Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate & Epic 4G

_DSC0165Without surprising anyone, today in New York, Samsung officially announced that the Galaxy S series will be arriving on all four major carriers in the U.S. – that means Verizon, T-mobile, Sprint & AT&T. The Galaxy S has already been talked about a lot in the media, but today was the first time we got an opportunity to play with the device ourselves.

You can tell from the pictures just how rich and vibrant the Galaxy S display is. The display has a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, the likes of which you’d find in a big HDTV. It’s also 2,5000 faster than other display technologies out there. Usually a phone’s display don’t translate very well into photographs, but the Galaxy S Super AMOLED display is so bright and vivid, that it even pops in photos. Ultimately, the display is ideal for watching movies with its true blacks and accurate color reproduction. Samsung plans to soon release their Samsung Media Hub soon which will capitalize on the Galaxy S screen by offering movies and TV shows for users to rent or buy to download and play on their device. These movies will be optimized especially for the Galaxy S. The Samsung Media Hub will also feature magazines, books, and newspapers. Samsung also confirmed that all of the Galaxy S units will come with Android 2.1, and they’ll be upgradable to 2.2 with support for Flash 2.1.

Our initial thoughts of the Galaxy S is that we were very much impressed by its amazing display and its speed. As much as the Nexus One is a capable player, the 1GHz Hummingbird processor in the Galaxy S makes the device fly. The display is brilliant and undoubtedly one of the best out there. However, at 4″ the device’s display makes it a little bit bigger than we’re used too and we’re pretty sure that not everyone will want such a big device in their pocket. But if you’re someone who is serious about watching video content on their smartphone, than the Galaxy S sure looks like the way to go.

Here is a list of each of the Galaxy S devices on each of the 4 networks, and their key differences:

– AT&T Captivate will run on 7.2mbps HSPA with 16GB memory on-board and expandable microSD slot
– Sprint Epic 4G will have support for WiMax
– Verizon Fascinate will run on EVDO and comes with 2GB built-in Memory and expandable slot
– T-Mobile Vibrant will be expandable via microSD, but there is no word yet on its built-in storage

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