Samsung Galaxy S smartphone (preview)

Samsung Galaxy S definitely looks like an impressive smartphone, offering a 4in Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz processor and up to 16GB of internal memory

If you're looking for an iPhone alternative, then you're more than likely going to consider one of the latest Android smartphones. Apple's iPhone 3GS has hogged much of the limelight in the smartphone space, but the Android OS has made a huge splash thanks to its open applications market, a unique and fully customisable user interface and full multitasking. If you've considered buying an Android handset but haven't made the leap yet, then the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S should definitely grab your attention.

The Samsung Galaxy S is the successor to the original Galaxy Icon, which was a fast and functional smartphone but its interface lacked any cool tweaks (such as HTC's Sense UI seen on smartphones like the HTC Desire). However, the Galaxy S will offer TouchWIZ 3; it's Samsung's alternative to HTC Sense and promises a similar user-customisable interface.

Although we're looking forward to seeing Samsung's innovations on the software side of Android, it's the phone's hardware which is getting some serious attention. Sporting a 4in Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz application processor that enables playback of high definition video, including DivX and Xvid files, Bluetooth 3.0 support, and up to 16GB of internal memory, the Galaxy S definitely has impressive specifications. In particular, the 4in super AMOLED display will be one of the largest touchscreens on an Android phone in Australia, alongside the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10.

It's not all good news though — the Galaxy S has an all-plastic body, which is disappointing given it's positioned as a premium smartphone. Judging from the screenshots we've seen, the menus don't look as polished the interface on HTC's Android smartphones, though this will probably be a question of personal preference.

Samsung hasn't announced a release date for the Galaxy S, but expect to see the smartphone Down Under around July or August. Samsung has also been extremely tight lipped about carrier information, though we expect to see it on VHA (Vodafone and 3) and Optus. The Galaxy S is unlikely to support Telstra's Next G network, which runs on the 850MHz network band, though this is still yet to be confirmed.

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