Samsung Galaxy S: Visual cues.December 9, 2010 # 7:11 pm # Mobile Gadgets # No Comment
It is fantastic that Samsung have finally released a phone that can compete in the smartphone market. And make no mistake, although not without its flaws, the Samsung Galaxy S is definitely a more than capable competitor for the best handsets by Apple, RIM and HTC.
But it is almost impossible not to notice that the Korean firm’s latest offering appears to take more than a few design prompts from the iPhone 3G and 3GS – a design that even Apple have moved on from.
The rounded plastic rear and metal frontal band are almost direct imitations, and the home button too is remarkably familiar. Even the rear-mounted camera occupies a similar position – a small point one that bears mentioning.
The display and processing speed are absolutely the rival of the iPhone 4, but that is not the issue here, the Samsung on style alone feels half a step behind everybody else. In truth, this is far from the case.
One cannot help but feel it a shame that Samsung’s 4 inch SUPER AMOLED screen, 1 GHz processor, and 16GB internal hard drive aren’t housed a bit more imaginatively, or at least a bit more substantially.
Because even aside from the overly familiar looks, the build quality is a little flimsy. The SUPER AMOLED screen aside, the housing feels cheap and plasticky, and cannot make up for the insubstantial weight, which ends up working against the Galaxy: making it feel flimsy rather than manoeuvrable.
Aside from anything else – and it bears mentioning that any suggestion the Galaxy S feels cheap is based only on feeling, as the quality is far from it – the looks just seem outdated, and this isn’t helped by the near ubiquity of the iPhone.
Samsung needed a phone that helped them to stand out from the crowd, but they only really managed half of the job.