Happy 10th anniversary to the Samsung Galaxy, Sammy's first Android phone



We already told you that 12 years ago this very day, Apple launched the iPhone. June 29th also marks the 10th anniversary of another important smartphone launch; on this date in 2009, Samsung launched the Galaxy. The phone had been unveiled in April and was released just ten days after Apple started selling the iPhone 3GS. It also was released before the November 2009 launch of the Motorola DROID. The latter, with Android 2.0 installed, really started the whole Android phenomenon.

Samsung had originally responded to the iPhone by producing the Samsung Instinct, a feature phone with a 3.1-inch touchscreen. The company spent a ton of money marketing the device and produced several ads where the Instinct went up directly against the iPhone. But in reality, it was no contest. A few months later, the Windows Mobile powered Samsung Omnia was released with an interesting optical mouse, a stylus and the TouchWiz UI. After the T-Mobile G1 introduced Android to the world followed by the HTC Magic, Samsung decided to give this new-fangled operating system a chance by putting out the Samsung Galaxy (GT-i7500) handset. The phone worked with GSM carriers and could be used on T-Mobile's 3G network and AT&T's 2G pipeline in the states.
 
The Galaxy was equipped with a 3.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 480. It came with a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor under the hood along with 128MB of memory and 8GB of expandable storage (it also had a 32GB microSD slot). A 5MP rear camera adorned the back of the unit while the 1500mAh battery kept the lights on. Samsung made sure that a 3.5mm earphone jack was on board, and Android 1.5 Cupcake was pre-installed. The phone was not only Samsung's first Android phone, it was the first time the operating system was employed on a phone manufactured by one of the top three manufacturers at the time (Nokia and BlackBerry being the other two). The Galaxy featured pre-installed apps like Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. It also came with the Android Market. Instead of the trackball found on the two previous Android models, the Samsung Galaxy had a D-Pad under the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy S II really launched Samsung as a top smartphone manufacturer in the touchscreen era


Of course, the phone pales compared to the current Samsung Galaxy S10 line. And in case you were wondering, the first Galaxy S model was released nearly a year later, on June 2nd, 2010. This is one of the models that Apple cited often as infringing on its design patents for the "home button, rounded corners, on-screen icons, and tapered edges" during its epic patent trial against Samsung in 2012. The jury also found that Samsung had infringed on iPhone features like the Bounce-Back Effect, On-screen Navigation and Tap To Zoom. Apple originally was awarded over $1 billion, but over the years the amount was reduced sharply.


Samsung really saw its smartphone business take off with the launch of the Galaxy S II in April 2011. At a time when Apple was keeping the iPhone screen at 3.5-inches, Samsung put a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display on the handset with a 480 x 800 resolution. It also supported 4G, something the iPhone 4 did not do. Sporting a plastic build (a hallmark of the line until 2015's Galaxy S6), the phone had an 8MP rear-facing camera with a 2MP snapper in front for what was known as self-portraits in the day. By the time Samsung followed up with the Samsung Galaxy S III (released May 2012), it was on the way to becoming the top smartphone manufacturer for the year, a position it has held to this day. Apple and Samsung typically dominate the list of the top-selling smartphones every year.

It is amazing how far Samsung has come when you think about this year's Galaxy S10 line. And the entire Galaxy started with a Big Bang that happened 10 years ago today.

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32 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 924; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

S3 was the only I ever considered to buy. Should start doimg new thing again. Only copying lately.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You mean Apple has been copying for years now.

6. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 374; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

All the OEMs copy each other, pretty much all smartphones have similair features, designs etc which originated from some other OEM at one pointor another. Others have taken from samsung just as much as samsung has taken from others

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Kinda like how you're doing with your comments? C'mon, dude. It's 2019. Get some new material.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Back then the Android smartphones came with removable batteries. Something I really miss. iPhones never had removable batteries.

5. oldskool50

Posts: 1570; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I never saw the point of removing a battery that never died on me. Maybe I was just lucky. I even bought an extra battery for my S3 and. ever used it.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The battery on my Note 4 went bad after 2 years. Had to swap it by midday. I had that portable battery charger. All my other Sammy's have been good.

14. blingblingthing

Posts: 965; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Charging a phone takes 1.5 hours. For that period, you're plugged up. Swapping to a full battery takes 5 minutes.

30. superguy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

You could buy bigger batteries with different backs as well.

31. LiveFaith

Posts: 475; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Had you bought an extra battery and battery charger(s) for swapping, I predict you would be much more disappointed by the current trend of sealed devices. My last one was the Note 3, and that was the best power experience ever. Maybe someone will bring it back.

7. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Not about Apple crybaby

26. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What about Apple crybabies?

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Back then Android phones were mediocre until November, when the OG Droid dropped. I loved that phone! Your last sentence was pointless, btw.

15. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Because they love copying apple. From removable batteries, headphone jack and soon expandable storages

20. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Wait, so you're saying they copied apple? As in before apple, Android phones didn't have removable batteries, headphone jacks, and expandable storage?

27. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody has done more copying in smartphones the past five years than Apple. But that has been their MO for 40 years, all the way back to when they stole the GUI.

4. Alcyone

Posts: 403; Member since: May 10, 2018

Wow! 128gb of memory in 2009.

25. rifatrocks95

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 30, 2019

128MB ^_^

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

My first ever Android was the Samsung Galaxy Spica (GT-i5700) also from 2009. Was a pretty good phone. After I had used it for a year, I have it to my dad who used it for nearly 4 years. It was a better phone than the iPhones from that time.

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I was still team Motorola back then. Rocked the Krave until November '09 & then.......DROID!

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Does anyone else find it funny that Samsung launched its original "Galaxy" Android phone two years, to the day, after Apple had released the original iPhone? Of course I was not in either of their camps back then, and I am still not today... I bought a Nokia E75 instead, and that was a great device. Wish I could have kept it for longer, I would have kept that rather than my Nokia 9300, I think. Still hoping I can get a new battery for my 9300, all these years later. Anyway, maybe I'll just go back to HMD's Nokia rather than feel forced into the dichotomous decision that is Apple vs. Samsung.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Overall best phone I'd used, until the Note came out. Notes are just unbeatable for me. S-Pen fanboy like crazy.

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The is definitely the best phone out. Can't wait until August!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr. Nothing tops the Note, just an amazing device. I got those new Galaxy buds for my birthday, and I love em. They are quite a bit better than the iconx 2018, and my Airpods too. Samsung is bringing it this year.

21. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Yea man. Can't wait. Centered hole punch confirmed & with or without the headphone jack, I'm in; especially if the buds are a preorder freebie.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro. I'll gladly take another pair for my Note 10. Yes sirrr.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Rumors are the next Galaxy fold 2 will have a pen as well. Would you ever think about using a foldable smartphone instead of a single screen note?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not right now. It has to be a proven device in order to earn my money. Right now, the Fold just isn't what I'd want to buy, even with an S-Pen. The Note is very hard to put down, it's nearly perfect. I'd try the Fold, but be mindful of the 14 day return policy, as I only use it for a trial period for now.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sadly, I doubt I'll be getting the Note 10. I just can't abide that damned hole in the screen. And, if it doesn't have the 3.5mm jack, shame on them.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I never ever use the jack, but I'd like them to keep it. The hole isn't ideal, but like a mole on your face, or arm, you eventually get used to it. If it checks all the other. Boxes, those two things wouldn't stop me from buying one. If I can deal with the intrusive notch on my Max, that little hole will be a breeze.

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