Samsung Galaxy R Review

That the Samsung GALAXY S II is the most attractive device in the company's stables is something that cannot be questioned. In terms of sales, Samsung's flagship has been passing milestone after milestone, and as of today, more than 10 million units have flown off the shelves.

But there is one device that combines a pretty similar set of features, yet comes a tad cheaper than the GALAXY S II. We are talking, of course, about the Samsung Galaxy R, which we have in our hands today.

The Samsung Galaxy R is more or less a downgraded version of the company's finest smartphone. It passes on the 1.2 GHz Exynos SoC in favor of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip, the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display has been replaced with a marginally smaller 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD screen, and the camera on its back has been taken from 8 down to 5 megapixels. Besides, the otherwise plastic back of the Galaxy R has been treated to a nice metallic finish, which we actually find to be an improvement over the plastic feel of the GALAXY S II.

So, without any further ado, let us now take the second best player in team Samsung for a spin and see what goodies it has to offer.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • wall charger
  • in-ear earphones
  • rubber tips for the earphones
  • User guide and warranty card


The Samsung Galaxy R feels nice and solid, but it isn't quite as sexy as its bigger brother. For starters, is is noticeably heavier tipping the scales at 4.76 oz (135 g), which is 0.67 oz (19 g) more than what the S II weighs. The Galaxy R is also a hair thicker with a waistline of 0.37 inches (9.45 mm).

But despite the slight differences between the two devices, the Galaxy R is still a pleasure to look at. While the S II has an overall plastic feel, the back of the R sports a finish that resembles brushed metal  and serves as a reminder that you are holding a premium device in your hands.

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

All of the hardware buttons that the smartphone has are well exposed and provide plenty of tactile feedback. At the same time, they are hard enough to prevent any accidental presses while the device is resting in your pocket.

What dominates the front of the Samsung Galaxy R is a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD display with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. When put side to side to the screen of the Galaxy S II you hardly notice the difference in size, but you surely notice the difference in colors. The display on the R looks much brighter, with slightly more natural, less exaggerated colors, but those of you looking for punchy contrasts, vibrant colors and super deep blacks will prefer the Super AMOLED Plus screen on the S II. With good viewing angles and above average sunlight legibility, though, we were impressed with the screen of the Galaxy R as well.

Overall, The Samsung Galaxy R may not be as slim and lightweight as the S II, but it doesn't lag too far behind. It is still one stylish, attractive device, and the 4.2-inch display that it is equipped with is sufficiently bright and eye-pleasing.

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29. saeen

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Sadly in my country the difference between R and SII is much as $140 so I might get Galaxy R.

30. HemalShah

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

i wud suggest 2 go for Samsung galaxy S2......if the difference is not much...and if its ok for your budget..

31. saeen

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

difference is much, like 140 dollars :( can't afford that much.

27. akash001

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i wan to buy cell...and confused between xperia ray and galaxy impressed with galaxy R but is it true that galaxy R has bad sound quality while listning music?,,,pls reply sooner....

25. HemalShah

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

hey guys....i had just purchased this phone on sunday(19.5K)...its awesum.....i dont think theres any probs with blackout, accelerometer, battery washout,........its just a m...also a new rumours that samsung co. had stopped production of also a false note by a dealers (across mumbai). i wud suggest to go for it ....its worth 2 SGs2 if u hve any second thought please contact me......

26. akash001

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

hii....i wan to buy cell...and confused between xperia ray and galaxy impressed with galaxy R but is it true that galaxy R has bad sound quality while listning music?,,,pls reply sooner....

28. HemalShah

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

hi akash...nice to hear frm you..if you are a musix one can bet a sony phones....but its true that samsung GR has many features as compare to Sony i wud suggest you to go for a samsung galaxy r...rather than...SXR...if you hve any probs in SGR...regarding any issue...i hve done a gr8 research on this....i wud guide you and hve it resolved....Thanks.

32. ajgeorge

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

my friend , i bought one galaxy r phone and facing blackout problem on and off while dialling number,then requires battery removal and reset. motherboard and display unit replaced ,still problem continues ,kindly share a solution.

24. shashivydyula

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Some cool features at affordable price but I hope TV out could have been added.

23. shambharwani

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Very good phone and os BUT very bad BATTERY LIFE - with data connection on the battery drains and phone shuts off in less than 12 hours. Can you imagine less than a day - totally unacceptable. Anyone want my phone will sell it 20% off (used for 4 days)

22. grv21

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

does this device support usb on the go i.e. u can connect ur pendrives using otg cable.???

20. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

10 Million? lol..... that was in less than two months. In it's first 4 months it broke 23 Million and that was before it went on sale in China on 3 carriers and now America on 3 carriers. The estimates have added close to another 10 million in China alone over the last 2.5 months. So no doubt they break their target of 60 Million by year's end. Add that to their other smartphones and feature phones. They should top 70 million Smartphones for total phone sales of well over 320 Million phones this year!!! :D

19. jona unregistered

If you hate galaxy that means nothing you known about IT

18. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

HTS Sensation as an alternative?, well the Sensation is better that this, but not better than the Galaxy S2. Also Sensation is way too heavy & gets real hot after extended usage.

17. Flanders unregistered

Does this phone have a notification LED?

16. garz unregistered

Hey, you're from the philippines?? Your weather widget says you're in quezon city..

14. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

the pricing is very bad,in india the price difference between S2 and R is around 25 to 40$

13. Gamma Sharm unregistered

Why do every samsung touch phone look so dated and boring with a iPhone like design. Cant they come up with any new form factor like the nexus prime.

15. MTLance unregistered

Nexus Prime is Samsung smart a$$.

8. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The design and build quality are actually much better then the GSII.

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Sorry but this phone is a fail, for around 20 bucks more you can get an unlocked HTC Sensation, which is better. I don't know what all of the hate is with the S3 chip, after the update the Sensation does live wallpapers fine and you can smoothly navigate the home screens unlike this thing. Btw the new Sensation XE is AMAZING! can't wait to try out the Sensation XL

7. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The Sensation XL is disappointing, 4.7-inch display with a WVGA resolution kinda like the Titan.

9. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

You may notice that as screen sized get larger, pixel density becomes less important because there is less need for zooming in to read web pages properly. Take the iPad 2, its pixel density is around 140ppi but that doesn't matter because it is on a larger screen. I actually don't care hugely about resolution however compared to the Sensation XE, the Sensation XL really is not great.

10. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

You're probably right, I think that's why pixel density on the iPhone matters because it has a tiny 3.5-inch display.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Naah, they'll give it a 9.

12. cristhiansaid

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

lol.....let us bet jajajaja

3. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

8/10 ? Very unbiased score iPhonearena!

1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

What's wrong with PhoneArena? No video review of the HTC Radar, no video review of the Galaxy R and no video preview of Omnia W?

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I take that back about the Galaxy R video review but not the rest mentioned.

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Galaxy R
  • Display 4.2 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.3

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