Samsung GALAXY W Review

After the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy R, which we already reviewed, it's time to have a look  one step down the ladder – to the midrange Samsung GALAXY W.

Its place there is secured by the 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch 480x800 pixels LCD display and the 14.4Mbps HSDPA radio. Also, the 5MP rear camera is accompanied by an LED flash, and we have a front-facing one for video chat – two features which are absent from the lower-end Galaxy M Pro, for example.

On paper, the phone has it all to be a decent Android handset and the design, while nothing remarkable, has some interesting curves to flaunt. Does it hit the sweet value for money spot that its category is meant to conquer? Read on our review to find out...


The Samsung GALAXY W looks like a pouch with its flat upper side and curved bottom, especially when you turn it over on its front. The upper part where the camera with the LED flash are, is made of hard glossy plastic. It is not soft-touch plastic, just dotted for easier grip, which makes the Galaxy W very easy to hold and operate. It is not that thin at 0.45” (11.5mm), but is very light at 3.93” (112g).

You can compare the Samsung GALAXY W with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The handset is almost the perfect size for one-handed use, since it doesn't boast a huge display, but a 3.7” LCD one with 480x800 pixels, making for a good 252ppi pixel density. This allows for text to appear crisp, and the display also sports rich colors. Viewing angles are decent, plus it is sufficiently bright outside under broad daylight to allow normal operation.

The volume buttons on the left are protruding sufficiently to make them very easy to find and operate, and the lock/power button is on the side.

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35. saleelsalam

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

@cliffy you have really become my saviour.i also almost threw my phone to the wall.then i found your comment.i rooted fone yesterday and installedset sppeed and it was just like i am again in love with my first smart phone.thank u very much

34. cliffy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

As per my comment above, I have found the issue with this phone, I rookited my phone last night and found the cpu sits pretty much most of the time at 245mhz and goes to 1.4ghz when needed, its this low start speed that is causing the slowdown in menus etc, I installed set speed from the market place and set the lowest speed to 800mhz which has elimanated the painful scrolling speed and changing in and out of apps speed, also my phone has stopped crashing, so if you buy this phone I highly recommend rooting it and installing set speed app and setting the lowest speed to 800mhz, after that you will have a good phone!!!

33. cliffy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

First using this phone seems ok for the first week, beyond that when you actually install apps etc it becomes a frustratingly slow piece of junk, the screen is great as is the camera, but dont even think about games on this, it just wont happen, it will crash everytime. Things like skype and messanger send it into overload and it will crash often, you will also be pressing that clear memory button ALOT! Swipe text is a Godsend for sure, but even then it can slow down, one core cpu just does not have the grunt for this phone and OS. I have nearly thrown the phone at the wall a few times and have never been so frustrated with a phone before, it has good features but the speed and lack of memory will completely infuriate some people me included. If you dont ask much from the phone it should be ok, but it always feels way underpowered and buggy crashy. Which is a huge shame, and the first Samsung phone I have actually hated :( I forgot to add battery life, I dont know what drugs others are on but I can assure you this phone chews through battery life like pacman on a hunger strike, I am forever charging it at my desk and cant really go for more then 5 hours without charging it, a huge let down. And to confirm during the day I have one exchange account running and message through skype, say good bye battery!

32. Kezz111

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

i am in desperate need of a new phone for work.. is this phone fast? does it have good email function? do messages come through alright? and most important how long does the battery last? more than 8 hours?

31. manojkeezhoor

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

2 months back I have bought a GT18150 from singapore. problem 1: From day one onwards it shows problems with the network. Often when i try to call the message says "not connected to network". Any suggestion? Problem 2: I have to recharge the phone twice a day. Please help me

30. amysaidin

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

hye everyone... i have some problem arise lately... i bought this phone just for 1 month.. why when i lock the screen, after a few second or minute, the screen turn light. 3 times less or more. it is cause related to the application that i was installed via the google market? i feel curious about is have a solution? aaaargh i feel stress if i see the light on suddenly...

29. powerAg

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2012

what phone model do you have wherein all incoming messages are dierctly saved to the memory card not on the phone memory. And adding new contacts should be saved also to the memory card. Because once you changed your phone, you have nothing to worry deleting your contacts and messages, if all your messages and contacts are saved on the memory card. thanks

28. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Bad call quality? This is a massive lie. This phone has great call quality. I can hear the other person very good, the reception is excellent and I can be heard clearly and loudly enough. Maybe they had a bad unit or whatever but don't doubt in this phone, especially in the earpiece/microphone. It's a great phone and the price is so freaking low. Best phone for it's price hands down.

27. kiara

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Hi there… I bought this Samsung Galaxy W two weeks before from this I got a really good deal there. It doesn’t have a Gorilla Glass. It doesn’t have a stunning Super AMOLED display, but a competent LCD screen with a nice resolution, good clarity, and smooth touch and can tap, swipe, pull and pinch to navigate around phone. Kies allowed me to sync my phone with my PC. Its android so I am having fun with all those apps, games and songs that I could download through it. It connects well with wifi and Bluetooth. Plus the 5 megapixel camera is good too. The exterior of the phone is cool but yes it is made of plastic. Though from distance no one can make out as it has got metal finish. But I would say it’s a best buy for me for this money.

26. rosefromhell

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

hello guys , i need u r advise here am planning to get a galaxy phone, which one u recommended ,except the galaxy S 2 coz its little over my budget :) ????

25. lcy9977

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

does any here face the same problem as i phone`s music sounds really bad with earphones it sounds like distorted or what i dont know....somebody please help me thanks

24. saleelsalam

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

i bought this phone yesterday.there is a strange problem with it.when i disconnect headset the loudspeaker sound become too loe to be audible.i had to restart the fome to make loudspeaker normal.any help????

20. goodboy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Does anyone know if and how you can change the way to unlock the phone when you press the unlock button on the side of the phone? if you do not know of I mean, look at this in the youtube clip from about 2:17 to 2:35. sorry for my bad English.

23. Vyker

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The lock is part of TouchWiz. You can install other Launcher apps like Go Launcher EX and that will replace the home screens, app menu and lock screens. Personally, I think TouchWiz is fine, its not the best, but it does the job. It's nice to know that there is other options for me out there when i get bored with TouchWiz. I've used ADW Launcher in the past, and it was very good. So I might move to it later.

19. Filip

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Hi to all of you.... Can someone describe me this phone a little bit detail... I want to bouy it so.. Does this phone have Gorilla Glass? Is there any bug? How the screen is compared with amoled screen (colours and stuff like that)? Is it worth to buy? When you use it, is there a plastiky feel, or is high-quality.... Sorry for my English :P

22. Vyker

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It doesnt have Gorilla Glass, but it has Samsungs own version of toughened glass. The glass is the best I've used personally, it is very slick, smooth, and never gets dirty.. fingerprints dont ruin it. It is also scratch resistant. The screen is fantastic, the high density ppi makes a big difference. Websites look great on it. It is worth buying, as they are so cheap for good performance. as cheap as £200 now. It does feel plastic'y, as it is a light phone. Very light in fact. But the plastic'y feel is not a cheap feeling. It still feels ok. Nothing like the Desire S, which felt very heavy and premium. This is the opposite.

17. Vyker

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I've had this phone for a month now, and I've got to say its fantastic. The reports on poor phone quality are hard to justify, for me its been fantastic... The speed of the phone is where it really shines, the 1.4ghz clearly makes a difference, there is no lag at all with the UI or any of the apps. You have to really push it for it to slow down. The Camera is also very good, the results when I view on a computer screen are impressive, there is a slight delay as it auto focuses, but its nothing more than any other phone on the market. [The real winner in this area is the Palm Pre2, instance autofocus and shots, even faster than the iPhone4] The phone is so light as well, when you're using the phone, playing a game or such, the weight really helps. On my old phone, playing a bit of Angry Birds and I'd get tired holding up the phone when lieing flat, but with this, barely know its there! The future is bright for this phone, if you don't want the much larger SII, and just want a pocket-able phone, this fits the bill perfectly. I've compared it to the Desire S, and though the Desire S feels heavy and well built, it just didn't perform as well as the Galaxy W. I recommend this phone!

16. kscoutg

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I have had this phone for a month. When I first the phon ei would have to agree with your 4/5 rating. After a month of using it not downloading anything or taking up any of the memory the phone is slowing down more and more every day and it can't comprehend opening or closing things and merely crashes the majority of times this is the second Samsung galaxy w I have had now after I sent the other one off to repair and again same problem. Initial week of usuing the phone it should get a 4/5 but after a week a 1/5 if that.

18. doniking

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

isn't that a problem with android itself? so what's your phone now? i'm looking for a new one.

15. dian283

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

No NFC? Why? I think this phone is very well, but just one minus.. NO NFC...

11. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

How on earth can you give a PHONE with such a fundamental flaw as BAD CALL QUALITY get such a high score? Such an issue means that it can't possibly deserve the same as a similarly priced Xperia Neo. Even more ridiculous than that, the similarly priced Xperia Pro has been given a lower score by PhoneArena than this?!!! WTF?!!!! Xperia Pro has no issues with call quality, has a better camera and with the addition of the truly excellent hardware QWERTY keyboard which is superior for text-input than touch-screens.

12. cyern0324

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Probably because of the fast 1.4GHZ processor , slimmer body , bigger interbal memory , touchwiz 4.0 , game hub and social hub??

10. jason1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

hi Dan ! Can you confirm how much MB Internal Memory is available for users to install applications.

9. Crispy54

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

This is a fine phone except for the on/off button placed on the side - I'm always hitting it by accident! As for the soft-focus camera, did you notice the lens is covered by (a small and difficult to remove) plastic film? Took me while to notice it but since taking it off I think the photos are pin sharp.

8. johancr

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

hello.. i bought the phone about 5 days ago.. and the result: this mid-range phone is really superb! i've used to share my idul-adha photos with m frens thru' e-mail and it gave if not all, almost what i want from a phone. More than words can say!


Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

How about its battery capacity? Does it last a day?

6. nowind

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Quote: "Voice quality in the earpiece is below average, with muffled voices, hollow sound and insufficient volume". This is really dissapointing. This is a phone, right? Just one question. Could it be the earpiece, or is it the phone itself?

5. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this phone should sell pretty well. not a fan. please make phones with good voice, data, lcd, and camera over to attention to detail items like looks, or build quality manufacturers!

4. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Why samsung is releasing more phones with very few differences or nothing.


Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I think its their marketing strategies.
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3

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