MobileCon 2013 (Fall CTIA): Samsung Galaxy S
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MobileCon 2013 (Fall CTIA): Samsung Galaxy S

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The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android phone with a stunning display and high-end features. Kent German takes a close look at CTIA 2010.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm Kent German, Senior Editor at CNET.com. I'm here at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas with the Samsung Galaxy S. This is a new Android phone that Samsung announced today. This is the first day of the show. It does run Android 2.1. It is a GSM phone, at least the version I'm holding here. A few things about this phone that are cool. Like I said, it has 2.1. It's great to see a phone that has the latest version of Android when it comes out, so we're happy to see that. It does have a five-megapixel camera. It does have Bluetooth, messaging, all the things you might -- you're gonna expect on an Android phone, but it also has something called "Social Hub." What it does is take all of your communication, contacts, your messaging, your Facebook, your Twitter alerts, any calendar appoints, rolls them all into one interface so you can access them. So it is idea if you're one of those really connected people that uses all of those things and wants one place to get a hold of all your communication. Samsung is also calling this "smart life," and what that is is that's the whole experience of the phone and the Social Hub rolled up into one thing. It does video at 720 frames per second, so I looked at it. It was very rich, very nice. It is a four-inch screen. It has a really nice resolution, great color. Like I said, that video I looked at, it was really, really nice, so can't complain there. On the virtual keyboard, it does work in the landscape orientation so you can get the swipe technology. What that is is you can just move your finger around the keyboard, and you don't have to lift up and then press down again. As you pause on a letter, it will type. Another interesting feature about this phone is something called the "daily briefing." What that is it takes your news alerts -- and you can set, of course, what news alerts you want -- your calendar appointments for that day, the weather, and it rolls it up into one interface so that when you wake up in the morning, you can look at that. And you can say, "Well, I have this appointment. The weather is like this." You can get a traffic alert. You can get your news alert, so just kind of an ideal way to just wrap that up into one place, so that is an interesting function. So, of course, it has the access to Google applications you'd expect. Here are your Google maps; there's navigation. And has access to the Android Market. It does have this -- pretty much the standard Android design as far as the main menu and the internal menus go. And at 9.9 millimeters, Samsung is saying it is the thinnest, full-featured smartphone around. It actually is very thin. The screen size makes it a little big, but it's only gonna be big, I think, if you fit it in a front pocket. Otherwise, I didn't have any problems with it. It does have a very -- it does have a nice feel in the hand; display seems responsive, overall, a very attractive phone. It seems to have a lot of features in it, but hopefully we'll find out more about availability later, but right now, you can count on it being out in the US in the summer. I'm Kent German, and this is the Samsung Galaxy S. ^M00:02:28 [ Music ]

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