Samsung Star S5230 Review

Performance and Conclusion:

We have almost made it to the finale, but first there is good and bad news. Let´s get started with the latter. In-call quality is disappointing to say at the least. We could hear people loudly, but voices turned out to be monotonous and muffled, not to mention there was that constant crackling noise that prevented us from being able to catch onto what people were saying most of the time. The other issue we encountered was mediocre battery performance. According to the official specification list, the phone should be able to provide 10 hrs of continuous talk time and over 800 hrs in standby, but that can´t be further from the truth.  We couldn´t even get it to last for a single day with like an hour of calls, less than 30 min web surfing, uploading 3 or 4 pictures on Facebook and typing in no more than 5 or 6 text messages. What a shame!

Now, to the good news. The Samsung Star S5230 performs well and is snappy for a phone on a budget. To sum up, it takes snapshots with great quality, packs an able, fully functional browser and comfy QWERTY keyboard. On the other hand battery doesn´t seem to last nearly enough and in-call quality is mediocre. We would rather get the LG Cookie because of its (more) responsive touch screen, better in-call quality and uprated battery life.

Samsung Star S5230 Video Review:


  • Compact and light
  • Good software QWERTY keyboard
  • Snappy accelerometer


  • Bad in-call quality
  • Battery performance is below par
  • MicroSDHC card slot is underneath the battery

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52 Reviews



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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