The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S was released in June 2010. At that time it was a bomb between the other smarphones. Even today it is the best single core smartphone. It comes preinstalled with Android 2.1 Froyo but Samsung updated it until 2.3 Gingerbread version. It was capable to run Android 4.0 but the manufacturer thought that the Galaxy S should leave other smartphone in its guild to make their job. Instead of upgrading it to Android 4.0, Samsung made a special update package for the 2.3.6 Gingerbread version. This special update has many benefits among which we can see some ICS influences, better battery, fixed lag and more.
Let’s see the best single core hardware combination that the Galaxy S has. We find out deep inside a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor based on the best chipset at that time, Hummingbird, and it has the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Many single core smartphones have this GPU but they don’t have the Hummingbird chipset. It has 2GB ROM (newer smartphones don’t have that much ROM) and 512 RAM; its internal memory is 8/16GB. It comes with an accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors.
The Galaxy S was the first smartphone with SuperAmoled display. Its display measures 4 inches, supports a resolution of 480×840 pixels and has a pixel density of 223ppi. The display supports multitouch and it is protected by Gorilla Glass.
Samsung left their mark on the user interface of the phone with the TouchWiz UI. The Galaxy S is updated at the last version of Gingerbread, 2.3.6 which in my opinion is still the most stable one.
It has a 5mp camera. The camera from the Galaxy S can still measure its strength even with an 8mp camera. Its single inconvenient is that it hasn’t any LED flash. Video recording is made at a resolution of 720p. You can make pictures with the smile and face detection feature or geo-tag your photos. Camera also has autofocus and touch-focus.
In 2G mode data traffic is made by EDGE class 12 and in 3G mode the Galaxy S has dual band: HSDPA with 7.2Mbps speed and HSUPA with 5.7Mbps speed. Wi-Fi supports Hotspot, DLNA and works on three most used Wi-Fi protocols: b/g/n. Even if many smarphones nowadays are still coming with Bluetooth v2.0, Galaxy S is equipped with Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. The browser works excellent and is loading web pages very fast; it supports xHTML and HTML and has Adobe Flash.
As features it has ISDB-Tb digital TV tuner but it is only available for the Brazilian market. It also has GSP with A-GPS support, FM radio with RDS, DivX support (so you can watch .avi movies) and TV-out.
The battery has 1500 mAh and it is lithium-polymer. It resists quite long, 750 hours in standby and 13 hours in talk time (2G mode) according to producer.
Overall the Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is a potent smartphone and it is not even close to its end, even though today we have quad core phones, it can still contend with newer smartphones in its range. If you want a smartphone with good quality and at a decent price go for the Galaxy S.