Thursday, July 22, 2010

Android Fans: Samsung is Listening!

The Samsung Galaxy S family of phones are almost a better version of Android. Many innovations that Samsung engineered for the Galaxy S are results of listening to the consumers, reviewing forums, and acutally paying attention to the trending topics in Android troubleshooting and suggestion forums. You can thank many of the Top Android review sites, blogs, youtube channels dedicated to Android topics, and, let's just say, constructive criticism from the many media outlets paying close attention to this movement.

Take for instance Tim, a good friend of mine, who owns one of Verizon's Motorola Droid devices. The first thing that he complained about is having to push that impossibly tiny little button at the top right side on the top side of the phone. (Didn't Motorola think that men would be highly attracted to this high tech toy too?)  The phone even gets dangerously close to taking a page from Apple's book, which is a nice card to play in this very competitive market, by placing four icons (applications, the most used) that are docked at the bottom of the screen. Sound familiar? Users can then change which applications remain docked at the bottom of the screen. They'll bask in the joy of watching all of the other applications fly by as they toggle through the different screns, all seven of them. Steve is probably red as an apple to see these features, but the customers are not complaining, especially those who bypassed the "Antennagate" fiasco by waiting patiently and gobbling up the newest pastry inspired Google-powered artwork produced, this time by Samsung.

One of the most noticeable improvements on Android's current lineup to-date is the set of toggle buttons where you can control the power settings, such as screen brightness, blue booth, WiFi, and  data syncing, found in a fantastic location; tucked in the notorious notification curtain-style menu at the top of the screen.

There is one move by Samsung (and T-Mobile), that is a bit annoying to many. While showcasing the phone's capabilities on the showroom floor is a wise marketing strategy, some consumers do not appreciate the media preinstalled by Samsung, AVATAR and THE SIMS 3. It would be a non-issue, but it is so hard to uninstall these two masterpieces that it takes a very experienced user to do it. Perhaps a better thing to have done (Paying attention Motorola and HTC?) would have been to have a selection of movies, downloadable for free, in their full HD glory, perhaps being co-sponsored by Netflix, Blockbuster, or RedBox.  Most Samsung Vibrant T-Mobile customers will actually use it to flaunt their new superphones.

While many charge that the phone is very much like the iPhone 3Gs, for good reason, it is surprisingly thin, very thin and light weight. One thing is for sure.  Today's superphones, especially the ones optimized by Samsung to show their version of the best Android OS user interface, offer an array of options that even our cute Nokias and our cool Motorola V3 phones could never touch! Thanks, Samsung or should I say, Nanu Nanu! Wait, how about...Komapsumnida! (Thanks in Korean)

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