The 4-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and uses a PenTile pixel arrangement. When HD smartphone displays are concerned, that shouldn’t really make much of a difference, but on this WVGA display, small text appears slightly jagged, but not to the extent where it gets annoying. Looking at the good side of things, the display exhibits bright, punchy colors and high contrast levels, just like the case is with today’s AMOLED displays. Also, it is bright enough to be used comfortably in broad daylight.
With a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, Samsung’s smartphone falls back within the confines of the standard mid-market offering with 720p HD video recording capabilities featured as another now expected specification.
With a second, 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, video calls are made possible. Elsewhere, inbuilt speakers, an integrated MP3 player and FM radio capabilities further enhance the entertainment options in an increasingly expected, less than groundbreaking fashion.
Landing with the usual array of 3G and Wi-Fi internet connectivity options and Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system under the hood, there’s no immediate Ice Cream Sandwich update available.
With few physical buttons detracting from the smooth and stylish form, those that are on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance offer little concern in terms of accidental presses, with the oversized, centrally located home button joined by a right side-mounted sleep-come-power button and physical volume controls featuring on the left of the handset.
Although these power and volume buttons line up in areas usually covered by your thumbs or fingers when held in conventional left and right-handed manners, thanks to their reassuring stiffness, there is little concern about unwanted presses turning the phone’s display off or muting the handset during audio playback.
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