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Samsung Star 3 Review

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Samsung Star 3 Review
Voice quality in the ear piece of the Samsung Star 3 is quite good, with loud enough volume, and no audible distortions. The other side said they could hear us very well in terms of volume, and our voices sounded natural, so actual telephony is what the Star 3 does best. Thus you won't miss the ringing as the speaker is quite loud, but if you leave the phone on silent, vibration is pretty wimpy.

Samsung hasn't outed yet talk time estimates for the Star 3 at the time of writing this, but the 1000mAh on such a modestly spec'd device usually means decent talk times and very good standby results.


Conclusion:

The Samsung Star 3 is aiming for the sub-$100 mark without any subsidies, so there isn't much else we can desire from its hardware except what is already in there. We wish it had at least the same screen as the Star 2, but the slightly lower pixel density is a minor quibble on such a phone. The incapable browser is is a bigger gripe, though.

More importantly, the phone sports an above average call quality, and that's all that could be asked from its price point. It is also easy to handle and unassuming, so it can make a good backup handset to give your kid.

The Star 3's primary competition, besides last year's feature phones from LG, like the Cookie Fresh, or Samsung itself, like Corby 2, could be Nokia's Asha family. The Nokia Asha 201, for example, comes with sub-$100 price unlocked as well, and might lure people demanding a QWERTY keyboard away from the Star 3.

In this day and age, though, you'd better splurge a few tens more, and get a budget smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy Y, for obvious appolicious reasons.



Pros

  • Cheap and compact
  • Good call quality
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Cons

  • Laggy interface
  • Browser struggles to render heavier pages
  • Low pixel density
  • No ambient light and accelerator sensors
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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 07:24 1

1. bbblader (Posts: 575; 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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