Samsung Galaxy S Plus review

Samsung Galaxy S Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S Plus came out after the Galaxy S production was stopped. Visually they look the same but the main difference is on the chipset. Have a look at its main features:

  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution, PenTile matrix
  • Super slim at 9.9mm
  • Android OS v2.3.3 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI customization
  • 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255T chipset
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, microSD slot (up to 32GB cards)
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with face, smile and blink detection
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Great audio quality
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Document editor and file manager come preinstalled
  • Secondary video-call camera
  • Swype predictive text input
  • Full Flash support for the web browser

Full specs here.

The dimensions and its weight remained the same: 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm and 119 grams. The display is also the same 4 inches Super AMOLED. It supports a resolution of 480×800 pixels and a pixel density of 233ppi. It has multitouch and is protected by a Gorilla Glass screen. Viewing angles are excellent, colors are beautiful and legibility under sun light is very good.

The Galaxy S Plus has a different hardware configuration. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T chipset which is faster than the Hummingbird or the MSM8255. The graphics processing unit is weaker than the PowerVR SGX540 found on the original Galaxy S. It is an Adreno 205 GPU. The phone has the same amount of RAM, 512 Mb, but the ROM has decreased from 2 GB to only 512 Mb. The internal memory can have 8 GB or 16 GB and it can be expanded with microSD card up to 32 GB. So the main plus on the hardware part is the faster CPU, which is clocked at 1.4 GHz, and the chipset.

At connectivity it has double the download speed on 3G. It has 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA. Wi-Fi has b/g/n standards with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth is v3.0 with A2DP and it has a microUSB slot.

The camera is the same 5MP sensor with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection. It can shoot 720p videos at 30 fps. A VGA secondary camera is also available. The pictures are very good in quality; the single disadvantage is that the camera doesn’t have a LED flash.

Another plus is that the battery capacity is with 10% higher. It has 1650 mAh and can keep the phone alive for two days of mor moderate use with no problems.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy S Plus is a bit faster at processing speed and on 3G connections but it is a bit slower at graphics performance. You can find the Galaxy S Plus on


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