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Samsung Galaxy Core Review

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Samsung Galaxy Core Review
Call Quality


Overall, we are content with call quality on the handset. On our side of the line, in the earpiece, voices sound clean and in their natural tones, just a bit on the quiet side. Our callers on the other side of the line also recognize our voice easily, but notice that outside noise gets picked up and there might be issues in noisier environments. The handset only has a single microphone and no noise cancellation technology.


Battery life


With a user-replaceable 1800mAh battery hiding behind the plastic back cover, the Galaxy Core lasts as much as your average smartphone - in the vicinity of a day and a half of regular use. Official quoted talk time stands at the above average 14 hours on 2G and the average 9 hours on 3G.


Conclusion


The Samsung Galaxy Core is a well balanced handset with no single standout feature to amaze users, but nor does it have any huge downsides either. Its weakest point is probably the slightly dim screen, but even that is not a fatal flaw. We do like its mostly smooth out-of-the-box performance, its decent camera, its relatively compact size, its more or less modern version of Android and the fact that you can get a dual SIM version.

Its biggest advantage is obviously its price. Starting from $210 to $250 and reaching even $300 in some markets, the price of the Galaxy Core varies widely, but even at those higher price tiers, it offers good value for the money. To put this in perspective, let’s mention that you pay nearly twice as much for the HTC Desire 600, an alternative dual SIM phone with identical hardware. Looking from that angle, the Galaxy Core is definitely a lucrative proposition. Searching for a decent alternative, the Acer Liquid E2 comes to mind with its snappier quad-core MediaTek chip, good camera, display and dual SIM functionality. If dual SIM is of not such a huge importance, the Nokia Lumia 520 is an even cheaper option bringing an even better camera and the smoothness of Windows Phone 8.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy Core has all it takes to capture the attention of the budget conscious buyer. With no fatal flaws, the Samsung brand name to back it up, a cliched but time-proven design, it is yet another Android soldier inviting you to join the horde. Come to think about it, why not?


Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Well-rounded device
  • Mostly smooth performance

Cons

  • Display is not bright enough for convenient outdoor use
  • Cliched design
PhoneArena rating:
8
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posted on 20 Aug 2013, 03:53 6

1. xperia1409 (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why Do Samsung make phones with nearly same specs and just differ their names???? -_-

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:41

37. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


marketing bro :D

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:00 14

2. Kurai (unregistered)


Why the hell is this piece of crap 8/10?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:51 15

7. FiddyPence (Posts: 21; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Because this is Phonearena and its made by Samsung ?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:44 5

23. sssssssss (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


smartphone which can't even play subway surfer smoothly gets 8 points while some powerful smartphone still gets below 7 ;)

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:47 6

24. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


You may have heard about Samsung that pays the reviewer to give a good review for a Samsung phones.
This Galaxy Core review prove that it actually happened.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:42

38. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


at least the reviewer gets paid :D

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 10:21 2

26. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


If this was a Sony Phone...no more than 6.0...and we all know that.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:06 4

3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 996; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


okay this is getting boring now...

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:18

4. garlic456 (Posts: 103; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


WHY THE HELL THIS PHONE RECORDS VGA VIDEO WITH THIS SPECS

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:32 7

5. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Dear PhoneArena please explain To me, the rating
system that you use.

Because i don’t understand why Galaxy Core get 8 in PhoneArena rating, when there are other phones that have the same price range but with better performance.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:49 2

6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

We've decided that in its price range, the Core is a good phone, that deserves rating 8/10. Feel free to list the phones that you think are better in the same price range, this will be helpful :)

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 05:30 8

12. Kurai (unregistered)


If phonearena is a phone, i'll rate it .5. Why? please read thishttp://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate . . . that's how you're answering every damn question . . .sorry for the rude words . . . but it's what i think is going on . . .

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 05:47 6

13. Kurai (unregistered)


http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Sony-Xperia-L_id7786 . . . the xperia L gets a 6.5?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 06:27 3

17. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Xperia L is much better with better chipset, better and faster connectivity and also have better camera

I think 8 for Galaxy Core doesn’t fit at all with what you explain herehttp://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

Maybe that’s the reason why a lot of people who don’t agree with this review.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 06:33

18. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


At NegriElectronics Xperia L and Galaxy Core have same price point about $260

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:53 1

25. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


So you can not give more
reasonable explanations why G Core deserves rating 8/10, when there are other phones in the same price range but with better performance and more features???

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 10:23 4

27. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


So Phone Arena...Xperia L, same price range, better specs...but 6.5 ?? and this Samsung 8.0 ?? Sorry PA, but dont try to hide the obvious.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:05

48. jowenfm (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


PhoneArena Team...
just wanna ask if this galaxy core can support these kind of games
*fifa 2013
*candy crush saga
*temple run 2
and other online games

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:51 4

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Okay, let me get this straight. You guys rated the HTC Desire 600 7/10, and now you rate the Samsung Galaxy Core 8/10.

The Desire 600 has a quad core processor, dual front speakers, better screen (245ppi).
The Galaxy Core has a dual core processor, single rear speaker, lower screen (217ppi).
PhoneArena, you really need to explain how you guys rate. If it's a Samsung phone, no matter how bad it is, you guys will rate it higher than the others?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:56 2

10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Please read this page -http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate - and the conclusion of this review.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 10:24 1

28. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Now explain me why the Xperia L with better specs, same price range, released months ago gets 6.5 and thos Core 8.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 16:27

33. sswain (Posts: 43; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The Desire 600 costs $350 unlocked whereas the Galaxy Fame costs $200. That's an almost 80% increment. They're not even in the same league.

The Galaxy Core is doing battle with the Xperia M and the Optimus 5 II. All of which cost almost exactly the same ($180-220). Not the Xperia L nor the Optimus L7 II, both of which are a step above ;)

The PhoneArena team erred in mentioning the Desire 600 on this page. It's direct competitor is the Xperia SP. Both retail for ~$350-$400 unlocked :)

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 00:08

44. mhikan22 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The Desire 600 has a quad core processor, dual front speakers, better screen (245ppi) Cash Price: PHP 17,990
The Galaxy Core has a dual core processor, single rear speaker, lower screen (217ppi).Cash Price: PHP10,990

Now See... Case Close buy your Desire 600 XD so expensive

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 04:52 5

9. Lyngdoh (Posts: 210; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


8/10 my A**!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:45

39. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


hahahah

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 05:20 2

11. WTF24 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


why the F, does this one got 8/10 while the likes of xperia L got 6,5/10? xperia L has better chip set GPU,PPI count, has almost d same battery capacity 1750mah to 1800mah ,the same 4.1 jb, has better camera 8mp to 5mp,and the price that is not that far $350 to $300 yet it only got 6.5..

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 05:49 4

14. aditya.k (Posts: 408; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


iSamArena!

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 06:06 3

15. mottykels (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 May 2013)


galaxyphonearena.com

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 06:25

16. djcody (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


4/10 for dual sim. Next!!! If is 99$ off contract then OK other whise piece of junk

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 07:45

19. k4j98 (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I can understand everyone's confusion about the rating, but there is a lot more to consider than specifications.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:10 1

20. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Like what?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:18 4

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 858; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate
like this...

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:32

22. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Hahaha... that’s really funny

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 20:55 3

29. najib1312 (Posts: 90; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Ooops, PA did it again!!

I don't argue with the fact that this phone got 8/10 since it's price is only USD230 in Malaysia. But I'm pissed at the fact that the relatively better Xperia L got only 6.5/10 despite having better specs at the same price. Except the dual-sim functionality, Xperia L triumphs in ALL departments but PA didn't even recommend this in the conclusion.

My conclusion would be: "If dual-sim is a must, Galaxy Core is the best bet as it got all the bases covered. But if u don't need the dual-sim standby, close your eyes and just buy Xperia L. Forget the other brands."

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 12:27

41. keliori (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


No najib, even in dual-sim arena I can't consider this phone as the best.
Around $250 price range some other phone are better than this.

For example:
-Acer Liquid E2 Duo
-Lenovo P770

Correct me if I'm wrong

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 03:35

31. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So this phone is better than Xperia ZR, L & Desire 600 as far with ratings. WTH is this going on PA? Please change your rating system or else change your name. Now onwards I'll not trust PA for their Reviews.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 12:53

34. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Formula to find real rating score
Samsung =10-pa rating/2
Sony =pa rating + 1/2 pa rating

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 05:07

35. mecool (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


phone arena u r doing bad...
xperia m and xperia l r way better than the crap core

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:40

36. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


maybe the best featured mid range price smartphone

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 12:16

40. keliori (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


I don't get it, why this phone scores better than Acer Liquid E2 Duo.
In my country Samsung Galaxy Core Duos priced slightly higher at $260, while Acer Liquid E2 Duo priced at $250. Both are unlocked.
So basically not only Galaxy Core is a bit more expensive, it also offers lower specs.
Yet it got better score here...sorry to say but it really doesn't make sense at all.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 04:28

43. Hytparts (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Fox fixing, is it easy? these cell phone replacement repair parts are too multiple to select right.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 00:10 1

45. mhikan22 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


this phone is so amazing !!! nothing 2 complain ..... cheep price and good quality.... other phone is good 2 but so much expensive XD ......

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:04

47. jowenfm (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


can galaxy core support these kind of games
FIFA 2013,,,candy crush saga,,,temple run 2 and other online games?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:02

46. jowenfm (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


is this samsung galaxy core supported with these kind of games
*FIFA 2013
*candy crush saga
*temple run 2
and other latest online games

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:40

49. garlic456 (Posts: 103; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Oh my god. calm down....
I'm sure Temple Run 2 and Candy Crush is supported but not sure about the Fifa

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:43

50. hariharan1991 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Hi Guys i am interest with Samsung Galaxy Core. How is the phone faster because i want to play the games with core. Please tell me before this Saturday i will buy this saturday

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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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