Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Although it is just an entry-level smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fame comes with a relatively recent version of Android – 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Two thumbs up for that! Layered on top of it we have Samsung's great custom interface with its numerous visual and functional tweaks. These include motion gestures, such as shaking the phone in order to refresh whatever information is displayed on all active widgets and flipping the device face-down to mute an incoming call. We can't imagine ourselves using the former often, but we find the latter useful.
Speaking of widgets, there's a lot of them pre-loaded, including Samsung's weather and clock combo, a very handy widget for taking down quick notes, and an alarm clock widget. It is also nice to see that a broad range of toggle switches for various features are placed in the notification bar for convenience. In addition, by holding down the home button, one can access all sorts of up-to-date information provided by Google Now and the built-in task manager.
The on-screen keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy Fame feels tiny, which comes as no surprise since the display is pretty narrow. Getting used to typing on it takes time, but at least the built-in spell checker will take care of the typos that you'll surely make. Alternatively, you can use the swiping input method, which can be very effective once you get comfortable with it.
Processor and Memory:
With its 1GHz single-core processor and 512MB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Fame definitely won't set any new benchmark records. However, the modest chip should provide adequate processing power considering the smartphone's class. Of course, since we're testing a prototype unit running software that has not been finalized, we can't draw any conclusions about the device's performance. But we're getting a good feeling about it since it handles basic video games pretty well. More CPU-intensive tasks, on the other hand, will surely take their toll on the handset's performance.
You get only 4GB of internal storage with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, out of which only 1.95GB are available to the user. Chances are that's going to run out really fast, so equipping the smartphone with a microSD card is highly recommended. Or in case you're okay with relying on cloud storage, there's 50GB of it included for free for 2 years, courtesy of Samsung and Dropbox.
There's nothing new to see on the stock web browser present on the Samsung Galaxy Fame. It's pretty much the same application found on all of the company's recent Android devices, with its support for multiple tabs, incognito mode, and saving pages for offline reading. The browser itself works well and gets the job done when it comes to occasional web surfing, but what makes its use uncomfortable is the display's small size and low resolution.
1. lee480 (Posts: 178; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
An uglier version of the already ugly Galaxy S3.
2. coelhoboss (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
Good entry-level phone. Runs Android Jelly Bean, got a decent camera and some nice features. Would get it over a Optimus L5.
3. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
better buy a chinese phone... with the same price, I can get one with 4" 800x480 display, same memory size, same CPU speed, but more battery capacity..
Lenovo offers better spec with the same price.
Lenovo A690 vs Samsung Galaxy Y --> Lenovo wins ;)
4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I just have one problem...the resolution- 320 by 480 is just too too small. Alreast 380 by 640 would do justice...
5. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
so its pretty much the galaxy ace with a better processor and much better software
6. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
Buy a Cherry Mobile Flare and you get a 4" WVGA IPS Display, 1.2GHZ dual-core processor, 5MP AF Camera and Android.
7. amansingal14 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Sony Xperia E looks way better than this... :(
Samsung you have disappointed me as you always do...
8. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
Never understood why people liked rectangular phones cause when it comes down to it they all look the same, no true difference, nothing to set them apart, while I love the look of this phone, too low end for me, but perfect for someone who wants the latest OS but not the highest specs are can't afford them for that matter
10. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
@phonearena.. Does it have a GPU.. plez reply..
11. sk9034 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
as custumers likes black colour more so Samsung should give this mobile in black color
13. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
That's not true, customers always prefer a white edition, hence why white versions were normally only released after the original black one has been released , It was like a Limited Edition version
12. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)
This is a Galaxy Ace with an overclocked processor and different design...