With the current influx of smartphones packing a dual core processor, the Samsung Galaxy S still manages to remain relevant with its fantastic array of hardware packed into the phone.
The Galaxy S models a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset and what that translates into is very good performance in both using the phone for general use and for gaming/multimedia purposes
The Galaxy S features an impressive Super AMOLED screen. Those of you who are not familiar with AMOLED, OLED screens contain an organic molecule such as a polymer which is electroluminescent when a voltage is applied to it. What this provides is more vibrant colour and better brightness and this is something you can instantaneously see when you get your hands on the phone. The screen is 4" in size and sports gorilla glass. The screen is just something to screen and shout about with this phone, it really is fantastic.
The camera is capable of taking 5mp and can also record 720p video at 30 frames per second and the videos are brilliant. The camera, in good lighting conditions, produces some great photographs; however, the lack of flash is really disappointing. Quality is lacking unfortunately when taking photographs at night unless there is some kind of additional lighting in the environment; it also includes a camera on the front of the phone, but it is only VGA quality
The phone casing is just a black plastic and I can understand why some may think it feels 'cheap'; however, for me, the phone is super light, thin and has a rather stylish look to it. Just as a note, this phone weights approximately 119g! It's ridiculously light
Samsung has also included swype with this phone and it's quite a intuitive way of typing after you get used to it. I would recommend you search the web for a video demonstration of this, but what you basically do is this; let's say you want to type the word 'the', then all you would do is put your finger on t, and then whilst keeping it on the glass, move it to h and then to e. A trail should appear where you just dragged your finger and out pops the word 'the'. It took me a short while to get used to, but when you get the hang of it, it's pretty good.
The phone's firmware is updated by a program called Kies and this comes directly from Samsung. I have to say that Kies is a bit of a hit and miss with me. I personally hate it and I find it more of a hindrance than anything else, but Samsung have rolled out some updates for the program and it is improving so it's not exactly the terrible excuse of a program as it was previously.
I have to mention this unfortunately and this might just be my own personal experience and may not apply to everyone, but I also have another device that packs a 1GHz processor and I found in some cases that was quicker. For me, this phone can sometimes get hit with a performance snag and it slows down. But not before long, it'll sort itself out and be back to its normal self, but it's just something that annoyed me and that's simply down to the software that Samsung have developed and used in the phone. The processor is absolutely fine and can still pack that mighty punch, but if you are getting annoyed with it, there are solutions available out on the net.
All in all, I think this phone is mighty darn fine. It packs a great array of hardware and is definitely a flagship for Android alongside some of the HTC phones. But just as a little heads up to anyone, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is releasing in May so you might want to check up on that. Just think Galaxy S, but more epic. Nevertheless, this is a cracking phone and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about wanting a smartphone or going over to Android.