Out of this World
If you've seen our earlier preview of the Galaxy S i9000, you'll probably agree with us that the Samsung Galaxy S screams "iPhone" practically any way you slice it, thanks to its silvered upper rim, the unbroken expanse of glass on the front, and the chromed edge of its 3.5mm headphone jack. It's a bit of a plastic-fest just like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, but the Galaxy S i9000 is similarly sturdily built and doesn't creak when squeezed. Given its 'superphone' status, let's hope we can see some aluminum or stainless steel finishing in Samsung's future designs.
A nice touch is the sliding rather than plug-type cover that protects the microUSB port, which is really swell and gives the phone a 'polished' feel of the whole package. On another note, we thought Samsung could have used its optical joystick technology to make the Home button do double duty as a 5-way D-pad.
Like the HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, the Galaxy S i9000 requires the cover to be pried open (in this case from the bottom) to access the internals. At least the microSD card is hot-swappable, a boon to those who might own several small-capacity cards.