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.

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