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Samsung Star 3 Review

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Samsung Star 3 Review
Introduction:

The Samsung Star 3 is representing a breed that will become increasingly rare in the future – featurephones – as those are being gradually pushed away by the smartphone crowd, even in the entry level segment.

The Star 3 comes a year after its predecessor the Star II landed, but in certain specs it's even more barebone than last year, like the screen. Let's explore if a phone like the Star 3 is a successful mix of decent performance for a rock bottom price, which is kind of its point...


Design:

Shiny black plastic chassis with tapered back and faux chrome rim surrounding the sides – yes, it's an entry level Samsung phone, Dad! If you don't like black plastic, there is also a shiny white version. The Star 3 is pretty compact and easy to operate with one hand, thanks to the 4.02 x 2.28 x 0.45 (102 x 58 x 11.5 mm) dimensions, and is also very light at just 3.35oz (95g).

The Samsung Star 3 is pretty compact and easy to operate with one hand - Samsung Star 3 Review
The Samsung Star 3 is pretty compact and easy to operate with one hand - Samsung Star 3 Review

The Samsung Star 3 is pretty compact and easy to operate with one hand


Samsung Star 3 Review

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The power/lock button on the left and the volume rocker on the right are well-defined and easy to feel and press. There is the rectangular physical home key, which we are used to in many Samsung handsets by now, flanked by two call and end buttons – all three spaced out enough and responsive.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Star 3 - Samsung Star 3 Review
microUSB (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Star 3 - Samsung Star 3 Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Star 3 - Samsung Star 3 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Star 3 - Samsung Star 3 Review

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB (bottom)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

The sides of the Samsung Star 3


Back - Samsung Star 3 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Star 3 Review

Back

Battery compartment



Display:

The smallish 3” screen is fairly bright for outside usage, and color representation is good enough, but the viewing angles are rather weak. It sports the paltry 240x320 pixels of resolution. Pixel density is even lower than on the Star II, but nobody will be using the Star 3 for HD movie watching or long hours of reading anyway.

Viewing angles are rather weak - Samsung Star 3 Review
Viewing angles are rather weak - Samsung Star 3 Review

Viewing angles are rather weak



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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 07:24 1

1. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


since when is wi-fi a bonus?
in every smartphone there is wi-fi now
its like having a super gs4(yes 4) and to review it and say that it has wi-fi

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:13 1

2. mike02s (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Your argument would be correct if this were a smartphone... but it isn't. It is a "feature phone". This is one of a very few instances in which a feature phone has been equipped with Wi-Fi. In fact, I would dare to say that this phone effectively blurs the line between the lowest-end smartphones and the highest-end feature phones.

This would be a good phone for someone who doesn't want to pay the exorbitant prices for a smartphone plan, but still get most of the smartphone experience!

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 23:19

3. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Galaxy Y?

posted on 29 May 2012, 06:19

6. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The Star II was way better in terms of user interface, it had multitasking, a hundred times better browser and even in the camera and video recording. This not at all feels like a successor, feels more like it is the predecessor of the Samsung Star II.

Better option go and get the Samsung Corby II

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.02 x 2.28 x 0.45 inches
(102 x 58 x 11.5 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 14.7 hours talk time

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