Samsung Galaxy S Advance review
|Review: May 2012|
Last updated September 2012
In a nutshell: The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a higher-end smartphone running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
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Samsung may have built its reputation on state-of-the-art phones like the Galaxy S2, but it's proving itself to be ruthlessly efficient at turning out slightly less specified phones at a competitive price. The Galaxy S Advance is one of those phones. It's been designed very carefully to tick all the boxes, and it doesn't put a foot wrong. The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system isn't the latest, but it's still the most common version in use right now, and offers nearly everything a smartphone user would want. The dual-core 1GHz processor is quite fast enough to power the phone. The screen isn't the biggest, but the 4 inch Super AMOLED screen is everything most users will need. Likewise, the camera isn't the very best, but it produces high quality 5 megapixel images and captures HD video. The memory is plenty too, with 8GB of internal memory plus the option of adding a card.
In short, the Galaxy S Advance delivers a carefully-designed cocktail of features that will tick most users' boxes and deliver a great all-round smartphone experience. There is nothing wrong with this phone. What's missing is anything extraordinary. But it's now available for as low as £15 per month on contract, putting it in the same price bracket as low-end phones like the Nokia Lumia 610, Sony Xperia U and Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. At this price, who are we to argue?
Samsung Galaxy S Advance features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and digital zoom, HD video recording
- 1.3 megapixel secondary camera
- Display: Super AMOLED, 16 million colours, 480 x 800 pixels (4 inches) touchscreen with auto-rotate
- Music player
- FM radio RDS
- MP3 ringtones / 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- GPS with Google Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Processor: Dual core 1GHz
- Memory: 8GB internal memory, 768MB RAM plus MicroSD memory card (up to 32GB supported)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Internet: Layar Reality Browser, Android browser, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSPA 14.4Mbps
- 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz 3G Band
- Size: 123 x 63 x 9.7 mm
- Weight: 120g
- Battery: 1500 mAh
- Talktime: 430 - 930 minutes
- Battery standby: 550 - 570 hours
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Reviewed by mimi from UK on 11th Feb 2013
This phone is flawless. I really cannot fault it, and I have been using it for 6 months now on a daily basis. Well done, Samsung.