Samsung Galaxy Pocket Preview

Interface and Functionality:

You won't find ICS running the show with the Galaxy Pocket, instead, you'll enjoy Gingerbread, skinned with TouchWiz. All of the software features that you'd expect from an Android smartphone are here: widgets, multiple home screens, YouTube, the Google Play store for applications, etc.

The handset will run most apps, including some simpler games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. However, due to the extremely low resolution, games and apps that feature very small graphical elements (like the birds and pigs in Angry Birds, for example) aren't comfortable to use at all (let alone fun), and we wouldn't be surprised if you simply avoid running those apps.

Yeah, the diagonal of the screen is only 2.8”, but the typing experience with the on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Pocket is pretty decent, both in portrait and landscape. However, if you have relatively big fingers, or want to be able to type really fast, this handset won't be very suitable for the purpose.

Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Pocket comes with all standard connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth. This means that you'll be able to browse the web (and use web services) without paying for mobile data, wherever a Wi-Fi Hotspot is available. Still, you should keep in mind that the handset's low-resolution screen is making everything very difficult to read. It will get the job done, but it will be uncomfortable and tiring for your eyes. The Galaxy Pocket doesn't support Flash content, but the browser compensates with an adequate response.

We can't really talk about the quality of the 2-megapixel camera of the Pocket, since this is a prototype unit we're dealing with. In any case, you shouldn't expect wonders from this extremely basic 2MP snapper. Video is recorded at a maximum resolution of 320x240 at 15 FPS and seems usable. Check the following test samples out to get an idea of what you should expect from the Galaxy Pocket's camera.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Sample Video:


We like the concept behind the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. This is the handset that should bring the power of the smartphone to the hands of yesterday's feature phone user, without costing them more. It covers pretty much every basic Android functionality, and manages to build on top of that by having support for most of the applications found in the Google Play store.

However, do not think that you'll be able to taste the sweetness of using a top-class smartphone with the Galaxy Pocket, because the experience here is totally different, mostly due to the low-resolution screen.

If you don't plan to use it very heavily for web browsing and media consumption, though, the Pocket will get the job done without too much hassle. It's not yet clear when the handset is going to launch (and in which markets), but when it does, we really hope that Samsung will do the right thing and position it as an ultra-affordable smartphone solution.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Preview:

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