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Samsung Galaxy Q review

3.2/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Galaxy Q currently has an Informr score of 3.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

If you are someone who is looking for a reliable phone that has a wide array of features, you may want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Q. While basic, it is a handy phone for a professional who is constantly on the go and needs internet access, email, and document editing. Also handy when away from the office is the phone's capability to create, edit and easily share a variety of MS Word and PDF documents. When you're not working, the Q offers standard social networking integration including of course, Facebook.

Although it won't win any beauty pageants, this phone is quite lightweight, has a nice black finish, and should fit handily into a purse or pocket. Photo and video capabilities are not overly impressive but there a simple editing program included to clean up images and videos before sharing them online.

Most notable is the phone's keypad, or rather keypad(s). There is both a bright touchscreen and a more comfortable slide-out keyboard which many prefer for emailing and document editing.

The Samsung Galaxy Q is definitely an affordable yet reliable option for someone who is looking for an all-in-one, business orientated device.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Q

1. Slide-out QWERTY keyboard. (The Good)

2. Document editing features. (The Good)

3. Short battery life. Sigh. (The Bad)

4. Reported issues with apps. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

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Common Questions

Samsung released the Galaxy Q on August 12, 2011.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Q user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy Q with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy Q has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Q's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

173 MB

Internal memory is 173 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 300 minutes.

Galaxy Q Specs

Release date August 12, 2011
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1 GHz
Internal Storage 173 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.36 W/kg
Body: 0.82 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 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: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 138 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, 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 No
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
3x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
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 -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T589R

2GB microSD Card included
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