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Samsung Galaxy S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4587 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and battery. The design and screen also get good feedback, but there are some negative comments about the reliability and build quality.

responsiveness, screen, design, battery, usability

features, build quality, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung Galaxy S


alaTest has collected and analysed 255 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

usability, screen, responsiveness, value for money, battery

features, reliability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Sim Free Mobile PhoneSamsung Galaxy S i9000 High Capacity Battery - EXTRA LONG LIFE 1500mAh ... GT-i9000, SGH-i897 - Exclusively sold by FAB2983Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Sim Free Mobile Phone

Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung Galaxy S


alaTest has collected and analyzed 332 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

screen, battery, responsiveness, usability, design


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung i9000 Galaxy S Extended Cell Phone Battery (3500 mAh) w/ Black Battery DoorSamsung Galaxy S 4G Android Phone (T-Mobile)Samsung I9000T Galaxy S 8GB Unlocked Cell Phone with Camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth--International Version with 1 Year Warranty (Black)

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Samsung i9000 Galaxy S Android Mobile


The Samsung I9000 aka Galaxy S is making Waves (pardon the pun) in the Android sector. As Android handsets go it's being frequently discussed as one of the most powerful devices in this segment. But before you break open your piggy bank, take a closer...

While the Galaxy S has a lot to offer users from a media and connectivity stand point I didn’t find it all that impressive at the end of the day. The sometimes buggy UI, poor battery life and just about average camera would not make this my first...


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Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G Review: Live TV and a High Price


If you've ever had the hankering to watch live TV on your smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G (boy, what a mouthful) may be of interest to you. The Lightray, a $459 (as of August 21, 2012) LTE-compatible phone on MetroPCS's prepaid network,...

Live local TV on the go ; You can uninstall most of the preloaded software

Last year's specs ; Really high price

Even with the ability to play live TV, the Lightray's year-old specs make justifying its high price tag difficult.

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Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G (MetroPCS)


Smartphones offered by prepaid carriers tend to be bottom-of-the-barrel handsets the big cellular companies won't touch or old devices they're trying to offload in bulk. That's why it's refreshing to see the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS....

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G is the first U.S. phone that tunes into free digital TV. The handset boasts 4G LTE, a colorful screen, and attractive build quality.

The Galaxy S Lightray 4G is big and bulky and has a slow processor and old Android OS. Its Dyle TV service offers only four channels.

Unless you're addicted to local TV and need anytime access, the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G isn't money well spent.

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Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G (MetroPCS)


Early adopters pay a high price for mobile broadcast TV with the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G, the first smartphone with the Dyle Mobile TV service. While Dyle TV is free, the phone itself costs $459, making it $210 more expensive than what MetroPCS is...

First free mobile broadcast TV phone. First MetroPCS hotspot phone. Large, high-quality screen

Extremely expensive. Old, slow processor. Bloatware

The Samsung Lightray for MetroPCS has some excellent new features, including free mobile broadcast TV, but they can't overcome the phone's very high price.

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Speed Bump: Samsung’s Galaxy Phone Gets Upped to 4G


With mobile handsets stuck in a pattern of incremental updates, at least Samsung's Galaxy S 4G is an example of baby steps done right.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G


As a part of its aggressive 4G plans, T-Mobile launched a 4G version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S phones. But unfortunately, the Galaxy S 4G ($200 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile; price as of 3/1/11) does not have the specs of the hot...

HSPA+ is fast ; Gorgeous Super AMOLED display ; Attractive design

No camera flash ; 4G connectivity is hit-or-miss

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a solid, powerful phone, but it doesn't have the specs to compete with the next generation of smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile)


The Samsung Galaxy S 4G has 4G connectivity, a front-facing camera for video calls, and a larger battery. Android 2.2 offers impressive data speeds and good call quality. Other highlights include a rich and vibrant Super AMOLED touch screen and a...

No camera flash. The Galaxy S 4G has less internal memory than the Vibrant. There was some slight sluggishness with some tasks.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a fantastic Android smartphone for T-Mobile customers, delivering fast data speeds and other improvements, but Vibrant owners should be fine holding off for now.

Editor's Choice!

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile)


A speedy data connection and lots of entertainment options make this Android phone an excellent choice for T-Mobile customers.

The Galaxy S 4G delivers the fastest speeds yet for T-Mobile customers and adds some welcome enhancements, including a front-facing camera and longer-lasting battery. While we wish Samsung had also included a faster processor for $199, this is now the...

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S vs. Apple iPhone 4: Collision course


It's not like you're out of options. Here's one. Another one would be to get a friend's iPhone 4 and another friend's Galaxy S, put them on a table, close your eyes and… tell your friends to bugger off. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way. Flip a...

Android 2.1 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo update just around the corner ; 4” SuperAMOLED display with a 15:9 widescreen aspect ratio ; Regular SIM card support ; DivX/XviD video support ; FM radio with RDS ; Notably cheaper

iOS 4 ; 640 x 960 pixel Retina display ; Scratch-resistant, high-quality glass panels ; LED flash ; Precise movement tracking via a gyro sensor

Well, here we are at the end of our grand battle. We tried to be as helpful as possible to everyone wondering which of the two best smartphones currently available to purchase. There's a reason why we won't add up the individual scores for each phone -...

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Samsung Galaxy S Review


The Android smartphone segment keeps getting stronger, and the Samsung Galaxy S looks set to be a key player in 2010. Not only does it get the company's coveted Super AMOLED display, but a 1GHz processor, 720p HD video recording and plenty of wireless...

Is the occasionally staccato performance enough to sour the Galaxy S altogether, however? We’re not entirely sure what’s causing the occasional lag – poor CPU throttling perhaps – but we’re hoping Samsung can address it with a minor firmware patch. As...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: No
Swivel Camera: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
MP3 Playback: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes
XHTML Browser: No


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Infrared Interface: No
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:AMOLED / OLED Display / SUPER AMOLED / Super-AMOLED / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Multi Band:Quad Band
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.0/2.0.1/2.1 Eclair
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes