Giving punters what they want
The fly in the ointment here is the use of Android Gingerbread. Yes, the Advance runs 2.3.6 which is a poor show now that Ice Cream Sandwich has been out for more than six months. To my knowledge there’s been no official word from Samsung about an update.
Antutu Benchmark Results
Longer bars are better
As with all Samsung ‘droids, the Advance S' OS gets the TouchWiz 4.0 overlay. HTC’s Sense it is not, but it still delivers a simple and well-integrated user experience and it ties all your social networks to your phone book without fuss or bother.
To haul the coal you get a dual-core 1GHz chip with 768MB of Ram. That’s more grunt than the vast majority of smartphone users will ever need. Run the Antutu benchmark app and you get a score of around 5200 which is impressive for mid-range handset.
If you want your phone to work as a mobile entertainment hub then 720p video and graphically demanding games like Shadowgun play a treat.
Unlike HTC, which seem to have tied itself in knots over the One series’ storage, Samsung simply gives the punters what they want. To wit: 8GB of Flash storage with 4GB of that free for files and 2GB for apps. Don't forget the aforementioned Micro SD card slot.
Watch out, HTC...
The rear camera is a run-of-the-mill 5Mp job that can only shoot video at 720p but for this sort of money you're never going to get 8Mp stills or 1080p movies. The secondary camera is a fine little 1.3Mp affair. In this age of mobile video calling, a good webcam is essential and the Advance’s camera works well with Skype.
Just like a showdown between the Nelson and the Dreadnought, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance blows the HTC One V out of the water with a single salvo. When it comes to hardware, it’s better in every way. The screen is larger and more lustrous, there’s more storage space, you get a decent webcam, and it’s much more powerful. The V claws back some ground thanks by running Ice Cream Sandwich and offering Beats Audio tech, but that’s not enough to avoid a damned good thrashing. ®
Thanks to Clove for the loan of the review handset
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This is what counts as a midrange phone these days? Holy crap, I need to try and keep up...
Re: You'd think
I think the candidate reasons are:
a) Samsung prioritised the SIII first and the ICS based version of their phone will deploy to other devices over time.
b) It's a cynical attempt to put some differentiation between this phone and the SIII and to get people to buy up.
Probably it's a bit of both.
Really Samsung? That's just pure laziness. All of HTC's new phone including the dinky low end Desire C have Android 4.0 and Sense 4, there's absolutely no excuse to shove out outdated software.
Re: You'd think
"Or is it just addresing two disparate markets?"
The shaving device belonging to Mr. Occam just called. It said that laziness is the more probable answer.
My Galaxy Note is a fine device, but Apple do not compromise on regular updates for their devices.