If you are looking for some nice high end or higher middle end Android phones, you don’t have many choices. Everyone would have suggested the Samsung Galaxy S, for it has been a very good seller throughout the world in the recent days and also the Galaxy Neo, which is based on the CDMA network and if you have a compatible CDMA network operator offering you good plans, you can consider the Neo too. Take a look at the comparison as we compare the specifications along with the plus and minus points on both phones:
The Galaxy NEO M220L is a CDMA based phones which supports high speed internet also. The old generation of CDMA, 1x is also supported along with EVDO, which is the GSM 3G equivalent in CDMA networks. The Galaxy S i9000 is a GSM based unlocked phone and comes with GSM and 3G on HSDPA.
Technically, Neo has CDMA 800 / 1900 and high speed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO while the Galaxy S has GSM on all these 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and high speed internet on HSDPA bands: 900 / 1900 / 2100 and gives maximum speeds upto 7.2Mbps.
The Galaxy S comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display while the Galaxy Neo comes with a 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen. The Galaxy Neo screen has a 480×800 pixels resolution and is made up of Gorilla Glass, but the Galaxy S has a higher resolution of 400×800 and also is made of Gorilla Glass. The Super AMOLED display certainly wins over the TFT display in this section.
Both the phones have two touch sensitive below the display along with a physical button. In the case of the Galaxy Neo, the physical button is also an optical trackpad which means it will do 4 way navigational functions when you slide your finger over it and also serve as a physical button when you click on it.
Galaxy S has a 5 Megapixel camera in the rear and does not have an LED Flash. The camera cannot do HD recording and it records video at 480p. It also comes with an LED flash in the back and does not have a secondary camera.
But the Galaxy Neo has a much poorer camera with just 3.15 Megapixels and does not have a LED flash and shoots photos at a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixels.
However, the Galaxy Neo has a secondary camera on the front making it one of the very few phones in the mid end segment to have a front facing camera which will make it very useful with the latest Google Talk Video, Skype and other Video messaging / calling services around for Android.
The Galaxy Neo has 4GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage, making a total of upto 36GB. Out of the box, it does not have any memory card included in it.
On the other side, The Galaxy S has 16/32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage. Most of the variants come with a 8GB card inside the box.
Wi-fi bands are the same on both the phones supporting the latest band of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and 802.11b/g as well. Both phones have microUSB 2.0 connectivity.
Both the phones have GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
Operating System and UI:
Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has a latest version of Gingerbread, 2.3.3 with Samsung’s User Interface, Touchwiz 3 and the Galaxy Neo comes with 2.2 Froyo and there is no word about the 2.3 Gingerbread update, which means you might be stuck in Froyo forever.
The User Interface is the same on both phones though the Galaxy S provides an overall better experience on Gingerbread, thanks to some minor tweaks and improvements for the larger screen..
Battery and Processor
The Galaxy S claims to have around 14 hours of talktime and 713 hours of standby time on 2G and has a 1500mAH battery. While the Galaxy Neo has a similar 1500mAh battery but very poor battery life, it claims to have around 6 h 30 min hours of talktime and 310 hours of standby time.
The Neo from Samsung has 512 MB of RAM and is powered by a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor while the i9000 has 512MB of RAM along with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a Hummingbird chipset
The Galaxy Neo from Samsung is an overall nice phone if you are looking for a CDMA based Android device as there aren’t many options in the market and has good features for the price range it falls in. However, make sure you check out how the battery functions as it seems to be having a very bad battery backup when you are using it, it could become a real pain in the later stages. If you’re looking for GSM phones in the higher price ranges, though not much of a difference, the Galaxy S i9000 from Samsung is the best phone you can buy.