung’s own widgets if you are doing not would like to though, and you will be ready to manoeuvre them and take away them at will. They will not be mind-blowing smart, but don’t let that place you off looking for this phone.

Samsung has tweaked the menu slightly, chucking the quality Android apps onto rounded-sq. backgrounds that are highly paying homage to the iPhone’s icons. We tend to tend to try and do not understand why Samsung thinks this will facilitate folks settle for this smart phone, however we have a tendency to suppose it is a waste of developer time. The extra a manufacturer messes with the default Android user interface, the less seemingly it is that users will receive timely updates to the operating system — and Android tends to be refreshed a lot of sometimes than most individuals’ underpants.

However, for every dodgy widget or annoying, copycat menu, the Samsung galaxy mini overflows with dozens extra nice choices — from the Aldiko ebook reader, that appearance simply like Apple’s iBook’s app, to the augmented-reality app, Layar. Taken together with the large screen, the Galaxy S lives up to the mobile-computer hype, and we have a tendency to tend to may happily stare at it till our eyes go square.

Conclusion
As a result of of Android’s software brains and Samsung’s hardware aptitude, the Galaxy S may be a really spectacular good-phone package — albeit an unusually light-weight-weight one. The large Super AMOLED screen is good, and you’ll freely ignore the often clumsy Samsung widgets and apps in favour of your choice from the thousands within the Android Market. The downside of all this power is that the Galaxy S’ weedy battery life and often buggy software. But, for the pay-monthly price, we have a tendency to tend to can forgive the plastic case and incontinent battery — and, once a software fix comes over the air, the Galaxy S may be a true good-phone titan.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 ultimate review

We first saw the Android Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) mobile phone at MWC earlier this year and it was love at first sight. The successor to theSamsung Galaxy S includes a gorgeous next-gen 4.2inch AMOLED screen in a slimmer body. Well, the handset finally landed on T3’s doorstep a few days ago, and we can confirm this is more than a fleeting attraction. Samsung is seriously challenging HTC for the Android crown. Samsung Galaxy S2: Build Pick up the phone and the first thing you notice is how light it is – it’s just 116g. Measuring 8.49mm, it’s incredibly slim in comparison to 9.9mm for the original Galaxy S; 9.3mm for the Apple iPhone 4and 8.7mm for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. While the Galaxy S2 will certainly fit into the tightest jeans pocket, the compromise is build quality – the body just feels cheap and uninspiring. Things don’t improve when you remove the wafer thin back to insert a sim – we’d be seriously worried about snapping it. Controls are limited to volume on one side, power on the other, MHL port, which serves a dual purpose of charging via USB and outputting to HDMI, and a 3.5mm jack on the top, Samsung includes a range of streaming options including DLNA. Samsung Galaxy S2: Screen The highlight of S2 is the 4.3-inch 800×480 screen, which incorporates Super AMOLED Plus technology. Colours are eye popping and blues and greens literally jump out of the screen at you. Off-angle viewing is excellent too – the first phone we’ve seen to match the iPhone 4. A larger screen sizes means that the phone is bulky, but it’s a joy for movies. When playing back our test HD movie clips, detail is sharp and action smooth. We found that whites aren’t as pure or bright as those on the Apple iPhone 4, although blacks seem darker and colours are bolder and warmer. It handles action smoothly too. Samsung Galaxy S2: Android Running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, you get seven homescreens customisable with widgets and shortcuts. Swipe down to quickly activate WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Auto Rotation settings. Phone, Contact, Messaging and Application settings along the bottom are static when you are browsing the homescreens. Like other Android phones, press down to customise with Shortcuts, Folders, Wallpaper and numerous Samsung widgets. Samsung’s overlayed Android with its TouchWiz UI which is functional and adds some neat features, including four hubs: Music (see below), Games, Readers and Social Hub, which acts as a portal to Kobo bookstore and Magazines via Zinio. Social Hub syncs social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, to IM accounts including Google Talk; and MySpace and Linked-in. It’s functional, syncing your contacts, but we prefer HTC Sense. In addition Sony Ericsson’s Xperia skin is slightly easier to use, for example here you can only organize the Applications via grid or list and to create App Folders you make the folder first before dragging items onto it. Samsung Galaxy S2: Processor The Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In use the phone feels incredibly quick – one of the fastest smartphones we’ve used, whether you’re browsing a web page or swapping between applications it never feels slow. During our tests it loads web pages over WiFi quicker than the iPhone 4 – loading a content-rich website like T3.com in just 15 seconds. This isn’t a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, so we couldn’t download games designed specifically for this (such as Samurai II: Vengence THD), but there are a decent selection of games to play. We defy anyone to not enjoy Shrek Karting with the 3-axis gyroscope, and it ably handles speedy gameplay. Samsung Galaxy S2: Camera Samsung has boosted the camera resolution from 5-megapixels to 8-megapixels, instead of a dedicated shutter; you tap the virtual shutter, which is fairly quick if not quite as nippy as the offering on the iPhone 4. There are plenty of manual controls. Adjust the ISO from 100-800, choose from five white balance settings and choose between three metering settings. Samsung has also included Smile Shot, Beauty, Action, Cartoon and Panorama scene modes. Alongside auto focus, Macro mode captures sharp shots to around 10cm and there’s an effective Face Detection mode. Still results are pleasing, the S2 is pretty good at controlling noise, and we’d like them to be a little sharper, colours are very natural. The S2 shoots HD video at 720p and 1080p at 30fps and results are pleasing; it’s smooth, with natural colours, perhaps lacking a little definition. Samsung Galaxy S2: Music Music Hub lets you browse and buy tracks from 7Digital, downloading directly to your phone, expect to pay around 99p. It’s very well laid out with Featured, Genres, My Music and My page icons along the top. Confusingly there’s also a Music Player, the interface is very similar, although can create playlists here. We’ve no complaints about the sound quality, when you plug some headphones into the 3.5mm jack, and here you can access nine Equalizer modes and some Sound Effects, including the useful Bass enhancement and Wide. Samsung Galaxy S2: Other features, Samsung’s included motion controls. Hold an app down then move the phone left or right to scroll through the homescreens and reposition it. Elsewhere hold two fingers on the screen and move towards you and away from you to zoom in and out. We’re not sure how useful these are – to us they felt awkward, but maybe with more time with the phone you will become more familiar with them. Polaris Office lets you create and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. In portrait mode we did find the keyboard a bit cramped and frequently tapped the wrong keys and the predictive text isn’t as impressive as the iPhone 4. Alternatively the Swipe keyboard detects words as you drag your fingers over the keys, it works pretty well, although frequently didn’t recognize our choices, although this probably has more to do with us hitting the wrong keys. In landscape mode typing is far easier. Elsewher you get Exchange Activesync, and Kies Air for accessing phone content over WiFi from a PC Samsung Galaxy S2: Battery With WiFi on, maximum brightness, moderate browsing, some video and photos we got into our second day. One of the most useful features is Task Manager, where you can view and kill active applications and clear the RAM, and you can enable Power Saving Mode to cut in when the power gets to 50% Samsung Galaxy S2: Verdict Our main complaint about the S2 is the build. It’s doesn’t feel premium and considering it will set you back close to £500 on pre-order, this isn’t good enough. From theHTC Incredible S to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, there have been some great Android handsets this year; however none have been fantastic, until now. Combining top-notch connectivity with one of the best screens available on a smartphone, backed by a powerful dual-core and good camera, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is quite simply a fantastic phone, we just wish the Korean giant had produced a handset with build closer to the feel of a top-end HTC or Apple handset.