Samsung’s Android powerhouse invades Pakistan

Published: November 8, 2010

The Galaxy S aims to compete with the iPhone, HTC

The phone that put Samsung on the map — making it possible for the Korean firm to compete with Apple’s iPhone along with Android behemoths like HTC and Motorolla — has begun to make waves at the high-end of the mobile market after its recent launch.

Laudable aspects

The Galaxy 4.0 inch Super Amoled display is gorgeous. It is pioneered by Samsung itself and bypasses every other mobile phone display out there.

The graphics processing unit in the phone is the most powerful that has ever been seen in a phone so far. The sad thing is that there are hardly any games available which make full use of it. However, it still has enough power to run every video format you could imagine.

The processor is a standard 1Ghz processor which meets all benchmarks pretty decently, and even in its Android 2.1 iteration is the most powerful phone behind the Droid X and the Nexus One, both of which are running 2.2.

Samsung has confirmed  that the Galaxy S now retails with version 2.2 of Android, which provides performance enhancements that allow Android to compete and possibly bypass its competitors in terms of snappiness and smooth navigation. It also brings in native Flash support, allowing you to watch YouTube videos in your browser, as you would on the PC. Flash is something that Apple does not support on any of its smartphones or tablets and has no plans to do so either. Analysts predict that this may be one of the selling points of the Android platform over Apple, however, local buyers would be well advised to ask their sellers which version of Android locally available Galaxy S’ run.

Being officially launched also means there will be local tech support available at Samsung centres. Because the iPhone and HTC’s android phones are only available unofficially, if you break them or find something wrong with them you had better be prepared to send the phone abroad and pay for its shipping, or have a local tech wizard look at it.

Points to ponder

I do not know what Samsung was thinking when they decided to forego a flash on the phone. Everyone knows that mobile phone cameras do not do so well without flash. It seems the Korean company was confident that the phone’s camera would generally be used in well-lit places.

Moreover, some people say that the phone aesthetically feels a bit on the plastic side. That is a matter of debate though, as the lightweight plastic makes the Galaxy S much lighter than its competitors. Most importantly, plastic makes your phone more resistant to falling. Try throwing a full aluminum body phone down and see how its internals fare.

Samsung also made a major software error with the Galaxy S. The file system that they use on the phone is RFS/FAT32 which causes the phone to lag a bit. The lag is not noticeable to anyone who has not used a high end HTC android phone though. iPhone users can barely detect it. Other problems with the file system can be fixed with a simple lag fix. The touch screen is just as good as the iPhone. I gave it to an Apple fan who uses nothing but Apple devices and they agreed that it seemed equally responsive with the lag fix applied. Overall the new phone will cause Android fans to salivate and spark heated debate among users of iPhones, Blackberrys and other smartphones.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2010.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Muhammad Nadeem Arif
    Nov 10, 2010 - 5:08AM

    Very good review.I can not understand why Samsung Galaxy S is not equipped with camera flash.This is just ridiculous.Apart from this its just a perfect phone all set to compete with HTC Evo 4g,Motorola X droid or Iphone 4g. Recommend

  • Saman
    Nov 10, 2010 - 10:37AM

    On top of that they cripple “vibrant” by excluding a radio in terms of software!!!! yes folks the radio is there in the hardware….More live wallpapers would be nice too Recommend

  • Haroon Rashid
    Nov 10, 2010 - 6:16PM

    The Galaxy S formal launch in Pakistan indicates seriousness from Samsung to the market place. As Huawei Android 2.2 with Zong carrying price of an ordinary phone which hardly any company or Samsung would ever match. With local support from the world renowned Huawei in the forefront of broad-band internet in Pakistan, NGN, major contributor to Pakistan telecom., sector where it is today. Particularly when Samsung is talked about night mare to Nokia, after the recent abandoning of Symbian OS by Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and signing up with Google Android. Particularly the role of Huawei Technology in the development of the telecommunication infrastructure of Pakistan, the GCC, Etisalat of UAE, South East Asia, Middle East, India, Europe and Africa as well. With Huawei clout on the ITU standardisation bureau, on IPTV, broad band internet in China etc. Every serious user understands what Android would mean to him, to our society, country, and the ICT sector. Locked with the proprietory network of Symbian Foundation, which is now again proprietory Nokia Symbian and only company which owns, and uses it. The launch of N-8 with what an N-8 will do to a smart phone user. Can he file his tax return, pay sales tax, do his accounting job. Whatever is done on Android will be done for the world. What ever is done on Symbian or Nokia will be limited to users of Nokia now. What is done on generic global free Open Source is for Android. Possibly the Nokia Country Manager has a lesson to learn how to do business and protect Nokia from IPR, counterfeit, and halla gulla, face book, email period. I reccomend the Android products should enter Pakistan free from all taxes as its an ICT tool, to promote education, and harmonisation of universal education network. We have to check the World Customs Union reccomendation for treatment of Android operating system based handset are subject to taxes, or take consent from UNESCO, and the global scientific community. Android should be assembled locally to overcome the tax issue if any. As it will have tremendous potential for the Apps., which will take it beyond iPhone in no time.Recommend

  • Ahsan Dar
    Nov 10, 2010 - 6:27PM

    for if you talk about flash being a major factor putting the Galaxy S ahead of IPhone why don’t you consider the new N8 or N900 to be a major player in the game both support flash 10 out of the box with full desktop web experience and N8 has much awesome feature set than Galaxy S and it even has a dual led flash… ;p, the touch screen response is as good as it comes in the market. And above all its got the best feel in your hand when compared to all the Samsung , HTC and IPhones out there. If you are just too geeky N900 is the phone for you.

    PS. i don’t own a N8 but i do own a N900…and i am no fanboy ;PRecommend

  • Omair Zeeshan
    Nov 11, 2010 - 1:47AM

    @Ahsan

    No idea about the flash experience on the N900, but the one on the N8 was horrible. The web experience of the two phones will be compared by me soon when they both have a similar browser , ie Mozilla Mobile. Then i will test them and give you a speed test.Recommend

  • Ahsan Nabi Dar
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:06PM

    @Omair

    it was horrible in comparison to what compact digital cameras ..and N900 has a camera good for daylight shooting , flash works well in day but the darker it gets the suckier it becomes, so its better to have a flash than not to have one atleast.Recommend

  • umar
    Nov 23, 2010 - 4:16AM

    mr ahsan daar you are infact a fanboy of nokia as N8 is far behind as compare to samsung galaxy i9000 well about N900 ……omg its like a brick in ur pocket or a geometry box really wierd…. and who likes it i think he is not in senses by far…..Recommend

  • javed+khan
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:15PM

    plz also do write the price of the mobile.Recommend

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