Arriving with Android 2.3, a 1.4GHz CPU and a 4-inch AMOLED screen, the Galaxy S Plus is the ultimate Galaxy S upgrade
Editor's Review of the Galaxy S Plus
The first Samsung Galaxy S caused quite a fuss amongst smartphone users and Fandroids alike, ultimately becoming one of the best-selling Android phones of all time. If it's now time for an upgrade and you're not so keen on paying more for the Galaxy S2 - the Galaxy S Plus could be the perfect choice.
Design & Build
Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S Plus looks near identical to its first-gen brother. It even boasts the same pocket-friendly measurements as the original, as well as an identical sleek casing and hardware keys.
Unsurprisingly, the phone packs the same 4-inch Super AMOLED (480 x 800) display as the original too, so you're greeted by the same vibrant images and excellent viewing angles. The only downside here is that it's by no means on par with the Galaxy S2, which boasts an upgraded, eye-poppingly impressive Super AMOLED Plus screen.
It's under the hood where things get exciting, as Samsung has shifted from a 1GHz processor to a speedier 1.4GHz alternative - bringing it more in line with the performance we've seen from recent dual-core devices. Although the bump sounds relatively minor you'll notice the different straight away.
OS & Interface
The Galaxy S Plus runs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), paired with Samsung's usual TouchWiz interface. Admittedly, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the S Plus and the original, but the 1.4GHz processor seems to handle the interface much-more effortlessly.
Multimedia & Storage
On its rear, the Samsung Galaxy S Plus sports a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video at 720p. If a decent camera is the most important feature for you, it's worth pointing out that the Galaxy S2 packs an 8 megapixel rear-facing shooter with 1080p HD video.
Still, photos from the Galaxy S Plus are just as great as from the original Galaxy S - vibrant, with plenty of detail. Unfortunately, the shooter still struggles in low-light conditions, as there's sadly no flash on the rear of the handset.
For sharing media, the upgraded Galaxy S comes with DLNA technology, enabling you to quickly mirror footage on your HDTV.
If you're upgrading from a Galaxy S to a Galaxy S Plus, you'll be pleased to hear that it boasts the same browsing experience, boosted by the same HSDPA and WiFi connectivity.
What has been altered, however, is the handset's battery, as the Galaxy S Plus packs a higher-capacity 1650mAh effort. As you'd expect, the battery life is excellent, and a full charge will easily get you through the day.
Considering we loved the original Galaxy S, it will come as no surprise that we love the Galaxy S Plus. While it's by no means on with the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy S Plus offers-up a competitive spec-sheet for a much-lower price.
Samsung Galaxy S Plus News
Virgin, not commonly known for its exclusive product launches, has become the first UK network to sell the Samsung Galaxy S Plus in White. The Galaxy S Plus is essentially an upgraded version of Samsung‘s original Galaxy flagship, and the new white model sports – as you can see from the official image (right) sports [...]
Vodafone has revealed that it is to discontinue the Samsung Galaxy S Plus and Nexus S handsets, which will be removed from sale as of tomorrow (December 7). That means today is your last chance to grab the two Samsung-made smartphones, which are today still up for order at Voda’s Online Store. The Galaxy S [...]
Samsung has silently outed the Galaxy S Plus, which is now available to pre-order through Vodafone. The Galaxy S Plus is essentially a slightly-cheaper version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, but that’s not to say its specs aren’t impressive. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.4GHz single-core processor,Â which is ‘one of the fastest you’ll find [...]
Samsung Galaxy S Plus Specifications
122.4mm x 64.2mm x 9.9mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super AMOLED
Size: 4.0 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
Interface: TouchWiz UI
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with maps
Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
720p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1650 mAh
Talk Time: 770 minutes
Standby Time: 750 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, DivX, Xvid, WMV, H.264, H.263