Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

A mid-range Galaxy smartphone to impress Android fans

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A smartphone that will never live up to the likes of its older Samsung Galaxy S2 sibling or new Samsung Galaxy S3 overlord, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance does its intended job well, providing a mid-market handset that's more than capable of living up to the former high-end phones coming to the end of their 18 month contracts.

We liked

Comfortable in the hand and zippy under instruction, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a strong collaboration of both style and substance, with the sleekly finished handset packing a powerful punch that is backed up by a selection of strong user features and some impressive entertainment options.

With few physical controls or connection ports distracting from the eye-catching finish, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a strong contender for the leading mid-market smartphone with the impressive, if far from perfect, camera and video collaboration performing well alongside an operating system and user interface combination that offers a simple, intuitive and pleasant experience from start to finish.

We disliked

Despite offering a smooth flowing user experience, the adaptation of the original Samsung Galaxy S fails to set the world alight on any front, with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz combination pairing for the umpteenth time to create a handset that fails to distinguish itself from its near countless similarly branded counterparts.

With a web browser that struggles to come close to the experiences offered by a number of rival handsets, venturing online with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance will see you face an infuriating collection of niggling issues that detract from the phone's usually sleek interface.

Final verdict

Entering an area of the market filled with competition, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance sets itself apart on a hardware front more than on the software side of things.

Relatively samey to phones that have preceded it, the handset's saving grace is one that is hard to argue with - a £330/$330 price that will have your wallets as happy as you are with your latest smartphone that will last you until the Samsung Galaxy S3 becomes old hat.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ManufacturerSamsung
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 Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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