Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

A mid-range Galaxy smartphone to impress Android fans

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Bringing Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and the company's TouchWiz 4.0 user interface to the mix, Samsung has transformed the Galaxy S Advance's impressive array of innards and attractive styling into a handset that is simple and pleasant to use, if far from unique.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

With a near-identical interface to that found on the full selection of Galaxy-branded smartphones, from the Samsung Galaxy S2 all the way down to the budget model Samsung Galaxy Y, there is little to set the Samsung Galaxy S Advance apart from a number of largely similarly specced phones that feature near-identical styling and, in some cases, lower price points.

Away from the lack of individuality, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is an impressive handset in terms of usability. Thanks largely to its Gingerbread-flavoured Android OS, the handset boasts a friendly user experience.

The seven available home screens are easily managed and customised with a selection of pre-installed widgets and app shortcuts that bring the device to life with little fuss or fanfare.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

With the standard centralised menu offering single-click instant access to the full selection of available applications, navigating through the handset's menus and features is handled with ease, as the 4-inch Super AMOLED display proves highly responsive.

Further enhancing the simplistic swipe to navigate system, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance features pressure and power-responsive scrolling with strong sweeping motions offering fast, flowing transitions while small, subtle finger movements result in slow and incremental changes to the on-screen content.

Despite featuring a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is surprisingly sluggish to exit applications and return to the home screen when commanded.

Featuring a very noticeable stutter, each press of the physical home button is followed by a pause before the handset finally kicks into action and returns you to the lead of the seven available and fully customisable home screens.

A welcome and recognisable experience for any consumers who have handled previous Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is simplistic and intuitive enough to enable first time smartphone users to pick up the basics in a matter of moments, with more advanced features quickly following.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory7 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.54 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S Advance
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourMetallic Black
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15.50 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height123.2 mm
Width63 mm
Depth9.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time570 Hour
Product NameGalaxy S Advance
Processor Speed1 GHz
Product LineGalaxy S Advance
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I9070HKABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Reach the next level of mobile style and power with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance. It enhances your look as well as your entertainment, with elegant design and a large 4" curved WVGA Super AMOLED display. Powerful Dual Core performance lets you play the latest games with amazing graphics, as well as delivering smooth navigation, web browsing and HD video. Four great Samsung Hubs bring you access to social network and messaging services, eBooks and other reading resources, games, and music too.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Battery
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year