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Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review

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Interface and functionality:

What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. And besides a few minor visual tweaks, there is really nothing new to show off here. At this time, we have no word as to whether Samsung is planning on updating the Galaxy S Advance to Ice Cream Sandwich, and failure to do so would be a huge drawback for the smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with TouchWiz 4.0 UI


Our experienced thumbs had no troubles adjusting to the smartphone's on-screen virtual keyboard. Novice users might find typing in portrait mode a bit tricky at first, but getting used to the keyboard's outlay takes little time. Of course, switching over to landscape mode makes inputting those long e-mails and text messages much easier.

On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review

On-screen virtual keyboard



Processor and memory:

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor – the NovaThor U8500 by ST Ericsson, paired with 768MB of RAM. That is plenty of processing power for a smartphone of this class, and we are happy to say that in 99% of the time, the smartphone's performance is as fluid as one would expect. Even 3D games such as Temple Run and Frontline Commando ran without dropping a frame.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S Advance 2796 5218 35,9
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7
LG Optimus 3D 2057 5370 25,3

Storage capacity won't be an issue if you get the 16GB Galaxy S Advance model, especially when expanding it further is possible with a microSD card of up to 32GB. If storage is not of high priority, simply go for the 8GB model and save yourself a few bucks. Just so you know, our 8GB review unit offers 4GB of user-available storage and 2.1GB are allocated for apps.


Internet Browser:

In terms of features, the built-in internet browser on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has all necessities covered – pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, text reflow, Adobe Flash support, you name it. But above all, its performance is well above the average for a device of this class, so looking for alternatives won't be mandatory. Pages load quickly, scrolling is responsive, and Adobe Flash animations don't affect the browser's smoothness in any way.

Internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
Internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
Internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review
Internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review

Internet browser



Connectivity:

Just like any other modern smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. In addition, the FM radio with RDS will keep you entertained on the go. The 3G radio is rated for 14.4Mbps on the downlink, which is okay for a middle class smartphone.

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posted on 23 May 2012, 09:25 11

1. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I like this phone. It looks like a mix between a galaxy s and a galaxy s2.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 10:01

14. melissa90 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


no zoom function

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:34

16. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


What do you mean?

posted on 23 May 2012, 10:07 11

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Just another Samsung device... Nothing special. Sony rules when it comes to midrange devices.

posted on 23 May 2012, 11:43 5

3. josephnero (Posts: 277; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i agree with joshing 4 fun

posted on 28 May 2012, 22:07 2

10. pegasso (Posts: 132; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


i prefer this phone,
cause Sony (Ericsson)'s android phones do not support native video call / video telephony.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 09:27

12. atulhere (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Yep , sony makes great phone at affordable price

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:46 3

4. navaf (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Samsung is ahead of the pack in a lot of ways huh

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:08 1

5. angelesmec (unregistered)


If I choose this I can buy this next month meanwhile if I stick to my plan I can buy SGS II I9100 2 months from now.. ahh so excited but not enough cash for now.. what should I pick that is good for 3 years usage?

posted on 24 May 2012, 01:33 6

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


One word: boring. The Xperia sola seems like it would be a better choice.

posted on 27 May 2012, 06:34 3

7. mike.messiah (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


This is a very well around device from samsung.. The NovaThor chipset,decent battery....the nice curved Super AmoLED display....
Its funny that people are actually comparing to that Xperia SOLA whose battery dies after 5-6 hours of heavy use.

posted on 28 May 2012, 08:29 3

8. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is the last variant of the original Samsung Galaxy S and is very much powerful than the original one,
The Samsung Galaxy s2 even had a HD screen, and let's see how the variant of the Galaxy S III will be after the phone starts aging, as every phone does..!!

That would be really incredible!!

posted on 28 May 2012, 11:09 2

9. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Can't believe that it is a descendant of the first generation Galaxy S, Noticed the name "Samsung Galaxy S" Advance.

Just thinking of how the descendant of the Galaxy S3 will be..
Maybe the one with a quad core a15 or a quad core krait processor having a 3000 mah+ battery and will score 20000 in Antutu

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 03:02

11. sc_bose66 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


plz dun buy this phone its real fact that i am facing now.

i bought this in bangalore snageetha mobile indira nagar on jun 2nd on the next day i am facing problem that when battery charge is at 25% and we put for charging its get switch off and after that also it wont get charged.

i fed up with the problem and i given to samsung service center twice they said no problem we had upgraded the software, but for me till now the same problem exists.

last week i given to another samsung service center they checked and told main board (i.e mother board) has to be replaced. and they don't know when they when they will get the spare part.

within one month my mobile is sleeping for 15 days in service center for that i had paid Rs.23,000/-
thats how samsung quality was and this is the first time i am trying samsung product.......

subash chandra bose.

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 01:53

13. goutam (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


plz dont buy this phone bcz of in this phone no zooming felicities is given . when i takes a fhoto we cant zoom like VGA camera..

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:59

15. sid7777 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


Does this phone have usb otg or tv out?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:28

17. thedoc (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


there is problem with fm. I am getting continuous fluctuation in radio where ever I am. May be due to continuous missing of radio signal by the phone. does anybody have solution for it. Really disappointing and irritating it is. I have shown it to service center. they changed earphone but problem remains.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 05:36

18. thedoc (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Otherwise the phone works super smooth. beautiful display. video shoot quality is also excellent (but zooming not available, I am still to fully notice its disadvantage as one of my colleagues say is that when you zoom with mobile phone camera it just crops the picture and presents bigger picture but quality remains the same, but still need expert view on that.). also regadring voice quality i personally find quality of my LG optimus much better and soothing than this one or else there may be some equalizer setting i am not getting the nack of.. expect expert advice on this too..if any.

but considering all these things I'll say its a good phone for those whose priority is a faster speed of applications (for gaming) and internet, excellent picture quality (for watching movies) and who are less bothered about minute detains of finness of sound quality.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 03:14

19. angelesmec (unregistered)


Android 4.1 =)

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:36

20. pujasurat88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Its Updated?

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:24

21. angelesmec (unregistered)


Not yet but coming soon according to Samsung.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 21:57

22. shyam555 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


i will by this on dewali

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 06:47

23. asif352 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


asifkhan0074@gmail.com

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Samsung GALAXY S Advance

Samsung GALAXY S Advance

OS: Android 4.1.2 2.3.6
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.85 x 2.48 x 0.38 inches
(123.2 x 63 x 9.69 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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