Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is as low as you can go with brand name Android smartphones. The super affordable, the ultra low end, call it as you wish, but can Android still look and work good on such a tiny and cheap phone?

The Galaxy Pocket Neo offers a small 3-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top, and it comes in both a single and dual SIM versions (we have the single SIM one for review). Compact and plastic, it looks more like a kid’s toy phone rather than a real gadget, but it is. It’s also all about compromise, but is its price low enough to justify this? Let’s explore.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review
In the box:


Design


The Galaxy Pocket Neo (now, that’s a mouthful) is the usual plastic-not-so-fantastic Samsung affair. And you guessed it right - it looks like any other Samsung Android phone in the past two years or so.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review
Android buttons - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Android buttons

Earpiece - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Earpiece


In terms of size, the handset is so small it practically fades in the hand (in larger hands it will feel too small), and as we already said its tiny dimensions and plastic build make it feel like a kid’s toy phone. Nearly 12mm (0.46”) thick, the Galaxy Pocket Neo is a chubby lil’ thing compared to modern razor thin devices. The phone is very lightweight, though, at around 100 grams (3.5 oz).

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is so small it practically fades in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is so small it practically fades in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is so small it practically fades in the hand


Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Dimensions

4.13 x 2.28 x 0.46 inches

105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm

Weight

3.55 oz (100 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

Dimensions

4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches

102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Samsung GALAXY Music

Samsung GALAXY Music

Dimensions

4.33 x 2.32 x 0.48 inches

110.1 x 59.0 x 12.25 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy Young

Samsung Galaxy Young

Dimensions

4.31 x 2.31 x 0.49 inches

109.4 x 58.6 x 12.5 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Dimensions

4.13 x 2.28 x 0.46 inches

105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm

Weight

3.55 oz (100 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

Dimensions

4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches

102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Samsung GALAXY Music

Samsung GALAXY Music

Dimensions

4.33 x 2.32 x 0.48 inches

110.1 x 59.0 x 12.25 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy Young

Samsung Galaxy Young

Dimensions

4.31 x 2.31 x 0.49 inches

109.4 x 58.6 x 12.5 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

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


There is a prominent large physical home key on the front, and on the right is a lock button and on the left a volume rocker. The buttons feel resistive to touch and a bit unresponsive. The home key started wiggling after a few presses. There’s also a microUSB port to sync and charge the phone on the bottom, and a 3.5mm headset jack on top.

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo


Back - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Back

Camera and speaker grill - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Camera and speaker grill

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Battery compartment




Display


The 3-inch LCD display does not impress in any way. The low resolution (240 x 320 pixels, or 133ppi) means you can see icons’ jagged edges and the images look pixelized.

Color reproduction alone is accurate, but you’ll have trouble seeing what’s on the screen in the outdoors, where maximum brightness is of crucial importance. Another niggle is the lack of ambient light sensor. This means the screen won’t automatically adjust its brightness depending on your settings, and that’s annoying. Luckily, you can quickly manually change brightness with the slider built right in the notification shade. The display lacks oleophobic coating that would repel dirt and smudges, so you’d have to wipe the screen fairly often to keep it clean. Viewing angles are below average and you’d notice colors fade out as you tilt the device.

We ought to say a couple of words about the sheer size of this 3 inch display and how it relates to the overall usability of the device. Using Android on tiny devices like this becomes a real pain. Icons and buttons are shrinked to a size too small for the fingers of an average adult person, you’d often find yourselves mistapping and this makes even basic tasks a challenge. While we don’t usually judge a device for its size, this is one of the extreme cases where a phone feels too small for convenient use, take this into account.

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12 Comments

1. felisberto

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Too small, nobody gonna buy this. The smarphone ideal size is over 5 inch.

6. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

not true at all

10. baraa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

i bought it for my second phone when my main Lumia 920 ran out of battery or sent for service. Serves the purpose to call and receive msg, even for mobile IM like Whatsapp and WeChat (the reason why I get a second smartphone). But terribly slow for social media apps like FB, Instagram, even Twitter. Not recommended if you want this phone as your main smartphone. Of course if you just want basic phone for call and SMS, you could better use cheaper phone, not this Android platform.

11. baraa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

also, longer battery life.

2. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

and people used o say 3.5 is big enough. for me between 4.5 and 5.2 is fine

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice tiny phone though.

4. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

Another Samsung 's crappy phones on the markets.

5. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

More like another one of Samsungs phones not many will buy. Most other samsung phones sell well for good reason. But no one asked you to say anything about it being crappy.

7. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nokia Lumia 520 is what a entry level smartphone should be. Samsung should take the Galaxy name off of these garbage entry level smartphones. There is nothing Galaxy about this phone.

8. vikas.rrr

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Agreed that about half of the galaxy phone are crappy,who don't live up to the galaxy brand. Heck even some Flagship don't do justice to their name(read S4 mini,S3 mini).Maybe they are starting to take everyone for granted.And yeah lumia 520 seems like what an entry level smart-phone should be(in current times),though they could have made the display of the lumia a little better(read Clearblack and more brightness) and added a optional dual sim version and bbetter Battery, Thats all for now

9. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Galaxy = Android It's as simple as that, if it runs Android, it's a Galaxy device. Much like Optimus for LG, and Xperia for Sony. This phone retails for about $70 where I live.. off-contract, now that's a steal.

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Galaxy Pocket Neo
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Processor Broadcom BCM21654/G, Single core, 850 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6h 3G talk time)

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