The Samsung I9000 S Unlocked GSM Smartphone illustrates why this consumer electronics firm has become the force it is today. First, it is a dual-band phone that operates both GSM and EDGE/GPRS. It operates in HSDPA mode in the 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands, while it operates in EDGE/GPRS mode in the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 modes. These are the primary modes used by AT&T and T-Mobile. These modes are not compatible with CDMA phones such as those offered by Sprint or Nextel.
Powered by a 1 GHz microprocessor, the I9000 can be equipped with up to 32 GB of memory, using standard microSD memory cards. The beauty of this type of memory is that it offers one a host of providers such as PNY or Kingston so one can order the memory needed at the best price possible. Honestly, it’s best to equip the I9000 with the maximum amount of memory possible because the more memory it has access to the faster it runs. Further, the memory issue becomes crucial as you open more apps and keep them open, while using the smartphone .
For example, if you have a full calendar of events and have to keep the calendar displayed, it does take a bit of memory to ensure that it happens. However, let’s say that at some point you want to send and email. Just opening the email app and its editor require further memory and if you are operating, as one would expect in WiFi mode (802.11 b/g/n recognized), you begin to find that you are really pushing the envelope at 8 GB of memory, while 16 GB offers better performance. When you hit 32 GB, you are ready to play in the big leagues as you will be able to not only keep your calendar open, but also your email application, along with your WiFi application.
One of the interesting features of the I9000 is that it can actually become part of your home or office network, if your router recognizes 802.11 b/g/n. If it does, your smartphone can become a networked device that will operate in peer-to-peer mode. In this way, you can not only keep your emails updated automatically, but you can download and read memos in real-time. And, if you are away from your cube for an extended period, but within the reach of your network, you can still respond to urgent emails or create and edit memos or small documents and route them to the proper recipients. Outside the office, the I9000 will, like other Samsung smartphones , locate mobile hotspots so that you can stay in touch with your office.
At home, you will find the I9000 is much more than just a smartphone . It can operate as a very nice alarm clock by providing you with a tone or audio tone that you find will wake you up without nicely. Also, you’ll find that it offers “Flash Lite 3.1” as its standard browser and it will also allow you to have several screens or applications open at one time so you can surf the net, read a news report or financial report or respond to a work memo.
Once you are finished with work, you can use the camera for a wide variety of high-definition items including video, where its 1280 by 720 resolution and 30 frame per second mode let you view high-definition video in almost 3D mode. The I9000 offers a rich palette of colors and recognizes these video modes: DivX, Xvid, MPEG64 H.263/H.264, WMV, VC-1, 3gp (MP4) 3gp (divx), MKV, FLV H.263 Sorenson.
On the audio side, the I9000 recognizes such high-definition sound modes as MP3, AAC, AAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB, WAVE, MID, AG3, lMY, FLAC and XMF. You can access these modes through the I9000’s 3.5 mm audio jack. It also features Samsung’s Sound Alive system which delivers concert quality audio to your smartphone .
As you can see, this phone, which not only recognizes the angle you are viewing it at, but also will operate in either 2G mode for 769 minutes or 391 minutes in 3G mode. In standby, the 1500 mah Li-pol offers up to 750 hours of standby time in 2G mode or 625 hours in 3G mode. At 4.82 by 2.53 by 0.39 inches and 4.16 ounces this aMOLED touch-screen device is easy to use as it allows you to pinch and open videos quickly, while allowing you fine videography with a 5MP autofocus camera that offers multiple modes such as a self-shot, action shot, an “add me,” where you can add an image of yourself to an already composed image. Two other modes are the cartoon shot, where you can make your image into a cartoon representation of yourself and a smile shot that will take multiple images of a person and takes the one if finds smiling.
You will find this and more In the I9000, including its Smart Alarm feature, a Daily Briefing feature where you are presented with a daily briefing of information that you choose and indicate to your I9000 is important.
All in all, the I9000 is quite a smartphone and shows why Samsung is a leader in its market.