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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
Introduction:

One of the coolest things about Android being open-source is that it's easily tweakable and adaptable to all kinds of hardware configurations. This means that it can not only power true specs monsters like the Galaxy S III or One X, but can also run on much more modest handsets... like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket that we have here.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket represents the true meaning of low-end. It's hard to imagine that you can go any lower than that in terms of specs, yet it's much better to have a smart OS like Android powering this device, rather than a feature phone platform. Even though the screen is very small for today's standards, and the resolution is the exact opposite of Retina-grade, it's still a device that lets users on budget experience what it is to have a smartphone.


Design:

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket is your typical Samsung affair. The phone has a Galaxy S-que look to it, but is way smaller. It's constructed out of plastic, and has a relatively light weight.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is constructed out of plastic, and has a relatively light weight - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is constructed out of plastic, and has a relatively light weight - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is constructed out of plastic, and has a relatively light weight - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Pocket with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The Galaxy Pocket is certainly not a looker, especially compared to some other budget Android offerings like the Xperia X8, for example. However, it doesn't hurt our eyes too much either.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
Android buttons - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
 

Android buttons


If you have really long hands, you can actually make a Retina Display out of the 2.8” QVGA (240x320) screen by holding it as far as you can from your eyes. Unfortunately, this will also make things to small to see, so doing it is not an option, and you have to put up with the realities of this 143 ppi display. Actually, this is one of the main downfalls of the Galaxy Pocket. To anyone who might consider buying this handset – keep in mind that this screen is U-G-L-Y. Of course, this is what makes having such a cheap Android smartphone possible, buy if you plan to use it a lot for more advanced stuff like web browsing and gaming, better go for a phone that has at least HVGA (320x480) resolution.


Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
Power button (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top)

Power button (right)


Back - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
Camera - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Pocket Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment


Viewing angles aren't very good, as there's some visible overall image degradation, but thankfully, outdoor visibility turned out to be OK.

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.6
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 850 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.13 x 2.28 x 0.47 inches
(104.9 x 57.9 x 11.98 mm)
3.42 oz  (97 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 15.83 hours talk time

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