Samsung Galaxy Music Review

Have you ever cursed that your smartphone is not really suited to be a music player in your pocket, as you have to unlock the screen to control the player?

Well, the Samsung Galaxy Music is here to remedy the situation with a dedicated play/pause button plus stereo speakers, and it won’t break the bank either, as it should be with a phone targeted squarely at teens.

The specs are ho-hum, but the phone promises some extras for music aficionados, so is it likely to win their hearts and minds the way it is? Read on our review to find out...


As is customary for teen-oriented phones, we have a design with flashy color, and a lot of chrome-like rim supplied. In the case of the Galaxy Music, however, we also have metal grills over the two speakers on the front - a material Samsung doesn’t use very often in its phones.

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The tiny handset is very easy to hold and operate with one hand, fitting comfortably in your palm with its rounded corners and tapered edges. It is on the chubby side, but nothing too grand and unbearable, while the weight is kept in check.

The Galaxy Music scores points for the regular SIM card slot and the easily accessible microSD one on the left - a must if you need to hot-swap cards with your vast music collection. The memory card slot, as well as the microUSB port at the top are covered with protective flaps, that are easy to pry open or snap back into place.

Looking around the sides we find a dedicated play/pause key down right, which works while the phone is locked for easily managing your music playback on the go. If you hold it, the phone goes directly into the music player, even in a locked state, so you can manage your tunes quicker.


A basic 3” LCD screen with 240x320 pixels of resolution is what Samsung decided to outfit the Galaxy Music with, and it is as bad as it sounds. Washed-out colors, very weak viewing angles and low pixel density is what awaits you, so you are unlikely to spend hours browsing or watching videos on this one.

The one bright spot is sunlight visibility, as the screen performs decently outside, and the interface elements remain visible enough for comfortable operation - there is no light sensor, though, so you’d have to pump up the brightness to the max manually with the slider that Samsung has provided in the notification bar.



1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

ICS is a well as that cortex A9.

2. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Make this bigger and thinner. Give it 720p resolution along with an S4 dual at 1.2GhZ like droid incredible 4G lte and a 5Mp cam with 1080p video like the Gnex. Price at 280 off contract and you would killed the iPod touch 5.

7. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Not for the design.

9. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

True. iPod touch design is superior.

3. Hovhannes

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

it sucks

14. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Of course it sucks. What did you expect?

4. galaxyman

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why does this phone with inferior specs to the galaxy s1 get ics but not the gs1?!?!

11. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Because they want you to buy new phones.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So by "Music" in Galaxy Music means the adition of the two stereo speakers??? Definitely sounds like it!!

6. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

every feature mentioned and reviewed in this phone is said to be mediocre but still scores 7 outta 10,,,,but good phones reviewed also scored less than this crap.

10. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

The fact that it's Samsung gives it a pass on several things. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to call this site iPhonearena or Samsungarena since the writers highly favor their products in comparison to any product made by another manufacturer, regardless of whether it's superior or not.

8. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

This got a 7???

12. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

its a samsung

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

dafuq? did i just see 2050 quadrant score from 850 mhz device? mindblown well thats just awesome.

15. legokangpalla

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

MUSIQ! MUSIQ! I don't get why they ever made this phone. Look, if you are an audiophile or a person who really cares about music enough to buy a phone based on it, nothing else matters other than a) DAC chip, b) DSP, c) an Amp as a bonus. Seriously, no one gives a crap about SRS or the music app, those things are trivial and many alternatives are available. I mean a music phone should be something like this: a) Decent DAC, like the one in Solo, in a EMR insulating cover or something. b) Nice amp, if it had a bi-amp coupled with a active-crossover supporting headphone, I would pay a grand for it. c) Nice big storage, FLACs and other loseless ain't small.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012 enhancement is just like an aspiring singer wearing different clothes for different occasions just to look cool! A music phone should be like THE SINGER whose voice comes from the person itself!!

17. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Nokia X7 is the best music phone, and it's also very affordable. For the price of 170 euros you get great amoled display, great speakers, outstanding design, build quality and 8 gb microSD

19. tunali

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

very smart move, currently none of the smartphone has this feauture. The feauture that has nokia 5310 music express, no need to go on menu/music/player-album. just play the music pause the music from side buttons. no need to unlock screen. brilliant.
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh(6h 3G talk time)

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