We are here at the Samsung press conference for the launch of the Galaxy S and Wave smartphones in India. While we wait for the conference to start, here are our first impressions of the Galaxy S, Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone (for the moment, at least).
It is light, super light. With a 4.0 inch display and loaded to boot with features the Galaxy S weighs just 118 grams, making it one of the lightest smartphones in town.
Then there is the Super AMOLED display, which in our opinion is the best display tech on a cellphone (till we get the iPhone 4, that is). Images on the screen are crisp and though we could not try it, we have been told that the display will be legible under direct sunlight too, unlike the older generation AMOLED displays that went blank under the sun.
Powered by a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy S works at a brisk clip and there were no noticeable lag. Surprisingly, the Wave, which also runs on a 1 GHz processor had a slight lag when hopping from one menu to another.
To wrap things up, we are impressed by the Galaxy S and at Rs 31,000 (MRP), we think that Samsung might finally have something to topple HTC in the Android smartphone segment. Which, in our opinion, is saying a lot about the device. We are hoping to score a trial unit of the Galaxy S very soon, so watch out for a complete review.
UPDATE: The Galaxy S won’t be able to update to Android 2.2 and above. It will remain on Android 2.1.
UPDATE 2: Samsung will update the Galaxy S to 2.2 from their manufacturing facility. No word on the timing but those new devices will run on Android 2.2. They are still working on how to upgrade current units that are running on Android 2.1.