CTIA 2010: Live Report
Samsung has been holding Unpacked events to commemorate the launch of either high-end devices or the ones they think will sell well. For the first time, such event was held here in the US. Unfortunately, the device unveiled will not be sold in the US, at least not before the summer when a US version is expected. Samsung Galaxy S is the company’s latest and greatest addition to their line of Android based phones.
What really impressed us was the huge 4” Super AMOLED display. The Wave was the first phone to feature such display. Compared to regular displays, the Super AMOLED is supposedly 20% brighter, reflects 80% less direct sunlight and saves 20% battery life. Its quality is really spectacular – super contrast, colors and very large viewing angle.
The Galaxy S design is very simplistic and if not for the Samsung logo and the two touch-sensitive keys, we would have guessed it is the next iPhone. The profile is very slim for such huge device – only 9.9mm thickness.
The phone is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex application processor. In the most parts, the UI is very responsive, but we noticed some lag when opening several apps. This most probably is due to the early prototype status of the devices showcased here. Our expectation is to see one very well performing device once it is released.
Android 2.1 is the hype now and of course this is what Galaxy S comes with it. New with the Galaxy S is the Daily Brief feature, which combines the information from several widgets on one page. The phones here at the show only allowed this feature to be used with AccuWeather, Yahoo Finance, AP Mobile News and the Scheduler. Clicking on any of those from the Daily Brief would bring up that app in full screen.
If you happen to have DLNA certified TV, you’ll be able to watch the HD videos you took with the Galaxy S without the need to use cables. Talking about HD video, the phone records 720p video with up to 30 fps, in addition to the HD video playback (DivX, Xvid and MKV are some of the supported format).
If 16 GB of internal memory are something that you can easily fill up, microSD memory slot is at your disposal. The Galaxy S is also the second device after the Wave to feature Bluetoth 3.0.
What it really comes down to is choice. Being able to choose between several different devices is what really counts. Gone are the days when there was one clear cut winner and one obvious choice. Samsung Galaxy S is really great in our opinion, but make sure you check out all other alternatives as well.
Stay tuned for our preview of the Galaxy S!
1. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)
Come on please say something about the Supersonic!!
4. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)
i agree with camjurgz! Today was supposed to be the release day for the nexus one for verizon! damn they are lagging. whats up with that?
5. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
Haven't you seen all the problems with the nexus one??? You should get something else like he drips eris or something. Verizon might not announce (or later, launch) the nexus one if it's still plagued with problems that google and htc apparently overlooked when designing or building this. nd I think the HTC desire would be better.
6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
I feel bad for T-Mobile. They show up with a. Simple HSDPA+ netbook or whatever. The HD2 launches today, and I wonder how many people are going to regret buying it when windows phone 7 or whatever comes out or when they see what andriod and win-mo devices are better. But for now, the HD2 has it's day in glory. I wonder how many people in my city are driving or walking to t-mobile stores today to get this phone, regardless of the fact that there's a foot of snow on the ground in places and cold as hell. BIG SNOWSTORM.
7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
This is just sad. 5 new things for AT&T, 3 for Sprint, and Verizon ties with a prepaid for new things coming out. It's starting to feel like years ago when Verizon had half as many handsets as it's competitors. I just read an article talking about why there was no announcement about either the Nexus1 or the Incredible at CITA, and most of the people leaving comments were fed up with how Verizon is so sercretive about what's coming out. If it were really a case of not doing it because their competitors would try to beat them to the punch on their upcoming offerings, then why aren't AT&T and Sprint also being so hush hush. Then to top it all off, when whatever they're keeping under wraps finally comes out, it usually falls flat. Maybe if they got some input from their customers on what they want, Verizon would be able to sell more units and keep them from defecting to their competition. Verizon, this isn't the Manhattan Project, it's cell phones! I'm only ticked because I'm about a month away from my NE2 and I don't want to go down the same road of renewing and then 31 days later they come out with something that is better suited to me. Let's not start to have phone releases end up like the Android 2.1 update. Maybe I'll hold off on getting that smartphone. (Steps off the soap box to go have a beer)
8. rtyecript (unregistered)
I really liked the article, and the very cool blog