Samsung Star II Preview
30 million sold phones worldwide. Just listen to that number and reflect. That is the amazing legacy of the first Samsung Star handset. The Star was one of the first affordable touchscreen handsets and was welcomed by users who voted with their dollar to put it in the phones' hall of fame. And now, year and a half later, the Star II has come to follow the success of the original Star. While 30 million sales seem a tall order in today's crowded smartphone space for any handset, let's take a look at what the Star II has to offer.
The original Star brought a 3.0-inch resistive touchscreen and Samsung's TouchWiz UI in its first version. Fast forward to 2011, and the second Star packs a lot more style in its white body, a 3.0-inch capacitive screen and the third iteration of the TouchWiz UI, which looks great. It is also positioned as an entry-level handset and to cut cost Samsung has passed on 3G, but the phone has Wi-Fi (which the original Star didn't) and EDGE.
The Samsung Star II is certainly more of a looker than the first member of the family. Now that's not much of an achievement as the first Star wasn't the most fashionable handset out there, but it is still worth mentioning. The white body stands out on the background of other, mostly dark handsets, but if white isn't exactly your cup of tea, we presume the handset will be available in other color solutions as well.
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As we said, the Star II comes with a 3.0-inch touchscreen, which is now capacitive in contrast to the resistive one on the original Star. With a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and 256K colors, the screen is slightly below average, but that's what you get for such a price. However, we appreciate the capacitive technology and we found it to register our taps and swipes accurately.
The silver sidelining of the Star II houses most of its other buttons. It includes the volume rocker on the left, while on the right are the microSD slot with support for up to 16GB of memory and the lock key. The top part holds a microUSB charging slot with a protective lid and the 3.5mm standard headset jack. Pretty standard, the only thing that really caught us is the microSD slot, which is comfortably positioned on the side and easily accessible without the need to remove the battery.
Nothing fancy on the white back cover. It houses the 3 megapixel fixed focus camera, which lacks flash as well as any kind of protection. The loudspeaker is the final touch to the back of the phone.