Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Review: From Outer Space : Text Input, Gallery, Video Player

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Text input, we love Swype

Text input is not usually a particularly exciting part of a review but the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is different. It features an on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard by Swype in both portrait and landscape.

The way Swype works is instead of tapping on keys you sweep a finger across the keyboard. To "type" quick, you need to put a finger on the Q key and sweep over to U, then I, then C and all the way to K. There's a visual trail that marks your finger movement across the keyboard.

It doesn't matter if the trace goes over other keys, in fact you can't assist it. But Swype recognizes the word you intended to enter with surprising accuracy - it correctly guessed "xylophone" without breaking a sweat.



Swype is a novel way to type

The high precision means that even quick sweeps will be recognized correctly, so you can enter text very quickly and haged the error rate reasonably low. With shorter words, there might be several combinations possible - in that case Swype simply prompts you to pick which one you meant. It has a pretty gigantic built-in dictionary, but you can teach it recent words too (just type them out the regular way and they will be stored for next time).

There's an excellent tutorial, which shows you step by step how to do everything with Swype - capitalizing, punctuation, how to write "soon" rather than "son" and a few other tricks.

Swype is very unobtrusive - it presents the user with a regular-looking QWERTY keyboard, on which you can type by tapping the keys the old-fashioned way. It's there if you like it - if not, you don't even have to turn it off or anything. Just type instead of sweep. Swype is cool though once you acquire the hang of it.

3D gallery is cool, but downsizes the images

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S gallery is identical to the one found on the Nexus One. That’s right, no TouchWiz customization here. The gallery automatically locates the images and videos, no matter where they are stored. The gallery boasts cool 3D effects and transitions, which we find rather attractive.

Images and videos placed in different folders appear in different sub-galleries that automatically acquire the name of the folder, which is very convenient - just like a file manager.

The different albums appear as piles of photos which descend in neat grids once selected.






The gallery certainly is a looker • sorting by date

Alternatively, you photos can be organized by date with the assist of a button in the top correct corner, which switches between grid and timeline view.

In grid view, there’s a date slider, which can also be used to find photos taken on a certain date.

If you dig deeper into sub-folders, you can utilize the tabs at the top of the classy screen to jump back several levels to the folder you need (similar to how the Explorer on Windows 7 works).

The gallery supports finger scrolling or panning so you can skip images without having to return to the default view. Just swipe to the left or correct when viewing a photo in fullclassy screen mode and the previous/next image will appear.

The pinch zooming is also available here thanks to the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S multi-touch support but you can also utilize double tap or even the +/- buttons.





Looking at a single photo

There are tons of options for a picture – you can crop or rotate it directly in the gallery. The Sdiscontinue feature offers quick sharing via Picasa, Email apps, Bluetooth or MMS.

Strangely, you can't zoom images up to 100%. Obviously the gallery displays only downsized versions of your images and you need to transfer them to a computer if you're into pixel-peeping.



Zooming on a picture reveals 50% downsized image

Capable video player – 720p DivX/XviD clips are a cinch

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is among the best performers in the Android family as far as video playback is concerned. In addition to packing a dedicated video player app (though playing videos through the gallery is still possible) it also has DivX and XviD video support, which is rare in the Google Operating System (OS) family.

Performance with higher-res videos is remarkable – it played 720p videos like a champ. Little wonder, considering it can record 720p videos. There's a TV-Out feature (though it's only SD) or you could utilize the DLNA support to stream videos and photos to your DLNA-enabled TV or media player (any Personal Computer (PC) with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and DLNA-capable software would do too).





The Galaxy S video player is the best Android has seen

The interface of the video player itself is as simple and as it could possibly be. You acquire a list of all videos available on the phone and the on-classy screen controls boil down to play/pautilize and skip buttons, as well as a draggable progress bar.

Another fascinating thing you can find in the player is the Outdoor visibility setting. It boosts the brightness and contrast of your Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen to give you better viewing quality outside. The video recorder also sports this option.

And last but not least the Galaxy S managed to acquire through 7 hours and 25 minutes of video playback before it battery reached 10 percent (at which point the player is automatically turned off) in our dedicated test. You can find more info about it in our blog.


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