Samsung I9003 Galaxy SL review: through different eyes

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Success begets imitations and we have the next Galaxy's remake to testify. But make no mistake about this Samsung Galaxy I9003 SL is not just a clone. This time, the changes aren't just for the skin depth.

Samsung I9003 Galaxy SL official photos

We are discussing a new monitor, a new CPU and another battery. Although it's actually difficult to notice a difference on the outside, save for a slightly thicker. Most of the internals have in principle been replaced, which may or may not have resulted in a significant change in the user experience.

Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3 G supports 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support 4 "16 M colors, Super clear LCD Capacitive Touch screen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution Slim 10.9 mm profile1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, GPU PowerVR SGX530, TI OMAP 3630 chipset. 478 MB RAM available for MP camera with autofocus user5 with face, smile and blink detection, 720 p HD video recording at 30 fps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support GPS with A-GPS connectivity. Digital Compass 16 GB internal storage, microSD card slot Accelerometer and proximity sensor, Standard 3.5 mm audio jack secondary video call camera microUSB port (fees), and stereo Bluetooth v3.0 Android OS v2.2 (Froyo) with TouchWiz UI customization FM radio with RDS Adobe Flash 10.1 support for web browser document editor File manager comes pre-installed Samsung Apps gives some nice apps for freeBattery have increased capacity (1650 mAh) during the original Galaxy S (1500 mAh) Super clear LCD is something worse than SuperAMOLEDCamera does not have a dedicated camera flashNo central body in all-plastic is a real fingerprint magnet Feeble loudspeaker increased thickness (10.6 mm), height (123.7 mm) and weight (131 g) compared to the original Galaxy S (9.9 mm, 165.2 mm and 119 g)

Samsung Galaxy I9003 SL is a victim of the time. It couldn't have been less fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the original Galaxy's knowing it will never be able to catch up. At least the Samsung should know very well what you expect.

This is not the first flagship they re forced by circumstances, legitimately to replace. Much as S8530 Wave II is I9003 more of a substitute, rather than an upgrade. You can think I9003 SL as a way to ensure that there will be enough AMOLED panels for Galaxy S2 without having to interrupt the original Galaxy's altogether.

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Samsung Galaxy SL on our I9003

AMOLED shortage is experienced for at least another simultaneously and Samsung is trying to work around it. We'll have to see how this plays the next attempt. I9003 has a lot of people to convince the it's a good enough substitute. Users have every right to be sceptical. It will take a lot of persuasion, so they don't spend their money elsewhere.

So let s see if there's life after SuperAMOLED for Galaxy SL.

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