What's good

  • Physical dial pad and call buttons
  • Two 3.7-inch displays

What's bad

  • High cost
  • Poor battery life
  • Slow performance

Don't be fooled by the Galaxy in its name, the Samsung Galaxy Gold is a far cry from the Samsung's flagship phone though it does have many of the same features as the Galaxy S4 such as the S Health and Easy Mode to appeal to the older smartphone users.

Despite being a smartphone, the Gold clamshell design hearkens back to popular phones back in the 2000s with one major difference. Instead of one screen, it features two 3.7-inch SuperAMOLED displays – one on the outside and one on the inside. Both screens have a resolution of 480 x 800, which isn't HD but does offer a respectable 252ppi pixel density. Although it has touch screen capabilities, it also comes with a traditional dial pad and call buttons.

Internal hardware includes a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Due to its limited release, there are no expert reviews on the Gold. Customer did notice some delay during day-to-day usage and were also disappointed with the battery life. Many were only able to get around a day of light usage with others reporting less. Besides this, the phone also comes with an 8MP rear camera and a microSD slot expandable to 32GB.

Overall, many customers were disappointed with the Galaxy Gold as its hardware and features did not line up with its high cost. One customer states, "I wasted my money in [sic] this mobile."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
3.7"
Camera
8+ MP



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Samsung released the Galaxy Golden on October 28, 2013.


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Screen Size
3.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Golden's screen size is 3.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1820mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1820 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 14.6 days standby time, 660 minutes.

Galaxy Golden Specs

Overview
Release date October 28, 2013
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
900/1800 MHz
UMTS:
1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.465 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1820 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 660 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.0 x 1.6 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 179 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 252 pixels
Size 3.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches, 16.7 million
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-I9230, GT-I9235

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