A Truly Experience Packed Review
24 Sep 2012
Reviewed On: Flipkart.com
Overall: I bought this device from a local store because Flipkart did not have the colour white. This is a super detailed review and any keen buyer must read it.
Info : -
Device Type : Touch And Type
Colours - Black And White. The Samsung India Website also had a pink colour.
Bluetooth - 3.0
Battery - 1200 mAh
Talk Time - Up to 850 minutes (2G)/Up to 320 minutes (3G) - Company figures.
Standby Time - Up to 580 minutes (2G)/Up to 390 minutes (3G) - Company figures.
Processor - 850 MHz
Camera - 2 Megapixels
Touch Screen - TFT, 256 K, 240 X 320 Pixels, 133 Pixels Per Inch.
The device is loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS runs very well on this device. The 850 MHz processor is good for moderate use. Games do not run very well due to the lack of a graphics card. The Ram is 512 MB and is pretty descent.
Internal memory is 4GB which is a strong point. The phone is not a small one. The touch screen is almost same size of Galaxy Y but this one has a wonderful QWERTY Keypad. It is incredible fast. You can also type by Touch Keyboard but the QWERTY is fun. The Camera has modes like Panaroma, Smile, Share Shot (Like Galaxy S3) and Single Shot) and lot of effects like B & W, Sepia etc. Exposure etc. can be adjusted. Other reviews on internet said the camera was horrible but I personally found it not too bad. It was better than my first Android A70 with 5 MP camera which underperformed big time.
The OS runs butter smooth. The Touch WIZ UI is exciting. Lots of amazing tweaks done to the OS. Touch feels nice to use. However, the display resolution wise is horrible. The pixel density is very low. Reading small text is a pain. However, normal usage is not affected too much. I normally use iPhone 4 with Retina Display but liked this bundled display too. The back cover has a glossy finish. The silver rim around the front body is plastic.
The device does not squeak if grabbed hard. The battery may be just 1200 mAh by figures but the battery on this phone is not a let down. It is amazing. The phone lasted me for 7 hours on Wifi using lots of applications and downloading. The 3G talk time is just 5 hours. The 2G talk time turned out to be near 12 hours with Cellular Data on.
The phone is moderately heavy and feels like a premium device. Facebook, Whatsapp are readily integrated. However, the promoted Samsung ChatOn is a let down. There is a dedicated ChatOn key and another key besides it. The other one can be customized for anything.
There are a lot of bundled apps like Gmail, GTALK, ChatOn, Samsung Apps, S Planner, Memo, G+, Youtube, QuickOffice and a Download and File Manager. The widget library is also good not forgetting the Google Play Store for downloading.
If we slide from the top, a moving notification panel appear. If we slide, we say more setting toggle switches. Even screen brightness slider for adjustment is there. During a call, we can turn on speaker, or even end it using the notification center.
A lot of sources were saying the phone does not have call divert, call waiting etc. However, the phone has all these settings from within the phone app. Not all settings are there in the app settings. Each app like contacts, photos etc. has its own setting page from within the app. We can use it as a WIFI Hotspot or even USB tether the internet. The QWERTY keyboard is illuminated making it very usable at night.
There is a 3.5 mm audio jack. The factory headphones are very satisfactory. A microSD card is supported till 32 GB. I did not find any option to transfer an app from phone storage to SD card yet. Maybe, the app cannot be moved. Will update review once I find that feature.
The phone is quad band. The 3G band is 2100 and support 7.2 Mbps Download and 5.76 Mbps uploading. The Nature UI is not a live wallpaper and just looks like the S3. The lock screen has quick shortcuts.
Samsung has also included the Game Hub. The QWERTY is useless if you wanna type something in Landscape. You then have to compulsorily use the display keyboard. The low resolution display is a blessing in disguise. The processor does not get overloaded because of high power by display and runs apps well.
Apps look good in portrait actually.
So, do check out this phone costing Rs. 8490. It is a good phone that shall not disappoint. It has more features than the Galaxy Chat. However, it needs to be explored well.
Enjoy this device!
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