Globe hosted a lunch for the media this afternoon to introduce their very first Flagship Store in the country which is located at the Greenbelt 4. On display are live units of all high-end smartphones, an iPad 3G and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S.
Globe’s concept of their Flagship Store was inspired from various telco stores around the world (yeah, they sent a team to check out the Apple Store in New York, AT&T, Orange and Vodafone in Europe and Singtel in Singapore).
Globe also promised that everything on display will be live demo units (no more dummies). Aside from mobile phones, they’ve go a PSP, netbooks, laptops and even an iPad 3G all on display and working.
They got Carlos Celdran to take us on a walking tour of the Globe Flagship Store but once we got there, my attention shifted to the demo units of the Samsung Galaxy S at the center of the aisle.
I’ve shared my first impression about the handset when I first had a chance to see it back in May. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the unit then but not this time.
Globe executives told me that the unit will be launched on June 24 and will be exclusive to Globe Telecom. They didn’t told me about the price points but we can stick to the estimated Php32k for the 16GB. My guess is that it will be free at Globe Plan 5000.
Here’s a quick video I took of the Galaxy S’s UI:
(P.S.: I was told our developer friends here from Novare did the new IT System for the store.)
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Want an Android phone with a whacking great big screen for watching video or surfing the web on? The Samsung Galaxy S and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 are two phones you seriously need to consider. Which is better? Read on to find outâ€¦
OS and Interface â€“ Timescape vs TouchWiz
These two Androids have significant differences in the software department. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features Android 1.6 and the Timescape/Mediascape UI, while the Samsung Galaxy S uses the newer Android 2.1 OS and the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. The Sony Ericsson â€™scapes are less intrusive than TouchWiz as they leave the basic vanilla Android look ticking on underneath custom widgets and apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Sâ€™s TouchWiz interface isnâ€™t so easy-going. It sticks a static dock at the bottom of your phoneâ€™s screen, which you canâ€™t remove, and arranges your apps menu into pages â€“ like the iPhone interface â€“ although you can revert to the standard scrolling stream if you want. Neither the Samsung Galaxy Sâ€™s or the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10â€™s widgets are quite as good as those of HTC Sense, but youâ€™re supplied with the usual smattering of social networking, calendar and memo functions in both cases.
Which is better? For day-to-day simplicity, we prefer the Samsung Galaxy Sâ€™s widgets, but Mediascape and Timescape are harder to replace wholesale with Android Market equivalents, so itâ€™s a close-run battle.
Winner â€“ Samsung Galaxy S. Only just
Screens and video
These two are the real big boys of Android, with four inches of screen on show a piece. The tech they use is different though. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 uses a standard TFT LCD screen while the Samsung Galaxy S features a Super AMOLED screen. The Samsung Galaxy S has much better contrast â€“ blacks are incredibly deep â€“ but the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is no slouch either. The more vivid image produced by the Galaxy S means its our mobile cinema pick though.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 starts well on the video front with Mediascape, a very pretty media player app, but it doesnâ€™t have the file type support to back it up. No Divx/Xvid support means many of the videos youâ€™ve downloaded of the net wonâ€™t play. The Samsung Galaxy Sâ€™s media player is less swish than the Xperia X10â€™s, but with fab media support that includes Xvid, Divx and MKV â€“ and even Wi-Fi streaming â€“ thereâ€™s no contest here. If you want the ultimate mobile video player, you have to go for the Samsung Galaxy S. Itâ€™s as simple as that.
Winner â€“ Samsung Galaxy S
More after the breakâ€¦
Looks and build
The Samsung Galaxy S, at 118g, is significantly lighter than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Itâ€™s also thinner too, but we canâ€™t get over the sense that Samsung might have gone a bit too far with the Galaxy S. Itâ€™s a classy phone, but without a rock-solid body to lend it some weight â€“ in the literal sense too â€“ the Samsung Galaxy S ends up feeling a little flimsy.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10â€™s look might be a bit conservative for some, but we dig its more generous curves, and that its battery cover doesnâ€™t feel like itâ€™s on the verge of snapping in half when you try and take it off. We also find the real buttons of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 more satisfying than the touch-sensitive softkeys of the Samsung Galaxy S.
Winner â€“ Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
At first glance, it seems like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 flattens the Samsung Galaxy S, with its 8-megapixel sensor and LED flash against the Galaxy Sâ€™s 5-megapixel camera and lack of flash. The Samsung Galaxy S does have one thing over its rival though â€“ 720p video recording.
We have a feeling the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 may gain HD video recording with a firmware update, but for now youâ€™re stuck with just 800Ã—480 WVGA recording. The lack of a flash on the Samsung Galaxy S isnâ€™t that easy to forgive though â€“ especially when itâ€™s holding back an otherwise decent mobile snapper.
Winner â€“ Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
wala na palang stock sa globe – gb4. august na magkakaroon. :(
meron pa bang available na galaxy s sa Globe Flagship Store?
Try mo na pare para lang malaman natin kung unlocked nga ba. Please?
I really wanna buy it soon… but if naka-lock, then I guess I have to wait.
Is it true na SingTel nga yun logo na lumalabas when you start-up the phone? Can you confirm?
Thanks a lot man!
@zEr0-IcE and Paul: Yep, at the Globe flagship store at GB. I think that’s the only place that’s selling it now.
Di ko pa natry kung openline. Masubukan nga.
Again, loving it. Just really interested how the Froyo upgrade will happen. Globe don’t know daw when I asked eh. :)
Maganda talaga yang Galaxy S.. I bought mine here at Singtel Singapore, and my plan comes with a 12Gb Data plan..
The “Super AMOLED” is just AWESOME! you just can’t compare it with TFT’s and AMOLED…
Another thing is, this device can play MKV videos with 720p.. Flawlessly! take that iPhone.. :)!
you can also buy it here without a plan for S$900, but for sure you guys can get it cheaper at Greenhills..FTW..
How true what’s been circling the net that the Galaxy S is unlocked daw when you purchase one from Globe???
Coz if that’s true, I’m gonna buy one now!
Really? Its available now? Which store? The flag ship store?