Samsung Galaxy Light

7.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Samsung Galaxy Light's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Samsung SHANNON222AP Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 36.7 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).


Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 5 reviews

What's good

  • Good call quality
  • Good color quality and viewing angles
  • Fast LTE connection

What's bad

  • Mediocre processor performance
  • Low display resolution
  • Small screen size

The GalaxyLight is yet another entry-level Android phone in the Samsung lineup and, for all intents and purposes, is an updated version of the Galaxy Exhibit with a larger screen and upgraded processor. As with others in the Samsung lineup, the Light sports a glossy finish plastic body and curved edges. At 4.78 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches, its is a tad thick for many reviewers, though they still found it a manageable size and - at 122 grams - weight.

The Light offers a 4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 233ppi. Although not nearly as crisp as the iPhone 5, experts did not notice any severe pixelization when reading text or viewing images. Critics go on to compliment the color quality and viewing angles of the screen. The only issue testers seemed to have with the screen is its small size. PC Mag states "If you're used to larger screen devices, the on-screen keyboard can feel a bit cramped…"

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Behind the screen is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Benchmark tests put performance squarely in the mid-range category, scoring slightly faster than the Galaxy S4 Mini and on par with the Droid Maxx. In hands-on testing, reviewers found standard day-to-day use relatively fast with some delay when launching an app. For more graphically intensive games, CNET notes that while the graphics lacked crispness and smoothness, it also did not lag or crash.

Despite its middling performance and display, the phone does offer 4G LTE connection and dual-band Wi-Fi. When connected to LTE reviewers found it to be very fast, with an average of 11Mbps down and 7Mbps up. Call quality is the Light's other forte. Critics agree that voices were clear and natural and didn't begin to experience any distortion or static until they reached higher volumes.

Overall, most reviewers have no problem recommending the device for budget-minded consumers. Phone Scoop states, "There are plenty of bigger, better phones out there but…if you value size over everything else, the Samsung GalaxyLight is worth a look." CNET adds, "I have no qualms recommending the phone, so long as you know that you're getting purely entry-level hardware features…"


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


Cnet

Steady performer for the price

from Cnet

The Samsung Galaxy Light certainly isn't the only budget option you have with T-Mobile, but it's a good enough choice to keep you from running off to a rival carrier for a better selection. While nothing stands out about the Light, it doesn't fail in any one aspect, and the price is a very wallet...More

The Samsung Galaxy Light certainly isn't the only budget option you have with T-Mobile, but it's a good enough choice to keep you from running off to a rival carrier for a better selection. While nothing stands out about the Light, it doesn't fail in any one aspect, and the price is a very wallet-friendly $240, or $10 a month for two years. Yes, it's half the phone of, say, a Samsung Galaxy S4, but it's also half the price.

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Phone Scoop

An Android phone for every man

from Phone Scoop

In the plus column, the Light is easy to use, well made, and offers excellent call quality. The Android operating system runs perfectly, even with Samsung's UI customizations, and it has powerful calling and imaging tools.

In the minus column, the Light offers only average battery life, isn't strong over LTE, takes average photos, and doesn't have the sharpest display....

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In the plus column, the Light is easy to use, well made, and offers excellent call quality. The Android operating system runs perfectly, even with Samsung's UI customizations, and it has powerful calling and imaging tools.

In the minus column, the Light offers only average battery life, isn't strong over LTE, takes average photos, and doesn't have the sharpest display.

There are plenty of bigger, better phones out there, but they cost more and can be more difficult to use. If you value size (or the lack thereof) over everything else, the Samsung Galaxy Light is worth a look.

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Decent phone for the price

It's a pretty decent phone. Yeah, the screen is a little small, but I don't use my phone for much that requires a large HD screen, that's what I use my tablet for. I mostly use it for the Maps/Directions and to plug into my car for music, aside from obviously the phone side of things. I have noticed...More
It's a pretty decent phone. Yeah, the screen is a little small, but I don't use my phone for much that requires a large HD screen, that's what I use my tablet for. I mostly use it for the Maps/Directions and to plug into my car for music, aside from obviously the phone side of things. I have noticed that occasionally when calling someone it sometimes takes a second to actually connect, which can be annoying, but other than that no real issues. Can't beat the price either. Less

Unbeatable android for the price

I picked up my Galaxy Light at Metro PCS for $49 using the $100 instant in store rebate to replace the Galaxy Exhibit that I mowed over, yes, it fell out of my pocket and I mowed over it! Sheesh. Of course the phone doesn't have all of the bells and whistles higher end models have but I've found it...More
I picked up my Galaxy Light at Metro PCS for $49 using the $100 instant in store rebate to replace the Galaxy Exhibit that I mowed over, yes, it fell out of my pocket and I mowed over it! Sheesh. Of course the phone doesn't have all of the bells and whistles higher end models have but I've found it to be as glitch free and reliable as the Exhibit that it replaced. One word of caution, if you have large fingers you can find the keypad a bit tight, Swype is excellent however and I have no complaints with the voice recognition. Disclaimer: I don't use my phone for gaming or take a lot of pictures so I can't speak to that. This review is written by a fairly bare bones cell user who uses the phone for voice, texts and a few pictures from time to time. I would imagine if you're a big gamer a larger screen would suit you better. Less
samsung galaxy light owner

Size, ease of use, features equal to iPhone

Good battery, music sounds great, easy to use, phone volume,Size, netflix and hulu look and work well. Pre installed apps etc ( loved that). It has a battery and sim card. You can add up to 32 gigs memory ( or more if I'm not mistaken). The price is the biggest draw. I bought 4 phones 2 of these and 2...More
Good battery, music sounds great, easy to use, phone volume,Size, netflix and hulu look and work well. Pre installed apps etc ( loved that). It has a battery and sim card. You can add up to 32 gigs memory ( or more if I'm not mistaken). The price is the biggest draw. I bought 4 phones 2 of these and 2 LG optimus L90 also a great phone about equal to that of HTC One in size and features at $ 99 dollars each how can you go erong and dont have to waste monthly fees for insurance. In the end it's cheaper to buy a new one. Enjoy Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Samsung SHANNON222AP Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 780 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 36.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.3 x 1.0 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 123 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 Swype
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 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
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 Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
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 No
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 SGH-T399, Garda

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