Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S (4GB) i9003 @S$68

Samsung Galaxy S (4GB)
This i9003 model of Samsung Galaxy S is the basic version first generation Galaxy S which comes with a Super LCD screen instead of the more superior Super AMOLED screen.
Mum has already inherited my HTC Desire and gone Android. Dad deserves to upgrade to an Android smartphone as well!
Since Dad does not demand much, basic SGS i9003 fits the bill. I paid a very attractive price of $68 with a recontract of the most basic mobile plan.
The SGS i9003 looks very much similar to the original SGS i9000, however, they have a few distinct differences in specifications.
  • 4-inch Super LCD screen (480 x 800)
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
  • TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • Multi-touch input method
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Proximity sensor for auto turn-off 
  • 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels with AF
  • Front VGA camera
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card
  • Replaceable 1650mAh Li-ion battery
  • Comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread

Close-Up of SGS i9003

Mic; lever to remove the rear cover
Speaker; volume adjustment buttons; opening for lanyard
5MP camera; Standby button
Latch for microUSB port; 3.5mm input

Beneath the removable Rear Cover

Removable 1650mAh battery
microSD card slot; SIM slot

Size Comparisons

SGS i9003 and HTC Desire HD
SGS i9003 and HTC Incredible S
SGS i9003 and HTC Snap
SGS i9003 and Samsung GE1390
SGS i9003 and pocket digital camera
SGS i9003 and classic instamatic camera
SGS i9003 and Revoltech

During this period, you can score the SGS i9003 for $118 with the most basic tier mobile subscription at M1, while stocks last. Many stores and the online shop are out of stock for the model, apparantly was a hot grab compared to other similarly priced or tad expensive Android phones. The SGS i9003 may be a basic version, but it trails closely to the legacy of Samsung Galaxy S. Forget Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy mini, LG Optimus One or Motorola Defy+, SGS i9003 is sure the best bang for the buck!
I managed to trade-in a free LG GC900 Viewty Smart for S$50 and knock the price down to S$68.

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