What I dislike MOST about the American Galaxy S devices are the naming schema: they wanted to keep the Galaxy S brand but obviously each carrier needed their own little brandable baby. Intentions acknowledged, but it’s confusing as heck to consumers and technically irritating to repeatedly explain. For the record, I think Samsung should have insisted on each carrier rolling with their own S-word: Galaxy Sting, Galaxy Spin, Galaxy Shine, Galaxy Star, Galaxy Something-That-Starts-With S.
But I digress – what YOU want to see is the 4 phones in action so here they are:
The 4 Galaxy S phones we’re talking about above are:
- Samsung Captivate for AT&T
- Samsung EPIC 4G for Sprint
- Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless
- Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile
They’re all variations of the same Galaxy S phone with both hardware and software modifications. So let’s take a look at what ALL of the phones have in common and then where they differ. First, the commonalities:
- 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen (800 x 480)
- Android 2.1 with TouchWiz Interface
- Samsung’s Social Hub / Media Hub
- 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
- 5MP with 720p video recording
- 3.5mm Headset Jack
- 512GB RAM
- A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, FM Radio
And some of the main differences:
Each of the devices are also packed with some custom content. Not only do you have the traditional stuff like VCAST Services and NFL Mobile on Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint Football and Sprint TV on the Epic 4G, etc… you’re also treated to some special stuff depending on carrier. For example, T-Mobile’s Vibrant comes with the movie Avatar preloaded on the device and Sprint’s Epic 4G gets an awesome car racing game called Asphalt included.
While all four phones are prepackaged with Swype, you’ll also see some apps you can find in Android Market pre-installed on different versions of the Galaxy S. For example T-Mobile starts you off with the Kindle App, MobiTV, Slacker Radio and Gogo Inflight Internet. But that’s nothing you can’t download to your other phones anyways.
Here are the four phones on stage when they were announced at the NYC event: