Camera:

The 3 MP camera on the back of the phone doesn’t have a flash, and the interface is pretty basic, hinting at the limited functionality of the unit. Still, you get a few shooting modes, including Panorama, and a few scene presets, as well as some standard color effects.

Going into the Camera app is pretty quick directly from the lock screen, and focusing and taking a shot is very fast, too, with minimal shutter lag.


The pictures themselves exhibit more than enough detail for the resolution, but the colors look somewhat bland compared to reality, and the white balance is off at times. The phone records 320x240 video, which is only good for watching on the handset’s mediocre screen.




Multimedia:

Despite its Music designation, the phone doesn’t offer anything extra in the already pretty rich TouchWiz tunes player. The usual song categorization options are present, along with the Music Square mood matrix. The player interface is easy to operate, with sound effects and equalizers directly accessible while the song is playing with the tap of a button.


There are two stereo speakers, top and bottom at the front, and the supplied Sound Alive and SRS Surround Sound modes do make the music more intense, yet overall the speakers are nothing to write home about, not so much in terms of strength, which is fine, but in terms of sound quality, which is about average, read nothing impressive when it comes to clarity and fullness.

The handset plays DivX/Xvid video files out of the box, up to 800x480 definition, but you have to turn them manually in landscape mode with a dedicated button in the video player interface.

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18 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1948; 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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