Samsung Galaxy S line launch event in New York City

Samsung Galaxy S line launch event in New York City
Space....the final frontier, right? Samsung's voyage into the US market with their high powered Android smartphones came to fruition on a night in the Big Apple where they fully unloaded their arsenal to the public. The Samsung Galaxy S was first unpacked back in CTIA where we were fortunate enough in experiencing one of the stronger Android handsets in the market that combines some stellar hardware with an intuitive and lightning fast experience that doesn't look to be contained by boundaries. Instead of being satisfied with launching a single variant of the Samsung Galaxy S to one sole carrier in the US, they decided to go all out and provide every major carrier with their own unique version of the handset. Just as we see Motorola in the near future saturate the market with their line of DROID smartphones for Verizon, Samsung's class of Galaxy S handsets are surely to make some thunderous noise as they mount a full scale launch into the US market. And with that in tow, we'd surmise that these high-end Android sets will boldly go where no smartphones have gone before.

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First up on the block is AT&T's version of the Galaxy S, the Samsung Captivate, which surprisingly differed the most in terms of design out of the bunch. What we liked about it specifically was its somewhat resemblance to the Samsung Wave – although it had a flare for plastic materials as opposed to the Wave's sturdy metallic-like exterior. We find it the most appealing and fresh looking of the bunch as the rear cover employs this carbon fiber-like pattern to really dash on some appeal. Overall, the handset is pretty thin thanks to the technology in-use behind the Super AMOLED display and that its construction feels pretty solid. As much as we adore its eye catching looks, the Captivate's 4” Super AMOLED touchscreen truly takes much of the attention as it'll provide for some stunning looking images on-screen with its rich colors and detail. Under the hood, its 1GHz Hummingbird processor makes for some swift actions when moving around its interface – which will be Android 2.1 from the onset. Although the unit we checked out at the event wasn't a final production one, we were generally pleased with it nonetheless and hope to find the retail model to live up to the Galaxy S name. Additionally, the Samsung Captivate features a six-axis sensor, thanks to the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope, which will make the handset a pretty good one in terms of gaming.

Samsung Captivate Specifications

Just when everyone thought that the HTC EVO 4G was going to keep the 4G love all to itself on Sprint, darting straight to the number three wireless carrier in the country will be the 4G packing Samsung Epic 4G. We've seen this handset leaked not too long ago, but not we can officially say that the handset is looking to be an impressive one not only due to the fact that it'll accompany all the high-end features we've seen with the Galaxy S, but it ups the ante thanks to 4G connectivity on board and a slide-out landscape QWERTY keyboard. It's obviously the bulkiest of all the Samsung Galaxy S variants, but it's still welcoming knowing that it'll offer the conveniences that come along with a physical keyboard. At first glance, the handset reminded us of Sprint's version of the HTC Touch Pro2, but it quickly dissipated once we were able to handle it – especially when you've got a 4” Super AMOLED. Despite not exuding a premium feeling handset, the mostly plastic constructed device did have a decent opening mechanism. Opening up the handset to reveal the QWERTY, keys are rectangular in shape with some spacing in between which are elevated slightly to provide some distinction when you begin to type. You'll also find a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera in the rear and a front-facing one which would naturally cater to video calling. When it comes down to the platform experience with Android 2.1 on the handset, it was just the same as the other units – immensely swift and intuitive. If there was one gripe we had with the handset, it had to be the touch sensitive buttons constantly turning off – making it blend into the plastic and difficult to find. HTC EVO 4G owners maybe eying this handset from afar due to its strikingly impressive hardware, but it remains to be seen if the Samsung Epic 4G will be able to muster up larger crowds.

Samsung Epic 4G Specifications

T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S, the Samsung Vibrant, had a lot more in common in terms of its overall appearance to the original GSM one. The slate only device was somewhat typical of other Samsung sets we've seen – constructed out of plastic and didn't seem like some kind of high-end smarphone. Granted though it was super light weight and streamlined, the interface of course is loaded with plenty of widgets at your disposal – plus there was no evidence of any slowdown when navigating through the interface. Unlike the Samsung Epic 4G, the Samsung Vibrant doesn't tack on a flash to its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, but thankfully it still records video in 720p – which should be more than sufficient for most users. All in all, T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S is by far the most relaxed unit among the bunch as it remains faithful to the original.

Samsung Vibrant Specifications

Finally, we're greeted to the Samsung Fascinate which is Verizon's version and follows closely to what we've seen with the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile. Although there wasn't too much that impressed us in regards to its design, which is constructed mostly with plastic, its light weight definitely makes the handset feel like nothing in your hand. As much as it may not be the most appealing looking handset out of the bunch, we're still pleased to know that the hardware under the hood more than makes up for its somewhat bland looks. The 4” Super AMOLED display again is extremely crisp and pleasing to the eyes, but also responsive to the touch as we navigated around its interface. However, we did notice that moving between home screens wasn't as fluid when compared to the experience we witnessed with the other handsets. Still, its 1GHz Hummingbird processor was able to load up and play videos smoothly without any slowdown to diminish the experience. Thankfully, the Fascinate comes packing with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash to make some of those shots taken in low lighting conditions somewhat more tolerable.

Samsung Fascinate Specifications

Now that Samsung has made their mark with their launch party, it'll be interesting to see what kind of market share the company will garner now that all four major carriers will be holding their own version of the Galaxy S. We have to admit that the experience of Android 2.1 on all four handsets was completely uplifting as the 1GHz Hummingbird processor clearly shows off its speed which can tangle with the elites out there. Finally, Samsung's take on Android is also refreshing when you look at all of the current Android handsets available in the US market right now. The customized experience is definitely something different and we're sure it'll be adopted with open arms from veteran and novice Android users – now the only thing left to the puzzle is pricing and release dates.



1. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

dose the Verizon one have a front facing camera? i cant tell on the picture?

3. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I doubt it is, they will hold off on that I think until LTE so its actually useful, common, and fluid (to not dissapoint) But I am wondering if they will name this the "Droid Galaxy???" I guess not ALL android phones are called droids, but the High Spec'd ones are for sure...Perhaps they only have rights from Lucas for HTC and Motorola.

5. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

Thats dose sound more reasonable to wait for LTE and be able to actually use it in a call not over WiFi cough iphone 4 cough cough lol. Yeah i also thought they might name it Droid Galaxy or Droid Fascinate.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, only the sprint 4g one does. it doesnt bother me that the tmobile one doesnt, but im actually suprized since its capable of full HSPA+ speeds. The vzw and att ones dont run on a fast enough signal to support it.

13. iamsteventucker

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 31, 2010

the vibrant is not HSPA+ capable.

4. droid_pool

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

I noticed how the gsm versions are flash less while their cdma counterparts are. Yea flash on a phone is a personal preference but given the option to customize the phone to your carrier how was that over looked by tmobile and at&t?

6. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

The captivate looks just like the storm. And the fascinate (which i still think is a lame name) and vibrant look the same. I'm not sure how well they work but they look really boring/dull and cheap feeling. Sometimes i wonder why i still love samsung.

8. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Looks like storm? are u sure it looks like that piece of crap?

9. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Yes. I wouldn't have said it if i didn't think so. And i'm not saying that it isn't going to be a good phone.

7. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well i have to admit i like the at&t design the most from all of them but i am never ever going back to at&t not until they fix there service in LA , its the worst service out here even metro pcs works better, so ill just get the verizon version even tho i dnt really like the design.. becuz verizon does work the best over here.

10. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

i'm not terribly impressed with these phones. the designs seem uninspired, and high res w/ 1 gig processors are nothing more than the norm. Samsung should have released these about 6 months ago, but with the iphone, droid x, and evo, they've lost any chance of a competitive advantage

11. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I wouldn't say they lost their competitive advantage at all. Many people did buy the iPhone & the Evo, but I think they wanted to make this line up happen at the same time so people who were smart enough to wait out the rush of super phones can have these as an option. Also, it does make an availability of super android phones for T-Mobile & AT&T. Why I think you see them as losing a chance is because it isn't really an impressing line up. Yes, they all have nice features, but they are equivalent to the standard people like us on phone arena see. There really isn't anything great about them other than the screen and for the Epic, a 4G phone with a keyboard, a first for me. I haven't seen a high end smartphone with a keyboard yet. The closest I can name is the Mytouch Slide, which isn't as high end as I'd hoped it to be.

12. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

If Orange can get the original galaxy S and sell it for free, I don't understand why US carriers can't do the same

14. muscle99 unregistered

Hi, please tell me the real code name of the Epic 4G. For the Samsung Fascinate for instance it is i500. Thanks in advance.

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