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Samsung's Galaxy S2 was a massive success so it's no surprise the company is churning out new variations on the theme. The Galaxy S Advance is a souped-up version of the earlier Galaxy S but takes its design inspiration from the ever-so-popular S2. The S Advance will set you back around £270 on pay as you go or from about £290 SIM free. You'll pay nothing for the handset on two-year contracts starting at £18 a month. The S Advance is a mid-range blower for people who want some Samsung Galaxy S2 magic without burning a £350+ hole in their pocket. It's possible to nab the super-slick S2 for a cheaper monthly toll -- starting at around £15 -- than the S Advance. Unless you drive a very hard bargain down at your local phone shop, it isn't worth your while shelling out monthly for this handset. From the front, the S Advance looks an awful lot like the S2. Its pay as you go price competes with the likes of the Gingerbread-packing HTC Desire S and Desire HD. Notably, HTC also now sells an Ice Cream Sandwich-flavoured mid-range phone -- the pocket-friendly One V -- which has a smaller price tag than the S Advance and up-to-date Android software.
Not content with adding the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 handsets to its flagship smartphone lineup, Samsung is looking to capitalise on its leading Android line with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance, a mobile phone that arcs back to the original model, combining a selection of high-end specs with a revision of the now iconic styling.Buying GuideBest Android phoneLanding under the alternate moniker of the Samsung I9070, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance features an amalgamation of many impressive handset factors, with the firmly mid-range price tag of 330 in the UK ($330 in the US) for a SIM-free phone being pushed by a collection of impressive specs and a sleek, functional, if far from unique user experience.Building on the base of the original Samsung Galaxy S handset, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance boasts a zippy Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core processor, with the multi-core CPU running the show to much aplomb, despite falling behind the recent onslaught of quad-core smartphone monsters.
We've already seen the Galaxy S, and the hugely popular Galaxy S II, and now there's the Galaxy S Advance from Samsung. But in a market crammed full of mid-range phones, can this all-round machine compete with those that are cheaper or have a better spec list? The Galaxy S Advance has the look of the iPhone 4 or Galaxy Ace, thanks to its squared off edges, sole Home key and silver trim. The display measures four inches and is of the Super AMOLED variety, like that on the Galaxy S. Samsung's S II featured a next generation Super AMOLED Plus display, but it's hard to see the difference – the resolution may be less on the Advance's screen, but it is brighter. Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S Advance is more solid than either the Galaxy S II or Galaxy S. The body is made of a light plastic, but it's thicker and has a hatched reverse side. The display has a Gorilla Glass coating, but still managed to get scratched, as did the plastic back of the handset. You get half the amount of storage of the Galaxy S II at 8GB, but this can be expanded via the microSD slot to 32GB.
Dual-core processors are so last year, don't you think? However, there isn't anything wrong with that since the advancement of quad-core silicon is now paving the way for dual-core chips to invade the mid-range market. Take the Samsung Galaxy S Advance, for example: it is powered by a NovaThor U8500 chipset made by ST Ericsson with 2 cores humming at 1GHz. In addition, you get a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 14.4Mbps 3G radio, and 8 or 16 gigs of on-board storage.Not too shabby for an Android mid-ranger, we must agree, but it is the smartphone's real-life performance that we are most interested in. That said, let us fire it up and see what the handset is capable of.Upon holding the Samsung Galaxy S Advance for the first time, we noticed that it sports more than a few present in other Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus. And that, of course, is a good thing as it adds a dose of premium feel to an otherwise mid-range device. On one hand, we have a curved glass display meant to follow the shape of the user's face more naturally. On the other, the fine texture on its back feels nice to the touch and adds a bit of extra grip.
Here's one to keep you busy while you wait for the Galaxy S III. One that may help the original Galaxy S finally take the hint and hang up its boots. The Galaxy S Advance is the next in a string of sequels looking to get the best afterburn out of Samsung's top-selling Android flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance could be spotted at this year's MWC along with other space-fillers like the Wave 3 and the Omnia W. Nothing wrong with either of those but the actual stars of the show were a couple of tablets and a new projector phone. Samsung had a rather underwhelming showing and used the venue to promote the hell out of their Galaxy Note. Phoneblets and tablets must be higher on Samsung's agenda these days. Or they may've been asked to kindly abstain from major launches to give the Galaxy Nexus a good free run. Whatever the reason, the Galaxy S Advance comes at a dry time for the company in terms of major phone headlines. OK, life is a series of peaks and troughs and the S Advance finds itself at the low end of the oscillation. But it's by no means in need of being comforted and reassured. This is a rather solid package we're looking at, considering it'll be competing in the midrange. The combination of dual-core and Super AMOLED puts it in the elite company of the Note, the Nexus and the Galaxy S II.
While dual-core processors are a common trait when high-end smartphones are concerned, mid range devices pretty much always stick to single-core CPUs. But not the Samsung Galaxy S Advance – inside it ticks a 1GHz dual-core chipset made by ST-Ericsson. The rest of its specs look pretty decent as well for a mid-range Android smartphone: 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 14.4Mbps 3G radio, and 8 or 16 gigs of on-board storage.The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is not available on the market yet, but what we have here is a prototype unit of the smartphone. Care to learn more about it? Then read along...Upon holding the Samsung Galaxy S Advance for the first time, we noticed that it sports more than a few design cues present in other Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus flagship. And that, of course, is a good thing as it adds a dose of premium feel to an otherwise mid-range device. On one hand, we have a curved glass display meant to follow the shape of the user's face more naturally. On the other, the fine texture on its back feels nice to the touch and adds a bit of extra grip
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