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Samsung Galaxy R Review

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Camera:

The camera department is where the Samsung Galaxy R falls way behind its bigger brother – the S II. What we have on the smartphone's back is a 5-megapixel sensor, which seems to be not quite as potent in low light conditions than the 8-megapixel one found in Samsung's flagship.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review

Camera interface


Low light performance aside, the camera on the smartphone captures colors fairly accurately without making them overly saturated, and there is lots of detail in the shots. The camera's interface offers plenty of shooting modes, including smile shot, panorama, macro, and candlelight. Tap to focus is present as well, and the shutter delay is not something to complain about. If you are not too demanding of a photographer, the Samsung Galaxy R should do just fine whenever you need to take a casual photo.

Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review

Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R


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Low light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy R Review
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When it comes to shooting videos, 720p is the maximum resolution they can be taken at despite the fact that it is a dual-core chip powering the smartphone. Footage shot in broad daylight looks satisfactory, with a good level of detail, but when taken under indoor lighting conditions, videos look pretty grainy.

Samsung Galaxy R Outdoor Sample Video:



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Multimedia:


The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy R is pretty much identical to the one found on all of Samsung's latest Androids. It has all the features that you would expect from it, namely support for playlists, album art, grouping by albums, and it also offers a handful of equalizer presets. It can even handle the FLAC lossless audio format, which shrinks a song's size in megabytes while retaining its original quality. We should also mention that the Samsung Galaxy R comes with a pair of really nice earphones.

The music player interface as found on the Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
The music player interface as found on the Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review

The music player interface as found on the Samsung Galaxy R


As far as video playback goes, the Galaxy R has no troubles running 1080p videos in either MPEG4 or DivX format, and the spacious 4.2-inch display makes watching them on the smartphone quite enjoyable. However, if you prefer, you can stream media to your HDTV or home entertainment system over DLNA by using the AllShare application, which comes pre-loaded on the smartphone.


Connectivity:

Tapping to your carrier's 3G/4G airwaves is done using the smartphone's HSPA radio, which supports theoretical download speeds of up to 21Mbps. That should be plenty of throughput to satisfy all your web cravings while you are on the go. Other connectivity options that you get is Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with support for Wi-Fi direct. At first, the smartphone's GPS radio was a bit slow in determining our location, which took it a little over 2 minutes from a cold start, but after that, the same task took it only a couple of seconds.

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posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:04 5

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


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?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:26 6

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I take that back about the Galaxy R video review but not the rest mentioned.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:43 5

3. xenover (Posts: 172; Member since: 27 May 2011)


8/10 ?
Very unbiased score iPhonearena!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:09 5

5. Commentator (Posts: 2419; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Naah, they'll give it a 9.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 14:27

12. cristhiansaid (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


lol.....let us bet jajajaja

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:50 6

6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


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

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:05

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Sensation XL is disappointing, 4.7-inch display with a WVGA resolution kinda like the Titan.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:55

9. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


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.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 13:11

10. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


You're probably right, I think that's why pixel density on the iPhone matters because it has a tiny 3.5-inch display.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:06

8. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The design and build quality are actually much better then the GSII.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:33

13. Gamma Sharm (unregistered)


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.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 03:56

15. MTLance (unregistered)


Nexus Prime is Samsung smart a$$.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 01:04

14. saiki4116 (Posts: 353; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


the pricing is very bad,in india the price difference between S2 and R is around 25 to 40$

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 06:53 1

16. garz (unregistered)


Hey, you're from the philippines?? Your weather widget says you're in quezon city..

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:30

17. Flanders (unregistered)


Does this phone have a notification LED?

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:32

18. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


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.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:04

19. jona (unregistered)


If you hate galaxy that means nothing you known about IT

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 17:34

20. KRONeage (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


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

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 03:25

22. grv21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)


does this device support usb on the go i.e. u can connect ur pendrives using otg cable.???

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 03:10

23. shambharwani (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


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)

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:00

24. shashivydyula (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Some cool features at affordable price but I hope TV out could have been added.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 22:31

25. HemalShah (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


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......

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 02:44

26. akash001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


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....

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 21:55

28. HemalShah (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


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.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 08:22

32. ajgeorge (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)


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.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 02:50

27. akash001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


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....

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 18:16

29. saeen (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Sadly in my country the difference between R and SII is much as $140 so I might get Galaxy R.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:09

30. HemalShah (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


i wud suggest 2 go for Samsung galaxy S2......if the difference is not much...and if its ok for your budget..

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 19:54

31. saeen (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


difference is much, like 140 dollars :( can't afford that much.

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Samsung Galaxy R

Samsung Galaxy R

OS: Android 2.3.3
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Display4.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (222 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.93 x 2.60 x 0.37 inches
(125.3 x 66.1 x 9.45 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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