Samsung success mantra lies in just one thing, they understand the need of the market.They have been trying to capture the lower end of the market.Earlier devices like the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Y, Samsung tapped the under 10,000 market space.
With Samsung Galaxy Star GT-S5282 they are taking this further ahead and introducing the most affordable Android Jelly Bean smartphone in the Indian market.With a price range of just 5K it will definitely compete with Nokia’s Asha 501 and other budget smartphones by Micromax, Karbonn and Chinese Smartphones.In our Samsung Galaxy Star Review we tried to find out, whether Samsung has succeeded in its effort or not !
Oh so you bought another smartphone from Samsung, doesn’t matter if you buy Rs.5000 or Rs.50,000 phone from the company all you going to get is plastic. The Samsung Galaxy Staris no different, with a Plastic chassis, plastic back and plastic bezels along with plastic buttons.
The look and feel is very similar to what we have seen in other galaxy devices before.although this look very small when you compare it with other galaxy devices, this is just 2.9 inch smartphone.
Galaxy Star comes with a 2.97 inch (7.56cm) display, which is based on the TFT technology and a QVGA resolution of 320×240 pixels, which is pretty outdated.The phone comes with 512MB of RAM coupled with a 1GHz single core processor, which is pretty decent, although we have loads of Dual-Core floating around.Another downer being that the 1GHz single core processor on the Star is based on the Cortex A5, so do not expect anything overly spectacular out of it.
This entry-level smartphone from Samsung features a 2 megapixel fixed focus rear camera without support for flash and no front camera on the Star.Other camera features include Scene Mode, Shooting Mode, Effects, Brightness, Timer, White Balance, Metering, Image Editor.
The internal storage is shown as 4GB out of which under 2 GB is available to the user and expandability is kept at 32GB via microSD. The Galaxy Star has a 1200 mAh battery which seems sufficient considering lack of 3G and the screen size.
The only highlight of the device is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung customization and motion UI.The Touchwiz interface however is very responsive and very much similar to other low end Samsung smartphones.
Features Like Motion UI and Blocking Mode are addition to Samsung low end as this comes with Jelly bean.Rest other settings and features are similar to what Jelly Bean has to offer.Although this version of android does not support copying from phone memory to memory card. Since its Internal memory is only 2GB , you cannot keep much application at a time.
The Samsung Galaxy Star is a great dual sim phone, which fades the barrier between smartphone and feature phone.While it does have multitasking capabilities, and a whole array of multimedia features you may not end up using any of them except possibly the loud music from the speakerphone.
If you want to get a basic phone to make phone calls and send messages , this is your bet, dual sim with a good two day battery life and great network reception and a loud speaker.
Honestly, we are not overly impressed with this offering from Samsung. Samsung are trying their hand in the already flooded budget dual-SIM market in India, and by the looks of it the star does not look very promising.
The Phone is Priced around Rs.5,240 although you can get it for Rs.4,800 – Rs.5,000 from local market.