Samsung Galaxy Core Review

Introduction


The Galaxy Core is one more soldier in the horde of Samsung Android smartphones. As if made out of a single blueprint, all Samsung handsets look alike and this one is no exception. Dressed in that typical Samsung uniform however hides an interesting device: one that marches not in the forefront with top of the line specs, but indeed in the core of Samsung’s army - the mid-range.

The Samsung Galaxy Core comes in both single and dual SIM versions (named Galaxy Core Duos), and we have the dual SIM one for review. It comes equipped with a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera in a well-rounded package selling at a very affordable price.

Overall, the Galaxy Core does not shine in any particular area, but it hits all the bases of a decent smartphone. Is that enough to survive in a fiercely competitive dog-eat-dog world of Android devices? Or does it need a little extra flare after all? Let’s see.

In the box:

  • Headphones
  • microUSB to USB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • User Manual

Design


By design, the Galaxy Core is a typical Samsung device, made out of the same general blueprint as a horde of other Android handsets by the Korean company. Is it plastic? Yes. Is it identical to so many other Samsung phones? Yes. But is it practical? Yes, as well.


Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

HTC Desire 600

HTC Desire 600

Dimensions

5.31 x 2.64 x 0.36 inches

134.8 x 67 x 9.26 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Acer Liquid E2

Acer Liquid E2

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches

131 x 68 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

HTC Desire 600

HTC Desire 600

Dimensions

5.31 x 2.64 x 0.36 inches

134.8 x 67 x 9.26 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Acer Liquid E2

Acer Liquid E2

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches

131 x 68 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


The Galaxy Core comes in a white and blue versions, and we have the white one for test. The build quality is solid, with no screaking parts. The handset is thin rather than thick at 9mm (0.35”). It is very lightweight, tipping the scales at only 124 grams (4.38 oz). It is also relatively compact and easy to use single-handedly, plus it won’t stick out of your pockets like some larger phones. Under the easily removable back cover are a user-replaceable battery, a microSD card slot and the two micro SIM card slots.


The button layout is standard for Samsung. There is a single physical home key on the front, the lock key is on the right side and the volume rocker on the left. You can easily find the buttons in the dark as they protrude a bit. They also have nice travel and pressing them is effortless. The microUSB port is located on the bottom of the device, and up top is a 3.5mm headset jack.





Display


The 4.3-inch LCD display on the Galaxy Core features a middling resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA). The screen is not razor sharp and you’d notice slight pixelization. Technically, pixel density comes at 217ppi, slightly below average, but we would not count this as a fatal flaw given the price of the handset.

The first thing you notice when you fire up the display is that it is just not bright enough. At a peak brightness of merely 343 nits, everything on it looks dim to the point where it’s hard to use the device outdoors. Color accuracy of the display is high and generally we are pleased with the picture. Viewing angles are good and colors do not deteriorate even when viewed from an angle.

Samsung also saved on oleophobic coating and the screen quickly gets covered in greasy smudges, making it hard to read and forcing you to wipe it clean way too often. There is also no light sensor and that means no automatic brightness setting. Samsung had to cut it short somewhere to arrive at the affordable price, but lacking automatic brightness setting is just plain annoying. Luckily, Samsung includes a brightness slider right in the notification dropdown for easy and quick control.

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48 Comments

1. xperia1409

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why Do Samsung make phones with nearly same specs and just differ their names???? -_-

37. transgressor01

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 24, 2013

marketing bro :D

2. Kurai unregistered

Why the hell is this piece of crap 8/10?

7. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Because this is Phonearena and its made by Samsung ?

23. sssssssss

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

smartphone which can't even play subway surfer smoothly gets 8 points while some powerful smartphone still gets below 7 ;)

24. yudi.nemesis unregistered

You may have heard about Samsung that pays the reviewer to give a good review for a Samsung phones. This Galaxy Core review prove that it actually happened.

38. transgressor01

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 24, 2013

at least the reviewer gets paid :D

26. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

If this was a Sony Phone...no more than 6.0...and we all know that.

3. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

okay this is getting boring now...

4. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

WHY THE HELL THIS PHONE RECORDS VGA VIDEO WITH THIS SPECS

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Dear PhoneArena please explain To me, the rating system that you use. Because i don’t understand why Galaxy Core get 8 in PhoneArena rating, when there are other phones that have the same price range but with better performance.

6. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate We've decided that in its price range, the Core is a good phone, that deserves rating 8/10. Feel free to list the phones that you think are better in the same price range, this will be helpful :)

12. Kurai unregistered

If phonearena is a phone, i'll rate it .5. Why? please read thishttp://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate . . . that's how you're answering every damn question . . .sorry for the rude words . . . but it's what i think is going on . . .

13. Kurai unregistered

17. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Xperia L is much better with better chipset, better and faster connectivity and also have better camera I think 8 for Galaxy Core doesn’t fit at all with what you explain herehttp://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate Maybe that’s the reason why a lot of people who don’t agree with this review.

18. yudi.nemesis unregistered

At NegriElectronics Xperia L and Galaxy Core have same price point about $260

25. yudi.nemesis unregistered

So you can not give more reasonable explanations why G Core deserves rating 8/10, when there are other phones in the same price range but with better performance and more features???

51. beatboks

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2015

The experia L at most retailers is a $100 dearer than the galaxy core. They are NOT in the same price range. The ohine that is listed at the same price on negielectronics as the experia L is the core Prime not the core. It has a faster processor (only by 0.1) a 2 megapixel rear camers not a 0.3 and a few other specs that are different. The sony phone that is in the same price range is the experia z which is a 4gb device with much lower specs than the core. The rating of 8 means the device has flaws and they are all clewrly listed within the review.

27. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

So Phone Arena...Xperia L, same price range, better specs...but 6.5 ?? and this Samsung 8.0 ?? Sorry PA, but dont try to hide the obvious.

48. jowenfm

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

PhoneArena Team... just wanna ask if this galaxy core can support these kind of games *fifa 2013 *candy crush saga *temple run 2 and other online games

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Okay, let me get this straight. You guys rated the HTC Desire 600 7/10, and now you rate the Samsung Galaxy Core 8/10. The Desire 600 has a quad core processor, dual front speakers, better screen (245ppi). The Galaxy Core has a dual core processor, single rear speaker, lower screen (217ppi). PhoneArena, you really need to explain how you guys rate. If it's a Samsung phone, no matter how bad it is, you guys will rate it higher than the others?

10. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Please read this page -http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate - and the conclusion of this review.

28. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Now explain me why the Xperia L with better specs, same price range, released months ago gets 6.5 and thos Core 8.

33. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Desire 600 costs $350 unlocked whereas the Galaxy Fame costs $200. That's an almost 80% increment. They're not even in the same league. The Galaxy Core is doing battle with the Xperia M and the Optimus 5 II. All of which cost almost exactly the same ($180-220). Not the Xperia L nor the Optimus L7 II, both of which are a step above ;) The PhoneArena team erred in mentioning the Desire 600 on this page. It's direct competitor is the Xperia SP. Both retail for ~$350-$400 unlocked :)

44. mhikan22

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Desire 600 has a quad core processor, dual front speakers, better screen (245ppi) Cash Price: PHP 17,990 The Galaxy Core has a dual core processor, single rear speaker, lower screen (217ppi).Cash Price: PHP10,990 Now See... Case Close buy your Desire 600 XD so expensive

9. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

8/10 my A**!

39. transgressor01

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 24, 2013

hahahah

11. WTF24

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

why the F, does this one got 8/10 while the likes of xperia L got 6,5/10? xperia L has better chip set GPU,PPI count, has almost d same battery capacity 1750mah to 1800mah ,the same 4.1 jb, has better camera 8mp to 5mp,and the price that is not that far $350 to $300 yet it only got 6.5..

14. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

iSamArena!

15. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

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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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