Remembering the original Samsung Galaxy S: Setting the bar


Samsung most likely didn’t comprehend it at the time, however the Samsung Galaxy S — the 2010 original — would come to outline its smartphone enterprise for greater than a decade. Mixing prime specs with a strong design gave the Galaxy S an edge over competing Android telephones of the day, which have been a mish-mash of clunkers. Android {hardware} and software program have been nonetheless discovering their footing, and the Galaxy S gave Samsung a platform on which to face. And stand it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S was not a single telephone. In reality, it was a complete household of telephones with totally different variations unfold amongst carriers round the world. There have been no less than 4 variants in the U.S. alone, one every for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — and the variations have been placing. For instance, the Sprint model, known as the Samsung Epic 4G, had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 4G, the place the different fashions didn’t.

Let’s refresh your memory about the Samsung Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S at its core

Samsung Galaxy S Original

The 4-inch Super AMOLED show outlined the Galaxy S expertise. It was amongst the largest screens obtainable in 2010, and it impressed with its 800 x 480 decision. Some might need complained about the PenTile technology of the display screen, but it surely was brighter, extra colourful, and extra contrasty than the LCD panels on competing telephones. Plus, it had Gorilla Glass, one other luxurious in 2010. A provide situation, nevertheless, triggered some variants of the telephone to ship with LCD screens. Those have been referred to as the Samsung Galaxy SL.

Then there was the processor. The telephone had a 1GHz “Hummingbird” chip inside (the ARM Cortex-A8 Exynos 3110), 512MB of RAM, and both 8GB or 16GB of storage. Few telephones of the day boasted such a quick processor or such highly effective graphics efficiency. The Hummingbird was constructed on a 45nm course of. Today’s flagships have processors constructed on a 5nm process.

Samsung gave the Galaxy S a 5MP digital camera. Some fashions had a 1.3MP user-facing selfie digital camera, and a few didn’t. The digital camera was strong, as was the app for taking pictures photographs.

TouchWiz 3.0 outlined the software program expertise. It was constructed on Android 2.1 Eclair and included seven house screens, widgets galore, and even social networking feeds reminiscent of MySpace.

The {hardware} itself was pretty compact and usable. It supplied clutch options reminiscent of microSD card help (as much as 32GB) and a headphone jack. It was “thin” at 9.9mm.

It bought for $399, a low value by at this time’s requirements.

Critical reception

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Back Purple

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The Samsung Galaxy S was typically well liked by the tech press. Media retailers lauded the show, the digital camera, and the two days of battery life. There was a extra necessary metric by which the telephone was measured. Sales.

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Samsung launched world gross sales of the Galaxy S on June 4, 2010, in Singapore. People lined as much as get the telephone, and Samsung stated its provider companion bought out of the gadget by the finish of the first weekend. Samsung bought 24 million Galaxy S telephones, with greater than 10 million in gross sales throughout the first seven months of availability. It was a bonafide hit. Few different telephones of the day have been as standard.

The robust shopper response led Samsung to generate sequel after sequel. Samsung hit 100 million in gadget shipments by the time the Galaxy III rolled round in 2012 — permitting it to surpass Nokia as the world’s largest vendor of cellphones.

The original S wasn’t with out its issues. The sheer variety of variants led to confusion in the market, and a foul GPS bug plagued the telephone’s capacity to shortly find customers. Despite these drawbacks, the S discovered its place in the market and set the bar for what an Android flagship needs to be.

Samsung’s success later begat one other world-defining smartphone, the Galaxy Note.

Tip of the hat

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S21 Plus

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Phones wouldn’t be the place they’re at this time with out Samsung, and Samsung wouldn’t be the place it’s at this time with out the Galaxy S. The newest entry to the Galaxy S line, the S21, is a world-leading piece of {hardware} that telephone makers round the globe are angling to beat.

So, we at Android Authority want the Samsung Galaxy S a contented 11th birthday and a tip of our collective hats.


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