Samsung Galaxy S Advance is all set to get Android Jelly Bean update shortly. It will bypass Ice Cream Sandwich
The Galaxy S Advance is one of the best midrange Android phones from Samsung. The device hit stores with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. It is now going to get a major firmware update, says sources. But the device is not to get Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, along with the Galaxy Ace 2, the Advance is to skip the ICS and to get Android Jelly Bean directly, rumours predict. Here is our review of the wonderful medium handset.
Galaxy S Advance: Tech Specs
The Galaxy S Advance becomes a smart handset with a pretty 4-inch Super AMOLED display. The screen packs a good resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and it makes use of PenTile pixel arrangement. Comparing with a High Definition display, it is not much bad. Even though, the WVGA screen shows small text a bit uneven; but it is no more annoying for a user. The screen further touts Samsung’s new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface that smoothens user’s experience with the handset.
The device is equipped with a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU and 768MB RAM. Of course, thinking from the current world of quad core chips it may feel frivolous to you. But, the handset is a superb by-product of the last year’s high-end dual core handsets. The Advance works quite nicely and users can rely on the device for fast and smart web surfing, multimedia content consumption and more. Indeed, Samsung has rolled out the gadget in April 2012 as a standard handset for average users.
In addition, the modest Samsung handset sports Mali-400MP GPU for flawless graphical performance. When it comes to memory, the device has two variants; 8GB and 16GB. Plus, the handset touts 2GB of ROM and 32GB microSD slot for expanding memory. Thanks to a standard Li-Ion 1500mAh battery, the device promises over 7 hours talk time and around 550 hours standby. It looks not bad for an average handset.
The Galaxy S Advance comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera. It can shoot video at 720p@30fps. Advanced camera features like LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging and face and smile detection are also there. For making video chats, the device has a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Major connectivity options include GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB port. You can also enjoy DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and NFC on the small handset.
Galaxy S Advance: Look and Feel
The handset has certainly grabbed name for its superb look. What makes it unique from most other midrange handsets is its design that resembles it like a high-end handset. Samsung seems to have copied some design cues of its top-notch handsets like Google Nexus. The Advance is built with a thick and heavy part at the bottom so that users can grasp it comfortably. In short, the handset measures at 123.2 x 63 x 9.7mm and it has a less weight of 120 grams.
Galaxy S Advance: Notable Features
As per the TechRadar review, notable things with the Galaxy S Advance are a swift dual-core processor, intuitive user interface, all-round strong performance, good image editing tools and, of course, a great price. Let’s us start with the handset’s pricing. Similar to most Samsung handsets, the Advance comes for a comfortable price tag. You can buy a copy of Advance in Indian market for around INR. 20,000.
As mentioned above, it is a modern representation of the last year’s line of dual core Android handsets. We got Samsung Galaxy S2 and lots of other handsets from different product makers in 2011. But, Samsung has brought us a typical dual core handset in Galaxy S Advance for the modern-day customers, who wish to spend less on a phone. Indeed, handling its 4-inch full-touch display is a superb experience thanks to its integration of TouchWiz 4 user interface.
All-around performance is another specialty of note with the handset. From a nice 4-inch display to a strong battery, the entire part of the device is designed with good deliberation. When it comes to the specs and features, there virtually have no enough shortcomings with the Samsung handset. It is also easy to do quick image editing with the handset. You can capture nice images using its 5-megapixel camera and get them edited in a matter of time using advanced tools.
Galaxy S Advance: Plus Points
Counting the plus points of the Galaxy S Advance, we have many things to talk about. Well, it has a 4-inch display for easy access to diverse media content. From surfing web to watching movies to playing game, the handset is perfect. To accelerate and steady up the performance, you have a dual core processor inside the gadget. Along with 768MB of RAM, the dual core-powered Advance performs well. Apart from a nice and longer battery, you have 5-megapixel rear camera on the device. That is, you won’t feel worse in getting high clarity images and video clips during your trips.
Galaxy S Advance: Shortcomings
Biggest downsizes of the Galaxy S Advance include the lack of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and poor light management on camera. Some users have also complained about echoing during calls, weak network connections and untrustworthy video capabilities.
Galaxy S Advance: Price and Availability
The handset has been available since April this year in major global markets. You can just spend around INR 20,000 to get the phone. Of course, it is one of the best midrange handsets available in stores for such a small price.