I opened the small box from Amazon. There was a smaller box inside. The packaging is still on my kitchen table nearly 20 hours later!
Remember when electronics came with voluminous instruction manuals? I’m showing my age, right? The Galaxy came with minimal detail, though there was a sticker telling me I’d need AT&T’s help in getting it turned on.
I spoke to a young woman in an undisclosed location (“for security reasons”). She was not a confidence builder as she worked her way through the script. The phone didn’t connect to the network right away, but after rebooting it was good to go.
Even in my countrified neighborhood in Northern Hamden there is 4G service with 4.5 mbps down and 1.4 mbps up. That’s a surprise. Not too shabby.
This phone is slightly wide and longer than my iPhone 3Gs. It’s a little thinner too.
I’m going to have to get used to gripping it. The extra few millimeters is noticeable when the phone’s in my hand.
I can’t put my finger on the reason why, but the phone is also a little less comfortable against my ear. I’m going to wait until it’s in a case before I pass judgement.
The screen is amazing! The current line of iPhones have higher screen resolution than the Galaxy S II, but Samsung’s using a SUPER AMOLED display. My phone has much darker blacks meaning more screen contrast and a sharper look.
It is rocket fast! So far there’s nothing I’ve tried that’s been met with noticeable lag.
I downloaded a few apps, made a few phone calls, mistakenly erased my full address book in Gmail and played. I didn’t go to bed until well after 5 AM.
This afternoon I fired up the GPS navigation app and had it take me to work. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but there were no vocal cues. This has to be my error.
The phone has two cameras so I tried it out on Skype and chatted with my friend Peter in Ventnor City, NJ. The quality was good. With my cell connection I took him on a tour of the FoxCT/Hartford Courant Building.
Later my father saw I was on and Skyped with me too.
There’s still a lot to discover, but so far so good. There are more apps to download, more features to discover. It’s a phone and a toy.