Reviewing EVERY Samsung Galaxy S Ever!

Marques Brownlee
1 Mar 202443:49

Summary

TLDRThis comprehensive script delves into the remarkable evolution of Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, spanning over a decade from the original Galaxy S in 2010 to the latest Galaxy S24. Through a captivating narrative, it chronicles the groundbreaking innovations, daring experiments, and design milestones that have defined Samsung's flagship lineup. From the introduction of AMOLED displays and removable batteries to the daring edge-to-edge screens, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, and the battle between Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets, this script offers an insightful exploration of Samsung's relentless pursuit of cutting-edge technology and its willingness to push boundaries. Accompanied by insightful graphs and visuals, it provides a compelling retrospective on the Galaxy S series' journey, celebrating its triumphs and acknowledging its missteps, making it a must-watch for tech enthusiasts and Samsung fans alike.

Takeaways

  • 📱 The Samsung Galaxy S series has evolved significantly from its humble beginnings in 2010, transforming from a basic touchscreen phone to a highly advanced and feature-packed device over the years.
  • 🔋 Battery life and capacity have been a constant focus, with the Galaxy S series continuously increasing battery sizes to accommodate the power demands of new features and larger displays.
  • 📸 Camera capabilities have steadily improved, with the series pioneering features like optical image stabilization, multi-lens setups, and high-resolution sensors capable of recording 8K video.
  • 💰 The pricing of the Galaxy S series has steadily increased over time, reflecting the advancements in hardware, design, and features, with the latest models reaching premium price points.
  • 🤖 Samsung has continuously experimented with new software features and AI capabilities, such as voice assistants, edge displays, and various sensor-based functionalities, with mixed success and longevity.
  • 🧭 The series has experienced both iterative and transformative design changes, transitioning from plastic to glass and metal constructions, and embracing contemporary trends like edge-to-edge displays and minimized bezels.
  • 💻 Samsung's efforts to develop its own Exynos chipsets for the Galaxy S series initially aimed to provide better integration and efficiency but ultimately fell short, leading to a return to Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips.
  • 🌍 The Galaxy S series has spawned numerous variants and sub-models, including 'Plus,' 'Ultra,' 'Active,' and region-specific editions, catering to diverse consumer preferences and market demands.
  • 📊 The series has witnessed both peaks and plateaus in terms of innovation and differentiation, with some models being more evolutionary than revolutionary compared to their predecessors.
  • 🔀 Samsung's approach has been marked by a willingness to experiment and try new things, sometimes resulting in short-lived features or design choices that were later abandoned or refined.

Q & A

  • What was the screen size of the original Samsung Galaxy S?

    -The original Samsung Galaxy S had a 4-inch screen.

  • What notable feature did the Samsung Galaxy S4 introduce?

    -The Samsung Galaxy S4 introduced features like Smart Pause, which would automatically pause a video when the user looked away from the screen, and Smart Scroll, which allowed users to scroll through pages by tilting their heads.

  • Why did Samsung decide to use both Qualcomm Snapdragon and its own Exynos chips in different regions?

    -Samsung wanted to maximize the efficiency and power of their phones by using their own Exynos chips, and also to reduce their reliance on Qualcomm. However, the Snapdragon chips consistently outperformed the Exynos variants.

  • What was the significance of the Samsung Galaxy S6?

    -The Samsung Galaxy S6 marked the beginning of a new era for Samsung phones, as it was the first one with a fully glass back instead of plastic, and it also introduced wireless charging and metal rails for a more premium design.

  • What unique feature did the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have?

    -The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge had a dual aperture camera system that could switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures, allowing for better low-light performance and sharper images in bright conditions.

  • What was the purpose of the Samsung Galaxy Home speaker announced in 2018?

    -The Samsung Galaxy Home was a small, grill-shaped speaker designed to be an AI assistant in the home, featuring Samsung's Bixby voice assistant.

  • What was the significance of the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup?

    -The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup introduced the first 'Ultra' model, which was designed to compete with the Galaxy Note series at the top of Samsung's lineup with the highest possible specs and features.

  • Why did Samsung decide to switch from using Exynos chips to Snapdragon chips in the Galaxy S23 series?

    -Samsung decided to use only Snapdragon chips in the Galaxy S23 series after years of trying to catch up with the performance and efficiency of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips with their Exynos variants.

  • What was the main focus of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series?

    -The Samsung Galaxy S24 series focused heavily on AI features enabled by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, such as live translation, generative photo editing, and Circle to Search.

  • According to the graphs shown, which year could be considered the 'peak' for Samsung's Galaxy S lineup?

    -Based on the graphs for screen size and battery capacity, the Galaxy S20 from 2020 could be considered the 'peak' for Samsung's Galaxy S lineup, as it had the same screen size and battery capacity as the latest models.

Outlines

00:00

🔍 Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S Series

This paragraph provides an introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S series, one of the most popular and long-standing smartphone brands. It mentions that the name 'Galaxy' comes from a wine enjoyed by Samsung executives and highlights Samsung's tendency to try various approaches with their phones, covering different price points, features, and spec sheets. It then sets the stage for the first Galaxy S model, released in 2010, amidst a reshuffling of the smartphone industry.

05:01

🌟 The Early Years: Galaxy S1, S2, and S3

This paragraph details the early iterations of the Samsung Galaxy S series. It covers the specifications, design, and features of the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy S2 (with notable improvements in processing power, screen size, camera, and RAM), and the Galaxy S3 (which the author personally owned). The Galaxy S3's nature-inspired design and introduction of the S Voice assistant are highlighted. The paragraph also mentions Samsung's strategy of releasing carrier-specific variants of the same model.

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⬆️ Advancements and Experiments: Galaxy S4 and S5

This paragraph discusses the Galaxy S4 and S5 models. The S4 brought significant spec upgrades, new software features (like smart scrolling and rotation), and a higher price tag. Samsung also experimented with the Galaxy S4 Active rugged variant. The S5 continued the trend of larger batteries, screens, and processors, while introducing new features like a heart rate sensor, fingerprint reader, and water resistance. However, some experiments, like textured backs and odd port configurations, were short-lived.

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🔄 The Modern Era: Galaxy S6 and S7

This paragraph marks the beginning of Samsung's modern smartphone era with the Galaxy S6 and S7 models. The S6 introduced a glass back, metal frame, wireless charging, and higher-resolution displays but removed the removable battery and expandable storage, drawing criticism. The S7 series brought back expandable storage, larger batteries, and the fan-favorite Edge displays with curved screens. Samsung also experimented with the unsuccessful Galaxy Note 7, which had battery swelling issues leading to a global recall.

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🆕 Innovation and Missteps: Galaxy S8 and S9

The Galaxy S8 and S9 models saw Samsung trying out various new features and innovations. The S8 introduced taller displays, the Bixby assistant (with a dedicated button), and Samsung's in-house Exynos chips (which often underperformed compared to Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips). The S9 featured a dual aperture camera system, which was well-received but short-lived. Overall, these models were praised for their sleek designs and features, despite some experiments not sticking around.

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🔝 Reaching Peak Samsung: Galaxy S10 Series

This paragraph discusses the Galaxy S10 series, which some argue represents the peak of Samsung's flagship phones. These models pushed screen-to-body ratios to new heights, with punch-hole cameras and nearly bezel-less displays. They also introduced multi-lens rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors, and higher price points (up to $1,000). The S10e offered a more affordable variant, while Samsung also unveiled the larger and pricier S10 5G model.

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😐 Playing It Safe: Galaxy S20 and S21 Series

The Galaxy S20 and S21 series are described as more generic and boring in design, with Samsung playing it safe and following industry trends like removing headphone jacks. The S20 Ultra variant competed with the Galaxy Note line at the high end. The S21 series saw Samsung cutting costs on features like display resolution and bundled chargers for the base models, while higher-end variants like the Fan Edition offered better value.

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🤖 AI and Generational Refinements: Galaxy S22 to S24

The more recent Galaxy S22 to S24 models focused on AI features enabled by newer Snapdragon chips, such as live translation and generative photo editing. However, the base models became increasingly generic and lacked exciting innovations, with Samsung likely differentiating through the higher-end Ultra variants. The S23 series also marked the end of Samsung's in-house Exynos chips, with all models using Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

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📈 Visualizing Progress: Graphing Galaxy S Improvements

This paragraph introduces a section showcasing graphs that visualize the progress and improvements made in the Samsung Galaxy S series over the years. The graphs cover aspects such as screen sizes, battery capacities, camera megapixel counts, and starting prices. The author argues that the Galaxy S20 could be considered 'peak Samsung' based on some of these metrics, and also discusses the increasing price gap between the base and Ultra models.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S is the flagship smartphone lineup from Samsung Electronics that has been introduced annually since 2010. It is one of the most popular and recognizable smartphone names in the world. In the video, the evolution of the Galaxy S lineup is traced from the original Galaxy S1 to the latest S24 model, highlighting the key innovations, design changes, and feature improvements over the years.

💡Innovation

Innovation refers to the introduction of new ideas, methods, or products that create value or improve upon existing solutions. The video emphasizes Samsung's approach of continuously trying new features and concepts with each Galaxy S iteration, even if some of them did not stick around for long. For example, the video mentions the heart rate sensor on the Galaxy S5, the edge displays on the Galaxy S6, and the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8, illustrating Samsung's willingness to innovate and experiment.

💡AMOLED Display

AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a display technology used in many Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S lineup. The video highlights the use of AMOLED displays from the very first Galaxy S, noting their advantages in terms of power efficiency, deep blacks, and vibrant colors. AMOLED displays have been a defining feature of the Galaxy S series, contributing to their visual appeal and battery life.

💡Camera Advancements

The video traces the evolution of camera capabilities in the Galaxy S lineup, starting from the 5-megapixel camera on the original Galaxy S1 to the latest multi-camera setups with high megapixel counts and advanced features like optical image stabilization, variable aperture, and 8K video recording. The increasing emphasis on camera performance reflects the growing importance of mobile photography and videography in modern smartphones.

💡TouchWiz / One UI

TouchWiz and One UI are the proprietary software overlays or user interfaces developed by Samsung for their Android devices, including the Galaxy S lineup. The video discusses how TouchWiz, while offering additional features, was often criticized for its cartoonish appearance and potential impact on performance and update delivery. Over time, Samsung refined its software with the more modern One UI, striking a balance between customization and a cleaner user experience.

💡Exynos vs Snapdragon

Exynos and Snapdragon are the names of the system-on-chip (SoC) processors used in Samsung's Galaxy S devices. The video highlights Samsung's attempt to use its in-house Exynos chips in some regions while relying on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors in others. However, this strategy faced criticism as the Snapdragon variants often outperformed the Exynos counterparts in terms of performance, efficiency, and battery life. Eventually, Samsung unified their lineup with Snapdragon chips for the Galaxy S23 series.

💡Battery Capacity

Battery capacity refers to the amount of energy a battery can store and is measured in milliampere-hours (mAh). The video traces the evolution of battery capacities in the Galaxy S lineup, starting from the 1,500 mAh battery in the original Galaxy S1 and steadily increasing to the current 4,000 mAh batteries in recent models. Improved battery capacities have been crucial for supporting the ever-increasing power demands of modern smartphones.

💡Price Increase

The video highlights the steady increase in the starting prices of the Galaxy S lineup over the years. While the original Galaxy S1 launched at $399, the prices have steadily climbed, with the Galaxy S10 reaching $900 and the latest Galaxy S24 Ultra model priced at $1,660 for the 1TB variant. This price increase reflects the advancements in hardware, features, and overall capabilities of the Galaxy S devices.

💡Screen-to-Body Ratio

The screen-to-body ratio is a measure of how much of a smartphone's front surface is occupied by the display, with higher ratios indicating thinner bezels and a more immersive viewing experience. The video notes Samsung's efforts to maximize this ratio through design innovations like curved displays and punch-hole cameras, eventually reaching ratios in the 90% range, where the bezels are practically non-existent.

💡AI Features

AI (Artificial Intelligence) features refer to the integration of intelligent algorithms and machine learning capabilities into smartphones. The video mentions Samsung's increasing focus on AI-powered features in recent Galaxy S models, such as live translation, generative photo editing, and the Circle to search functionality. These AI-based capabilities aim to enhance the user experience and provide more intelligent and intuitive interactions with the device.

Highlights

Samsung Galaxy S series has been one of the most popular names in the world of smartphones for years.

The name 'Galaxy' comes from a wine often enjoyed by high-level Samsung executives.

Samsung tries anything, releasing phones in every single imaginable price bracket, feature set, or spec sheet.

The first Samsung Galaxy S launched in 2010, featuring a 4-inch AMOLED display, a 5MP camera, and a removable battery.

The Galaxy S2 doubled the processing power, increased the screen size, and added features like an 8MP camera and NFC.

The Galaxy S3 introduced a nature-inspired design and the S Voice virtual assistant.

The Galaxy S4 tried various experimental features like head tracking, smart scrolling, and smart pause.

The Galaxy S6 marked the beginning of a new era with a glass back, wireless charging, and a higher-resolution display.

The Galaxy S7 series introduced a water-resistant design and improved battery life.

The Galaxy S8 featured an Infinity Display with a taller aspect ratio and introduced the Bixby virtual assistant.

The Galaxy S9 introduced a dual aperture camera system with variable apertures.

The Galaxy S10 series brought punch-hole cameras, triple rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Galaxy S20 series introduced 8K video recording and 120Hz displays but had a generic design.

The Galaxy S21 series marked a return to flat displays and removed features like expandable storage and bundled chargers.

The Galaxy S23 series marked the end of Samsung's Exynos chips, with all models using Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Transcripts

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down Samsung Galaxy S one of the most

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popular names in the world of

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smartphones and has been for years

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interestingly it's kind of a long name

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you might be wondering where Galaxy s

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comes from and if you think you already

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know what you're thinking is probably

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wrong apparently Galaxy comes from a

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wine often enjoyed by highlevel Samsung

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Executives and then they proceeded to

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name like 20,000 phones after it now

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here's the thing Samsung will try

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anything that's kind of their thing like

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this is something I've known about them

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for a long time from reviewing their

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phones but just from researching for

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this video like they have a ton of

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phones in every single imaginable price

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bracket or feature set or spec sheet

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here you can even try to guess these

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they've had a Samsung Galaxy F series

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what do you think the F stands for

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stands for fun then there's the Galaxy Z

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series Z for zero and Galaxy m is you'd

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think midrange but it actually stands

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for Millennial and then Galaxy a that's

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some of their most popular affordable

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smartphones so naturally it stands for

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Alpha there's galaxy W for Wonder Galaxy

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R for Royal the list goes on but then

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the flagship that's lived at the top of

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their lineup is the Samsung Galaxy S and

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S stands for super smart yeah super

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smart anyway the first ever Samsung

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Galaxy S comes out in 2010 just to set

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the scene like this is 3 years after the

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first ever iPhones come out so the

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iPhone 4 is about to come out this is a

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couple months after the Nexus 1 gets

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unveiled Blackberry is quicking in their

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boots like the entire smartphone

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industry if you want to call it that is

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totally in a reshuffling things are up

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for for grabs and it's still very much

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in its infancy too the second most

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popular phone selling by volume looks

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like this it's a Nokia 3720 classic and

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so Samsung launches the first ever

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Galaxy S super smart into the world with

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over two dozen variations this is going

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to be a bit of a theme here you know it

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a pretty basic phone big touchcreen on

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the front some capacitive buttons a

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plastic removable back a single camera

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today we have Samsung Galaxy s24 and

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it's Ultra refined tightly packed

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supercomputer in the palm of your hands

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with high resolution cameras and

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displays powerful processors AI features

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like just a ton of optimizations that

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have stacked up over the years to get to

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this point so today I've got every

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single Samsung Galaxy S that has ever

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been released they're all in front of me

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actually it's every main Galaxy S

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variant from the S1 to the s24

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everything in between and I'm going to

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review them all and some of them I've

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reviewed before and others are like the

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first time I've ever gotten them working

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on camera but either way it'll be fun to

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go back and go through this is the story

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of how we got to where we are today and

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where it started so buckle up we're

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going to Jump Right In also stay tuned

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for the graphs at the end like usual

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they're super fun so Samsung Galaxy S

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this is the first one summer 2010 and

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yeah it does clearly look old with the

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classic four capactive buttons at the

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bottom Android .1 and it's a micro USB

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port at the top next to the headphone

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jack but I feel like right off the bat

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you can see Samsung differentiating

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itself here first of all this is a

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reasonable display this is a 4-in screen

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and it's a Samsung made AMOLED display

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so that's a huge deal back in these days

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you could see a meaningful difference in

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battery life just if you set a wallpaper

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with a bunch of black in it because the

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pixels didn't have to light up on the

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OLED and that was A New Concept back

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then it's also only a 1500 mAh battery

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so every bit of savings you can get

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means a lot also of course this was back

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in the day when you could just pop the

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back off any phone and just take the

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battery out swap it out at any moment

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have two batteries if you want to swap

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them in and out real quick while the

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others are charging we will witness the

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death of this feature during this video

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but then using this phone now like okay

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it feels slow obviously but it's not

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really in the laggy or unresponsive way

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it's just slow like there's a lot of

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solid waiting for anything to happen

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especially heavier stuff like the web

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browser or opening the camera you just

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have to slow down a little bit give it a

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second even though this launched with

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what at the time was the fastest

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Graphics processing of any smartphone

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thanks to a Samsung made chip inside oh

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and speaking of cameras it launched with

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a single 5 megapixel camera on the back

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which was capable of shooting actually

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720p video right out the box it asks for

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a memory card to do a lot of things like

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shooting videos because it only comes

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with two or 4 gigs of storage out the

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box but there's a Micro SD card

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expandable storage slot in the back of

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the phone so you can go right up to 32

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gigs right off the bat so I never used

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one of these phones but my favorite

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thing about it now is it it's kind of

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got the modern shape already it has like

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kind of flat sides and a flat back there

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is no camera bump uh there is a small

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bump in the plastic actually over the

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rear-facing speaker because it was

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common to put your phone down on a table

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or something and without that bump it

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would block the speaker and so that bump

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literally is just to keep the speaker

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open so you can always hear your sound

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now you remember how I was saying

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Samsung will kind of just try anything

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that's been true since the first one

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like this first ever Galaxy S launched

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with like I said over a dozen variants

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and so you might recognize this one as

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the Samsung Galaxy S Stratosphere and

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you can tell because this is the one

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with a little Verizon stamp on its

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forehead here but you might have had the

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant that's what it

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would be called if you got the variant

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that was made for T-Mobile or the

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Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G which is what

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they call the one that launched on

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Sprint now in hindsight honestly it

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feels like this was Samsung's way of

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just getting around carrier exclusives

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cuz they basically just made a slightly

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different version of this phone for

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every carrier in America with a little

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bit of a different design and a little

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bit of different features only Samsung

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only Samsung little did they know this

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would be the beginning of a whole empire

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so the sequel the first sequel is a

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Samsung Galaxy S2 second gen can teach

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you a lot so right away a couple things

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this phone is no notably bigger and

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noticeably sleeker than the first Galaxy

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S and these were back in the days where

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the percentage increases year-over-year

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with some of the stuff they did was

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crazy on paper like this went from a 1

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GHz chip to a 1.2 GHz dual cord chip so

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that's just more than double the

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processing power it also went from a 4in

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screen to a 4.3in screen it goes from a

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5 megapixel 720p camera to an 8 megap

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camera on the back shooting 1080p it

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doubled the ram up to a gbyte it bumped

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up to a 1,650 mAh battery and the amount

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of Base storage I guess you would say

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ouled from 2 gigs all the way up to 16

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and it did all that in a phone that got

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thinner and it also added NFC so it

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added pieces and now this is an 8 and2

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mm phone so this is one of the thinnest

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phones in the world at the time that it

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came out now the starting price also did

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go up a lot from $3.99 to $5.49 but this

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phone did launch into a relative success

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this sold like 3 million units in the

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first 2 months this

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was definitely the first one to show up

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on my radar I never owned one of these

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phones but I definitely saw it and

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thought about it but then this next one

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the Galaxy S3 in 2012 this is the first

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Samsung Galaxy S that I actually owned

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and I remember loving this thing I

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remember it well too the jump up and

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size again was very real so it's all the

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way up to a 4.8 in phone now which

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believe it or not like this is starting

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to push the limits of what people

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considered an appropriate phone size cuz

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I remember around this time there were a

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lot of phones that that were hitting

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exactly 4.65 in like that was a popular

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phone screen size for the big phones at

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the time and anything near 5 in kind of

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felt like weird like a tablet size and

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here's Samsung's flagship pushing 4.8 in

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of screen and then the four capacitor

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buttons down at the front are now just

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three buttons the search button's gone

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so it's a home button that's a physical

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button with back button on the right and

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menu on the left and this is also the

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first time we got a voice assistant on

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the phone and they called it SVO

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clever I know this is a a pretty direct

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response to we just got Siri announced

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on the iPhone the year before but you

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know S Voice s for Samsung they also use

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S for a bunch of other stuff S Notes so

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Samsung voice S Voice Now S Voice wasn't

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good but then again neither were any of

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the other voice assistants that were

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coming out so this is mostly just people

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poking around asking it to do things

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random facts just weather things like

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that what turned out to be much more

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significant with this phone is just this

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super sleek design the whole thing is

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shaped like a thin Pebble that you could

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probably skip across a lake it's

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inspired by Nature the whole OS leaned

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into that it had a ton of water droplet

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sounds everywhere the lock screen went

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from swipe to unlock to dragging your

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finger through this water like it was a

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pretty strong theme for them but I

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remember using this phone and reviewing

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it this is back in college for me I

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loved it it was also received very well

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and the combo of like being super slim

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and fast and having a huge OLED and S

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Voice had it starting to get touted like

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the iPhone killer um but I think more

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interestingly they thought this phone

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was big enough to Warrant an S3 Mini cuz

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this is a 4.8 in screen like I said kind

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of giant and so they came out with the

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one with a 4in display Galaxy S3 Mini at

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the same time cuz of course they did but

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the next year we got Samsung Galaxy S4

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which was the beginning of a lot of

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things what do I feel like the fourth

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generation of any major new product is

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like the defining one this is this one's

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no exception now of course they're still

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making gigantic leaps on paper with

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specs cuz these little pocket computers

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are getting more and more capable of

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everything they do so it goes from a 4.8

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in 720p screen to being one of the first

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phones with a 5 in 1080P screen in the

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age of a bunch of new retina displays

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that are aiming for the best pixel

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density then they also had variance all

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the way up from 1.4 to 1.9 GHz dual core

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processors it again doubled the Ram from

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1 to 2 gb and that single back camera

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went from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels

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so this is the first time you could take

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1080p videos from the camera on the

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Galaxy S and then watch them on the

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1080p screen on the front of the Galaxy

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S pretty sick this also goes from a

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2,000 mAh battery to a 2600 mAh battery

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still removable uh a 30% increase is

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pretty crazy but again they just keep

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aiming for one day of battery life

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that's been a theme since this long ago

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like yes these things get more and more

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powerful every year and they're doing

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more and more stuff but as long as I can

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hit one day of battery life they seem

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cool with that now if you want more

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proof of Samsung just trying a ton of

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things this phone had a ton of random

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features some of them actually are kind

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of interesting cuz they feel like the

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the AI features of back in this day so

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like this is the phone that tried head

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tracking smart scrolling so when you're

11:24

reading something you can tilt your head

11:26

forward and backward to scroll through

11:28

the page it's just insane it had smart

11:31

rotation so this is actually cool if you

11:33

have auto rotate on but you're looking

11:34

at the screen while reading something

11:36

and then turn sideways it won't rotate

11:38

the screen it'll keep it right side up

11:39

Smart Pause is fun you're watching a

11:41

video you look away from the screen

11:43

it'll automatically pause you look back

11:45

it'll play again so there's lots of

11:46

stuff like this some of it sticks some

11:47

of it doesn't fine but this was also

11:50

partially used to justify another

11:52

increase in price for this phone so S4

11:56

at launch I don't know if you remember

11:57

this it launched at

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$650 this is also the first time Samsung

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made an active version of the phone so

12:06

another variant so Galaxy S4 Galaxy S4

12:09

Active so this added IP67 certification

12:12

and a more rugged design it was a TFT

12:14

LCD display instead of AMOLED and it

12:16

traded some other small downgrades for

12:18

like physical buttons and a slightly

12:20

thicker phone with some flaps to cover

12:21

the ports I'll tell you what was not

12:23

really a major hit though this was one

12:25

of the first major incidents of a

12:26

Samsung phone battery swelling Catching

12:29

Fire and burning up on someone now it

12:31

didn't go happen to a ton of people it

12:32

wasn't enough to become a major Trend

12:35

but it's something to sort of remember

12:39

for the future foreshadowing now by the

12:41

time we get to Galaxy S5 Samsung is

12:44

starting to hit their stride I think

12:45

with the Galaxy S another huge battery

12:48

bump now it's up to 2800 milliamp hours

12:51

and another huge screen bump all the way

12:53

up to 5.1 in diagonally and across the

12:56

board this is uh I think fully Flagship

12:58

in every dimens mention it's a it's a

12:59

2.7 GHz processor on some variants all

13:02

right 2 to 3 gigs of RAM up to 32 gigs

13:05

of storage and it's a 16 megapixel

13:07

camera that now shoots 4K video also the

13:09

bottom left button has gone from a menu

13:12

button to a multitasking button to match

13:14

the three primary buttons needed to

13:16

operate Android but also says a lot

13:17

about what it's capable of but then of

13:19

course alongside all that is the

13:21

absolute classic Samsung just trying

13:25

things and I think the Telltale sign for

13:26

this stuff like is when you see them try

13:29

it for one generation just to throw it

13:31

at the wall and see what sticks and then

13:34

it's gone the next year like they added

13:35

this little sensor back here next to the

13:37

camera flash on the back that's a heart

13:39

rate sensor so you could measure your

13:41

heart rate plugs into S Health that

13:44

didn't last very long they also added

13:45

this weird texture for the first time to

13:47

this plastic back that you know made it

13:48

a little softer yes but also totally

13:51

made it look like a Band-Aid plus it

13:52

even came in this flesh color that also

13:55

didn't stick around long they also added

13:57

a fingerprint reader to the home button

13:59

fun fact back in these days you actually

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had to swipe your whole finger across

14:04

the home button to get it read of course

14:05

fingerprint readers have stuck around

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but it doesn't have to be swiped anymore

14:09

so that's improved significantly and you

14:11

can see this weird port at the bottom

14:13

here the Galaxy S5 has a sort of a

14:15

double Port basically it could be used

14:17

as just normal micro USB for charging

14:19

but if you wanted full USB 3.0 data

14:22

speeds there was a special like

14:24

double-ended cable you could plug in to

14:25

use all the pins and get that kind of

14:28

weird that didn't stick around long

14:30

either also there was a a flap on the

14:32

bottom of all these phones for water

14:33

resistance and they were super easy to

14:35

fall off and this one also fell off

14:38

naturally they also released both an

14:40

active and a separate sport version of

14:44

this phone alongside the regular Galaxy

14:47

S5 of course they did so Samsung Galaxy

14:50

S6 came out in 2015 but truthfully this

14:54

was the beginning of a new era for

14:56

Samsung phones you can look at it and

14:58

see it this this is when they entered