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What is the Best Samsung Smartphone?

written by: Vincent Frogameni•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/5/2010

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best Android smartphones and ranks first among Samsung smartphones. Even the new Samsung Wave is a really good option.

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    Which is the Best Samsung Smartphone?

    Samsung is one of the largest mobile manufacturers and has launched a lot of mobile phones, many of them smartphones. There are three main platforms it creates phones for: its proprietary featurephone OS for low end phones, Google Android for high end smartphones and now, the new Bada OS for mid to high end smartphones.

    The best Samsung smartphone running on Android is the Samsung Galaxy S while there is only one on the Bada platform, the Samsung Wave. Both are extremely capable phones with excellent hardware specifications, the main difference in them lies only in the OS software: Android vs Bada.

    Android is a much more mature smartphone OS than Bada as it has been around longer, and it also has many more applications on its application store: 65,000 compared to the Bada's 400 apps. Bada may turn out to be a great platform but as of now, there is nothing that compares to Android, except the iOS platform.

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    Samsung Galaxy S

    samsung-galaxy-s The Samsung Galaxy S runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair OS with the Samsung TouchWiz UI v3.0 and the Swype text input system. It will most likely receive the Android 2.2 Froyo update soon. It has some of the best hardware found in smartphones.

    It sports an excellent 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The display quality is really good and the contrast and brightness levels are amazing. It is undoubtedly one of the best displays ever.

    It is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1 GHz and has 512 MB of RAM. It has 16 GB internal memory and includes support for up to 32 GB microSD cards. It also has a 5 MP camera which can take images at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and records 720p video at 30 FPS. The camera also includes features like geotagging, touch focus, face detection and smile detection. It is easily one of the best 5 MP cameras around.

    Besides that, it has excellent audio quality and can play DivX, XviD, H.264 videos without breaking a sweat. It is a great replacement for a PMP. It also has document editing software.

    It has all the connectivity options one could expect in a smartphone - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery which provides long battery life.

    The Samsung Galaxy S is the best Samsung smartphone in existence. It is priced at around $600 for an unlocked version. You can check out the full Samsung Galaxy S Preview. It you are looking for something cheaper and aren't keen on Android, the Samsung Wave is also an excellent option. It is identical to the Samsung Galaxy S but has a smaller 3.3 inch display and runs the Bada OS. The Samsung Wave (Read the Samsung Wave Review) is priced around $400.