Galaxy Pocket Review
Samsung is keen on bombarding the entry level segment of Android smartphones by releasing one phone after another, taking with respect the success of the Samsung Galaxy Y, enter the Galaxy Pocket. Is it a surprise package, or just a slimmed down version of the Y ?
Build Quality and Design
The phone is mostly made up of plastic which makes it lighter and it will remind you of the Galaxy Y instantly, being built on the same chassis. Its lightweight and compact. The back is completely identical to the Y. But overall, the phone doesn’t make any squeaking or rattling noise.
It fits comfortably in the hand and is also easy to operate with one hand.
It runs on a single-core 832 MHz ARMv6 processor with 289 MB worth of RAM, which gave a benchmark score of 1031. It comes with a fixed-focus 2mp camera without flash, capable of taking panorama images along with various other image modes and QVGA video recording at 15fps.
It also comes with a 3GB inbuilt memory expandable upto 32GB and features a 2.8″ 256K-color QVGA-TFT multi-touch screen. It is powered by a 1200 mAh battery.
Display, Camera and Multimedia
The display on the phone is impressive. Video playback is also smooth but inadequate brightness make it uncomfortable to use on a bright sunny day. Browsing is also decent with scrolling and pinch to zoom working decently.
The camera does a decent job in adequate lighting. While it may not be the best, but then again it’s a budget phone and to expect too much from it would be foolish. Images are decent but the video quality is poor, mainly due to the low frame rate.
Audio on the phone is nice and loud, may not be accurate but definitely amongst the best in this segment.
Due to processor limitations, high end games and apps will not work properly on the device. However, popular ones like instagram, angry birds and fruit ninja work seamlessly.
Phone Calls and Messaging
The call quality on the phone is quite decent and without any major issues, although it has a slight tendency to drop calls In areas where the network might not be that strong. 3g performance is also good.
The onboard keyboard may make typing a bit of an issue for people with big hands mainly due to the small screen size, although it is responsive and changing it to portrait mode and Swype mode makes the typing experience better.
- Talk Time 3G network(data off): 6 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data off) : 7 Hours
- Internet : N/A
- Music : 7 Hours
- Video : 6 hours
- Talk Time 3G network(data on): 3 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data on) : 6 Hours
- Internet : 4 Hours
- Music : 5.5 Hours
- Video : 4.5 hours
- Talk Time 3G network(data off): 4 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data off) : 4.5 Hours
- Internet : 3.5 Hours
- Music : 5 Hours
- Video : 4 Hours
The Galaxy Pocket is targeted at those who want an Android smartphone but are left with a tight budget. It is a beginner’s package and its features may not standout in any way but it does the basic jobs well. However, it’s cost makes it an attractive buy.
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