Samsung Galaxy Star Duos Review

i Samsung’s continuous domination in high-end Android segment is different from low-end because there are lot of other local manufacturers already performing well with its budget Android mobiles. To compete with those devices, Samsung was announced entry level Android smartphone – Galaxy Star S5280 in April, 2013. This device also available in Dual-SIM variant in selected markets as Galaxy Start Duos S5282, the Dual SIM version of Galaxy Star is now available from wide variety of retailers in India for Rs. 4,990 ($91 or €70). We recently reviewed this low-end droid. Lets get into full details of this phone.

Design & Display :

Samsung Galaxy Star offers basic design with typical Samsung Android buttons at bottom. It is quire curvy at top and bottom but overall it offers quite acceptable design, especially at this price tag. It measures 105 x 58 x 11.9 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 0.47 in) and weighs 100.5 g (3.53 oz) also nice to hold. At the left side of the devices, you will find volume rocker. At right side, there is typical Samsung lock/ unlock button. There is 3.5 mm jack on top and back of the device carries 2MP rear shooter but no LED flash and also the capacitive touch screen buttons also placed at nicely along with Pebble design like Home button, which we are seen in many of Galaxy devices. The Galaxy Star fully made with plastic, the nice back shell also proven that. The overall build quality is also seems to be good at this price range.

Samsung added a basic 3-inch TFT LCD capacitive touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which makes 133 PPI. Of course, it is too low to consider but expecting lot at this price tag doesn’t make sense. There is no gorilla glass protection, in the mean time, Nokia devices at same price tag offers Hardened glass to protect the device from scratches, which is nice. Samsung has to offer some thing extra to protect the display, without the proper display, you won’t do any thing with recent generation smartphones because all activities will run based on the display only. The Galaxy Star offers multi touch functionality, it supports upto 5 point multi touch. In our tests, the touch feedback is good enough and multi touch functionality could be better.

Processor, RAM & Memory :

Samsung added a reasonable 1GHz Cotex- A5 processor to execute all tasks. It isn’t the fastest at all but offers reasonable amount of speed to do your basic tasks. The 1 GHz processor is backed up by the 512 MB of RAM, which contributes significant speed boost in executing the processes. In our tests, the basic tasks like opening up menu and apps are fast enough. Graphics intensive tasks are bit hard to run smoothly. We do notice lag on graphically intensive tasks but basic games like Angry birds runs smoothly on the available hardware.

The smartphone comes with 4GB internal storage, out of which 2.75 GB is user accessible. You do have an option to extend the memory via micro SD slot upto 32 GB. Moving the space demanding apps to SD card will improve the speed of the device.

Software :

The Samsung Galaxy Star runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. This is quite surprise to see the latest version of Android in entry level smartphone. We have noticed the performance improvements on the Jelly Bean, thanks to the Project butter. This is a typical Samsung device so you will get latest version of TouchWiz UX on the top of Stock Android so it brings all the TouchWiz goodies like ChatON, better Gallery, new UI, Samsung hubs etc. We noticed bit lag due to the TouchWiz but it adds more value to the device.

In addition, Samsung also rolling out a firmware update for Galaxy Star Duos S5282. The update contains improve the stability, samsung notified in a update notification and the update weighs 12.60MB. Obviously, this is quite good for this kind of phones.

Camera, Connectivity & Battery :

Galaxy Star has a basic 2MP camera on back, it is capable to take video at 15fps. The still resolution would be 1600 x 1200 pixels. Both video and Photos are gives worst outputs. There is no secondary camera for video chats. Other camera features included Scene Mode, Shooting Mode, Effects, Brightness, Timer, White Balance, Metering and Image Editor.

On the connectivity side, it offers decent set of connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, EDGE, GPRS, micro USB v2.0, Dual SIM (GSM + GSM). It lacks 3G support, which could be the disadvantage for the device. Samsung also included Micro SIM slots in Galaxy Star Duos instead of traditional SIM slots.

The Samsung Galaxy Star comes with 1200mAh battery to up and running the device. The official stand-by time has given as Upto 320h and talk time Upto 14h.

Other Features :

Wi-Fi Direct, S Planner, Clock, Calculator, Voice Recorder Voice Search, Security, Backup and Reset, Micro SIM, Alarm, Flight Mode, Blocking Mode, Calendar, FOTA, Call Barring, Auto Reject Mode, Call Waiting, Business Card, MMS Enabled, Voice Message, World Clock, Stopwatch, Desk Clock, Data Usage, Bluetooth Tethering, Text-to-speech Output, Shake to Update, Turn Over to Mute, Voice Input.