Along with the release of the iPhone 4, Samsung released their own flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S. We recently had a look at the iPhone 3G and how it held up back in 2008, and today we are looking at the Galaxy S.

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The Samsung Galaxy S released back in June 2010 and was Samsung’s entry into the world of flagship phones. It packed a punch for a smartphone back then as its closest rival was the iPhone 4. It came with a Super AMOLED screen with 16M colours, which was 4.0-inches. It housed a 480×800 pixel resolution, a 5 megapixel camera, and a measly 0.3 megapixel front facing camera.

 Display OS Memory Camera  Battery  Video Storage
 Samsung Galaxy S 4.0″ (480×800) Android 2.3.6 (Éclair) 512MB  5MP (2592×1944) Li-Ion 1500 mAh  720p 30fps  8/16GB
 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge  5.7″ (1440×2560) Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)  4GB 16MP (2988×5312)  Li-Ion 3000 mAh  2160p 30fps 1080p 60fps 32/64GB
Nexus S  4.0″ (480×800)  Android 2.3 Gingerbread  512MB  5MP (2560×1920)  Li-Ion 1500 mAh   720p 30fps  16GB

When the Samsung Galaxy S was released, it included the fastest graphical processing of any smartphone to date and was the thinnest smartphone ever built at only 9.9mm thin. It was also the first ever Android phone to be certified by DivX HD. The Galaxy S used the Samsung S5PC110 processor which combined a 14nm 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 based CPU with a PowerVR SGX 540. This supported OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0.

The Galaxy S smartphone went on to sell over 25 million units as of 2013 which led to the continuation of the Galaxy S range we know today.

Nexus S

With the success of the Galaxy S, Google and Samsung teamed up to produce the Nexus S, a powerful smartphone that ran on a clean, optimised version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was the first device to support NFC (Near Field Communication) in both its software and hardware.

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Although the phone looked like the Galaxy S, internally the hardware was optimised to get the most out of the OS. Its 512MB of RAM was divided up with 128MB assigned to the GPU, leaving 348MB for the OS. This greatly improved the speed and operating of the OS. The phone did not support any external storage, but came with 16GB NAND memory. The Nexus S was the first phone to ship with Android 2.3. The Nexus S was also the first Android device to be unlocked, meaning users could download and install custom roms.

Today we have the Galaxy S6 Edge+, one of the most powerful phones on the market. It boasts a massive  5.7″ (1440×2560) display which is 4 times the resolution of the classic Nexus S. The Galaxy S6 Edge + also comes with a whopping 4GB of RAM, the highest found on any smartphone to date. It just goes to show just how far we have gone in a matter of 5 years.