Samsung Star S5230 Review


Let’s first take a look at the interface of the 3.2-megapixel camera. It looks just as downbeat and completely out of place amongst the colorful, cheery menus as it does on the OMNIA HD i8910, Pixon etc., but is at least fairly easy to get used to, plus icons are large enough to press with your finger without difficulty. What we like most about the camera of the Samsung Star S5230 is its photoblog function. Sharing any snapshot right away on six popular service providers, namely Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Friendster and MySpace is just two screen taps away.

We didn’t really expect much of the camera, but taking a look at outdoor snapshots left us breathless for a while. Camera delivers awesome picture quality for an added, midrange feature coming on a shoestring budget device. Take a look at the pictures below and see for yourself. They are way better than what the LG Cookie KP500 provides and our only gripe is colors are not saturated enough. Video capture is nothing to get ecstatic over and with 15 frames per second video quality is passable, at least when it comes to YouTube publishing.


Now, you don´t suppose the Samsung Star S5230 would come with no audio player, do you? Of course, there is one. Its interface won´t strike you with neither overall look, nor functionality, still it delivers all basic features like filtering songs by artist, composer, album, genre etc. and not least, there are preloaded equalizer presets, although manual tuning is not available. The same goes for the RDS FM radio that can´t be referred to as beautifully looking piece of software, nor does it deliver amazing functionality, yet it measures up to the task.

Find Music that recognizes audio managed to score seven out of seven and even downloaded all relevant album cover during our tests. We are pleased with the built-in loudspeaker that seems to pack a lot of punch. Well, it´s certainly not as good as the best on the market, say the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, N95 8GB or Samsung OMNIA HD i8910, but still it fares pretty well. Normally, the phone should come with a pair of earphones, although our unit came without a box, so the lack of 2.5 or 3.5mm jack on the phone felt quite tangible.

Watching videos on the Samsung Star S5230 is not impossible, but you shouldn´t expect top notch performance either. The MPEG4 H.264 file the same resolution as the display itself, coded at 30 frames per second and with bitrate of 600 kbps ran smoothly, although there were experienced severe lagging anytime we tried to get to the controls on screen or attempted to reach available functions.



1. jmweekes

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 28, 2008

Anybody know if they have changed (corrected) message notifications with this later version of TouchWiz? I have a Behold--love the phone but absolutely hate the fact that if I have it set for periodic notification of messages, I have to view (actually open) every message before it will stop beeping. All the older, non-TouchWiz Samsung phones I've had would continue to beep/remind me until I hit any button to acknowledge a message (or messages); they would then stop reminding me until a new message was received. I'm very intersted in the S5600 (Preston), but will be very reluctant to get it (or any TouchWiz phone) if this (which I see as a huge problem) has not been addressed.

2. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

nice budget touch phone looks like the LG cookie

3. sumanthbr

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2009

Hi Can we play songs on the Bluetooth headset using star?.. I need the answer as i didn't find anywhere abt this..Pls some one help me i am planning to buy this..

4. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

it's so samsung.... battery sucks.... 2 samsung devices previously i had, 2 disappointments.... but i still have hope for the android samsung galaxy.. that phone has got 1500mAh battery power and AMOLED display which is supposed to make the battery last even longer and yet displays vivid colors...

5. ketty

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2009

samsung star is really Bad in-call quality, Battery performance is below par, MicroSDHC card slot is underneath the battery ? pls smeone reply me.

6. valimunt

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Is there a chance to enhance the battery life, with an software (or firmware) update. i'm verey very disapointed about this. After 24 hours the battery is empty. If someone have a solution for this please write me at But the phone at this price is vrey nice.

9. ARUN MAHAPATRA unregistered

hi this is nice phone

7. ddvniek

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2009

I think it's actually a stylish phone.

8. Cabong unregistered

I have one of these, for almost a year mow. The battery lasts me for over 1 week... Most times for 10 days or so... In my oppinion, the worst on this phone is it's display, which is not very good under huge light (like sunny days).

10. Ranjan Sharan unregistered

we want to know it hava wi-fi connection or not

11. josh unregistered

i like the pone but i cant figure out to download multi media msg's. when i get one and try to download a pic. it says network not availible when it tryes to retrieve the pic. i called att they said there is a setting that needs to be changed but didnt know witch one. anyone know?

12. vijayinani

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

is there any method to get the latest firmware for the samsung star GT-S5233A and update the phone with it? any site / link with the complete procedure and the firmware + packs / method ll b really useful.

13. MichaelT unregistered is selling this phone (samsung GT-S5230) aka the Star at a good price and its unlocked, but the phone (according to Samsung ) is made for Europe and cannot be registered here, comes with a phone adapter for charging to the UK and has no English printed manuals. The phone also has some issues the main one is when you are on an automated call, there is no keypad to EZ access, so you have to press an unlock key on the side of the phone to then get more icons to navigate. The phone will hang up with your caller if you need to be hands free and by placing the phone on your ear, and chin will cut off the caller. The other troublesome issue is that it is not EZ to navigate or setup because there is no manual, and the CD (only thing in English) is not very well set up to answer your introduction to how to use the phone.

14. Rolliekins123

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

This is the best phone I have ever had. It is extremely light and the touchscreen is responsive. It has everything that I would expect from the everyday phone. The camera is nice and doesn't blur things out, and it has exceptional memory.

15. williamflores

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

nice post i like this...this samsung star mobile phones is looking so beautiful with excellent features. visit:
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.05 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(10.00h talk time)

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