Battery Life and Call Quality

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-07-20 Print this article Print


Battery Life

Battery life for both phones is satisfactory. Samsung claims 769 minutes of talk time  in the 2G version or 391 minutes for 3G, with a standby of 750 hours (2G) or 625 hours (3G). After a day of fairly constant use (Internet browsing, phone calls, maps, games, YouTube videos, etc.), both phones were in serious need of a recharge. However, such multitasking didn't eat battery power with the same hunger of previous Android phones. 

Call Quality

It's why you purchased a phone in the first place, no? Previous users of Android devices will be familiar with the Galaxy S's calling interface. Call fidelity was generally crystal-clear, although some callers complained that my voice seemed distant whenever I held the device to my ear rather than using the headset-no surprise. Holding the smartphones in either my left or right hand caused no loss of reception. No death grip here.


The Samsung Galaxy S comes equipped with a 5.0-megapixel camera. That's a solidly middle-of-the-road number of megapixels, and shooting both photographs and camcorder footage is an equally solid middle-of-the-road experience. For the most part, images were crisp, although the cameras in both the Vibrant and the Captivate seemed better suited for outdoor work; interior shooting, particularly in environments where the light source came from a fluorescent bulb, occasionally resulted in somewhat soft-focus images.

However, the camera offers lots of granular options (Exposure Value, Night Mode, Portrait Mode, Shooting Mode, etc.) that could satisfy the more serious shutter-bugs. The camcorder (which shoots 30 frames per second, at 1,280x720 resolution) had more trouble shooting in low-light conditions than did the still camera, which came off as more capable of displaying details even in nighttime shots.

Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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