This is a journey through the history and evolution of design, specifications and features of Samsung Galaxy S phones, from the first Galaxy S in 2010 to the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018. Here are some highlights from Samsung’s Vibrant, Captivate, Epic 4G and Fascinate phones launched in 2010.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the new flagship phones of the South Korean company, were presented on February 25, 2018 during the first Unpacked event of the year and shortly after began to appear in different markets.
The new Galaxy S9 phones are the most powerful and advanced that the company has launched, and they maintain the beautiful design of the Galaxy S8 ($ 537.88 on Amazon.com ) – with some small improvements.
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus undoubtedly show the trajectory and evolution of the company’s flagship phones over the years.
Although, seen today, the first phones of the Galaxy series may seem little powerful and not so elegant, at the time were the most powerful in the market. There are many reasons why each model was one of the most popular phones at the time and there is no doubt that within the Galaxy S9 is a bit of each of its predecessors.
Today we present the first of five parts of this series about the history of the Galaxy S line up to the Galaxy S9. On this occasion, we remember the first generation Galaxy S, presented in 2010. Explore the latest Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus Microsoft Edition available in the US.
Editor’s note: It should be noted that these are not all Samsung Galaxy S phones that have existed, but in my opinion they are the ones that best represent Samsung’s flagship phone line in the United States and the entire world.
Samsung Galaxy S (2010): smartphones list
The first Galaxy S went on sale in 2010 with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera (no flash) and a VGA front. The battery was 1,500mAh and ran Android 2.1 Eclair.
His weight was only 118 grams, 9.9 mm thickness and integrated the Home button in the middle of two capacitive buttons, similar to what we see today in multiple cellular Samsung. You can read also 17 hidden features on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
Currently, these specifications are not the most surprising and could be easily compared with the specifications of basic cell phones with Android, but in 2010, the characteristics of the Galaxy S were surprising. This Samsung cell phone began to set the course of the well-known and popular family of Galaxy S cell phones that has become the most popular in the market.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S went on sale worldwide, this device never officially arrived in the United States, at least with these features. In contrast, in the United States there was a version of this cell phone for each operator in the country. The main ones were the Vibrant (T-Mobile), Samsung Captivate (AT&T), Epic 4G (Sprint) and Fascinate (Verizon), all belonging to the first generation of Galaxy S cell phones, but with modifications in the design and sometimes, with modifications of some specifications.
Samsung T959 Galaxy S (Vibrant) 2010
The Samsung Vibrant was the model of the Galaxy S that came to T-Mobile in the US, shortly after the original, with changes that included the name.
This cell phone had great similarities to the original version, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera (no flash), 1,500mAh battery and Android 2.1 Eclair. It weighed 118 grams and had a thickness of 9.9 mm. However, this cell did not have a front camera and lacks the Home button. It only offered the capacitive buttons.
Similar to the original Galaxy S, the Samsung Vibrant had rounded edges that felt good in the hand. Its metallic edge gave it elegance and served as protection in case of falls. However, its biggest attraction was its screen that offered very vibrant colors with deep black colors. I remember that this was my first Android phone, a gift from my wife.
Samsung i897 (Captivate) 2010
Samsung i897 Captivate (AT&T version of Samsung Galaxy S). AT&T could not be left behind and days later it released the Samsung Captivate. This was a cell phone with a much more drastic change in its design compared to the Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile and the original Galaxy S, but its specifications were very similar.
The Samsung Captivate had a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera (no flash), Android 2.1 Eclair, a 1,500mAh battery and a thickness of 9.9 mm, like the other models. This cell did not have a front camera and Home button.
However, one of the most notorious changes in the Samsung Captivate was the design. Its edges were no longer so curved and, despite having a more solid construction compared to the other models, its weight was higher (128 grams vs. 118 grams) and did not feel so comfortable in the hand.
Samsung Galaxy S Pro (Epic 4G) 2010
The next cell phone of the Galaxy S family to leave – also in 2010 – was the Samsung Epic 4G. This device, available exclusively in Sprint, was the heaviest (115 grams) and thick (1.4 cm) of this first generation because it brought a sliding physical QWERTY keyboard.
The Epic 4G, like the previous ones, had a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera, Android 2.1 Eclair and a 1,500mAh battery. It also had a flash for the rear camera, a front VGA camera and ability to work with Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. However, the Epic 4G also had no Home button.
Despite being thick, the Epic 4G felt good in the hand and had a body with rounded edges, similar to those of the original Galaxy S and the Vibrant. Its sliding keyboard helped many users in the transition from a physical keyboard to a touch screen, as it offered something from both worlds.
Samsung Galaxy S CDMA (Fascinate) 2010
The last cell phone of the first generation Samsung Galaxy S to go to the US market in the main four operators in the country was the Samsung Fascinate.
As for specifications, the Samsung Fascinate was practically equal to the Epic 4G. It had a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera with flash, Android 2.1 Eclair and a 1,500mAh battery. The only thing I did not have was a front camera or the physical QWERTY keyboard like the Epic 4G. The Samsung Fascinate maintained the weight of 118 grams and the thickness of 9.9 mm that had most phones of the first generation of the Galaxy S.
The Fascinate had a design very similar to the Vibrant, with small changes such as the rear camera with flash and the location of the speaker. His thin, compact body felt very good in his hand.
Stay tune at DroidMag, because soon we will tell you the second of this special five-part series about the history of the Samsung Galaxy S up to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.