Over the last few years, there have been few mobile phones that have been able to challenge the supremacy of Apple’s iPhone in terms of the high end mobile phone market. Last year however, a true heavyweight of the mobile phone world was released and did just that, defying all expectations and selling huge amounts to keep the phone’s manufacturer at the top of the pile in terms of mobile manufacturers. This phone is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S; a phone packed with enough features and great new technology to keep users interested for a long, long time!
In terms of aesthetics, it does not look dissimilar to the iPhone, looking a bit like a cross between the 3GS and the iPhone 4. The phone is extremely thin, only millimetres thicker than the iPhone 4 itself which is still the slimmest phone on the market, but the fact that the Galaxy S has a curved back means that it actually feels less chunky than the iPhone. If there is one thing that lets the phone down in this way it is that it feels a little cheap compared to other premium smartphones.
Onto more important matters though and Samsung’s version of the Android OS looks absolutely great. The skin, called TouchWiz 3.0 is also very easy to navigate and allows users to play around with short cuts and other things on the display, making it a lot easier to get used to your own phone.
The massive capacitive touchscreen – which measures in at a whopping 4 inches – is absolutely great and very, very responsive, with only the iPhone 4 itself really comparing to it. Virtual keyboards can be a real pain on lesser phones but this is not a problem on the Galaxy S at all so you can type away to your heart’s content.
Android phones continue to rise in popularity and when there are remarkable Android handsets such as the Galaxy S around it is easy to see why it is set to overtake Symbian as the world’s most popular operating system.
It seems a lot longer than three and a half years since the very first iPhone was released into the world. The Apple phone has been an unbelievable success all around the world, outselling almost every other smartphone on the market and with the remarkable release of the 3GS in summer 2009 it seemed that Apple had even excelled themselves. This turned out to be only the tip of the iceberg though as the company had something even more special up their sleeve. In June 2010 Apple announced and then released the iPhone 4, the company’s most successful phone yet.
The iPhone 4 had plenty of upgrades from the previous version of the phone and one of the most important changes, one that has give the phone’s users plenty of joy over the last half a year or so, is the Retina Display Technology that is utilised on the phone. The screen resolution on the iPhone 4 is absolutely remarkable and is still the best available on the smartphone market. It is so good in fact, that the human eye is unable to pick out a single pixel on the display. In real terms this means that, when watching videos, films or playing games the difference between the iPhone 4 and other smart phones with lesser technology is hugely noticeable.
Another of the new features on the fourth instalment of the iPhone that has attracted much attention over the last nine months has been the revolutionary Face Time feature. This feature uses the phone’s front facing camera in order to bring users real time video calling, something that mobile phones have been trying to achieve for years. The Face Time application is very much straddling the line of what mobile phones are able to achieve today it is only available when you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi but this is only a small criticism as it really is great to talk to your friends and see their smiling faces!
These two features just go to show that, although the iPhone 4 was released a number of months ago it still has aspects of it that are, as yet unmatched by the rest of the mobile phone market.
After three of iOS leading the smart phone market with iPhone 3 and iPhone 4, Microsoft have today launch Windows Phone 7 smart-phone operating system (OS) in UK and it will be available in America early next month. The Window phone 7 is released to provide a formidable competitor in the smart phone operating systems market; Windows Phone 7 OS is going to face lots of good competitors in the market such as Nokia, Google Andriod, Apple iPhone 3 and iPhone4. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made no secret of his intention of Microsoft to target iPhone, despite his initial scepticism about the potential for the iPhone given its less than impressive battery life. That the focus has shifted from outright dismissal to seeing the iPhone as corporate enemy number one is a sign that Microsoft is happy to adopt a niche brand strategy, something unthinkable when it comes to Windows on the PC and Office.
According to Microsoft sources, the new Window phone 7 OS is a complete rebuilt window phone and should be able to appeal to users because it is totally user friendly with lots of app and interface. This new operating system has been built around ‘hubs’ with music and photos together, which are then synchronised with storage services on the Web and the user’s personal computer. It is believe that Windows Phone 7 is a significant improvement over its predecessor, and even a pretty smart mobile operating system. The Window phone 7 OS will be available on nine phones, and with 60 operators in 30 countries.
The new Window phone 7 is parked with lots of ready to use apps such as Twitter, eBay, Facebook, railway timetables are ready for launch with more apps in the pipeline. Microsoft has partnered with three smart phone manufacturers, which include HTC, LG and Samsung, so you can get your window phone 7 OS on any of them.