Feeds
85%
Samsung Galaxy S Advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance mid-range Android

HTC thrasher?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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

Samsung Galaxy S Advance

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.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Samsung Galaxy S Advance

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.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance

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.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

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

More Smartphone Reviews

Samsung
Galaxy S III
Sony Xperia
S NXT
Orange
San Diego
Nokia
Lumia 900
Apple
iPhone 4S

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

85%
Samsung Galaxy S Advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance mid-range Android

An excellent mid-range Android handset. If it had Ice Cream Sandwich it would be nigh on perfect.
Price: £269 (Sim-free) or from £23pcm on contract RRP

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.