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Good: AMOLED Screen
Bad: Its doesn't feel finished! Battery Life Terrible
Comment: Will never buy a Samsung phone again. SAMSUNG the whole point of Android and Open OS is that you regularly update them... Stuck for ever in Android 1.5
How could CNET give it 8? did the AMOLED dazzle you so you couldn't see its:
1. Terrible Battery Life.
2. Poor Keyboard.
3. Its inability to find a 3G network.
The camera was alright and the Android/google connectivity was OK for 1.5.
But Samsung just threw it out to the market with no support and no updates.
Comment: It is the worst phone I have ever bought. The battery life is horriffic, you are lucky if it lasts 24 hours, the wireless is shockingly bad. Its just not worth it.
Good: loooks, Screen, Android
Bad: Lock button, battery life, no landscape keybaord out the box
Comment: So been playing with this for a while and generally i like it. This is my first smartphone and i couldn't decide whether to get a android, symbion or windows mobile device, but the external look of the galaxy pulled me in.
The screen is amazing and gives amazing light and colours, its makes pictures and videos look great, the response from the touchscreen is good, i've personally have seen no difference between this and the iphones from the quck play i had with the iphone.
The first thing to do me in was the lack of a support for landscape in certain porgrams, this was fixed with a quick search on the internet and a download of a free app called GSEN which gives me a landscape keyboard amongst other things.
The next thing is the lock button, you seem to have to press this forever to get the phone to unlock. hopefully samsung will update the firmware to enable you to disable this and have some kind of software lock.
Battery life isn't great out the box, a Firmware upgrade installed an app which lets you turn off WIFI, 3G, Bluetooth etc quickly and easily and that has made it better, Obviously the more you play the quicker the battery drains, but from what i've read alot of smmrtphones suffer from average battery life.
The camera is OK for 5MP, its nothing outstanding, but i didn't get the phone primarily for the camera so it more than good enough for the occasional use it will get. id say its as good as the camera in my old SE C902
The joy of Android is that there are loads of free apps out there to improve your Android experience, although it has to be noted that this isn't a full andriod phone, it's a scaled down version.
Overall I'm happy with my first smartphone, sure there does seem to be alot of firmware updates coming out from Samsung for the phone, but that generally happens with new phones as normal people find problems that reviews don't find.
apparantly o2 only have this exclusive for 3 months, so everyone can get it soon enough!
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