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Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus Review

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Interface and functionality


Samsung is shipping the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and while this isn't the most up-to-date version of the platform, it is recent enough for us to not be disappointed. We have no clue, however, as to whether a newer Android version will ever reach the Trend Plus. Android 4.4, in particular, would have been much more suitable because of its better compatibility with low-end devices, such as this one.

To no surprise, Samsung has altered the UI of the operating system by layering its TouchWiz solution on top. Having the company's custom user interface on board brings a number of benefits, including the option to set lock screen shortcuts and to switch settings using the newly added toggles in the notification panel. Plus, there's the built-in Do Not Disturb mode, blocking sounds and notifications from bothering you during meetings, at night, or whatever time you specify. Note that this particular build of TouchWiz lacks many of the extra apps found on the Galaxy S4, so there's no S Health, no Group Play, no S Translator, and no S Voice functionality.

The on-screen keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus is more accurate than it seems, especially with its built-in word completion and on-the-fly typo correction. We could enter text single-handedly at moderate speeds after a few minutes of getting used to its size and layout. Still, many users will find the phone's keyboard a bit smallish for their needs.

Processor and memory


There's a Broadcom-made SoC ticking inside the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus. A dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz handles all the computations, backed by a VideoCore IV GPU and 768 MB of RAM. Simply put, the phone is weak by today's standards so there's only so much that it can handle. Demanding applications take a toll on the phone's performance and as we mentioned above, lags do occur from time to time, especially when exiting or switching between apps. Our advise would be to avoid live wallpapers with this one. Also, try to keep the number of home screen widgets to a minimum. As for its gaming capabilities, the Galaxy Trend Plus easily runs lightweight casual games. Even some of the newer 3D titles are playable if their graphics quality is set to low. Truly demanding games, however, can be choppy or might totally refuse to launch.

Storage space on the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus is very limited. Out of the 4GB of on-board space, only 2.2GB are available to the user, and it gets filled up pretty quickly. In fact, we ran out of storage literally withing hours after we started testing the device. That's why having a microSD card on this smartphone is a must.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Sony Xperia M 4254
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 3705
Samsung Galaxy Core 3054
LG Optimus L5 II 2826
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Sony Xperia M 11629
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 12167
Samsung Galaxy Core 7470
LG Optimus L5 II 4511
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia M 26
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 18
Samsung Galaxy Core 9.1
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Sony Xperia M 427
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 406
Samsung Galaxy Core 421
LG Optimus L5 II 400
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Internet and connectivity


Two web browsers come pre-installed on the Trend Plus – Google's Chrome and Samsung's stock browser called simply Internet. The latter is, without a doubt, faster and more responsive than Chrome, and that's particularly easy to notice when opening heavy, content-rich web pages. The stock browser renders pages quickly once they're fully loaded, which makes it perfectly suitable for some light web browsing – looking up things on Wikipedia, checking the news or your daily horoscope, you know, stuff like that.

The Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus does not take micro SIM cards as many smartphones do today. Instead, it works with the old-school standard-sized SIM cards, aka mini SIM cards. Connectivity-wise, all the mandatory features are on board, including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS with support for GLONASS. Even an FM radio is present, available when a pair of headphones is plugged in. There's no NFC, however, although that's anything but a deal breaker.

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:58 2

1. akki20892 (Posts: 2639; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Mother of same design. Salute to Sammy.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:12 1

6. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 210; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I think the worlds most difficult thing to buy is samsung mobile !!
I dont understand what is different omg!
This is trend lite right or galaxy fresh ?
Here I am seeing trend plus!!

Omg omg...i dont know why samsung confusing this much !!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:03

2. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Another day,YET another galaxy...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:17 2

3. thephonedude (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Another day, YET another Xperia.....

Another day, YET another Optimus....

Another day, YET another Desire....

Another day, YET another iPhone....

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:39

12. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 38; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


TBH, the Galaxy Series is expansive, more so than any other phone. It has dozens of variations that actually very slightly. One may have NFC, but the other one its .01 inches slimmer. There are so many on so many carriers that it becomes hard to distinguish them.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 22:34

15. 3rdDegree (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


You don't see LG releasing it's Optimus L series with just a different name. Each phone is uniquely different.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:18 3

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 954; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


OK phone, but Moto G is the king of cheap android. Samsung phones like this are very popular among non-geeks, so this will sell quite well. Average.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:48

10. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


yes i can see it selling quite well
But there should be at least $50 difference with the galaxy core (no contract of course) or it will not make much sense

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:37 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 9255; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Galaxy s, Galaxy note, Galaxy dous, Galaxy grand, Galaxy s mini, Galaxy mega, Galaxy trend Galaxy hot dogs, Galaxy ham sandwiches, Galaxy inner tubes, Galaxy glue, Galaxy swimming pools, Galaxy toothpaste, Galaxy band aids, Galaxy shoe horns, Galaxy lamps, Galaxy pot scratchers, Galaxy vinyl siding, Galaxy woofers, Galaxy wallets, Galaxy honey buns, hell Galaxy bras. I want the new Galaxy s galaxy with customizable planets, black holes.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:42

9. taikucing (unregistered)


Still too pricey. Should be priced $100

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:53

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 603; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Should have used a dual-core Cortex A7 processor instead. Could have increased the battery life without too much deteriorating of performance

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 14:10

14. cristy93 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)


I have that phone . For his price I think is very good . The only thing that he mess for me is gorrila glass .

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1200 MHz
768 MB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.48 x 0.42 inches
(121.5 x 63.1 x 10.57 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)

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