If I'm allowed to express my judgment, there’s something weird with the screen interface of this Samsung Galaxy S Wifi model. I might say that the manufacturer is really halfhearted when producing this tablet. It’s too small for a WiFi tablet, but it looks too big compared to the other cell phones around the market. I cannot even compare this tablet to the other touch screen smart phones because this tablet is not even equipped with the cell phone functionality, such as: sms, mms or even phone call. But fortunately, Samsung has already anticipated this issue.
Not much that I can uncover from the design aspect of Samsung Galaxy S Wifi. However, with the size of this tablet, at least this tablet is more portable compared to the other 7 and 10 inches tablets. So practically, pulling off this tablet from your side pocket to the public sight doesn’t make you look like you want to show it off in front of people because this tablet still looks just like a normal touch screen phone.
- Type: Samsung Galaxy S Wifi
- Release Date: May 2011
- Price Purchased: Check Price
- Manufacturer: Samsung
Phone Specs: LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches, Multitouch, OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), CPU 1 GHz, 3.15 MP Primary + LED flash, See Full specs.
- Great battery life than the iPod Touch; Wide screen; WiFi connectivity; Great support for video and audio; Android operating system Froyo; Included WiFi Router in bundling package
- You can’t do SMS, MMS, or make a phone call; No 3G support; Really dependent to the WiFi hotspot if you forgot to bring WiFi Router
- Bottom line, Samsung Galaxy S Wifi is delivered to the customers solely as a tablet without the phone functionality. Which means, you CANNOT make a call and write text message with this tablet. However, if you're only looking for a great tablet with WiFi capability, this one might be your answer.
|Samsung Galaxy S Wifi|
Interface and Functionality
The diagonal screen of Samsung Galaxy S Wifi, which is 5 inches, comes with the widescreen orientation. Watching movies with this tablet feels really wide and bigger, including the HD movies, browsing the internet or playing games.
Compared to the other 7 and 10 inch tablets, I believe playing games or watching movies with the Samsung Galaxy S Wifi can be considered great. Your fingers can still reach the virtual buttons so easily. However, if this tablet is utilized for browsing the internet, the 5 inch screen doesn’t feel quite big. And the one that is sacrificed is the font size, which looks quite small. Therefore, the “pinch to zoom” function must be utilized in this regard.
The experience of looking at the touch screen of Samsung standard phones, which usually is convenient even under the excessive light, apparently cannot be found on the Samsung Galaxy S Wifi. It even makes it harder to find the right menu when using this tablet on outdoors environment. Maybe since Samsung Galaxy S Wifi is a tablet, then it should also be used inside the house.
|Display||LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
Multitouch input method
Accelerometer and compass Sensors
|Screen Size||480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches|
|Released Date||May 2011|
Other Specifications: 3.15 MP Camera Primary with the LED flash support, Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, SoundAlive enhanced sound engine, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, GPS, SNS integration, ThinkFree document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Standard Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery with endurance around Up to 60 h (Music play) and 8h (video playback).
|Featured OS||Features OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)|
|Performance||CPU 1 GHz|
|Java||Java MIDP emulator|
Samsung Galaxy S Wifi has been equipped with the Android operating system 2.2.2 or “Froyo” and up until I write this review, is still one of the most popular Android versions around the market to date. Combined with the interface ala Samsung, then this Android tablet can be really easy to use for those of people who are already familiar with Android.
The applications are arranged in the form of tidy pages, where you can see all required menus in one page. You don’t need to slide to the top in order to find the other menus, instead, you only need to open the new page.
|Samsung Galaxy S Wifi||Details|
|Internet Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Data Storage||8/16GB Internal storage |
microSD external memory is sold separately up to 32GB
Since Samsung Galaxy S Wifi is not fully equipped with the cell phone functionality, then the only connectivity facilities on this phone are the WiFi connection 802.11 and also the Bluetooth, which later will be your only main equipments in order to establish connection with the other devices.
And since Samsung Galaxy S Wifi will also need internet to establish connection, then the only way to do that is by staying around the hotspot area. This can be the main problem for those of you who live in village or in the limited WiFi area. Fortunately, Samsung has anticipated this issue by offering a much better selling package to the users.
If you buy this tablet at Samsung official retailers, then you are guaranteed to get it along with bonus of WiFi Router ZTE AC30 in one bundling package.
For example, if you are traveling to somewhere place or maybe to your office and bringing this tablet with you by using a train, you can just activate the WiFi router inside your pocket, so you will be able to surf the internet along the way without being afraid of losing WiFi connection. This is a truly great strategy from the manufacturer and should be taken as the best example for the other vendors if they want to sell the similar products to the market.
Multimedia and Entertainment
Samsung has become the standard device to enjoy almost all the popular video and audio formats, without using the 3rd party applications. A video format called MKV can be played well with Samsung Galaxy S Wifi and it’s even been provided with the subtitle support. Unfortunately, there are still some annoying out-syncs when watching some 1080p HD videos. And the original headset for this phone is not that great, although it can be considered good for standard tablet.
When taking pictures, the wide screen will be functioned as the comfortable viewfinder. This can be pleasing and convenient for some people. But on the other hand, it can be pretty annoying for the other people.
As many of you know, taking pictures with this phone requires you to touch the camera icon on the screen and not the separated physical button. So the results of the photos cannot be said as perfect compared to the other 3.2MP cell phones in the same class. However, to elevate the quality of the photos, the system of this phone will try to increase the brightness, but it’ll also decrease some of object details inside the photos.
Not much that I can uncover on the hardware aspect. It’s still considered standard for nowadays’ tablets. The only thing that becomes the scrutiny of Samsung Galaxy S Wifi is the battery aspect. Samsung claims that the battery of this phone has an endurance of 2500 mAh, which the WIFi and the touch screen display will consume the most of its battery endurance. So this should be a great news for users.
Unfortunately, the battery of this phone is produced inside the compartment, just like on the iPhone. So it’s really difficult to plug in or plug off the battery from the device.
This small tablet can be considered as great, in term of portability. It’s really easy to bring this phone to anywhere else without needing for another addition room. Unfortunately, if there is something problem with the WiFi hotspot at the place you live, then the portability aspect of this tablet is decreasing. Well that’s because you will need to bring along the WiFi router around you.
Samsung Galaxy S Wifi can be really great for gaming experience and watching movies on the go. This tablet is like the smaller version of iPod Touch. So for those people who love simplicity, there are many other touch screen smart phones close to 5 inches screen, which can also be used to make a call, to browse internet and doing many other things that cannot be done with this this phone. However, this small tablet is still worth buying gadget.