I’m currently rocking a Samsung Galaxy S, recently proclaimed to be teh bestest smartphone in Europe!!!1 or something like that. I’ve been having a love/hate relationship with this device; loving its sleek design, 4″ superAMOLED screen and the customisability provided by Android, but HATING Samsung’s buggy TouchWiz 3.0 software. So much so that I considered rooting the phone to get rid and to have a clean, functional, allbeit vanilla Android interface.
Issues I’ve encountered so far include:
* Touchscreen not activating from standby in a timely manner.
This has proven an issue a number of times when receiving phonecalls. The phone will be ringing audibly and vibrating for up to 10 seconds, but the display remains black, making it impossible to answer the call due to the lack of a physical answer key.
* Lag lag lag lag LAG
I’ve experienced a lot of lag (up to 5 seconds) when switching between programs/ functions. This is significant given its powerful 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 512 MB RAM. My old iPhone 3G S feels smoother and faster with much less muscle (600 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM). Dave’s HTC Desire does not suffer any lag, and its spec is comparable to the Galaxy S.
* Proximity sensor issues?
On a number of occasions I’ve been in the middle of a phone call, imparting witticisms and pearls of wisdom, only to hear the other person respond with “Hello? Helloooo?? HELLO???”. Checking my phone, somehow mute has been activated, though I’ve neither moved the phone from my face, nor touched the screen. I can’t tell if this is an issue with the proximity sensor (the touchscreen activating during a call and my face hitting mute) or just buggy software turning on mute randomly. Annoying either way.
I recently installed an alternate launcher, Launcher Pro, which seems to have resolved these issues (while adding some extra functionality, loving it!). Thus it appears that Samsung’s TouchWiz crapware is to blame, and not the hardware. Now, what I really want to know, is will these issues persist when the Froyo update comes out?
Well it looks like I won’t have much longer to wait, as today in Carphone Warehouse I found a brand new o2 Samsung Galaxy S with Froyo preinstalled! Needless to say, the first thing I did upon arriving home was connect my phone to the ‘puter and fire up Kies (my gripes with that software are worth a whole other blog post) to check for my update. But it wasn’t there. Boo. Hiss. Did I mention that Dave’s HTC Desire has been running Froyo since September?
Get your act together Samsung; I’m starting to wish I’d gone for the iPhone 4 or HTC Desire instead, you don’t want me telling that to potential customers.