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All phones are now avail from o2 on payg. So i was in glasgow fort and glasgow and noticed the Samsung Galaxy S is avail for £319, but even if your with o2 you need to buy a £10 top up. still makes this a cracking price for the phone + i was told its definitely the 16GB version.

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#1
Confirmation if it's locked or not would be great
#2
stunning phone
#3
well i did ask the guys in the o2 store who said they used to have PAYG stock and contract stock. Now they are just one and the same. However i do believe the ones instore will be locked unfortunately by phone order though im not sure as contract stock from tele sales is unlocked so if it comes from the same stock now would mean payg bought over the phone would be unlocked. TBH i would like clarification on this to as I cant really trust a rather unsure O2 sales assistant on a sunday afternoon lol
#4
payg are normally locked on o2..Btw it wont be the 16gb version as thats a vodafone exclusive, im guessing it comes with a 8gb card like the contract models do which the sales guy was on about.

Voted hot for a cracking phone.
#5
well from the o2 website it says internal memory 16MB and there is only 2 types of galaxy s 8GB or 16GB so i believe o2 have mistakenly put 16MB instead of GB Check it here O2 Galaxy s Spec List

They just give you a free 8GB memory card as a freebie
#6
possibly they have if anyone could shed any light on this would be much appreciated i forgot to have a look sorry guys
#7
Can this be bought like the Desire for £285 on contract without strings?
#8
i was thinking of getting the samsung wave but this also looks like a nice handset anyone know which one is the better handset?
#9
Spec wise The Galaxy S.
#10
Borat
i was thinking of getting the samsung wave but this also looks like a nice handset anyone know which one is the better handset?


I'd got with the galaxy m8, android is better than the new samsung o/s.

@Kenneth131 I would check and double check anything you done at the Fort m8, we had a nightmare last week with an upgrade and were lied to twice incl by the assistant manager. U shld be fine with a payg mobile right enough :)
#11
thanks for the replies starman and honest_geezer i would leave rep but don't know how
#12
Borat
i was thinking of getting the samsung wave but this also looks like a nice handset anyone know which one is the better handset?



depends what you wanna use it for, if u mainly want if for the camera and hd then the wave as it has a flash if u want more then this then the galaxy
#13
I had the desire for a month and a half, which was a bloody brilliant phone. Then decided to upgrade to a galaxy s and having had it for two weeks now I can tell you I don’t regret it for one moment. It does everything the desire does but it does it with so much more style and ease. And swipe is marvellous; I can finally be bothered to have full conversations by texts with people as it makes it so easy and quick to type. Not to mention it looks and feels great
#14
guv
For anyone wondering the difference in quality between the galaxy and the desire should look at this you tube clip playing Quake 2Youtube Link

I dont know what person posted that but its utter rubbish I can assure you that it does not run like that at all the only reason it would is if you had 20apps open and ran the game on top which would be the case with the samsung aswell, Thats a flaw with the andriod not shutting down apps and the Desire is just as powerful as the galaxyS theres litlle difference in spec.
#15
MisterBob
I had the desire for a month and a half, which was a bloody brilliant phone. Then decided to upgrade to a galaxy s and having had it for two weeks now I can tell you I don’t regret it for one moment. It does everything the desire does but it does it with so much more style and ease. And swipe is marvellous; I can finally be bothered to have full conversations by texts with people as it makes it so easy and quick to type. Not to mention it looks and feels great


Not according to engadget my friend, they rate the desire higher.(_;)
#16
The only thing different with the 2 phones is screen the samsungs is a little better but the desires screen is ace anyway.

specs for galaxyS
Smartphone Android 2.1
.Processor 1000 MHz or 1ghz
.Memory 512 MB RAM

HTC Desire
CPU Processing Speed
1 GHz
Storage
ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 576 MB

for full specs heres the links
samsung
http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Samsung-Galaxy-S-phone-p_4522.html
HTC
http://www.htc.com/www/product/desire/specification.html

It might be a little fanboi style but the desire is the best phone ive ever had and ive had some very good phones, my previous was an HD2 and the reviews for the desire say it all its classed as one of the best phones there is if not the best. The way i look at it is samsung make £10 phones where as HTCs phones dont go any where near that, they are a premium phone with the price tag to match and they have been making smartphones for a long time when we look back at samsungs offerings into the world of phone we have stuff lite the tocco. HTCs cheapest phone is way better than 90% of samsungs and the desires been around now for a good long time and its took samsung 6months to release something thats not anymore powerful.
1 Like #17
Lol @ Kawsar17, Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion buddy, Engadget may be right, I may be wrong. But unlike Engadget I’ve owned and used both phones for a long time as opposed to a two day test run and I think my opinion maybe useful to some
1 Like #18
MisterBob
Lol @ Kawsar17, Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion buddy, Engadget may be right, I may be wrong. But unlike Engadget I’ve owned and used both phones for a long time as opposed to a two day test run and I think my opinion maybe useful to some

Either phone will be what you make of it by the apps you install and what you use it for and i fail to see how it can be any better as they are limited to the way they operate by Android 2.1 and HTCs sense is great but i don't think its as good as the iphones touch sensitive screen but there's not alot in it and how things can be any easier on the samsung is weird as they are both 2.1 which means you would of had the experience using the desire so you would be familiar with how it works anyway.

As for it being better than the desire i think you will find 1000s of hukd members who disagree and me for sure as ive used bolth and the samsung is a samsung i just wonder why you would get rid of the desire and get a samsung my question is did you sell it or send it back faulty as the phones still very new and unless you bought it out right you would still be tied into a contract unless it went faulty and they may then of swapped it and if thats the case the your problem a faulty phone.
#19
Borat
i was thinking of getting the samsung wave but this also looks like a nice handset anyone know which one is the better handset?


The handsets are quite a bit different in terms of software. The Wave uses the Bada OS whereas the Samsung S uses Android 2.1. Bada is very new and not very well supported (ie few apps); for these reasons and others I would definitely recommend you get the Samsung Galaxy S over the Wave although I think you'll find the Galaxy S is more expensive.

The Galaxy S is also getting Android 2.2 'Froyo' in the future (before Christmas is the most you should hope for) so this will bring added functionality such as wireless app downloading, tethering, cloud messaging, Flash, etc.
#20
@ Polly69

“I fail to see how it can be any better as they are limited to the way they operate by Android 2.1”
- Are you saying all phone that run 2.1 are the same, and therefore none can be better than the other?

“As for it being better than the desire I think you will find 1000s of hukd members who disagree”
- I wasn’t trying to imply for a single second that what I was saying was a fact; merely that it was my own, honest opinion

“The samsung is a Samsung”
-LOL, and the desire is a desire?

“If that’s the case the your problem a faulty phone”
- My phone had no problems, and the person I sold it to is a very good friend of mine, who was happy to get a good deal, and is using, and enjoying the phone just as I was. You seem wise to be able to make such conclusive assumptions without knowing anything about me
#21
polly69

you're very defensive about the desire, have you owned both phones?
if this deal is legit, I'll be selling my desire as the looks and better screen of the galaxy make it worth the extra money Imo
#22
Really debating this, i need a new phone, and this is SUCH a good phone. It's hard to say no... I've literally just worked my ass of zeroing my credit card as well! Bah...
#23
Bear in mind Samsung probably doesn't make those smaller cheaper ones and I bet are contracted out to a budget manufacture and they stick their label on it, i doubt HTC do it as much, but I bet they have.

I have a Desire and I'm wanting a Galaxy S for the 4inch screen and the Super AMOLED and proven faster speeds.
#24
What changes have O2 done to the physical or software aspects of this phone? Have they customised it and loaded it with lots of O2 bloatware?
#25
Read good reviews on the Samsung Galaxy S, as well as the iPhone 4 (yes yes I know the antenna/signal issues!). The animation is still better on the iPhone, but the S is very good close second. App wise, you get a decent array of apps from both platforms.

Not familiar with either OS and willing to give either a go, so still debating as to which one to get. So far from what I can see from my provider is that my data plan will be half the cost on the S than the iPHone (though it's the same amount of data, provider just being greedy and all! Hehe!).

So, which one should I get then?
banned#26
I doubt there will be any custom roms made for this so you maybe stuck with o2's bloatware (if there is any on it). If you want a real Android phone get a Nexus One. Proper open source. The way Android was intended ...
banned#27
polskasweetiepie
Read good reviews on the Samsung Galaxy S, as well as the iPhone 4 (yes yes I know the antenna/signal issues!). The animation is still better on the iPhone, but the S is very good close second. App wise, you get a decent array of apps from both platforms.

Not familiar with either OS and willing to give either a go, so still debating as to which one to get. So far from what I can see from my provider is that my data plan will be half the cost on the S than the iPHone (though it's the same amount of data, provider just being greedy and all! Hehe!).

So, which one should I get then?
Nexus One or HTC Desire :)
#28
Can someone tell me how big the S is? I am thinking of changing as from the end of this week I will be on my third desire. I know I must be in a minority but although a great phone to use, I have had some many problems with mine I just want to change it and get something that works on a regular basis. Are there any other desire owners who are having problems, the latest one was constantly rebooting!! HTC admitted a problem (again) and it's gone back for repair (again). Let's just say the experience has not been favoourable.
#29
Friend has this phone, played with it, it's remarkably similar shape to the iphone 3g/3gs, but lighter and slightly smaller. I think the way it is setup to be so similar to the iphone (icons and interface) makes it a good improvement/upgrade smartphone alternative. This type of phone kind of shows the benchmark the iphone set, it seems that other companies are only improving their phones by making them more and more like the way the iphone works, which is a good thing.
#30
polly69
The only thing different with the 2 phones is screen the samsungs is a little better but the desires screen is ace anyway.specs for galaxySSmartphone Android 2.1 .Processor 1000 MHz or 1ghz.Memory 512 MB RAM HTC DesireCPU Processing Speed1 GHzStorageROM: 512 MB RAM: 576 MB for full specs heres the linkssamsunghttp://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Samsung-Galaxy-S-phone-p_4522.htmlHTChttp://www.htc.com/www/product/desire/specification.htmlIt might be a little fanboi style but the desire is the best phone ive ever had and ive had some very good phones, my previous was an HD2 and the reviews for the desire say it all its classed as one of the best phones there is if not the best. The way i look at it is samsung make £10 phones where as HTCs phones dont go any where near that, they are a premium phone with the price tag to match and they have been making smartphones for a long time when we look back at samsungs offerings into the world of phone we have stuff lite the tocco. HTCs cheapest phone is way better than 90% of samsungs and the desires been around now for a good long time and its took samsung 6months to release something thats not anymore powerful.

Actually its proven that the 1GHz processor and the GPU are better than the Desire, just do a simple google search.... I have a Desire on contract and am happy with it but I can accept the facts, this is a great price considering the Desire is still more expensive than the Galaxy S so for more hardware spec this is a great price. The 2 reasons I personally did not go for the Galaxy S was the screen was too big/phone was too big and no light on the camera. Have had 2 idiots crash into my car in the past 5 years, first time I was able to take photos on my Sony Xperia X1 as it had a light, 2nd time the pictures were too dark and useless to use for anything on my T-Mobile Pulse.
#31
Has anyone purchased this deal from an O2 store yet, and do we know for sure if it comes unlocked?
#32
Aye,To reconfirm the Samsung Wave comment.I had one for two days.......there are only about 150 apps for the Samsung, but tens of thousands for the Galaxy.If you're even vaguely interested in getting any apps I wouldn't even consider the Samsung Wave.
#33
Although Desire might not been made from best quality materials, the Galaxy is far worse in this respect as its very plasticy and flimsy and without a flash for the camera!!!!

Why can't they make something as good looking & build quality as of the iPhone 4 (obviously without antenna issues!) but with Android...why????
#34
rhisop
Can someone tell me how big the S is? I am thinking of changing as from the end of this week I will be on my third desire. I know I must be in a minority but although a great phone to use, I have had some many problems with mine I just want to change it and get something that works on a regular basis. Are there any other desire owners who are having problems, the latest one was constantly rebooting!! HTC admitted a problem (again) and it's gone back for repair (again). Let's just say the experience has not been favoourable.


I had this issue. I was having none of it. I took it back to the store after about 10 days and purchased from another place. You have rights and don't have to go down the repair route.
#35
I love my Desire. Slightly tempted by selling it though and getting this. But then read this so not really worth it:
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/34289/samsung-galaxy-s-vs-htc-desire

The HTC software is better. Although the Galaxy does come with the new Blinkx app which is meant to be great for video.
#36
The Galaxy also has TV out & is DLNA certified (you can stream movies to and from the phone), the Desire does not.
#37
Babbler
I love my Desire. Slightly tempted by selling it though and getting this. But then read this so not really worth it:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/34289/samsung-galaxy-s-vs-htc-desire

The HTC software is better. Although the Galaxy does come with the new Blinkx app which is meant to be great for video.


Stick with Desire...a bit better build quality & software + camera flash!
#38
Love my desire - realistic enough to know that this phone has a better 3d chipset though (lol at the fanboy stuff on here - seriously?). As always it's about what suits you - so go play with one in real life before deciding.
1 Like #39
darrenjdoc
I doubt there will be any custom roms made for this so you maybe stuck with o2's bloatware (if there is any on it). If you want a real Android phone get a Nexus One. Proper open source. The way Android was intended ...


Xda developer ROM's can be found here and Modaco have custom ROMS as well

Peeps, this is an awesome phone, the 2 main downsides are

1) It has no camera flash - what importance you attach to that is down to individual tastes ;-)

2) The Samsung UI overlay is a bit ropey and the phone runs better without it. It's certainly not as slick as HTC's Sense. Similarly the PC suite software has a mind of its own... however as with Android phones this isn't an issue unless you have to sync it with outlook.

The screen is the killer feature, one has to see it to appreciate it. It's noticeably better than the desires, and it renders graphics better as it has a superior graphics processor, so some games will play faster than on the desire. I've lived with both and my preference is the Galaxy..... however, it needs a bit of tweaking and ROM updates from Samsung to get it working as well as the desire does out of the box

Rizza
#40
Sorry the link for custom ROMS can be found here

Rizza

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