Samsung is finally coming out of the woods with its first Android phone, the I7500, more than one year after it joined the Open Handset Alliance.
Here's seven top reasons why it is better than the G1 and possibly the G2. More to come as we near the release date (that's in June).
(1) The I7500 comes with a flash
The G1 was criticised because it did not offer a flash in the first place. Like the iPhone, the G1 dismisses the flash as an unnecessary gimmick. Most of us would disagree though especially if you are a heavy snapper. There are no details as to the type of flash although we would like it to be Xenon one.
(2) It has a better camera
It comes with a 5-megapixel camera. And if the Samsung I7500 uses the same electronics as the Soul U900 - which was launched one year ago, then expect it to deliver impressive details. Have a look here. Let's hope that the I7500 packs the same autofocus system as well as a fine auto metering system.
(3) It is slimmer AND sexier
The I7500 reminds us of the U900 albeit with a much bigger screen. It is also slimmer than the iPhone (12.1mm) and the G1 (15.7mm) with a 11.9mm thickness. Furthermore, the design of the I7500 is far sexier than the Android G1 (although that's an entirely subjective point of view) with a stylish black body.
(4) It has a proper 3.5mm headphone socket
No need to stick around with crappy headsets and earphones. No need for adaptors or extensions. The I7500 beats the G1 hands down with this option.
(5) Much higher storage capacity
The G1 comes with a 1GB memory card (upgradable to 8GB) and has only 256MB integrated memory. Compare that with the I7500 with its 8GB internal memory and memory card compatibility up to 32GB giving you an eye-watering total of 40GB, certainly more than the next generation iPhone 3G.
(6) Better battery life
Furthermore, the I7500 has a battery with more juice than the Android G1 or the G2 (1500mAh vs 1380mAh vs 1150mAh) which should translate into better talk and stand by times.
(7) Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display
To make things even better, Samsung's Android phone comes with an AMOLED screen which not only shaves a few grams but also consumes less power while delivering a higher picture quality.