Samsung Galaxy S 

Released January, 2011
  • Android 2.3
  • 4G
  • 4"
  • 1 GHz
The Android approach to touchscreen is pretty good to begin with, and the final result is excellent.
by GSM Arena (May, 2010)
It certainly isn’t the most compact of handsets but a 4.3” touchscreen phone just couldn’t have been better in terms of ergonomics and handling.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2011)
6.2 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S
6.9
Xperia U
6.8
iPhone 4
6.5
Passmark and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S
5.9
Xperia U
5.9
iPhone 4
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S
5.1
Xperia U
5.1
iPhone 4
5.1
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S
7.5
Xperia U
7.7
iPhone 4
7.9
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com and mobiletechreview.com

6.2

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S
6.2
Xperia U
6.2
iPhone 4
6.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S
1,731
iPhone 4
564

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Galaxy S
6,282
Galaxy Ace
1,835
GALAXY Ace 2
4,333

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S
1,710
iPhone 3GS
2,517

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S
1,171
Optimus L9
1,119

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S
1.9 fps
iPhone 4
2.6 fps
Xperia U
n.d.

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S
190 min
Xperia U
n.d.
iPhone 4
n.d.

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S


8.0
What's hot: Excellent display, solid camera with good video recording, 4G HSPA speeds are great.

8.5
The one we might miss most, though, is the Image and Video editing app for basic picture transformations and movie making.

Overall

7.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

So far, the choice of the best display was a matter of compromise for either resolution contrast or sunlight legibility.
by GSM Arena (May, 2010)
You get to enjoy excellent viewing angles and great contrast on a 4” diagonal.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2011)
The viewing angles are wide too - there's some color loss when you reach the extremes, but the icons and text remain almost perfectly clear, giving that printed look that we love so much.
by GSM Arena (May, 2012)

Video

The Galaxy S video player is the best Android has seen.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2010)
The powerful quad-core CPU and Mali-400MP GPU enable the stock Galaxy S III browser to play 1080p Flash video without a hitch.
by GSM Arena (May, 2012)
Keep in mind that FullHD videos gobble up a lot of memory – a minute of video footage will easily top 100MB file size.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2011)

Camera

Unfortunately there's no dedicated camera key on the Galaxy S, which is a pity given the pretty decent camera.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2010)
This is where the 5 megapixel camera lens and the loudspeaker grill are located.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2010)
To match the field of view of the still camera in the 720p mode, Samsung is using the whole surface area of the sensor and combine the information of adjacent pixels into one to get the resulting single megapixel resolution.
by GSM Arena (May, 2011)

Network technology

In terms of feel, the Galaxy S 4G feels responsive with very little lag despite the demands of the TouchWiz user interface.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2011)
Froyo offers speed improvements over previous Android versions, and that helped the Galaxy S 4G achieve a 970 on Quadrant.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2011)
Mobile has aggressively rolled out 4G HSPA+ across much of the US, and we have solid coverage in Dallas.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2011)

Apps

Reminders are set easy, and you can choose if the phone is to mark the event only on the handset, or sync it to the cloud with Google Calendar as well.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2010)
You've probably seen our S Voice vs. Siri vs. Speaktoit Assistant post, but we'll recap our impressions of Samsung's S Voice here.
by GSM Arena (May, 2012)
In both the Messaging and Email apps you can use pinch to zoom while reading a message and it enlarges the text and/or pictures inside for easier viewing.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4"
Resolution 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 2.3
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Weight 118 g
Thickness 10 mm
Size 65 x 122 x 10 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Single core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. HSPA (unspecified)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
  7. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 390 min
Standby time (3G) 18,000 min
Capacity 1,650 mA·h
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