Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S I9000, has a class display, can be operated intuitively and plays with good laboratory values to the first Smartphone Division.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S I9000 in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

With the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 put the South Koreans their third Smartphone in the shelves, which is based on Google’s Android operating system. On the first Galaxy nearly a year ago, the Galaxy Spica – followed both 3.2-inch models with the stale cupcake version 1.5 and a decent but hardly sensational test result to the back middle of the leaderboard early 2010. With the Galaxy S Samsung preparing now to push in the front regions. So is the newcomer a real slam dunk?

As a look out of the window

Samsung has certainly left nothing to chance and sends his new star with a whopping 4-inch screen really Galactic and the not entirely, but almost latest version of Android 2.1 in the race. Focus on the huge screen is its organic, say self-luminous LEDs in the sense of the word. The innovative technology, which named Samsung Super AMOLED, brings three key advantages: flatter design, brighter colors and lower power consumption. We can confirm the latter also metrological point of view: In the typical mix of uses from telephoning, 1556 mAh large battery at a constant display brightness of 30 cd / m provides email, surfing, and occasional games m² for good 6.5 hours power – it’s a very ordinary house number for smartphones.

The display when viewing (HD) video and becomes the real eye-catcher: here’s fully comes into its own, the colors are represented beautifully rich and bright, the contrast is exemplary. The display draws also writing extremely sharp and delicate so she can recommend especially for the mobile Internet. On the cigarette box-big screen, resolve content with 480 x 800 pixels, are therefore clearly distributed and comfortable thanks to the multi touch control to act. Also can the Web browser play also Flash content, block popups and simultaneously manage multiple open Windows – all without annoying delays or earrings.

Souped-up Android

Certainly the processor of end of measure with 1 GHz helps, which is tuned very well on the operating system and enables a very smooth working. That Samsung opts for Android, not necessarily jumps at the first moment in the eye, because the South Koreans have put even their in-house and quite successful UI TouchWiz 3.0 via the Google interface. The home screen extends seven Android typical several – in our case – screens, which pushed through and any are filled by swipe finger with widgets, shortcuts or favorite contacts and bookmarks can be.

The background image can be free to choose and will be completely visible when pushing through the individual views of the start. In the choice of backgrounds but not too colorful drive for it: packing multiple shortcuts and widgets on the home screen, the icons on a to troubled background image are difficult to see.

Yet the customization options like always: when social networkers, for example, the Facebook and Twitter widgets that users always can read the most recent news of his friends on the home screen, without having to start the corresponding application extra are popular and very practical.

Real added value offered by the program called “Daily briefing” that displays upcoming events, weather, or even the current share price, as well as the tethering function retrofit of Samsung, thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 also a Wi-Fi hotspot can act and bring, for example, the notebook to the Internet.

Wide range of software

The soft key “Menu” in the fixed, also freely assignable bar at the bottom of the screen to reach the main menu regardless of your current home screen always. There, the installed programs and settings options open with self-explaining icons and matching description either in grid view or list view are organized. Who through the online shop belonging to Android market additional software loads, finds this queued after the installation also alphabetically in the main menu and can then move the purchases in the desired folder.

How the Panel is Samsung also here your own way: the newly created Portal “Samsung apps” menu item, which holds a collection of widgets and programs for free download can be found next to the Google store. From the start gone has Samsung entered a lot of soft content, including a practical file browser to better overviews and organize content, which is not enabled by default in Android. You can dictate directly flashes a voice memo program, considerations and impressions and images can be chronologically sorted collect in a very chic diary application.

Also the E-book reader Aldiko, an app that also free to download Android phones from the market is part of the game. The reader provides access to an online database with freely available E-books in mainly English, but also German language. Font size and type, and line spacing and text frames can be adjusted according to taste.

Reading outdoors the display of the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 reflects fortunately not quite as strong as conventional TFT screens. And who drives himself around in a strange city and don’t know what a monument he stands for, is also not left alone: augmented reality is a theme that will be always present in the near future – with Layar has the new Galaxy S a such reality browser that provides information about the surrounding area, already preinstalled.

The software that is free is available for all other androids in the market, scans the environment by using the camera in real time off, recognizes museums, restaurants or shopping malls and can call upon request, for example, the corresponding Wikipedia entry. Our Tip: Just try and be amazed!

On roads a faithful companion

To the Samsung Galaxy S using free Google navigation for the digital controllers be converted – what of course is because of the large screen – must be updated Google maps via the Android market first and then downloaded the language sample for the active route guidance. You will be prompted automatically, once the update is complete.

Because the Android model is capable of multi-tasking, he can provide during the ride visually as functionally pleasing MP3 player entertainment. This optionally lists titles according to artists, albums or genres; Playlists can be created directly on the device, and it can be edited. Audiophile users must not be satisfied with preset frequency bands, but can adjust the eight bands of the equalizer to the individual preferences and via the 3.5 mm jack on the housing front to plug their own headphones – with the included headset with control panel overall already very neat sounds for incoming calls. With over 7.6 gigabytes of internal memory, already home from space for music, videos and images is available. Via MicroSD card up to 32 GB can be retrofitted.

Fingering and sensor keys

The Samsung Galaxy S I9000 mainly via the capacitive is operated, in other words touchscreen appealing touch. below the screen sensor buttons to show the contextual menu and the back button can be found left and right two. In between the home button sits very discreetly in the housing, embedded and is to feel thanks to a slightly raised outline in the dark. When pressed short, the active applications are stopped and called the home screen; Pressing opens the Multitasking window.

A separate shutter for the 5-megapixel camera – who must do without photo LED, and can recommend rather quickly shot fun photos – not there, in turn a sumptuous menu of the camera and a front lens for video calling and self-portraits.

Alternative text input

About the need for a mechanical Writing desk is controversial among Multipliers like. The Samsung Galaxy S waived, as 4-ZOLLER offers but also enough space large enough to represent the virtual keys. Power users who want to answer E-Mails daily dozen – Exchange is supported in addition to POP3 and IMAP – like Miss a real keyboard.

Otherwise: SMS, notes and status updates can tap S with the Samsung Galaxy well – you get used to fast on the sensitivity of the display, dictionary switchable on request also compensates for minor typos. On top of that the Samsung Galaxy waiting for S with the alternative text input Swype, which wants to be dominated but once: without stopping the finger, the Scribbler departs letter by letter of the word to enter in one wipe.

This method you must get used to, as I said, once, above all you must be familiar with the QWERTY layout, because you constantly view the keyboard is blocked with thumb or index finger. But training pays off here, too: it has handled some time with Swype text input works surprisingly well and fast.

Proud price, proud result

In the laboratory, the Samsung Galaxy S has continued to run its course: we have input already praised the endurance in the mix of uses, the pure talk times fail with 13 hours well in D – and E-net about 11 respectively. Convinced by the sound quality in both directions. To fit then the ordinary qualities of reception in the 2 g and 3G-Betrieb – phone is S with the Galaxy right fun. The processing is as usual very neatly, aside from Samsung by the slightly creaking battery cover; the plastic housing is balanced in the hand, is too large for comfortable carrying in the Pocket but a tad bit.

Of course, everything has its price: 650 Euro price are nothing to sneeze at, but the money is well spent. For the big score and 1st place in the leaderboard it was not enough though – Samsung has achieved a direct hit but always with the Galaxy S I9000.

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.1
Processor / clock speed (MHz) K.a.-K.a. / 1000
internal memory (MB) 7610
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / / K.a..
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 / 5.76
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) OLED / 4
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 800
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 4-6 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac optional /.
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites K.a.. /. / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 4.9
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard – / /
Navi / route planner /
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 123 x 65 x 12
Weight (grams) 118
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 11:15
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 13:01
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 4:50
type. Endurance (hours) 4:53
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.5 / 0,238
TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 88
Endurance talk (35) 35
Persistence display mode (65) 53
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 112
System (15) 10
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 29
Connectivity (15) 10
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 10
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 5
Music and video (10) 7
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) well 107
Ease of handling 35
User interface 56
Processing quality 16
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 69
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 22
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 21
Acoustic measurements send (15) 14
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 12
tested in issue: 09/10

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 88
Endurance talk (35) 35
Persistence display mode (65) 53
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 112
System (15) 10
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 29
Connectivity (15) 10
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 10
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 5
Music and video (10) 7
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) well 107
Ease of handling 35
User interface 56
Processing quality 16
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 69
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 22
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 21
Acoustic measurements send (15) 14
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 12
tested in issue: 09/10