Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance review: While-u-wait


GSMArena team, 07 March 2012.

Android topped with TouchWiz 4.0 UI

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Gingerbread 2.3.6 with the most recent TouchWiz 4.0 launcher. From a software standpoint, you're looking at an interface almost identical to that of the Galaxy R.

Take a look at our video of the device in action.

The lockscreen is the same as ever-swiping in any direction will give you access to the phone. The cool feature where missed events (messages, calls etc) get their own unlock patterns is still here too.

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The lockscreen can be removed by swiping in any direction

The homescreen accommodates tons of widgets with lots of functionality. You can have up to 7 homescreens. A pinch zoom brings you to an aggregate view of all homescreen panes, which can be edited: rearranged, deleted or added.

Widgets, shortcuts or folders are pulled onto the homescreen from a drawer that appears at the bottom of the screen once you enter edit mode (press and hold on an empty spot or do Menu > Add).

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The Galaxy S Advance's homescreen Editing the homescreen

The numbered dots that identify the homescreen panels serve as a scroll bar too. A press and hold on the dots lets you scroll sideways through the resized images of the available homescreen panes in one short go rather than with several swipes.

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Scrolling between homescreens looks great

The app launcher is very similar to the homescreen - you can create folders to go with your shortcuts and you can add, remove and rearrange pages just like you would homescreens.

If you prefer, you can choose List view instead of the default Grid view.

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The app launcher Creating a new folder Rearranging pages in the app launcher List view

In typical TouchWiz fashion, there are four shortcuts docked at the bottom of the screen that are visible both on the homescreen and in the app launcher. You can swap the first three with different ones (by default the shortcuts are Phone, Contacts, Messaging). The rightmost is the app drawer/home shortcut used to toggle between the apps menu and the homescreen, so it makes sense to always keep it in the same place.

With the Samsung Galaxy S Advance you get a standard Android task switcher but with one modification - it has a button to launch a task manager.

The custom task manager which Samsung have preinstalled offers a lot of functionality. It also comes with a handy widget which shows you the number of active applications right on your homescreen.

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The task manager and its widget

Most of the time, Android does really well when it comes to managing apps by itself (in fact, some claim that using a task manager is detrimental to the performance of a phone), so you would only need the task manager to occasionally kill a buggy app.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance uses an ST-Ericsson NovaThor processor with two 1 GHz Cortex-A9 cores, Exynos's Mali-400MP GPU and 768 MB RAM. It's enough to rival the best in dual-core smarts out there.

We've lined up the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2-running Galaxy R and dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos-running Galaxy S II for the Galaxy S Advance to fight against.

The first benchmark is BrowserMark tests HTML5 and JavaScript performance and the Samsung Galaxy S Advance came on top here, beating the Galaxy S II by quite a lot.


SunSpider tests JavaScript performance - here the Galaxy S Advance comes on top once again, while the Galaxy R fails miserably.


BenchmarkPi is all about processor calculation speeds. The newer processor architecture in the Exynos proves itself here tramping both the Tegra 2 and NovaThor.


Linpack focuses on CPU performance - here the Galaxy S II beats the Advance, which came in second.


The Samsung Galaxy S Advance has a skilled SoC and performs admirably even against superior smartphones. In casual daily use you will not find that big of a difference between it and the Galaxy S II. There's no lag and no hiccups and the Galaxy S Advance is a pleasure to use.

Reader comments

  • ariel

GT 19070 really upgradable into 4.1 jelly bean?

  • Roy27

I'm having large problem, because I like listen music with headphones. When I connect my headphones to my S Advance, and playing music with any players, I hear only left side of headphones playing , right sight sound crack and build a big noise, I tr...

  • S.Waqar

In tality u dont know how to use a phone