Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-i9070 Review

To fill the gap between Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 (SII), on april 2012 samsung release new android smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-i9070. And today we’re going to review this brand new android phone.

Design

Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with full touch screen candy bar design. The curve shape of Samsung Galaxy S Advance looks like Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The body of Samsung Galaxy S Advance is quite slim, the thickness is about 9.7 mm. On the back Samsung Galaxy S Advance are using plastic materials with jagged texture.

On the front you will find the 1.3 mega pixels front camera, and also proximity sensors next to ambient light sensors. You can also see the menu, back, and home button below the touchscreen display.

To turn on Samsung Galaxy S Advance you can push the power button on the right side, you will also find volume button on the left side of the phone. The 3.5 mm audio jack and microSD slot are located on the top and bottom side of the phone.

The dimension of Samsung Galaxy S Advance are 123.2 mm (height) x 63 mm (width) x 9.7 mm (thickness). Samsung Galaxy S Advance weight about 120 grams.

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S Advance are equipped with dual core ST-Ericsson NovaThor CPU. Basically it’s a cortex A9 processors with 1 Ghz of speed on each core.

For the graphics, Samsung Galaxy S Advance are using Exynos Mali-400MP GPU. Mali-400MP are quite popular, use by many android phones and tablets.

The RAM of Samsung Galaxy S Advance are 768 MB. This big enough to run heavy android application, such as 3D games or play HD video.

Software

By default Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with android 2.3.6 gingerbread, but don’t worry because Samsung promise that Galaxy S Advance will get official android 4.0 ICS upgrade. From the hardware specs we can see that actually this phone should be able to run android 4.0 operating system.

Inside the gingerbread, you will get TouchWiz UX user interface version 4.0, the same UI that Samsung Galaxy S2 have. With TouchWiz UX 4.0 you will get seven page of home screen, which you can add widgets or application shortcut.

In the main menu, you can see all of your application arranged in horizontal grid position. There are four pages in this main menu, to navigate between these four pages you can swipe the screen left to right, or right to left (horizontal).

Besides the native android applications, Samsung Galaxy S Advance also comes with several third party android application such as polaris office (office apps), social hub, kies air, photo editor, news and weather apps.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S Advance equipped with 5 mega pixels camera on the back and 1.3 mega pixels camera on the front. Compared to Galaxy S, the back camera of Samsung Galaxy S Advance now have LED flash light for better photo quality.

With action shoot mode, you can take picture from moving object in a few frame at once, this is very nice feature. The photo quality of Samsung Galaxy S Advance are quite good for both indoor and outdoor photo.

For video recording, Samsung Galaxy S Advance are capable to record HD video 720p at 30 frame per second. It will be great if this camera could record 1080p video resolution.

Benchmark

Using the latest antutu benchmarking software, Samsung Galaxy S Advance manage to score 5190 points which makes it equal with LG Optimus 2x.

Another benchmark using Quadrant Standard, Samsung Galaxy S Advance gets 2659 points equal with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola Atrix 4G.

We also do benchmark using other software, nenamark 1 and nenamark 2, Samsung Galaxy S Advance gets 57 fps and 35.6 fps.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance
Antutu Benchmark 5190 points
Quadrant Standard Benchmark 2659 points
Nenamark 1 Benchmark 57 fps
Nenamark 2 Benchmark 35.6 fps

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy S Advance is another great android phone from samsung, this phone are intended to fill the gap between the original Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2.

But for the current price tag, Samsung Galaxy S Advance should already use android 4.0 ICS instead of gingerbread 2.3.6.

Also this phone doesn’t have NFC chip, only the Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070P model that have onboard NFC chip. If you have the I9070 model, you won’t be able to use NFC feature.

If you’re looking for gingerbread phone, maybe you should consider other brand which is cheaper but relatively have the same hardware specs, such as Sony Xperia U.

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2 Responses to Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-i9070 Review

  1. Udarnik says:

    Good phone but it has no camera zoom. For this class of camera/phone that is very poor.

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