Hey guys, had the I9000 for a couple of weeks now, and I'm happy about it and all, but I'm really disappointed because it has way more potential.
I'll mention all the worst bits:
First, straight out of the box, I had the Kies connecting issue, what a hell that was. After hours of searching and trying to solve it, I ended up wiping my SD card, taking it out the sd card, uninstalling the drivers from device manager, downloading the latest kies and finally making it work.... just to find out: No update (Bought mine in Norway, firmware I9000XWJFB)
Later I was using an application to view a podcast I like, while charging the battery (because battery was low). My I9000 got so hot, I got a warning message that "battery temperature is too high" and it stopped charging. Didn't like that too much.
Next, the live wallpapers. I love them, but the ones I like (like dandelion and quads) aren't as smooth performance wise as I'd like, and sometimes make switching between home screens choppy. I find that kind of weird on a 1Ghz processor with 512mb ram. I use advanced task killer (ATK), so I'm sure I don't have any background processes running too, odd thing is though, ATK says I only have 107M available memory when no apps are running! Does android and touchwiz use the remaining 400?
Then there's video
I thought "finally, a device I don't need to go through conversion hell with". Wrong. No matter what video I try, it gives me "sorry, this video cannot be played" (or I download apps that can play them, with horrible performance or force close bugs).
The support for avi is nonexistant, I've yet to find an .avi movie on my hd that it can play. Where do you guys get your videos from? I honestly can't be bothered converting every show and movie I want to play on this device. And what resolution, quality and fps can it handle before it gets choppy?
The camera.... What a letdown! The focus on it misses half the time on closeup shots (my lens isn't dirty at all), and the colors are really odd indoors. Here's a pic I took today of my colleagues getting their hands on some iPhone 4s (I sell phones and gps devices). The store is pretty well lit up, but the i9000 gave it some odd pinkish hue nonetheless! http://i30.tinypic.com/m83g9y.jpg
It's only good for outdoor shots on sunny days with the sun behind you (because the camera also picks up sun glare like a motherf***)
Last but not least, the android market.
I live in Norway, we don't have access to paid apps here yet, so the selection is extremely limited. And due to the fact that Android runs (like windows) on several different hardware configurations, the apps are often buggy or aren't tweaked to the I9000 hardware!
Great piece of hardware, but horrible piece of software/firmware.
Honestly, I hate Apple, Jobs' iron grip and the apple fanboys... but iPhone 4 vs I9000: On specs they are pretty much on par, I think the iPhone 4s camera is somewhat better then the I9000, but iOS4 + iTunes is WAY more polished then Samsungs Touchwiz + Kies. Also iPhone 4 also has access to paid apps, which is a HUGE plus!
As an I9000 owner, but a phone salesman, I'm sorry to say that at its current state, iPhone 4 is the better phone. Two major reasons: OS and applications. Both are far more polished then on the galaxy S. Hopefully the Froyo update in September (crossing fingers) will fix some of the issues I'm having, and maybe google will get their shit together and let us Scandinavians access the paid market too
Either way, I'll be selling s8000 or HTC Wildfires, cos I barely get any profit selling the above mentioned phones :P