Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy S Advance / I9070
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Mid-range smartphone round-up
14 March 2013
Excerpt: The high-end smartphones from the big manufacturers are of course the most ground-breaking and exciting products. However, not everyone has the budget for buying them separately, and getting tied to a two or three-year subscription isn't always the most appealing option. Smartphones have evolved to a point where the mid-range segment is getting more and more impressive hardware, and they're priced much more appealingly.
Conclusion: It's a good phone. If you're coming from a Samsung Galaxy Ace or Galaxy Mini, the Galaxy S Advance will make for a great upgrade, but we can't shake off two things: we've seen this formula from Samsung countless times before and we're getting an out of date version of Android. If neither of these negatives matter for you, the £300-£330 asking price of the S-Advance is fair, however if they do, you may want to stump up an extra £30-40 for a better specced, ICS...
Pros: Build quality, Bright, vibrant screen, Expandable & well connected
Summary: Despite its ageing operating system, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance remains a handy handset for those looking for a cheap smartphone with many of the features found in the top smartphones. For those on a budget, the Galaxy S Advance is still worth a look.
Conclusion: In conclusion I would say that this phone is one of the better mid-range handsets out there. I would say it felt a little plastic and the camera wasn’t really up to previous Samsung devices’ standards but was sufficient. However I felt that the smoothness of the OS and the UI really made up for this and the performance of the phone overall really did impress me.
Conclusion: Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has absolutely no major drawbacks, which makes it a splendid mid-range Android device. We are more than content with its design, the hardware has no troubles handling every day tasks with ease, and the in-call audio quality is absolutely ear-pleasing. Add the smartphone's well-justified price tag to the equation and you get a clear winner in this category.
Pros: Great in-call audio quality, Fluid performance
Cons: Gingerbread at launch, Camera could have been better
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a souped-up version of the Galaxy S that looks like a smaller S2 but packs a curved Super AMOLED screen. Its specs won't blow your socks off, but they're not bad if you're in the market for a mid-range pay-up-front blower -- provided you're happy to stomach the slightly stale Android Gingerbread.
Cons: Android Gingerbread not Ice Cream Sandwich; Plasticky backplate.
Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance review: While-u-wait
7 March 2012
Conclusion: The Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy SL and the Galaxy R must be anxiously looking at each other wondering which one will need to move aside to make room for the newcomer. We don't think any of them needs to worry too much. It's the original Galaxy S that should be ready to pack up and call it a day. Good going.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support, 4.0" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution; Scratch-resistant coating, Android OS v2.3.6 with TouchWiz 4 launcher, 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400 MP GPU, 768MB of RAM, 5 MP autofocus camera with a powerful LED flash, face and smile detection, 720p HD video recording at 30fps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS ...
Cons: No 1080p video recording, No Super AMOLED Plus, pentile matrix display suffers pixelation, No dedicated camera key, microSD card under the battery cover, Launches with Gingerbread