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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chp 315. My new Samsung Galaxy S Android

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life an Android phone.”

- Charles Darwin (with a little modification)


Two weeks I’ve been using my new phone now, and I still can’t get over how utterly amazing the phone is. Samsung Galaxy S. Currently running on Android 2.1 OS with 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable and 1 freaking GHz processor!

A year ago, none of us would have guessed a mere phone could come up with this kinda config. And its 4" super AMOLED display guarantees that it has the best screen display in the entire phone market (currently).

My Samsung Galaxy S

29K. Bloody expensive. But totally worth it. Sure I've been eating plain roti and dal every day since I bought this phone, but believe me, I do not regret it. And there were times when my friends made fun of me because I did not have balance on my prepaid card. Lolz. A 29 thousand bucks phone with less than 1 rupee talktime balance is not something you come across every day

I did a lot of research before buying this phone. Although I wanted to get the 12K range of droids because phones never last long in my hands, my mind was secretly fixed on the Galaxy S, HTC Desire and BlackBerry Bold2, which all fall in the same price range.

I wanted a Bberry because most of the people in my office have one. Cheaper than the Galaxy S, sporting a Bberry kinda makes you a part of an elitist club, supposedly. But eventually I didn’t opt for it because I am not the kind who needs to stay connected all the time. Push mail feature didn’t appeal to me that much and I’m not that active on social networking sites. If you DM me or @Mizohican me on twitter, I won’t feel bad seeing your tweet 2-3 days later and replying only then. Plus all the people I know on BBM would be people I know professionally and not people I would want to chat with free of cost from anywhere across the globe. And data encryption is the least of my worries.

But mainly, I had a horrible experience browsing through blogs and discussion forums using a BlackBerry, and those ARE the places where I spend at least 70% of my online leisure time. Hence it is really important to know the kinda person you are and the things you do online before selecting a particular smart phone.

The HTC Desire was a strong contention though. It wasn’t until the very last minute that I finally decided to go for the Galaxy S. I had one of my closest pals from Engg college days advice me on which one to go for. He was my tech guru back then, who seemed to know everything about… tech. When he says buy this, we don’t ask why. We ask how many.

This is the first time I didn’t take his advice. Really sorry Paul Johny. He advised me to go for the HTC Desire rather than Galaxy S. But Desire wasn’t launched in India then, and I really couldn’t wait any longer for my dream phone.

Now apparently the HTC Desire is available in India for 27.5 thousand only, cheaper than the Galaxy S. [Source: Chhanga, who made fun of me when I lost my phone and then ironically lost HIS mobile phone a few days later. Poetic justice. Bwahahahaha.]

So coming back to this topic… from the time I’ve bought this phone, I’ve been spending all my time downloading tons and tons of free games and apps from the Android Market. In fact my girlfriend asked me if I love my phone more than her. Damn, I really shouldn’t have hesitated to answer a question like that.

Now our love story is pretty much like this


[source: Cyanide & Happiness]

But of course, to make everything alright again, all I’ll have to do is show her this mashable.com link: iPhone Owners Have the Most Sex Partners [STUDY] reported by OkCupid.com. According to this “study”, iPhone users have the most sex partners, followed by Blackberry users. Android users come last in this study, so to all the girlfriends out there -> make sure your boyfriend buys an Android phone. Geek FTW!



Yeah one of those rare moments when you can show off for not scoring

Browsing through sites is amazing with this phone. It’s fast, and automatically switches to Wi-Fi from gprs when it detects one (something that my previous phone refused to do). Like the iPhone, expanding and minimizing a homepage can be done smoothly by parting your fingers on the screen, and the view changes immediately depending on the angle you hold the phone. The best part is that I get a clear view even under direct sunlight because of its AMOLED screen, something that most phones cannot do.

My Samsung Galaxy S

My Samsung Galaxy S
[Don’t mind the bad quality pics above. They’re taken from a BlackBerry.]

The video quality is crispy clear too. The video cam comes with HD video recording and watching a movie on this phone (which can take any format like avi, mp4, wmv, etc.) is a new experience altogether. Amazing I tell you.

It also comes with a 5MP camera, but frankly speaking, I am not the type who goes for a good quality camera on mobile phones, so this is not really a plus point for me. When I go out with friends, there’s always somebody with a digicam. If you’re the one with a good cam, chances are, you will appear the least in all the photographs because you’re busy clicking the cam. Better to be in a pic than take one aye? There’s no flash on the cam, but like I said, I don’t care.

Apart from that, there are loads of apps in my phone, like access to over 50,000 E-Books by Tolstoy, Homer, Conan Doyle, Dan Brown, Nabokov, Kamasutra, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, complete Twilight series, Nora Roberts etc etc (stop drooling Jerusha, Aduhi, Kukui, Mesjay etc), thousands of free games guaranteed to keep you occupied throughout the day, dog whistle that actually works (yes, I tried it), GPS map that’s accurate like hell, various android based SNS clients for facebook, twitter, last.fm, orkut, blogger, wordpress, skype etc etc. iPod styled music player, sms and call faker (love this!), feature to sync my phonebook with my contact list from Facebook, Orkut, gmail, yahoo, outlook etc and merge similar accounts together, and even a “road sms” app, where you can type your sms and see the ground you’re walking on at the same time at the background, so that you don’t fall into a manhole while smsing! Lolzzz!

It also has FM, listed by TECHIrony as one of the advantages Samsung Galaxy S has over iPhone4. Well, to me, this is quite trivial but they had made quite an interesting comparison nonetheless. Click here to view their study. Below is their comparison.



According to “Bright Hub!” [Android Market vs iPhone App Store] the iPhone Store has over 200,000 applications and games, while the Android Market has roughly over 50,000. But Android is slowly (and surely) catching up, with more and more phone companies manufacturing Android based phones.

Mashable, in their post 6 Free Android Apps That Will Make You Drop Your iPhone also mentioned about how much easier it is to customize android phones, and listed out six outstanding free Android apps you MUST install.

This is the future my friends. Putting an i before your name is no longer cool. Bye bye iKim. Hello Kim-droid. You can now even install the open source Android OS to a closed source iPhone! Lolz! PC World: How to Install Android on Your iPhone Cheers everyone. Happy droiding.


Ps. If you’re an android user, what are your top 5 free apps on your phone?


40 comments:

odzer said...

Actually in my experience open source is not a good thing in consumer electronics. The more choice you give the consumer the more likely they are to complain. 80% of the market just wants something that works 100% of the time without having to customise, upgrade or jailbreak things.In any case I am considering the same phone based on the difference in price between this and the iTelephones.

Eveline said...

You're preaching to the converted, Kima. I love the Android phones. I want one! I've held out this long because I just got the Nokia X6 and I like it too. But posts like this weaken my resistance...

Glad you are having so much fun with it. And I'll come back when this is all done and check your recommendation....

I dont have an Android phone but here are some of my favorite apps and I think they should be compatible with your phone too:
Shazam, Couch to 5k app is the only thing that got me off my ass and running, Pandora (a must have since you love music)and Wikipanion (Wikipedia).

Big SiS said...

'Sure I've been eating plain roti and dal every day since I bought this phone'- and here I thought I was cooking eggs & chicken & pork & sausages for you everyday! Have you been eating from the neighbour's kitchen? Now come home asap...need to continue the 'Gem miner' game :-)

illusionaire said...

@ Big Sis: dal roti was just a metaphor :P And I am thinking of uninstalling "Gem Miner". Stupid game. :D :D :D

@ odzer: True. Not many people appreciate open source, but those who do, are willing to die for it. :) This phone and the iPhone4 cost almost the same. Not much difference. My advice: Go for the Galaxy S. Or if you want, the HTC Desire (android) if it comes with android 2.2 and 3.7" AMOLED screen (the one they are releasing in India apparently doesn't come with these two features).

@ Eveline: There's nothing more sexy than a woman who loves android and talk geek :D I don't have those apps on my phone, but my top 5 currently are: Talking Tom (copied from iPhone), Robo defense (a tower defense game), Google Sky Map (a GPS based phone app that shows me all the stars and other heavenly bodies from my exact location), Brain battle (a two player game that I play with my girl which deals with maths questions, logic questions etc) and Drinking Games (an inexhaustible list of various drinking games that you can play with friends, late in the night, ermmmm....)

Big SiS said...

'And I am thinking of uninstalling "Gem Miner". Stupid game. :D :D :D'- and I'm thinking of throwing away the tuna potato dish I cooked for your dinner tonight :D!!!

Jona said...

One of the best mobile phone reviews I've come across in recent times. Oh, forgot its about YOUR phone :D Just kidding ;) Seriously, it's one of the best phones at present. Then, "Next is What?"

illusionaire said...

@ BigSis: lolz. Not uninstalling gem miner. Coming home now.

@ Jona: hahaha thank you :D Love reviewing something that's worth giving such a review. Working in an Ad industry, sometimes we advertise stuff for what they are not, which can get to the nerves quite easily. This one is different.

mimi said...

If you’re the one with a good cam, chances are, you will appear the least in all the photographs because you’re busy clicking the cam. Better to be in a pic than take one aye? :)
I absolutely agree hahahaa

Jerusha said...

For the record, I hate ebooks, as much as I love books. I acidentally downloaded one yesterday, I thought I was downloading Nintendo's Adventure Island but I realised after it was in that it was a book! And I can't even figure out how to delete the damn thing :(

The only thing I love and use regularly are my crossword applications, my camera, and music player :) I'm definitely buying a new phone, Android has made life too difficult for me :P And no cleverly written article is going to make me change my mind.

aduhi said...

khawvel zawng2 ah hian phone thar i nei ber awm e.

illusionaire said...

@ mimi: lolz. So true :D

@ Jerusha: To hate an Android phone is almost equivalent to blasphemy in your case. lolz. E-books are fun actually. I was reading a couple of them the other day, and its actually much easier and more relaxing to switch your position as you lay on your bed. Its even lighter than a normal book. Try it once, and you'll love it. Its pretty much like beer - an acquired taste. :)

@ Aduhi: Its such an amazing phone that you feel I am behaving that way, although I am not :D

benjamin rualthanzauva said...

congrats and good luck.

Me least surprise phone comes with 1 GHz CPU because I have not been living in a cave :-D

And you are beginning to sound like a politician..

"I am not the kind who needs to stay connected all the time."

You were the kind that kind a little ago..

"And a Bberry is highly recommended in my line of work as we have to stay connected all the time"
http://mizohican.blogspot.com/2010/08/chp-313-my-five-stages-of-grief.html

Sorry for paying attention to detail :-)

Having tasted BigSis's delicious cooking, roti+dal is a blatant a lie, I know!! Even before reading her comment:)

benjamin rualthanzauva said...

btw should anyone wants to compare HW specs of Android phones, I came across this spreadsheet via hacker news this evening

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AkYukCg_h8T-cmRtOGMyWmZTREtkNWwtZFZ5NFNybkE&gid=1

illusionaire said...

Thanx for the link. And lolz. yeah people in my industry have to stay connected all the time, but its not that important for me as I am in the Creative Dept. For those in the client servicing dept, its really important to stay connected all the time. That's why at least 60% of the people in my company have a BlackBerry. My boss and a couple of colleagues from the creative dept too sport a Bberry, but as of my current designation, being able to check my mail now and then without push mail system will do, until I get a promotion with more responsibilities, that is :D

kim.chinzah said...

"A 29 thousand bucks phone with less than 1 rupee talktime balance is not something you come across every day "

hahhaha...amusing :D

illusionaire said...

:D \M/

And when are YOU going to write a new post about your Galaxy S. lolz.

ruolngulworld said...

the first thing that came to mind was that samsung should be paying you for this piece. nice write-up though i'm still far from tempted. i do have a mobile phone with camera and all but all i've ever used it for is to make and take calls :) so i frankly really have no idea what you are talking about here :) NOI. after all, i still get my daily dose of music from my good ole music cassettes ;)

d said...

This isn't just a surrogate adverts, but a down right jamming it down our throats!! How much is Samsung paying you?
Ayways, congrats and have fun with it.

dr_feelgood said...

Something went wrong. Above comment is mine. Damn technology.

VaiVa said...

Read all the comments before reading the post :P (Ben, good job, as always!)It would be a great phone, I supposed, if you said so.... Still I'm in a comparison mode which phone I should go for. May be Nokia 1100 would suits my need :P

Rajesh said...

Hey Kima,

Android rocks!! Samsung Galaxy S is an amazing phone. I chose a HTC Desire over i phone4 and its amazing too.

Chakma

sekibuhchhuak said...

WOW!

Hetiang anga phoen tha i neih tawh pawha, DAMLAI LU I LA SUN fo anih chuan kan hre thiam lawng!!!

Shuakshuali said...

The e-books, oh, the e-books :((
Nice phone. But I think youre the most phone nei thar-ing person Ive ever met :P. No wait, there's that guy who wears his phone around his neck like a blingy necklace and makes all his calls via speakerphone in case there are some oblivious people who might not be aware he has a phone :D Hope you havent reached that stage yet

illusionaire said...

@ Shuaki: Oh yes, next I think I should go on stage and sing in front of a huge audience show off this mobile phone on my belt. Oh wait. Shit. That's already been done. XD

@ Seki: hahaha... damlai lu sun lamah hian i phur ve thei sia, nang lu sun expert. dam lai lu sun big boss. :D

@ Rajesh: Oh yesss. Like I said, I was undecided for a long time between the Desire and Galaxy S. There's not much difference at all between these two super phones :)

@ VaiVa: Shhhh... or I'll tell everyone how you lost your phone... AGAIN. :D

@ dr_feelgood: Ah... see see see... you are not even able to comment properly when up against the super duper Galaxy S. :D

@ ruolngulworld: lolz. Actually yeah even I was hoping they would pay me for this post. lolz. Would be nice to get a free bluetooth handsfree from Samsung or something like that :)

Vered Puii said...
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Vered Puii said...

Dear God,I still want 'World Peace'over Android phones,it dosen't even have an in-built torch like mine does.Is'nt it sad?I think it is..Sometimes i feel really bad for Kima and other times i just go to bed :DDDD

p.s can u plz send all the mosquitoes to Kazakhstan :/ t.y

Siddarth said...

I'm also the proud owner of this beauty..bought couple of weeks back and I'm loving every moment with it! Congo mate for your purchase:)

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