Samsung Galaxy Music Review

Interface and functionality:

The phone runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is covered with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top. It offers no surprises, with the typical Samsung set of widgets, and an abundance of connectivity toggles in the notification bar.

There is a pretty spare use of transparencies and transitional animations compared to the large caliber Galaxies, as the processor is not very powerful to support those freely. Apart from its own apps and media Hubs, Samsung has only preloaded Quickoffice for opening MS Office and PDF files.

As you can easily guess, typing on the smallish display is not very easy, especially with bigger hands, and the fact that the keyboard doesn’t turn in landscape mode isn’t helping either.



Processor and memory:

The 850 MHz processor is single-core, but with a Cortex-A9 architecture, so it has enough power to pull through your daily tasks and interface navigation, but often has hiccups while loading apps, or running more demanding ones.

The Galaxy Music has 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory, of which 1.7 GB are user-available, but it also offers a microSD card slot on the left for storage expansion with up to 32 GB cards.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Music 2050 3787 28.5
LG Optimus L3 1271 2559 13.2
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19.7



Internet and connectivity:

The browser on the Galaxy Music is a basic ICS version, with no Adobe Flash support, and somewhat choppy panning and scrolling thanks to the comparatively slow processor. The low pixel density is a bummer, too, but you are unlikely to use it on such a tiny screen for hours on end anyway.

The handset sports the basic connectivity options - 7.2 Mbps HSDPA downloads, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio.


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18 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

ICS is a plus.as 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

Agree...software 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.
GALAXY Music
  • 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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