Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

A mid-range Galaxy smartphone to impress Android fans

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Yet another example of the uniformity being introduced by Samsung's onslaught of Android and TouchWiz-combining handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance's contact and calling features are highly functional and comfortably wrapped within a pleasant user experience.

Sadly, however, there is nothing to distinguish this phone's credentials from those found on the lower range Galaxy Ace, or any other of the expanding Galaxy-branded family.

Easily accessible from a home screen-placed icon, the contacts applications are standard Android fare, with you able to access information based on alphabetical listings or via a Favourites option that offers quick access to your most frequent acquaintances.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Offering an element of customisation to the contacts options, Groups bring improved access to desired details and help maintain relationships in an organised fashion.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance enables quick, simple creation of new contact cards thanks to a basic, template-based input option.

But the selection of features is not as robust as some of the handset's rivals, with the omission of social network linking meaning a complete, well-rounded selection of centrally located communication methods is sadly unavailable.


Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

On the calling side of things, the expansion of the original Samsung Galaxy S handset is somewhat below par, with calls often accompanied by an unusually high amount of echoing.

This irritating quirk detracts from the content of the call and quickly becomes a nuisance, prompting you to opt for alternative means of communication.

Although we suffered no dropped calls during our time with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance, the handset's reception could have been stronger, with the smartphone never appearing to match the signal strengths of rival phones in near identical locations.


Much like the handset's contact and calling features, the messaging abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance are a very samey affair, with the functional email and SMS services proving simple to set up and use while remaining an unoriginal copy of those found on a selection of other mobile phones.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Offering you no unique selling point that will set the handset apart from the increasingly crowded collection of mid-range smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance's messaging abilities are limited to the usual text and email services with no pre-installed social networking options included from the box.

While the lack of pre-installed Facebook and Twitter applications is now an unexpected omission, despite their availability as free downloads, it is perhaps even stranger to see Google miss the opportunity to fill the handset with its own Google+ social offering, a service that despite little use is popping up on an increasing number of Android devices with heavy integration.

With messages simple to set up, craft and send, Swype input abilities built within Samsung's TouchWiz UI enhance the handset's input options, with those using the Samsung Galaxy S Advance to craft extensive emails or text messages able to do so with relative ease and in a zippy fashion.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Speeding the typing process along, the inclusion of Swype features sees the usual, time-strenuous individual key tap option replaced by a more intuitive swipe to select service.

As well as making text input sharper, the Swype features help counteract the cramped, somewhat fiddly on-screen QWERTY keyboard option presented by the Samsung Galaxy S Advance.

Less than comfortable to use when holding the handset in a standard portrait manner, switch the smartphone to a landscape orientation and the keyboard becomes more user-friendly, with the keys upping in size and the spaces between input options made more manageable.

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