Mar 30 AT 6:15 AM Taylor Wimberly 66 Comments

5 reasons to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S

We originally overlooked the Samsung Galaxy S when it was announced because everyone was focused on the Sprint EVO 4G unveiling. After the hype finally settled down, we realized the Galaxy S has the specs to turn heads and it definitely deserved a closer look. After reading all the passionate comments on 7 reasons to choose the EVO 4G, we decided to highlight some exclusive features of the Galaxy S and give you a few reasons to hold out for this Android phone.

1. Super AMOLED display

The Galaxy S features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display.

The EVO 4G offers a larger display at 4.3 inch, but we are more excited about Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen. This new technology offers a super bright picture that consumes less energy than a traditional display. The only major knock on AMOLED displays is their visibility in direct sunlight, but Samsung says they addressed this issue with their Super AMOLED technology.

The main advantages of Samsung’s Super AMOLED vs traditional AMOLED:

  • 20% brighter
  • 80% less sunlight reflection
  • 20% more battery life

At 4 inches big, the Samsung Galaxy S features the largest Super AMOLED display available.

2. Internal storage of 8 or 16 GB

This message makes me sad.

Some people went nuts when we posted the rumored specs for HTC’s Incredible which showed the device might come with more than the traditional 512 MB of internal storage space we normally see on Android phones. The EVO 4G improved in this area with its 1 GB ROM and the Galaxy S now raises the bar with16 GB of internal storage. Customers who purchase the Galaxy S will not have to worry about running low on space after installing a handful of apps.

3. Fastest Android phone announced

The Samsung S5PC110 chipset is codenamed Hummingbird.

There is still some controversy about the actual chipsets included inside the Galaxy S (because they were left off the official press release), but Samsung is claiming it will be the fastest Android phone. Samsung’s Omar Khan said the device would have three times the graphical processing power of the Snapdragon platform (which powers the Nexus One and EVO 4G).

“There is no faster processor in the market. It processes a staggering 90 million triangles per second, which is more than three times more powerful than leading smartphones in the industry.”Omar KhanSamsung Mobile

We are still awaiting official confirmation from Samsung, but all signs point to the S5PC110 “Hummingbird” chipset being used in the Galaxy S. This application processor was jointly developed with Intrinsity and they claim it is the world’s fastest Cortex-A8 based processor. The S5PC110 combines a 45 nm Cortex-A8 core with a dedicated PowerVR SGX graphics processing unit (believed to be the SGX540).

Also left off Samsung’s press release is the amount of RAM used in the Galaxy S. I have read conflicting reports of 256 MB or 512 MB and we are still awaiting confirmation.

4. Thinnest Android phone

The Galaxy S is only 9.9 mm thick.

Those people who complained the EVO 4G might be too large will enjoy the slim form factor of the Galaxy S. The phone measures just 9.9 mm deep, which Samsung claims is the thinnest touchscreen smartphone. Samsung was able to achieve this slim size thanks to the Super AMOLED display.

5. Improved battery life

The S5PC110 processor uses a 45 nm low power fabrication process.

The EVO 4G and Galaxy S both use the same size 1500 mAh battery, but Samsung has some technical advantages which should help their device last longer.

The Super AMOLED display offers 20% more battery life vs a traditional AMOLED display (like the N1) and even more power savings over the older TFT display of the EVO 4G.

Most CPUs in Android phones still use the 65nm production process, but Samsung has already made the move to 45 nm. I’m no expert on CPU architecture, but smaller transistors draw fewer watts and the 45 nm die size should offer lower power consumption.

Reasons to skip the Samsung Galaxy S

The Super AMOLED display and faster GPU might be enough to win some over, but I’m sure many people will be sitting on the fence until we have more concrete details on this device.

A few of the reasons to pass on the Galaxy S and keep dreaming about the EVO 4G include:

  • S Life / TouchWiz 3.0: We don’t know enough about Samsung’s custom UI for Android 2.1. The last time we saw TouchWiz on an Android phone (Behold II), reviewers outright rejected it.
  • 5 MP Camera, no HDMI out: Megapixels are not everything, but the EVO 4G does have an 8 MP camera. We will have to wait and for some hands on time to see which camera comes out on top. The Galaxy S allows media sharing over WiFi (DLNA), but it does not have a mini HDMI port like the EVO 4G.
  • No United States carrier yet: Samsung said the device is coming to the U.S. later this year, but we do not have an official carrier yet. The EVO 4G should hit the market first and users could be left waiting awhile on the Galaxy S.
  • No 4G: The Samsung Galaxy S supports HSDPA 7.2 for 3G data and that is it. I don’t know if anyone cares about “4G” data yet, but now that the EVO has it we are going to measure other phones against it.

How do you think the two phones stack up? Is it more important to have a faster network (4G WiMax) or go with the best display (Super AMOLED)?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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