By Prince Osuagwu
WITH about 4.77 billion mobile phone users worldwide and 2.5 million applications available across digital marketplaces, smart phones have become an integral part of our lives, constantly being referred to as Personal Digital Assistant, PDA. Smart phones, have become learning centres, entertainment hubs, mobile offices, personal assistants and so much more, giving the impression that most users are still very much besotted by how much can be accomplished from such a device, enhanced further by many upgrades that occur from time to time.
The game changer
Apple’s iPhone, HTC’s One, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note series all come to mind and have remained relevant, partly because they are attuned to catering to a large and diverse user base with incremental innovative iterations. However, the Samsung Galaxy S series is in a class of its own as the game changer from a Korean company which started out selling dried Korean fish to Manchuria and Beijing in 1938.
The Samsung Galaxy S, announced in March 2010, was Samsung’s first S series to enter the smart phone market. The device featured a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display, and a 1GHz ARM Hummingbird processor. The smart phone was well received in tech circles and achieved more than decent sales figures of around 24 million worldwide becoming one of the highest selling smart phones in the market at the time. This legacy android phone was listed by TIME as the number two device in Top 10 Gadgets of 2010 while another tech review described it as the “new leader of the Android pack,” praising the phone’s superior all-round performance.
Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2011, the Galaxy SII recorded a huge success with more than 20 million units sold worldwide within a year. The smart phone featured an improved Super AMOLED Plus screen that was expanded to 4.3 inches, a faster dual-core 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and a superior Mali-400MP GPU. It also featured Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread which would eventually get as far as 4.1 Jelly Bean. In terms of storage space, 16GB and 32GB models were available. The camera was also bumped up to 8 megapixels and had a flash, while the 1650mAh battery was good for almost two days on an average use.
Galaxy SIII was announced at Samsung Unpacked event in London in May 2012, with the smart phone recording over 9 million pre-orders just two weeks after unveiling. Over 10 million units were sold in less than three months. Some phone aficionados referred to the device as “the best smart phone around right now.”
The smart phone featured a Super AMOLED display screen of 4.8 inches, a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core of 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and a storage of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options were available. Thanks to its processing speed, design, battery life 2100mAh battery said to be good for about eight hours of heavy use, perfect blend of software, responsiveness, software upgrade which helped create better pictures than its predecessors, the device was said to be the favourite amongst other handsets in 2012 scoring highly in most areas.
Galaxy S4 was launched in April 2013 with a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen 1080 x 1920 pixel, an upgraded 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a quad-core 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage as well as a 2600mAh battery that typically lasts at least the length of a day. Thanks to the slimmer design, unimaginable quality as well as the processor performance, Samsung sold 40 million units of the S4.
In February 2014 the Galaxy S5 was launched into the smartphone market with a heart rate sensor, a blazing fast autofocus, and a fingerprint scanner. The CPU was faster at 2.5GHz, the screen was larger at a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED HD option, the camera boosted to 16MP and the battery now rocking up at 2800mAh.
The 4.4.2 Android made things look slicker, an overhauling of the interface generally improved the flow through the device. The fitness elements were boosted through S Health 3.0, a holistic tracking app for your fitness; great camera, strong screen, impressive packaging, and a waterproof casing.
Successors to the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were carefully crafted from metal and glass; the Galaxy S6 edge, particularly, showed unique and outstanding beauty while also providing a solid grip and a remarkable viewing experience. Its glass body, made out of a fusion of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (which is 50 percent stronger, tougher and more durable than any other Gorilla Glass) protected against sharp contact damage. The Galaxy S6 edge was described as the world’s first-ever dual curved edge display, which distinguished the device as the ultimate premium smart phone.
The Galaxy S7 had a 5.1-inch display screen, while the Galaxy S7edge featured a 5.5-inch screen. They both featured Super AMOLED screens, allowing for clearer videos and images with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD). The devices were imbued with an ingenious Always-on feature, which gives access to certain information on the screen while the smartphone isn’t completely turned on. A distinct unique feature of the S7 series is the fact that they are completely dust and water- proof. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge both carry a resistance rating of IP68, meaning that the smartphones can survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres.
The newest S series flagship smart phones have finally been unveiled The latest in its line-up, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are definitely a continuation of the Korean firm’s successes.
The Galaxy S8 series builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the Infinity Display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The compact design of the S8 series enables comfortable one-handed operation and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish.
The Super AMOLED display panel has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 resulting in a crisp display. Whatever you are watching, the large AMOLED screen will bring the content to life with rich colours, intricate details, and stunning definition. Apart from being water and dust resistant, the devices also offer five types of security technologies: iris recognition, face recognition, pattern, password, and PIN, users can easily choose their preferred method. With the face recognition, userscan instantly unlock their devices with a look.
Samsung has creditably discharged its duties as a massive player in the smartphone space, thanks to its high-end smartphones like the Note series and the Galaxy S line, recording a lot of exciting successes over the years. From the aforementioned, its legacy is firmly ensconced in the firmament of mobile telephony via the exquisite and intimate user experience it provides through every iteration.