Samsung Star 3 Review

Introduction and Design

The Samsung Star 3 is representing a breed that will become increasingly rare in the future – featurephones – as those are being gradually pushed away by the smartphone crowd, even in the entry level segment.

The Star 3 comes a year after its predecessor the Star II landed, but in certain specs it's even more barebone than last year, like the screen. Let's explore if a phone like the Star 3 is a successful mix of decent performance for a rock bottom price, which is kind of its point...


Shiny black plastic chassis with tapered back and faux chrome rim surrounding the sides – yes, it's an entry level Samsung phone, Dad! If you don't like black plastic, there is also a shiny white version. The Star 3 is pretty compact and easy to operate with one hand, thanks to the 4.02 x 2.28 x 0.45 (102 x 58 x 11.5 mm) dimensions, and is also very light at just 3.35oz (95g).

You can compare the Samsung Star 3 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The power/lock button on the left and the volume rocker on the right are well-defined and easy to feel and press. There is the rectangular physical home key, which we are used to in many Samsung handsets by now, flanked by two call and end buttons – all three spaced out enough and responsive.


The smallish 3” screen is fairly bright for outside usage, and color representation is good enough, but the viewing angles are rather weak. It sports the paltry 240x320 pixels of resolution. Pixel density is even lower than on the Star II, but nobody will be using the Star 3 for HD movie watching or long hours of reading anyway.

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