Samsung Galaxy Core Preview


The Samsung Galaxy Core has a 5MP camera with LED flash on its back and a 0.3MP front-facing camera for video chats and self-portaits. Upon launching the camera app we are greeted by Samsung's older camera UI, which is still okay as it provides access to camera settings and multiple shooting scenes. Panorama mode is present as well, stitching multiple photos together to create a single panoramic image. Burst mode snaps about 5 shots per second, which is nice if you're shooting fast, moving objects, but the images are captured at a low resolution. 

The good thing about the Galaxy Core and its camera is that its photos are, indeed, presentable. Sure, there is a bit of noise here and there and the dynamics could be better, but overall, we can't complain about their quality given the price point of the phone we're shooting with. Somewhat disappointing, however, is that the camera is slow to boot and focus, meaning that there's a chance of you missing the moment you're trying to capture. Also, indoor shots are noisy and often have inaccurate colors.

720 by 480 is the maximum resolution, at which the Samsung Galaxy Core can capture videos. That's barely acceptable so using the smartphone for video recording isn't recommended, unless there is no other camera around. But while it lacks in detail, footage runs smoothly at 30 frames per second. 


We see that Samsung has pre-loaded its own set of multimedia apps on the Galaxy Core. Among them is the same music player app found on all its other Android devices. It works as expected and has all the essential features one would need, including album art, sorting tracks by artist, album, or song name, folder browsing, and an equalizer. A home screen widget comes loaded as well. The volume output of the single built-in speaker is average and you might not be able to hear it well in noisy environment, but at least it doesn't distort the sound at maximum volume.

The video player on the Samsung Galaxy Core lists all video files on the smartphone in a single playlist, thumbnails included, but you can also browse for media folder by folder, which is neat. What isn't as cool, however, is that resolutions beyond 800 by 480 pixels aren't supported. DivX files are also out of the question. Yet despite the low resolution support and the below average pixel density of its screen, the Galaxy Core is suitable for watching a TV show or a YouTube video once in a while.


So we weren't expecting any surprises out of the Samsung Galaxy Core and we surely didn't get any. Most of the things about this smartphone are just... meh, including the design, which is okay, but we've seen it rehashed so many times already, and the performance of the dual-core processor, which leaves something more to be desired. 

But at the same time, the overall user experience seems adequate when we take the Galaxy Core's price range into account. A quick search online shows that it can be bought for about $250 to $330 unlocked (price varies from one market to another), which seems reasonable. In return you get a handset with a screen of decent size and a camera, and paying a few bucks extra gets you dual-SIM dual active functionality as well. 

We have a feeling that the Samsung Galaxy Core would be very suitable for people who need a dual-SIM Android phone at a reasonable price, but as a single-SIM phone, well, it will most likely just blend with the crowd. Yet it is too early to give it our final verdict. Expect our Samsung Galaxy Core review soon!

Samsung Galaxy Core Video Preview:



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

do these iWebsites not get that samsung is a HUGE company that has alot of different groups to keep happy? geez get over the another samsung phone unlike apple aka your owner samsung has a choice for all income levels.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

You fail to see the point in this preview.... The Point in this review is that their is no point in this phone... Samsung has 3 other devices that fall under this same exact category and are priced the same. I mean some of you say that this site is biased towards samsung....some say it is biased against samsung...why the hell can't you guys realize that every reviewer is baised and there is nothing wrong with being biased...All reviewers have a phone that they prefer and if a phone they are reviewing doesn't meet up to the standard of the phone they prefer, no matter the grade, then so be it... I don't care for the tonality of the review because most of the time the review covers valid points even if the disposition is negative. You all make it seem wrong that these reviewers are fans of particular brands and OEMs too...

3. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Does it have S voice..?

6. kumar2010

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

yes is thr

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Nice budget phone with good specs.. I'm sure lot of people will prefer this...................

5. Nilson34

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Is the dual SIM version of Samsung Galaxy Core will be available for Bulgarian market?

7. kumar2010

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

hi guys pls dont buy samsung galaxy core and samsung quattro. the features are good but the main thing is battery back up is waste.. i bought galaxy core 3 days bak.. stand by is giving only 1 day if i used this its giving 5 hr back up... dont by friends choose another one.
Galaxy Core
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(9h 3G talk time)

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