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Samsung Galaxy review

Here’s the Samsung Galaxy, Bell’s first Android powered smartphone. Here are the relevant specs: Android 1.5, 3.2″ 480×320 OLED display, 8GB of built in storage, BT,WiFi and a 5 megapixel camera.

Click the video for the tour of the Galaxy.

The screen looks fantastic. One of the advantages of OLED displays is that they have extremely deep blacks – vibrant colours and amazing viewing angles. This makes them great for showing off pictures. The OLED display on the Galaxy does have one problem; it’s horrible outdoors so if you use your phone a lot in the sun you can stop reading here.

When the screen turns off you can turn it back on by pressing and holding a hold button on the right side. This is one of those minor things but when you press the button it takes 3/4 of a second for the screen to wake up. This makes the Galaxy feel kind of unintuitive. When you press the hold button the screen should turn on right away to tell you, that you have to press and hold it.

As far as input goes you get the basic Android keyboard. It works quite well and on the Galaxy’s not-that-small 3.2″ display it works well.

In front of the Galaxy are menu, home, back, send and end keys along with a navigation pad. I didn’t have any major problems with the layout but I kind of wish the back and home keys were swapped since it would make it easier to multitask.

The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy is that it’s very generic – it’s just plain Google customized Android 1.5. Samsung makes a big deal about putting their TouchWiz interface on all their phones so I’m kind of suprised by this. Of course, for some power users this is actually a good thing since they can customize the Galaxy how they want and don’t need to remove things.

While I found the software generic it’s still quite nice. If you use Google products like gmail, calendar, latitude all you have to do is enter your google login and the Galaxy will automatically download your email, calendar, contacts, etc.

You can also access the Android marketplace which has a lot of applications.

The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixel with autofocus and flash. Indoors it tends to use slower shutter speeds so you’ll get a lot of blurry photos if your subjects aren’t still or if you have shakey hands. There aren’t a lot of options for the camera, just resolution and flash really. The flash tends to blast subjects out.

In the end I found it average for a 5 megapixel camera.

Video is limited to a resolution of 352×288 at around 18fps – video capture is not the Galaxy’s strong point.

I noticed a few problems with the Galaxy. First off the Galaxy lags sometime for no apparent reason.  Now lagging can always happen when you’re multitasking but I wasn’t always doing that when the phone lagged.

Another problem is that it occasionally buffers keystrokes. A good example of this is when I’m using the camera. While I use the camera the Galaxy gets a little sluggish when I press the shutter button – I usually mistaken this for it not registering my button press. So in the end the Galaxy ends up taking a bunch of pictures that I don’t want it to since it buffers the presses.

Sound quality was about average – there is some hiss and voices can be slightly harsh.  RF performance was slightly above average. Compared with a Nokia N97 the Galaxy was slightly worse.

Battery life was difficult to test because there very weak TELUS/Bell HSPA signal in my house so the Galaxy sat there searching for signal most of the time..

There are 2 main things wrong with the Galaxy. While I love Android the Galaxy has a pretty plain jane version of Android 1.5. With 1.6, 2.0 and 2.1 devices are already out/just around the corner the Galaxy was released at a bad time. The other problem is the fact that the Galaxy lags at times.

Still there are upsides. Some will appreciate the fact that the Galaxy is pretty much uncustomized. If you’re indoors a lot (like me) the OLED display is a huge upside. I like to look at pictures and show them off and the OLED’s wide viewing angle plus awesome colours are great for this. It really puts most of the LCD displays/monitors in my house to shame. The 5 megapixel camera also pairs nicely with the display.

In the end I liked the OLED display and the 8GB of built in memory (saves you a trip to the store) and to a lesser extent the 5 megapixel display. Otherwise not much stood out about the Galaxy.

1 comment December 30th, 2009

Video: Very quick comparison of the LG Eve and Samsung Galaxy

I have a LG Eve and Samsung Galaxy sitting around. They’re both Android phones.

While they’re on 2 different carriers I thought I’d do a very quick comparison of the 2. Full reviews of each device will come soon.

3 comments December 15th, 2009

Bell launches their first Android powered device: the Samsung Galaxy

Bell just annouced that they’ll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy. The Galaxy is Bell’s first Android powered device. It’s as low as $99.99 on a 3yr with data.

Besides Android it has an 3.2″ OLED display made from scratch resistant tempered glass, 8GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera.

Add comment December 10th, 2009

My review of the Samsung Omnia 2

So I just posted my review of the Samsung Omnia 2 (please be patient while YouTube processes it). Hit read more to get a quick summary.

While the Omnia 2 is a dream phone on paper in practice I was a little disappointed. Samsung has really gone all out customizing the Omnia 2. While I liked the customization they made the Omnia 2 and it’s 800Mhz processor feel slow. This really diminished the added value of the customizations. The screen is beautiful as long as you’re not in bright sunlight. Sound quality and RF and both top notch.

In the end the screen is nice enough that I’d recommend the Omnia 2 to some people. Also, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t care about the customizations you can turn them off or better yet you can probably flash the ROM to remove them completely.

Add comment November 27th, 2009

Samsung Omnia 2 on Bell unboxing and first impressions

I just got a Omnia 2 today. Here are my first impressions:

It’s kind of hard to tell but the screen looks amazing, stunning, incredible. Not only is it high resolution but the colour just blows me away. It’s easily the best thing about the Omnia 2.

Other random thoughts. While it has a 800Mhz processor Opera still feels kind of slow. The hexagonal button in front isn’t a navigation pad – instead it’s a single button that looks like a nav pad. It’s a waste of space.

TouchWiz 2.0 is nice but having the Windows Mobile menus and TouchWiz makes for a inconsistant user experience.

The camera is very similar to the camera on the Samsung i910. It’s very good except when you’re trying to take close ups where the flash is needed. In those situations it blasts the subject out – that said you can raise the ISO to 800 so you don’t need to use the flash as much.

In the past, whenever I tested a Bell CDMA phone there was always very low signal levels in my house. The Omnia 2 runs on Bell’s new HSPA+ network and it too gets very little signal – FYI.

Anyways that’s all for now. I’ll have a full review up later after I’ve had a chance to play with it more and drool at the screen some more.

9 comments November 7th, 2009

Koodo Mobile Releases Samsung Intensity


The Samsung Intensity has officially been launched on Telus’ discount brand-Koodo Mobile.  The full QWERTY device retails for $200, or $50 when you max out the Tab.

With a 1.3MP camera, MP3 player, microSD slot (supporting up to 16 GB), and Bluetooth this device has great features and a excellent price tag.


Add comment October 26th, 2009

Samsung Omnia 2 Hands-on

Here’s the Omnia 2. It’s a HSPA, WinMo 6.5 powered phone with a 800Mhz processor, 16GB of built in RAM. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back, Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI and the most amazing 3.7 WVGA AMOLED display.

To be honest during the video I wasn’t paying very close attention because I was drooling all over the AMOLED display. It’s going to be hard to look at my non OLED display phones after this and not feel a little disappointed.

Besides the AMOLED display I was pretty impressed with TouchWiz 2.0. Samsung’s done a pretty impressive job customizing WinMo. I’m not quite as pleased that the navpad is replaced with this cube button. I’m sure it’s cool after first but I’m also sure everyone will find it kind of pointless. The lack of a stylus slow is also a disappointment.

The 800Mhz processor’s speed is very noticeable, particularly when compared with the Omnia i910′s (the previous one with a 400×240 display) 612Mhz processor.

Anyways it’s been a while since I’ve been this impressed with a WinMo device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these again.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung’s Android powered Galaxy

Here’s the Samsung Galaxy. It’s their first Android powered phone. If you’re familiar with Android here’s very quick low down:

It’s a very generic Android implimentation (it’s cupcake) – It’s their first Android device so there’s no Samsung customization. I’m sure the next version will be more customized.

The 2 distinguishing features are it’s AMOLED display – it’s incredible. It also has a 5 megapixel camera on the back.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim Hands-on

Here’s the Samsung Reclaim. With a name like reclaim you’d expect it to be made from recycled bottles or something like that. In fact the reclaim is made from bio plastic – it’s made from corn as opposed to plastic made from petroleum.

Anyways a more appropriate name for the Reclaim would be the ‘Samsung Easy to Reclaim’. Apparently 80% of the Reclaim can be recycled and some places can recycle up to 96% of it.

Bio plastic is nice thing but it doesn’t feel as solid as the plastic on Samsung’s other phones. Still, I wouldn’t say it feels really chintzy, it kind of reminds me of the Palm Pre’s plastic.

Feature-wise the Reclaim is similar to the Samsung Vice but in a different form factor. You get a feature phone QWERTY device with a 2 megapixel camera, memory card slot, etc. While Bell’s carrier interface looks okay it’s still a carrier interface – that’s generally a bad thing. For example the music player has no background play, if you want to listen to music while you check your messages you’re out of luck.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim


Bell Mobility has launched the Samsung Reclaim and should be on sale in retail locations across the country.  The Reclaim is available in both Earth Green and Ocean Blue.

Made of 80% recyclable materials, the Samsung Reclaim is the perfect eco-friendly choice. And, with its 2.0 megapixel camera, and TV, music and GPS capabilities, you won’t have to sacrifice on functionality to help the environment.

3-year contract: $49.95
2-year contract: $99.95
1-year contract: $199.95
30-day/Prepaid: $219.95


Add comment September 17th, 2009

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