Samsung’s Galaxy S Pro: Android Gets a Keyboard

by Matt Klassen on April 1, 2010

Until recently, the best Android-based Samsung phone available to consumers was the i7500 Galaxy, and while no one would argue that it was a fully capable smartphone, it clearly couldn’t compete with the power and prestige of Motorola’s Droid or Google’s Nexus One. But last week at the CTIA, Samsung officially unveiled one of the best Android phones to date, the Galaxy S. Rivaling not only the Nexus One and the Droid, the Galaxy S will clearly present a significant challenge to superphones like the HTC Incredible (set for release later this year) as well.

The Galaxy S sports an impressive array of specs that clearly put it near the top of the smartphone pile. With its 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen, one that continues to receive rave reviews for its unmatched clarity and brightness, its blazingly fast 1 GHz processor that Samsung claims is unrivalled in the market (although realistically, it’s probably still the Snapdragon), and the fact that it runs Android v2.1 right out of the box, the Galaxy S is a phone that’s sure to impress.

However, with the fingers of tech bloggers across the nation still recovering from the amount of press this phone has received since its unveiling this past week, Samsung has again surprised the mobile community with a leaked report that they are already working on an upgraded version of the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S Pro set for release later this year.

In addition to the 4 inch touchscreen, the 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, a MP camera, and, of course, Android v2.1, about the only thing that the Galaxy S was missing was a keyboard. But with Samsung’s latest announcement, the new Galaxy S Pro will remedy that issue.

While the Pro is essentially the same phone as its Galaxy S sibling, it boasts a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a clear choice for the texting community as well.

For so many phones, their downside has often been that they overspecialize in only one area of the mobile market; as either a speedy 3G/4G Wi-Fi device or a phone specifically made for texting. Unfortunately for users, there are very few quality phones on the market that allow users to do both well, and it is here that the Samsung’s improvements on the Galaxy S Pro really standout.

As Greg Kumparak, writer for the popular TechCrunch site, succinctly writes, “The Galaxy S is an absolute beast. It has a gorgeous, absurdly bright Super AMOLED screen, and a 1GHz processor that Samsung claims blows everyone else (read: Snapdragon) away. It’s Android-powered. And now we’re talking about adding a physical keyboard to it? Hello, dream phone.” And for once, I couldn’t agree more.

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