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Samsung Galaxy S Advance is one of the phones in the first batch of phones in the S series. It looks well built and “advances” through the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S. This phone feels pretty nice in the hands, comfortable to hold, good to look at and great to show off too. Our only complaint with all the Samsung phones is how similar they look and feel, if you upgrade form one to another, in terms of design and built quality, you just seem to be using the same phone just with better software. This can be annoying when you have spent as much as 12,000 INR on this device.
The phone has a pretty decent built. Given its price, we certainly expected a little more. On the right side of the phone, you have been given the volume rockers. On the left hand side, you have the power and lock/unlock button. On the bottom you are provided with a microUSB port along with earphone jack- 3.5mm. The textured back panel might seem weird to hold at times but you get over it. Samsung Galaxy S Advanced is very slightly curved on the corners and edges (back) giving you good grip and control over the phone.
Display on this phone is quiet nice. As soon as you open it, you can see how good the blacks are on this display. It has a 4-inch screen having 480×800 pixel resolution at 233 ppi pixel density. It says quality, color, vibrancy, richness, blacks and everything good that is to be said about this display. Doing anything on this screen would win your heart, playing games and watching videos would be fantastic. Like on the Galaxy Note, the display on this phone reflects too much of light so you will have to set the brightness appropriately. You will find the HD content wont be maxed out on the screen, obviously as it is not a full HD screen. It is protected by a Gorilla Glass so no worries on the safety of the screen.
Running on the Android v2.3 originally but up gradable to Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, this phone is on top of its class ( the first of the S series) along with its Dual Core 1Ghz Cortex-A9 chip along with a 768 megabytes of RAM. At first, we thought the phone would not be as smooth as it was, the 768 MB or RAM made us think this. Once we started using the phone, we thought otherwise. Android opens doors to great customization to the device, and for developers an endless power to create. Multitasking on the phone might seem to be a pinch behind than other phones of the same price but the apps runs seamlessly smooth.
We would have loved a 1GB RAM though, would have fulfilled the needs of great multitasking. You obviously dont get the features of 4.1.2 Android that the hardware can not keep up with but you do get the widgets, the customization, the new notification panel, a better camera software etc. The phone has an internal memory of 8/16GB and expandable to 32GB using the microSD cards. The phone is Wifi enabled so that you dont always have to be on your data pack to go through the internet where wifi is available.
You can share files via the v3.0 Bluetooth and also comes with an optional NFC support. The microUSB port is a v2.0 port which will help you charge and transfer files around wherever you need them to be. The GPS of the phone does have a problem in locking your location, set it to manual and you are good to go but this could be very annoying.
Loaded with a 5MP front camera, the device captures acceptable photographs. Its not anything state of the art but decent enough to have on your phone. The images captured are of the resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels, along autofocus and LED flash. It captures video in 720p. The phone also comes with a 1.2 MP camera that enables you to video chat on the go. There are certain features like geo tagging, smile detection and touch to focus that are quiet general and come in hand in most scenarios.
Samsung has produced a fairly decent phone. With the Andriod 4.1 update for the phone you certainly wont feel left out in terms of software. The RAM of the phone is kind of mediocre when it comes to multitasking but performs well on dedicated app, the phone itself can be annoying when you use the 2.3v Android Gingerbread on this beautiful device. We also suggest you check for the image qualities and video qualities if you insist on buying this particular device. For 2,000-3,000 INR more you can get the Samsung Galaxy SII which is at par with this phone in every aspect you can think of.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2012, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||123.2 x 63 x 9.7 mm (4.85 x 2.48 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||120 g (4.23 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)|
|– TouchWiz 4.0 UI|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||8/16 GB storage, 768 MB RAM, 2 GB ROM|
|DATA||GPRS||Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection|
|Video||Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.3 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Browser||HTML, Adobe Flash|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– SNS integration|
– MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Image/video editor
– Document editor
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 570 h (2G) / Up to 550 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 15 h (2G) / Up to 7 h 20 min (3G)|
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