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Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review

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User Interface:

Similar to the Pantech Marauder, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode, which is designed for people that are new to Android or may have never used a smartphone before. While in the starter mode, there are new widgets placed on the 7 homescreens that allow quick-access to your favorite contacts, dialpad, favorite apps and settings, though the app drawer remains unchanged and does not populate into specific groups like on the Pantech Marauder’s starter mode. You can also easily change over to the Standard Mode, which basically just replaces the starter widgets with regular Android widgets. Regardless of which mode you are using, you will see nothing of the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich interface, as Samsung uses their TouchWiz layer on top, but we’re still glad ICS is on board.

Standard Mode - The Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
Starter Mode - The Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review

Standard Mode

Starter Mode

  

The Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes equipped with a Starter Mode


UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review

UI of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar


One thing that we found missing on the device was any form of haptic (vibration) feedback. Most all Android smartphones have this option, which is most useful when using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, but for some reason the Galaxy Stellar lacks it.

On-screen QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review

On-screen QWERTY keyboard



Processor and Memory:

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is free with a signed 2-year contract, the device still features a great 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Stellar 4104 5692 59
Pantech Marauder 4882 6601 56,3
Motorola DROID RAZR M 4864 6715 61,3
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6745 58,7

Despite the Galaxy Stellar not having quite as high benchmark numbers as the other phones listed above, it still feels plenty quick when moving between the home screens and running apps.

The Galaxy Stellar does come with 4GB of internal memory, but since it is used by preloaded apps, files, and the OS, there is only 1.5GB available to use out of the box. Thankfully, there is a microSD memory card slot that can accommodate cards up to 32GB.


Internet and Connectivity:

Just because the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is a budget phone, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice data connectivity, as the device supports Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. Even though using the 4” screen can feel a bit cramped while viewing web sites (when compared to larger screens), pages were still properly rendered and we were able to view them and navigate around just fine.

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Stellar - Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Stellar


When using the Speedtest.net app, we were able to get download speeds between 5.49-6.83 Mbps and upload speeds between 1.32-2.50 Mbps. Even though this is not as fast as what we’ve seen on other Verizon 4G LTE smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Motorola DROID RAZR M, it is still fast enough for sending and receiving E-Mails and viewing most web sites. The Galaxy Stellar can also use Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n networks at 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:58

1. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


6.5 is a bit low. does each con really worth 1.75 points?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 06:35 1

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Let’s see is the Samsung Galaxy Stellar can do better."...with the ratings i saw before i even read the first word in the review, it's funny going through that line!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:27 3

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's way too simplistic a method of looking at how the review score is tabulated. Try reading the entire review. There are a lot more cons than just the two listed in that section.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 06:07

2. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I will never buy Crapsung again...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:29

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Now this phone is plain ugly... even the buttons

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:47 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Now, now...'LAUGHABLE camera and video recording quality' is a l'le too cruel...it's a 3.2 megapixel sensor. What do you expect from it?? And you would expect a 720p video from it? Come on!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:48 2

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Now, now...'LAUGHABLE camera and video recording quality' is a l'le too cruel...it's a 3.2 megapixel sensor. What do you expect from it?? And you would expect a 720p video from it? Come on!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:25

8. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Its not ugly.. its actually ok. PERSONAL PREFERENCES! NO PHONES ARE UGLY!

Also, if u're those dckheads who keep hating on the phone name.... as its not related to the phone's looks.. COME ON! DOES HTC DESIRE RELATES TO ITS LOOKS? DOES THE S WORD IN S3 AND S2 RELATES TO ITS PHONE DESIGN!?!?

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.51 x 0.47 inches
(122 x 64 x 12 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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