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The world tour continues for Samsung's Galaxy S line of handsets with news that China is set to see three variations of the device. Starting later this month with China Telecom, the country's largest carriers will have a model built specifically with their 3G varying standards in mind. However, China Unicom's GT-19088 will have WCDMA support whereas China Telecom's SCH-I909 will offer support for both CDMA and GSM networks. China Mobile completes the triumvirate with their TD-SCDMA model (GT-I9008) is somewhat more unique with iChinese CMMB mobile TV service and the Ophone 2.0 build of Android.

The Galaxy S has already seen a tremendous reception in other parts of the world with global sales already topping 3 million units. Launching in China will only add to Android's success and worldwide adoption. Samsung already has Galaxy S smartphones available with the other three wireless providers, and the Verizon Fascinate will complete the wireless carrier grand slam and allow Samsung to capitalize on the broadest possible distribution to maximize sales of its Android smartphone platform. Samsung sold more than a million Galaxy S devices before the smartphone was even available from Sprint, or Verizon--the largest of the four wireless providers.

Android 2.2 Froyo looks quite same on Galaxy S tablet. Samsung has kept most of the features unchanged or has altered them slightly. The features include desktop, sliding tray of applications, widgets, status bar on top and alerts you can drag down. The applications which have been updated are it's big screen, calendar, e-mail and music applications.

Beyond their simple appeal as sexy, high-end Android phones, what makes the Captivate and Vibrant especially interesting is that they are actually their respective carriers' only high-end Android phones at the moment. In other words: if 1GHz processors and high-res AMOLED displays are how you roll, these are basically the only game in town if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile -- particularly now that Nexus One sales are winding down. Do they rise to the challenge? Let's have a look.

Which one you prefer is mainly a matter of personal taste, though we'll caution you that you shouldn't form your opinion from these (or any) pictures alone. We had expected the Captivate's faux woven rear to be extraordinarily cheesy, for instance -- but in reality, it look quite good and it's made of some sturdy metal. Don't get us wrong, we still would've preferred a blank brushed metal cover in its place, but all things considered, it could look a lot worse. We also really liked the mechanism by which the cover comes off: you pull down on the cap toward the bottom of the phone, which disengages the latches holding the cover in place.

Verizon has had tremendous success with smartphones sporting the Droid brand. The Motorola Droid, Droid X, and Droid 2, as well as the HTC Droid Eris, and Incredible have all helped Android skyrocket in market share and chip away at the dominance of the iPhone. Both Motorola and HTC also offer Android smartphones with other providers--like the Motorola Backflip with AT&T, and the HTC EVO 4G with Sprint--but they are entirely unique handsets meaning they each require a separate investment in research and development, engineering, and testing that ultimately cut into the bottom line profits for each manufacturer.

Samsung actually did something really cool with the micro-USB port. We've never been fans of the flimsy plastic or rubber flaps that you often find covering these -- especially since micro-USB was designed specifically with robustness in mind -- but Sammy sort of split the difference with the Galaxy S line by using a sliding door instead of a flap. It's easy to use, locks securely into place in both the closed and open positions, and you don't have to worry about the flap getting in your way or breaking off when it's pulled off for charging. Actually, we're pretty sure you could just leave the door permanently open and never worry about it again.


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