Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Review: From Outer Space : 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S 360-degree spin

With a surface measuring 122.4 x 64.2mm the Galaxy S is no small piece, but the 4” classy screen says it all. What’s more, the Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology has let Samsung bring the waistline down to the svelte 9.9mm.

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S compared with the iPhone and the LG BL40 Chocolate

That means the Galaxy S isn’t much distress to fit in most pockets and it weighs the perfectly acceptable 118 g. Long tale short, with this kind of specs you cannot expect anything smaller.


Design and construction

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S will be pitched against the likes of the HTC Desire and the Nexus One. Simplicity was obviously the Google and HTC game. Samsung could’ve easily assumed “It’s the screen, stupid!” and stopped bothering. But they didn’t – and in the discontinue – the styling is perhaps one of the few questionable decisions in the Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S is all made of plastic and there’s nothing incorrect with that. It wasn’t a problem for the Omnia, the Omnia II or the Omnia HD. The thing is the blue-dotted back of the phone, while definitely an attention-grabber, is just not everyone’s cup of tea.

But however eccentric, the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S back is nowhere near where most people will look. The magnificent 4” Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display of WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution is as close to perfection as we have seen on a mobile phone and you just can’t assist but admire it.

In case you have missed the preview, let us remind you what the Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology is all about. It retains the amazingly deep blacks that characterize the other AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays but gets the covering glass out of the way to vastly improve viewing angles and sunlight legibility.

Here's a see a the display test for the I9000 Galaxy S:

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

LG Optimus Black P970

0.27 332 1228 0.65 749 1161

LG Optimus 2X

0.23 228 982 0.35 347 1001

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc

0.03 34 1078 0.33 394 1207

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

0 263 0 395

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

0 231 ∞ 0 362 ∞

HTC Incredible S

0.18 162 908 0.31 275 880

Apple iPhone 4

0.14 189 1341 0.39 483 1242

Motorola Atrix 4G

0.48 314 652 0.60 598 991

The Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display is impressive indeed

Indeed, the most lovely display to see at indoors doesn’t lose its charm in the open and the colorful of day. The Galaxy S display viewing angles are bordering on perfection, onclassy screen content looking as if printed on paper.

The sensitivity is as fine as is to be expected in a capacitive touchclassy screen unit. The gentlest of touches will do, but gloves and styluses are a no-go.

In a nutshell, the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S display is the key feature that will probably sell this phone to loads of users. So far, the choice of the best display was a matter of compromise for either resolution contrast or sunlight legibility. Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) units are in no mood to choose. They just let you have it all in one unit.

Below the display there are three keys only – it’s the typically minimalist recent Android wave. The touch-sensitive menu and back buttons are on either side of a hardware home key.

The three large keys below the display

A long press on the menu key launches the search field, so in effect users have a dedicated search key. As usual, pressing and holding the home key activates the task switcher.

The transition between the touch-sensitive classy screen and the touch-sensitive keys is seamless. The home key on the other hand, is well sized and solid to press, so no worries here either.

The power and classy screen lock key on the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is placed high up on the correct side of the handset. It is a bit hard to reach but Samsung have used this spot on many of their handsets, so it shouldn’t be much distress for those who come from another Samsung smartphone.

There’s only one key at the right

Unfortunately, there's no dedicated capturing camera key on the Galaxy S, which is a pity given the capturing camera specs. 5 megapixel might not sound like much but HD video is a crowd pleaser. However, some customers may be disappointed with the lack of a shutter key.

On the left, we find the volume rocker, which provides enough pressing area and fine enough feedback to create usage trouble-free.

The volume rocker is high-up on the left

The bottom of the I9000 Galaxy S has nothing but the mouthpiece.

The Galaxy S mouthpiece

On the top of the phone is the tiny plastic lid that covers the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and the unprotected 3.5mm standard audio jack.

There are a couple of jacks on top

We complete our trip at the blue-dotted back of the phone. This is where the 5 megapixel capturing camera lens and the loudspeaker grill are located. There is no flash of any kind so low-light photography or video capturing is basically out of the question with the Galaxy S.

The 5 megapixel capturing camera has no flash

The microSD card slot is under the battery cover but luckily is hot-swappable. It handled a 16GB card trouble-free and support for 32GB is promised too.

The other element of interest under the Galaxy S back panel is the 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery. It has enough power to acquire the smartphone through more than three days of some rather heavy usage. You can find more info about its performance in the dedicated battery test that we conducted in our blog.

The battery does a very decent job

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S looks and feels quite sturdy. The general ergonomics are perfectly fine. Some users might find it awkward to handle a classy screen this size, but you know what you are signing up for correct from the start. And the classy screen quality is worth all the fuss, hold our word.

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S held in hand

We aren’t particularly impressed by the fingerprint-prone plastics used on the I9000 Galaxy S. This top-notch device certainly deserves better. Some metal would’ve made the phone too heavy to handle comfortably. But we’ve certainly seen better choice of finish from Samsung: the Galaxy Spica is a fine example. Let’s say it again though, the Galaxy S has a classy screen to create all the rest irrelevant.



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