Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G isn’t exactly a great leap from the existing Galaxy S range. The company has taken the original Galaxy S and thrown in Android 2.2 Froyo from the outset, together with HSPA+ support for T-Mobile USA’s network. Still, with the Galaxy S family the best-selling Android devices around, there’s arguably little Samsung actually needed to do in order to refresh things prior to the Galaxy S II‘s arrival.

Our review unit has arrived, and we wasted no time in whipping it out on camera for some first impressions. It’s certainly derived from the T-Mobile Vibrant, with the same row of four touch-sensitive keys under the touchscreen and the same slender plastic chassis. Having used the Galaxy S II at MWC 2011 this week the 4-inch Super AMOLED doesn’t seem quite so luxurious, but it’s still impressively bright and clear.

What will make the biggest difference is the speed: both from the Froyo update, and the 4G upgrade. Android 2.2 is certainly speedier than its predecessor, though Samsung’s TouchWiz UI does muddy the experience somewhat; we still wish there was a way to turn the modifications off. We’ve also noticed a couple of inexplicable pauses in the system, as were present on the original Galaxy S family (and, indeed, on versions that have since seen updates to Froyo).

We’ll be putting the HSPA+ through its paces with some comprehensive speed tests ahead of the full Android Community review, so until then enjoy the hands-on gallery!

  • fanboi

    Hey Vincent,
    Just curious what your favorite phone/android phone phone is. you seem to be sporting the Nexus S quite a bit lately. Is that your favorite?

    • It’s hard to bet the nexus due to Android 2.3, 4″ super amoled and the unique curved display. That being said, im really digging the ATRIX 4G. Can’t wait for bionix and thunderbolt from Verizon.

      What about you?

      • I have Galaxy S and I am looking forward to upgrade it to Android 2.3 have any suggestion? where can i get the ROM for it?

      • Fiozil18

        XDA developers