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Samsung Galaxy R Review

Samsung Galaxy R

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The camera department is where the Samsung Galaxy R falls way behind its bigger brother – the S II. What we have on the smartphone's back is a 5-megapixel sensor, which seems to be not quite as potent in low light conditions than the 8-megapixel one found in Samsung's flagship.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy R Review

Low light performance aside, the camera on the smartphone captures colors fairly accurately without making them overly saturated, and there is lots of detail in the shots. The camera's interface offers plenty of shooting modes, including smile shot, panorama, macro, and candlelight. Tap to focus is present as well, and the shutter delay is not something to complain about. If you are not too demanding of a photographer, the Samsung Galaxy R should do just fine whenever you need to take a casual photo.

Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Outdoor sample images taken with Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review

Strong - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Medium - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Low light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy R Review
Darkness - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy R Review

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When it comes to shooting videos, 720p is the maximum resolution they can be taken at despite the fact that it is a dual-core chip powering the smartphone. Footage shot in broad daylight looks satisfactory, with a good level of detail, but when taken under indoor lighting conditions, videos look pretty grainy.

Samsung Galaxy R Outdoor Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy R Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:


The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy R is pretty much identical to the one found on all of Samsung's latest Androids. It has all the features that you would expect from it, namely support for playlists, album art, grouping by albums, and it also offers a handful of equalizer presets. It can even handle the FLAC lossless audio format, which shrinks a song's size in megabytes while retaining its original quality. We should also mention that the Samsung Galaxy R comes with a pair of really nice earphones.

The music player interface as found on the Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review
The music player interface as found on the Samsung Galaxy R - Samsung Galaxy R Review

As far as video playback goes, the Galaxy R has no troubles running 1080p videos in either MPEG4 or DivX format, and the spacious 4.2-inch display makes watching them on the smartphone quite enjoyable. However, if you prefer, you can stream media to your HDTV or home entertainment system over DLNA by using the AllShare application, which comes pre-loaded on the smartphone.


Connectivity:

Tapping to your carrier's 3G/4G airwaves is done using the smartphone's HSPA radio, which supports theoretical download speeds of up to 21Mbps. That should be plenty of throughput to satisfy all your web cravings while you are on the go. Other connectivity options that you get is Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with support for Wi-Fi direct. At first, the smartphone's GPS radio was a bit slow in determining our location, which took it a little over 2 minutes from a cold start, but after that, the same task took it only a couple of seconds.

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Samsung Galaxy R

Samsung Galaxy R

OS: Android 2.3.3
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (222 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.93 x 2.60 x 0.37 inches
(125.3 x 66.1 x 9.45 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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