Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Review

Call Quality


In terms of call quality, we wish the Galaxy Pocket Neo was a bit better. It fares slightly below average. Sound in the earpiece is sufficiently loud, but comes in with a bit of echo and is not perfectly clear, but a bit muffled.

On the other end of the line, our callers reported hearing a rumbling voice instead of clear tonality. It’s not terrible as you can still understand everything that’s said, but not clear either.

Battery life


With a 1200mAh battery, the Galaxy Pocket Neo lasts us more than two days and even three on average. The smaller size predisposes to reduced usage and maybe that’s what leaves the impression of such great longevity.

Official quoted talk time stands at the below average 6 hours on 3G, and 12.5 days on stand-by.

Conclusion


The Galaxy Pocket Neo is as low as Android goes right now for big brands you have actually heard of as Samsung. The off contract price of the Galaxy Pocket Neo varies between $90 - $120 in different markets, but even at such a price - lower than some feature phones - we have a hard time recommending it.

The biggest problem is that we really feel that the 3-inch display is too tiny and just cripples the Android experience a lot. Every fraction of an inch makes a difference here, and we feel like a larger display, say at least 3.5 inches in size, would make much more sense.

The Pocket Neo does not really have direct rivals in its ultra low price segment. All other Android devices from brands you know cost more. At the same time, at this price the competition comes from white box devices from China, that offer larger displays and more functionality at even lower prices.

If you really want a smartphone, we recommend saving some more money to get a device with at least a slightly larger display. Among the most affordable ones we like are devices that are a bit more expensive like the 4-inch Huawei Ascend Y300 (priced at some $120) and the 3.5-inch Sony Xperia E ($130). The 4-inch Nokia Lumia 520 (priced at around $135) is a Windows Phone 8 device that is great value for the money, if you want to experiment with another platform.

All in all, the Galaxy Pocket Neo is a device for those who insist on having a smartphone from a brand they know at the absolute lowest price. Be warned that right now this entails big compromises.


Pros

  • Most affordable Android smartphone from a brand you know
  • Mostly smooth performance

Cons

  • 3” display is extremely tiny, cripples the experience
  • Screen is also dim

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

User Rating:

4.8
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12. sellcheapltd

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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.

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.

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.

4. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

Another Samsung 's crappy phones on the markets.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice tiny phone though.

2. josephnero

Posts: 795; 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

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.
Galaxy Pocket Neo
  • Display 3.0 inches
    320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Broadcom BCM21654/G, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1

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