The Samsung Galaxy S picks up where the Samsung Wave left off, screenwise. We’ve been salivating over that 4-inch Super AMOLED screen since we took it out of its little box. It’s really something. Alongside the handset, the box’s contents are pretty standard – some headphones which don’t look too bad, but there is a 3.5mm jack so you can pretty much just use what you want, a plug with microUSB connector and a separate USB wire.
Running Android 2.1 (aka Eclair), the handset offers you seven homescreens to customise with wallpapers, widgets, app shortcuts, favourite contacts and so on. This photo doesn’t do the screen justice at all, either; it’s so much more crisp when you use it for yourself.
Unfortunately, skinny as the handset is at 9.9mm deep, it feels pretty plastic to hold. The upside of this is that it’s really quite light; the downside is that it feels really cheap.
The menu screen is crowded and yet feels quite spacious; obviously you can spread apps out over multiple menu pages, and supplement the on-board apps with some downloaded from the Android Market.
There’s the 3.5mm headphone jack and hidden microUSB connector on the top of the handset, The power/screen lock button sit on the handset’s right hand long-side, while the volume control is on the left.
The 4-inch screen means you have a nice, spacious keyboard to play with; plus the sharpness of the screen makes it easy to type on (although we’ll admit we haven’t typed much yet).
And here’s the back with a nice blue sheen thanks to the dot-pattern. On the top left you can see the little built-in speaker, and the camera lens on the top right is 5-megapixels strong. No flash though, sorry.