I’ve tested a Samsung Galaxy S phone with Android 2.2 on it for a few weeks and can confirm that the random slowdown issues I noted when I first reviewed it are almost gone and tried the very useful Navigon GPS Turn by Turn navigation app worth $60 which Samsung has kindly included for free with Australian maps.
Optus, Telstra and Vodafone customers in Australia should now all have the Google Android 2.2 Froyo update for Samsung’s Galaxy S phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S Phone is a very good option for current iPhone users to consider because Samsung has designed the phone hardware as well as the menu and application navigation to look like a iPhone 3GS so the change will be easier to make.
Considering that most Android phones have only 1-2GB inbuilt storage compared to the Samsung Galaxy S i9000GT phone which has inbuilt 8GB-16Gb storage it makes the current outright prices at Mobicity 8GB Optus/Voda $599, 16GB Optus/Voda $649 and 16GB $729 Telstra NextG very good value for money.
At time of writing Optus, Telstra and Vodafone include the phone in various plans.
The i9000 Galaxy S is the clear leader among Android phones in terms of advanced hardware, with a four-inch Super AMOLED 480×800 screen capable of displaying inky blacks and vibrant colours, a snappy 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, plus DLNA, Wi-Fi N, DiVX HD support and a choice of 8 or 16GB onboard storage. However Samsung’s Touchwhiz UI slows the phone down randomly – a firmware update is set to fix this.
In terms of design the Galaxy S body is similar to the iPhone 3GS except that Samsung has managed the remarkable feat of making it weigh significantly less than the 3GS despite the bigger screen.
– Me writing in GEARE magazine #64