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Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Core Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface:

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, the Samsung Galaxy Core is a step behind being as current as it gets, even though version 4.2 of the platform has been out for half a year. The UI isn't in its latest form either – Samsung's heavily customized, nature-inspired interface is present on the device, but it is the variant we've known since the Galaxy S III launched, instead of the version found on the Galaxy S4. Not that it's a deal breaker, but it should be mentioned.

So as we said, the UI has undergone some serious alterations – it has been improved both visually and in terms of functionality. As usual, Samsung has enabled the placement of user-specified shortcuts on the lock screen, which speeds up the launching of the camera, the dialer, or any other app that is installed. Toggle buttons have been placed in the notification bar, allowing one to quickly control some of the smartphone's settings. Icons, animations, wallpapers – all of them have been replaced as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI



However, many of the fancy features found on the company's flagship smartphones, Such as S Health, S Translator, Group Play, and Optical Reader, to name a few, have been omitted. The only perk you get is Smart Stay, which prevents the screen from being turned off as long as the user is still looking at it.

Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
We are content with the on-screen virtual keyboard present on the Samsung Galaxy Core. It is accurate and its keys are well spaced out, so we can comfortably type at above average speeds even in portrait mode.


Dual-SIM features:

There is a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Core known as the Samsung Galaxy Core Duos. That makes it a smartphone capable of using the services of two carriers at the same time – phone calls, text messages, and data connectivity over 3G – and each of these tasks can be independently assigned to either SIM card. What's more is that the Galaxy Core Duos is a dual active smartphone, and only few of all dual-SIM handsets on the market are like that. In other words, if one SIM card is used during a phone call, the other is still operational, so it can receive calls, text messages, and cellular data.


Processor and memory:

The Samsung Galaxy Core ranks below the average when it comes to raw processing power. It is equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Play SoC – the MSM8625, which packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 203 graphics, and 1GB of RAM has been thrown in as well. That's enough oomph to provide an overall passable user experience, but flawless task execution shouldn't be expected from this handset. In fact, choppiness and lags can be quite common, especially when there are apps running in the background. Casual games, such as Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja, run fluidly, but more demanding titles can be choppy.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Core comes with just 8GB of built-in storage, half of which is taken up by system files, you'll run out of space rather quickly. That is, unless you pop in a microSD card to store your music, photos, and videos on it.


Web browser and connectivity:

For the most part, browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Core is a smooth experience. What the stock browser struggles with is loading and rendering heavy pages, but other than that, we have nothing to complain about. Embedded YouTube videos are playable and so are animated GIFs. In addition, there's the so-called Reader mode, which is used to clear certain web pages from ads and unnecessary images, leaving only the body of an article for easy reading.

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience


Connecting to the internet from the Samsung Galaxy Core is done either via Wi-Fi, or using its 3G radio, which is capable of reaching peak download speeds of only 7.2Mbps. Further connectivity features include GPS, Bluetooth, and FM Radio.

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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 10:03 4

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


do these iWebsites not get that samsung is a HUGE company that has alot of different groups to keep happy? geez get over the another samsung phone unlike apple aka your owner samsung has a choice for all income levels.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 11:54 1

2. Birds (Posts: 961; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You fail to see the point in this preview.... The Point in this review is that their is no point in this phone... Samsung has 3 other devices that fall under this same exact category and are priced the same. I mean some of you say that this site is biased towards samsung....some say it is biased against samsung...why the hell can't you guys realize that every reviewer is baised and there is nothing wrong with being biased...All reviewers have a phone that they prefer and if a phone they are reviewing doesn't meet up to the standard of the phone they prefer, no matter the grade, then so be it...

I don't care for the tonality of the review because most of the time the review covers valid points even if the disposition is negative. You all make it seem wrong that these reviewers are fans of particular brands and OEMs too...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 00:19

3. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Does it have S voice..?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 04:03

6. kumar2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


yes is thr

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 03:09

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Nice budget phone with good specs.. I'm sure lot of people will prefer this...................

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 15:11

5. Nilson34 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Is the dual SIM version of Samsung Galaxy Core will be available for Bulgarian market?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 04:12

7. kumar2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


hi guys pls dont buy samsung galaxy core and samsung quattro.
the features are good but the main thing is battery back up is waste.. i bought galaxy core 3 days bak.. stand by is giving only 1 day if i used this its giving 5 hr back up... dont by friends choose another one.

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
(129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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