Samsung Galaxy Core Review

Call Quality


Overall, we are content with call quality on the handset. On our side of the line, in the earpiece, voices sound clean and in their natural tones, just a bit on the quiet side. Our callers on the other side of the line also recognize our voice easily, but notice that outside noise gets picked up and there might be issues in noisier environments. The handset only has a single microphone and no noise cancellation technology.

Battery life


With a user-replaceable 1800mAh battery hiding behind the plastic back cover, the Galaxy Core lasts as much as your average smartphone - in the vicinity of a day and a half of regular use. Official quoted talk time stands at the above average 14 hours on 2G and the average 9 hours on 3G.

Conclusion


The Samsung Galaxy Core is a well balanced handset with no single standout feature to amaze users, but nor does it have any huge downsides either. Its weakest point is probably the slightly dim screen, but even that is not a fatal flaw. We do like its mostly smooth out-of-the-box performance, its decent camera, its relatively compact size, its more or less modern version of Android and the fact that you can get a dual SIM version.

Its biggest advantage is obviously its price. Starting from $210 to $250 and reaching even $300 in some markets, the price of the Galaxy Core varies widely, but even at those higher price tiers, it offers good value for the money. To put this in perspective, let’s mention that you pay nearly twice as much for the HTC Desire 600, an alternative dual SIM phone with identical hardware. Looking from that angle, the Galaxy Core is definitely a lucrative proposition. Searching for a decent alternative, the Acer Liquid E2 comes to mind with its snappier quad-core MediaTek chip, good camera, display and dual SIM functionality. If dual SIM is of not such a huge importance, the Nokia Lumia 520 is an even cheaper option bringing an even better camera and the smoothness of Windows Phone 8.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy Core has all it takes to capture the attention of the budget conscious buyer. With no fatal flaws, the Samsung brand name to back it up, a cliched but time-proven design, it is yet another Android soldier inviting you to join the horde. Come to think about it, why not?


Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Well-rounded device
  • Mostly smooth performance

Cons

  • Display is not bright enough for convenient outdoor use
  • Cliched design

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

7.7
9 Reviews

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Galaxy Core
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play
    1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1

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