Samsung Galaxy Stellar available at Best Buy Mobile; what's the Starter mode?

Samsung Galaxy Stellar available at Best Buy Mobile; what's the Starter mode?
In the midst of all of that trial news last week, we did show you a leaked ad for a device called the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. The ad revealed a $99.99 contract price for the device from Verizon. It also left us scratching our head over the inclusion of something called "Starter mode" and the ad's promotion of Amazon's apps instead of those from the Google Play Store.

You might remember this device, the SCH-i200, leaked as the Samsung Jasper earlier this year, headed for Big Red. On Monday, the phone quietly joined the lineup at Best Buy Mobile for $449.99 under its new name, without a contract. The Samsung Galaxy Stellar is equipped with a 4 inch WVGA screen and has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor under the hood. With Android 4.0 running the show, there is a 3.2MP camera on back and LTE connectivity.

So just where is that "Starter mode"? Perhaps a better question would be, what IS the "Starter mode"?. Our guess would be that it is some type of UI that helps new smartphone users quickly adapt to the phone. Another mystery is why Amazon's apps are being promoted instead of the Google Play Store.

If you need this phone now, you can shell out the $449.99 at Best Buy Mobile. If you can wait, the leaked ad suggests a $99.99 price from Verizon sometime in the future, although you will be tying yourself up with Big Red for two years.

source: BestBuy via AndroidPolice


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Galaxy Stellar
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1

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