Sunday, September 19, 2010

Galaxy S

First impression - FINGERPRINTS!!!! Its inevitable these days with most tech being gloss black that finger prints are par for the course. I made sure to go and get a rubberised case and screen protector fitted ASAP

The first thing I did when I got home was to plug in the phone to my home PC and let it install, of course it didn’t, so I went with the Samsung Kies/Driver Update Aproach. I then used the Samsung prop. “Kies” app to load up the phone with some music and video but have since decided to go right through my MP3 collection and re-tag everything, this will also mean I can drag and drop my music and video to the phone as an external drive and song names, album covers etc etc will all work seeemlessly without needing an extra application on my PC.

With PC connectivity sorted (USB anyway – I will tackle blue tooth on the weekend) one of the first things I noticed when using the galaxy is that to unlock the screen you can swipe either way, this makes one handed operation a lot easy than I found with my iPhone.

I also purchased a 16GB MicroSD card bringing memory to:
- 1GB Onboard
- 16Gb inbuild MicroSD
- 16GB removable MicroSD
An unrelated surprise was that a 16GB microSD card that is the size of my thumbnail was actually more expensive than a multiformat DVD player with USB that I also bought at the time.

The Screen – It’s big, bright and very beautiful, I haven’t watched a full movie on it but loaded up several 1.3gb divx avi files and it played them snippits noting great quality & sound.

Android OS – The phone/OS was clearly designed for someone coming off an iPhone, for me it does so many things similar to the iPhone, but just a little better and with a little more freedom, like allocating mp3 tones as ringtones or to specific contacts, I remember to the whole MP3 convert saga to get an MP3 as a ringtone on my apple wasn’t worth the hassle.

Apps – Haven’t really delved into this aspet as yet, I went straight for the Facebook App, like the Iphone FB app its very easy to use however I did note the the ‘like’ function has been omitted, no biggy.

Connectivity – I immediately connected the Galaxy up to my home WiFi and noted exceptional speeds when used around home. I also configured my email accounts and added some regular internet favourites.

That’s all I can report for now, this weekend I will be redoing my music via drag an drop to external device and using Kies less if possible, I also plan to setup a few things on mamma bares so she can get email connectivity and her ringtone of choice (OK Go’s “Here it goes again”)

(I promise thats the last tech related post for a while)

Until next time


  1. Ooohhh you have of course intrigued Jamie who had wanted an iPhone, he is now ooohing and ahhing over these, sigh. LOL

    I neeeeed to know what DVD player you got cos we are trying to find one to our liking too.

    Cheers :)

  2. Defo satisfied with the galaxy, so much better and more customisable than iPhone. I typed this a post day ago and have learnt so much more in the last 24 hours.

    I bought a toshiba DVD player, multi format with USB so it plays DIVX without having to burn DVDs It was like 60 or 70 bucks at JB now just need a bigger USB key or anothe or powered another powered external as the USB power extrnal hdds dont seem to be recognised

  3. Poop that the external hard drives don't seem to be recognised, that would be my ideal DVD player, but I could live with using a USB stick, anything to avoid burning DVDs and having them trashed by the kids LOL.

    Thanks :)

  4. An external drive that has its own power supply will work fine.

    I'm going to run a setup like that and just leave it permanently plugged in and access it wirelessly