Samsung Galaxy S i9000 - Take Me To Your Leader

Launch SRP: S$1098


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.

The microUSB port is placed at the top, and protected by an elegant sliding cover.

The microSD slot placement makes the card hot-swappable (but remember to unmount it first!). The 1500mAh battery, as we shall see, helps endow the Galaxy S i9000 with excellent battery life.

Overall rating 8.5/10
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The Good
Slim and tasteful (if plasticky) design
Beautiful, large 4-inch Super AMOLED display
1GHz Hummingbird processor has power to spare
Extremely responsive UI and great battery life
The Bad
Built-in social networking support is too basic
Samsung UI features that cannot be disabled mar the Android experience
Lack of physical search button

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