Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone Review

Posted: August 19, 2010
Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone Review

You requested it, so here it is: Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review the Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S smartphone powered by Android with a 4" super AMOLED touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GHz processor and more, all free with a contract.

What You Need To Know

  • It feels kind of plastic-y, but it has a uniform design.
  • The super AMOLED screen looks amazing with its 50,000:1 contrast radio, which is better than the iPhone 4's Retina display.
  • It's not as bright or sharp as the iPhone 4.
  • Avatar on this display looks beautiful.
  • The 4" screen size is also nice, since it's not so big like the Droid X or small like the iPhone.
  • The phone runs on Android 2.1 (Samsung plans to update to 2.2) and uses the Touchwiz interface, making the overall user experience great.
  • The touch screen feels smooth and responsive, and supports multi-touch.
  • Samsung's widgets are also really useful: the Buddies widget makes it easy to call or message your favorite contacts, and the Feeds widget aggregates Facebook, Twitter and Myspace all at a glance.
  • Launching apps or playing media is just fast as the HTC Evo or iPhone 4.
  • Overall, it's one of the slickest Android phones we've used.
  • The phone comes preloaded with Avatar, The Sims 3, a mobile TV app called MobiTV and a five megapixel camera.
  • MobiTV is cool because there are tons of live programs or OnDemand shows.
  • It comes with a 30 day trial but after that, the service costs $10 a month.
  • The camera is only okay and the picture quality is a little lacking, and there's no flash.
  • It does have the ability to record HD video.
  • It also supports 5.1 surround sound through earphones for when you watch a movie or listen to music.
  • It comes with 16 GB of storage and is micro SD expandable.
  • There's also DLNA streaming.


  • $0.01 with a contract on Amazon.


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Amazing display, sleek interface and a ton of features, all free with a contract!

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Comments are Closed

  • applebook

    Also the best phone that I've ever owned, and even if it were the same price as the iPhone 4, I'd still take the Vibrant because of its S-AMOLED and larger screen size.

    One thing to note about the camera is that in night mode, it takes better photos in dark settings than most smartphones with flash. Flash is overrated anyway.

    Also, not advertised, but the T-MO version has 1900MHz 3G that is compatible with AT&T and Canadian 3G bands. There is no 850MHz, but most carriers in a majority of areas support 1900 just fine.

    Posted: August 20, 2010 4:04 AM
  • toadstoolssecretluvchild

    Wow a tmobile phone worth having. I've been a Tmobile guy for like 10+ yrs now, I love the service for me, but lately they've been slacking in the smartphone market. Good job y'all :P

    And its a penny?! O_o'

    Posted: August 20, 2010 2:10 AM
  • karasublue84d

    this video isn't buffering for me, what a shame want to watch it.

    Posted: August 20, 2010 1:11 AM
  • Trentonater

    best phone i have ever used

    Posted: August 19, 2010 10:22 PM