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Interface and functionality

Samsung is shipping the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and while this isn't the most up-to-date version of the platform, it is recent enough for us to not be disappointed. We have no clue, however, as to whether a newer Android version will ever reach the Trend Plus. Android 4.4, in particular, would have been much more suitable because of its better compatibility with low-end devices, such as this one.

To no surprise, Samsung has altered the UI of the operating system by layering its TouchWiz solution on top. Having the company's custom user interface on board brings a number of benefits, including the option to set lock screen shortcuts and to switch settings using the newly added toggles in the notification panel. Plus, there's the built-in Do Not Disturb mode, blocking sounds and notifications from bothering you during meetings, at night, or whatever time you specify. Note that this particular build of TouchWiz lacks many of the extra apps found on the Galaxy S4, so there's no S Health, no Group Play, no S Translator, and no S Voice functionality.

The on-screen keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus is more accurate than it seems, especially with its built-in word completion and on-the-fly typo correction. We could enter text single-handedly at moderate speeds after a few minutes of getting used to its size and layout. Still, many users will find the phone's keyboard a bit smallish for their needs.

Processor and memory

There's a Broadcom-made SoC ticking inside the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus. A dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz handles all the computations, backed by a VideoCore IV GPU and 768 MB of RAM. Simply put, the phone is weak by today's standards so there's only so much that it can handle. Demanding applications take a toll on the phone's performance and as we mentioned above, lags do occur from time to time, especially when exiting or switching between apps. Our advise would be to avoid live wallpapers with this one. Also, try to keep the number of home screen widgets to a minimum. As for its gaming capabilities, the Galaxy Trend Plus easily runs lightweight casual games. Even some of the newer 3D titles are playable if their graphics quality is set to low. Truly demanding games, however, can be choppy or might totally refuse to launch.

Storage space on the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus is very limited. Out of the 4GB of on-board space, only 2.2GB are available to the user, and it gets filled up pretty quickly. In fact, we ran out of storage literally withing hours after we started testing the device. That's why having a microSD card on this smartphone is a must.

Quadrant Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 3705
LG Optimus L5 II 2826
Sony Xperia M 4254
Samsung Galaxy Core 3054
AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 12167
LG Optimus L5 II 4511
Sony Xperia M 11629
Samsung Galaxy Core 7470
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 18
Sony Xperia M 26
Samsung Galaxy Core 9.1
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus 406
LG Optimus L5 II 400
Sony Xperia M 427
Samsung Galaxy Core 421

Internet and connectivity

Two web browsers come pre-installed on the Trend Plus – Google's Chrome and Samsung's stock browser called simply Internet. The latter is, without a doubt, faster and more responsive than Chrome, and that's particularly easy to notice when opening heavy, content-rich web pages. The stock browser renders pages quickly once they're fully loaded, which makes it perfectly suitable for some light web browsing – looking up things on Wikipedia, checking the news or your daily horoscope, you know, stuff like that.

The Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus does not take micro SIM cards as many smartphones do today. Instead, it works with the old-school standard-sized SIM cards, aka mini SIM cards. Connectivity-wise, all the mandatory features are on board, including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS with support for GLONASS. Even an FM radio is present, available when a pair of headphones is plugged in. There's no NFC, however, although that's anything but a deal breaker.

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