Samsung extends its market with the release of Galaxy SL GT-I9003 Smartphone, its product portfolio. Quite a few people are pre-doubtful for it, as the device to the Galaxy is very similar to S-I9000 - smartphones running both (the I9000 for corresponding update) to 2.2 Andoid Froyo. The I9000 is a bit thinner (9.9 mm depth), has an in-house Samsung 1 GHz processor and not like the thicker (10.6 mm depth) which comes with a new version of the CPU from Texas Instruments. Big difference: The I9000 is an extremely true-color, high contrast super AMOLED display, while a Super Clear LCD comes under Samsung Galaxy SL GT-I9003. The GT-S8500 Wave brought Super AMOLED display, while the successor to the GT S8530-Wave II brought, a Super Clear Liquid Crystal Display sets. We have found in testing that the Super AMOLED display is better again - and we are therefore looking forward to, how the GT-I9003 behaves. The resolution is 800 x 480 pixels, same with both smartphones. The screen size is 10.2 cm which is also identical. But the new smartphone has a stronger battery: 1650 mAh instead of 1500 mAh, speaking for the GT-I9003. The price difference is around 50 EUR between two phones.
The Samsung Galaxy SL GT-I9003 looks simple and modern. It is made entirely of plastic and is a 4 inch set with 130 grams. With 124 mm height, 64 mm width and 10.6 mm depth, it can still tuck easily in your pocket. The battery compartment cover opens easily and closes precisely. However, the material quality is not particularly convincing. The touch keys below the touch screens are lit naturally and can be handled well - they react precisely. The pressure point of the bottom centered Home button is arranged perfectly. The gaps fall very low, like the chic titanium-colored edge of the case. What is striking positive - after opening the battery cover, the microSD card (supports up to 32 GB) is located. Even better, however, were lateral slots for SD and Sim Card. Bad: The 5 MP camera has no cover and is therefore completely unprotected. But over the USB connector, there is a slide-cover to prevent dust from entering here.
USB and headphone jack
Back of Samsung Galaxy SL GT-I9003 Mobile Phone
Battery Compartment Area
Speed and battery life
The Samsung Galaxy SL GT-I9003 comes with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbit - HSPA + is extremely fast, which is used for uploads and downloads are not on board. Very good: Uploads are up over HSUPA 5.76 Mbit / s. Wireless-n is supported. Also present: Bluetooth 3.0, Bluetooth transfers goes much faster if both devices support these standards. It isclocked at 1 GHz Texas Instruments processor. The RAM is 478 megabytes in size, the graphics accelerator (PowerVR SGX530) will also support a lot of games and can be used for multimedia fun.
- Boot: 50 seconds - this is much too slow
- Open Web Sites Using HSPA (Techarena, BMW, Amazon): 7 to 9 seconds - excellent
- Download 50 MB of wireless-n connection: 3 minutes 18 seconds - this is also very good
Overall, only the main drawback is very slow boot (normal is 20 to 25 seconds). All downloads, whether via WLAN or HSDPA, go extremely fast. Games with good graphics (tested: PES Pro Evolution Soccer / Konami to acquire 499 in Android Market) shine with fluid movements, stuttering occurs only rarely. Unpleasant is the low battery life - comparing the powerful 1650-mAh battery. If it is used frequently, then also battery life will be dead in just 2 days of usage.