Samsung Galaxy R Review
The Samsung Galaxy R is more or less identical to the Galaxy S II in terms of appearance. Out of the box you get Andorid 2.3.4 beautified by the TouchWis 4.0 user interface, which adds pretty icons and smooth transition animations to the set. As one would expect, seven home screens are at your disposal and pinching out gives you an overview of all of them. Plenty of handy widgets have been thrown in there, some of which can even be resized to your preference.
NVIDIA's 1GHz, dual-core Tegra 2 chip that powers the smartphone handles navigation perfectly, as long as you do not push it too much. Having a live wallpaper set up along with a ton of widgets results in slight choppiness when switching home screens. Under normal conditions, however, the chip zips through menus and applications with ease.
In terms of software, Samsung has done a great job at covering all the basics for you. File browser, photo editor, downloads manager, office application, even a mini diary – all of those goodies come pre-installed, along with Kies Air for syncing the smartphone wirelessly with a computer. However, these are not the apps that are likely to grab your interest the most. Samsung's Social Hub is probably one of the applications that you will end up using quite frequently as it provides quick access to multiple social networks simultaneously. Music Hub is also present and lets you browse and purchase music on the go. Whenever you are feeling bored, Game Hub can lend a hand with the selection of socially-oriented games that it offers, and Readers Hub has plenty of books, magazines, and newspapers for you to choose from.
The stock internet browser on the Samsung Galaxy R gets its job done flawlessly thanks to the power boost that dual-core Tegra 2 chip delivers. Even the heaviest of pages loaded quickly and having Adobe Flash animations running has no noticeable affect on the browser's performance. Pinch-to-zoom works without a hitch, and if you prefer, you can zoom in on paragraphs or columns by double-tapping on the screen.
Something cool that Samsung has added to the browser is the ability to have a side-by-side view of all your opened tabs when you pinch out. After doing so, you can also open new tabs or close the ones you do not need anymore. Another tweak that has been thrown in is zooming in an out by holding two fingers down on the display and tilting it back or forth. The feature is fancy and surely will impress your buddies, but we doubt that you will end up using it regularly.
1. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:04 5 0
What's wrong with PhoneArena? No video review of the HTC Radar, no video review of the Galaxy R and no video preview of Omnia W?
2. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:26 6 0
I take that back about the Galaxy R video review but not the rest mentioned.
6. HTCiscool posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:50 6 1
Sorry but this phone is a fail, for around 20 bucks more you can get an unlocked HTC Sensation, which is better. I don't know what all of the hate is with the S3 chip, after the update the Sensation does live wallpapers fine and you can smoothly navigate the home screens unlike this thing.
Btw the new Sensation XE is AMAZING! can't wait to try out the Sensation XL
7. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:05 0 0
The Sensation XL is disappointing, 4.7-inch display with a WVGA resolution kinda like the Titan.
9. HTCiscool posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:55 0 0
You may notice that as screen sized get larger, pixel density becomes less important because there is less need for zooming in to read web pages properly. Take the iPad 2, its pixel density is around 140ppi but that doesn't matter because it is on a larger screen. I actually don't care hugely about resolution however compared to the Sensation XE, the Sensation XL really is not great.
10. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 13:11 0 0
You're probably right, I think that's why pixel density on the iPhone matters because it has a tiny 3.5-inch display.
8. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:06 0 0
The design and build quality are actually much better then the GSII.
13. Gamma Sharm (unregistered) posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:33 0 0
Why do every samsung touch phone look so dated and boring with a iPhone like design. Cant they come up with any new form factor like the nexus prime.
15. MTLance (unregistered) posted on 15 Oct 2011, 03:56 0 0
Nexus Prime is Samsung smart a$$.
14. saiki4116 posted on 15 Oct 2011, 01:04 0 0
the pricing is very bad,in india the price difference between S2 and R is around 25 to 40$
16. garz (unregistered) posted on 15 Oct 2011, 06:53 1 0
Hey, you're from the philippines?? Your weather widget says you're in quezon city..
17. Flanders (unregistered) posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:30 0 0
Does this phone have a notification LED?
18. henrickrw posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:32 0 0
HTS Sensation as an alternative?, well the Sensation is better that this, but not better than the Galaxy S2. Also Sensation is way too heavy & gets real hot after extended usage.
19. jona (unregistered) posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:04 0 0
If you hate galaxy that means nothing you known about IT
20. KRONeage posted on 18 Oct 2011, 17:34 0 0
10 Million? lol..... that was in less than two months. In it's first 4 months it broke 23 Million and that was before it went on sale in China on 3 carriers and now America on 3 carriers. The estimates have added close to another 10 million in China alone over the last 2.5 months. So no doubt they break their target of 60 Million by year's end. Add that to their other smartphones and feature phones. They should top 70 million Smartphones for total phone sales of well over 320 Million phones this year!!! :D
22. grv21 posted on 19 Dec 2011, 03:25 0 0
does this device support usb on the go i.e. u can connect ur pendrives using otg cable.???
23. shambharwani posted on 21 Dec 2011, 03:10 0 0
Very good phone and os BUT very bad BATTERY LIFE - with data connection on the battery drains and phone shuts off in less than 12 hours. Can you imagine less than a day - totally unacceptable. Anyone want my phone will sell it 20% off (used for 4 days)
24. shashivydyula posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:00 0 0
Some cool features at affordable price but I hope TV out could have been added.
25. HemalShah posted on 22 Jan 2012, 22:31 0 0
hey guys....i had just purchased this phone on sunday(19.5K)...its awesum.....i dont think theres any probs with blackout, accelerometer, battery washout,........its just a rumours...trust m...also a new rumours that samsung co. had stopped production of SGR...is also a false note by a dealers (across mumbai).
i wud suggest to go for it ....its worth 19.5k....compare 2 SGs2
if u hve any second thought please contact me......
26. akash001 posted on 11 Feb 2012, 02:44 0 0
hii....i wan to buy cell...and confused between xperia ray and galaxy R...am impressed with galaxy R but is it true that galaxy R has bad sound quality while listning music?,,,pls reply sooner....
28. HemalShah posted on 12 Feb 2012, 21:55 0 0
hi akash...nice to hear frm you..if you are a musix lover...no one can bet a sony phones....but its true that samsung GR has many features as compare to Sony XR...so i wud suggest you to go for a samsung galaxy r...rather than...SXR...if you hve any probs in SGR...regarding any issue...i hve done a gr8 research on this....i wud guide you and hve it resolved....Thanks.
32. ajgeorge posted on 01 Dec 2012, 08:22 0 0
my friend ,
i bought one galaxy r phone and facing blackout problem on and off while dialling number,then requires battery removal and reset.
motherboard and display unit replaced ,still problem continues ,kindly share a solution.
27. akash001 posted on 11 Feb 2012, 02:50 0 0
i wan to buy cell...and confused between xperia ray and galaxy R...am impressed with galaxy R but is it true that galaxy R has bad sound quality while listning music?,,,pls reply sooner....
29. saeen posted on 15 Feb 2012, 18:16 0 0
Sadly in my country the difference between R and SII is much as $140 so I might get Galaxy R.
30. HemalShah posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:09 0 0
i wud suggest 2 go for Samsung galaxy S2......if the difference is not much...and if its ok for your budget..
31. saeen posted on 18 Feb 2012, 19:54 0 0
difference is much, like 140 dollars :( can't afford that much.