Samsung Galaxy R Review
calls. With its help, the in-call sound performance of the smartphone is more than impressive. The other party could hear us loud and clear on the other side of the line, and our voice was natural and distinctive. The earpiece performed just as well, but we wish it could have been a bit louder.
Thanks to its its 1650 mAh battery, the smartphone can provide up to 9 hours of talk time, which is significantly above the average for smartphones nowadays. Its stand-by time is impressive as well – 620 hours (roughly 25 days) is what is going to take before the Galaxy R needs a recharge.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy R is one impressive smartphone that offers plenty of processing power packed up in one pretty slim body. It stands out with its great 4.2-inch display, and the in-call sound quality that it delivers is way above the average.
But once you look at its price tag, you realize that the Samsung GALAXY S II is only a tad more expensive. At the same time, it is lighter, slimmer, and even more powerful in terms of raw computing skills. The S II packs a much better camera as well, while its 4.3-inch display can deliver deeper blacks and punchier colors.
So, is it worth it grabbing the R instead of the S II? Perhaps it is if your budget is strictly limited, but for $50 more or so, you can get the very best Samsung currently has to offer. Do not get us wrong, the Galaxy R is still one great smartphone, but the relatively small price difference between it and the company's flagship does not seem to be justified.
However, before rushing and getting any of these smartphones, you might want to check out some of the alternatives. The HTC Sensation is one of them packing a stunning qHD display and flaunting the beautiful HTC Sense interface, all of that topped off with a solid metal body. Another handset worth your attention is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, which may not have the advantage of dual-core processing, but it has a unique curved design, packs a snappy 8-megapixel camera, yet comes slightly cheaper.
Samsung Galaxy R Video Review:
- Beautiful display
- Great in-call sound quality
- Good battery life
- Dual-core processor
- Priced too close to the Galaxy S II
- Cannot shoot 1080p video
1. Muhannad posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:04 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
The design and build quality are actually much better then the GSII.
13. Gamma Sharm (unregistered) posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:33 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
Nexus Prime is Samsung smart a$$.
14. saiki4116 posted on 15 Oct 2011, 01:04 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
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
Does this phone have a notification LED?
18. henrickrw posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:32 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
If you hate galaxy that means nothing you known about IT
20. KRONeage posted on 18 Oct 2011, 17:34 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
difference is much, like 140 dollars :( can't afford that much.