Friday, March 4, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S LCD

One of the biggest selling points of the Samsung Galaxy S introduced at the high-end of Android smartphones last year, is the Super AMOLED display. It sips battery life efficiently, and produces ultra-black blacks (you’ve got to see this in person to understand the difference this makes) and is viewable to a great extent in sunlight. The two main issues with Super AMOLED have been the shortage of supply (since everybody wants them), and the high manufacturing cost. Samsung decided to deal with both these issues in one fell swoop – by swapping the Super AMOLED display for a Super Clear LCD display. They also increased the battery capacity (you know, because LCD sucks more battery power compared to AMOLED) and reduced the price to Rs. 19,499/- (at Flipkart.com, at the time of writing this article). The model number has changed from I9000 for the original Galaxy S, to I9003 for the Galaxy S with the SC-LCD display. We think this is a bargain deal, and if you want to see the full list of specifications, you are going to have to head past that “Read More” button below. Oh, and did we mention that this is the only Android phone in the Indian market that we know of which can make video phone-calls using 3G? For the uninformed, Android as an Operating System does not support 3G video phone-calls. Samsung has added support for it in the Galaxy S. Just having that front-facing camera (say, like the iPhone 4) won’t do – you need the phone to be able to make 3G video phone-calls. Which the Galaxy S can do.

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Specifications:

  • CPU – 1 Ghz Cortex A8, with PowerVR SGX 530
  • Operating System – Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Screen – 4 inch, 800x480 Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, with Gorilla Glass
  • RAM – 512 MB
  • ROM – 4 GB
  • Camera – 5 MP, 720p 30 fps video
  • Front-facing camera - VGA
  • Connectivity – HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, FM radio, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB, A-GPS
  • Battery – 1650 mAh Lithium Ion

So for anybody with a budget of Rs. 20,000 or so – this seems like a good buy. It’s got what we Indians love – value for money. Comment away using the section below to express your own thoughts, though.

Samsung Mobiles India product info

Flipkart product details

7 comments:

paltrypal said...

Dont buy this phone.. its not customizable.. and u r going to get gingerbread when google would have launched 2.4,and half work of 2.5 would have been done.. Android means openess.. buy Motorola XT502 instead.. motorola doesnt support it to give u software updates but the developer community has an official support for it.and u can get gingerbread on this little thing. I am running gingerbread on this.
and it comes for 13.5K rupees. HUGE value for MONEY

And who the hell will make video calls over 3G.. no one would.. 3G prices would be bad.. im sure.. if someone wants video calls.. hell switch to PC.. that simple.. for indians this option is not viable.. BECAUSE we r getting 3G when the rest of the world is getting 4G.. dont be fooled by samsung crap.. they are bad in giving support.

Cheers

The Indian Geek said...

Hi Paltrypal,

Thanks for stopping by - and your valuable opinions. We'd just like to add our two cents about the points you have put forth.

The Galaxy S is as customisable as any other Android phone. And if you really want to install custom ROMs, there are tonnes of several valid, working, excellent custom ROMs for the Galaxy S series. We know because we have a friend with the original AMOLED-based Galaxy S.

As for value-for-money, trust us - the Galaxy S LCD 4 GB model is the best value-for-money that we have EVER seen in the Indian Android Market. It nets you a 4 inch gorilla glass-laden WVGA 480x800 display, with a 1 Ghz processor and 4 GB of onboard storage. Not to mention that beefy battery and that 720p video recording camera. If you come down the order to HVGA phones, the Galaxy Ace might be a decent buy at Rs. 15,000/- with a speedy processor (800 Mhz) and a fair amount of RAM and that Adreno 200 GPU. The best value-for-money HVGA-based phone in our opinion would be the LG Optimus One P500 - 512 MB of RAM at Rs. 12,000/- or so is simply unbelievable. Come way down the order, and Spice has their HVGA-based Mi-310 for Rs. 8,999/- Considering that the Mi-300 was sold for Rs. 9,990/- and can easily run Gingerbread now, there's no reason why we shouldn't see the same hacker support for the Mi-310.

With regard to video calls over 3G, we've made and used the facility. The ease of use, and the inter-network compatibility is pretty awesome. If you haven't made a video call - we urge you to try it out. A few phones that we've used in video calls are an ageing Nokia N95 8 GB, a Nokia N8, a Sony Ericsson Naite, a Nokia X6, and a Sony Ericsson G900. We've used a couple of Airtel SIMs and a BSNL SIM. It works fine and it's jaw-droppingly awesome.

With regards to the "rest of the world getting 4G", we'd like to simply point out the fact that the kind of 3G being delivered in India (upto 21.1 Mbps) is being touted as a recently launched 4G network in the USA (the technology is HSPA+, and the US Operator using this is T-Mobile). Also, large areas in the US aren't even covered by 3G yet. The switch to 4G is occurring in a few cities. Data on 3G/4G is quite costly out there too.

We do admit that there are several technologies that get to India slower - but NEVER deride our lovely country for the awesomeness that it does provide is. There's a reason that The Indian Geek calls itself The Indian Geek. We're simply proud to be Indians.

JonesSandy said...

Samsung Galaxy S-LCD Vs OliveSmart

Hi,
Please tell me shall I go for the Samsung Galaxy S-LCD or wait for the OliveSmart....
which one is better.

suggest, similar phone with QWERTY keyboard (preferably sliding).

I really appreciate work and it is much required in the world of flooding electronic items ...

got this site bookmarked :)

JonesSandy said...

Samsung Galaxy S-LCD Vs OliveSmart

Hi,
Please tell me shall I go for the Samsung Galaxy S-LCD or wait for the OliveSmart....
which one is better.

suggest, similar phone with QWERTY keyboard (preferably sliding).

I really appreciate work and it is much required in the world of flooding electronic items ...

got this site bookmarked :)

The Indian Geek said...

Hi Jones,

Thanks for stopping by! We're really glad that you like our website, and that you're adding it to your bookmarks.

We knew previously that Olive Telecom was set to launch an HSPA+ phone, but we missed the launch of the actual phone completely. Thanks for bringing it to our notice. The price and specs kind of match up with the Galaxy S LCD 4GB version, and we are working on publishing an article comparing the two devices head-to-head.

Please watch out for it over the next 1 or 2 days.

Thanks!

David said...

Hi,
Thanks for the updates Indian Geek.
I have been thinking of buying this phone, but waiting for Android 2.3 Version.
When is it expected? also is there any chance of prices getting lower for Samsung S LCD in near future?

Thanks,
Davinder

The Indian Geek said...

Hi, you're welcome for the updates!

We do not have any clue as to the launch of Android 2.3 for this phone. The Android 2.3 for the Galaxy S i9000 started rolling out for certain territories a few days ago, but was then subsequently pulled by Google. For the i9003, it would definitely be later than the i9000.

Best bet for you would be to keep checking the Kies software for updates once a week and see.

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