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Samsung Galaxy Pocket review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Pocket currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Affordable Android-powered handsets are available pretty much everywhere now. But few models are as good as the Samsung Galaxy Pocket in delivering the most bang for your buck. Don’t let its small size fool you: it’s a far better option than most other handsets in its price range. And it all begins with its default operating system.

The Galaxy Pocket comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed. As the most widely used form of Google’s Android software, it enjoys the most official and third-party support of all available Android versions out there. And the hardware on the Galaxy Pocket does a good job of taking advantage of it. These hardware features include a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, expandable memory, microUSB connectivity, and over six hours of talk time per charge on the battery.

Since it’s just an entry-level model, you can’t expect too much out of it in terms of sheer performance. After all, it runs on a rather slow and dated mobile processor, plus it only uses a QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) screen. Still, with its cheap price tag, it’s a quick and easy way to get a taste of Android on the cheap.

Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Pocket

1. Sold at a very affordable price point. (The Good)

2. Though it uses an older version of Android, it still allows users to experience much of what its software ecosystem has to offer. (The Good)

3. Uses a low resolution touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. Cannot be upgraded to later versions of the Android software. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
832 MHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TelecomTiger

Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a compact yet powerful phone. It comes with good features and the body is good too. Its Android 2.3 gingerbread is well supported in this device and the 832 MHz processor is strong too. It has low RAM and small screen size that adds to some difficulties in terms of functioni...

- TT Gadget editor, TelecomTiger
GSMArena

This is obviously as basic as a smartphone package gets

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
PhoneArena

We like the concept behind the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. This is the handset that can bring much of the power of a smartphone to the hands of yesterday's feature phone users, without costing them more. It covers pretty much every basic Android functionality, and manages to build on top of that by being...

- Ray S., PhoneArena
tech2

The Galaxy Pocket comes with a price tag of  6,990. Spice’s Mi-280 is the Pocket’s closest competitor and while priced a little lower, does not come with 3GB of onboard storage, plus MicroSD support, putting Samsung’s offering quite a bit ahead. However if you’re looking for a device in the same ran...

- Shayne Rana, tech2
NDTV

Is the Galaxy Pocket really worth pocketing? If this would be your first Android, then yes you could go for it. Feature wise, the phone is pretty basic, which is in line with one's expectations from a budget phone. The small size and lightweight could prove both a boon and a curse depending on the s...

- Sandhya Iyer, NDTV


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy Pocket on May 15, 2012.


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


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


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Screen Size
2.8"

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket's screen size is 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
832 MHz

There is a ARM 11 832 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
3 GB

Internal memory is 3 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 33.5 days standby time, 1020 minutes, 227 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Pocket Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2012
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

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Processor ARM 11 832 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 3 GB
RAM 384 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.23 W/kg
Body: 0.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 366 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 227 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 33.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Pure White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 cm (4.1 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 97 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 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors 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 No
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
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 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
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
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
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 No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, HTML, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-S5300

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Critic Reviews


TelecomTiger

Good package, small size

from TelecomTiger

Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a compact yet powerful phone. It comes with good features and the body is good too. Its Android 2.3 gingerbread is well supported in this device and the 832 MHz processor is strong too. It has low RAM and small screen size that adds to some difficulties in terms of functioning.

Read full review

Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a compact yet powerful phone. It comes with good features and the body is good too. Its Android 2.3 gingerbread is well supported in this device and the 832 MHz processor is strong too. It has low RAM and small screen size that adds to some difficulties in terms of functioning.

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GSMArena

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a beginner's package

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a beginner's package. Be it screen resolution and size, processing power or imaging, smartphone specs don't get any more basic than that. To be fair though, smartphones almost never cost as little either.

Even though the low-end of the smartphone market is brimm...More

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a beginner's package. Be it screen resolution and size, processing power or imaging, smartphone specs don't get any more basic than that. To be fair though, smartphones almost never cost as little either.

Even though the low-end of the smartphone market is brimming with Android devices, you're still going to have a hard time finding one as affordable as the Galaxy Pocket.

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PhoneArena

It covers pretty much every basic Android functionality

from PhoneArena

We like the concept behind the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. This is the handset that can bring much of the power of a smartphone to the hands of yesterday's feature phone users, without costing them more. It covers pretty much every basic Android functionality, and manages to build on top of that by being able to run most of the applications found in the Google Play store....

More

We like the concept behind the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. This is the handset that can bring much of the power of a smartphone to the hands of yesterday's feature phone users, without costing them more. It covers pretty much every basic Android functionality, and manages to build on top of that by being able to run most of the applications found in the Google Play store.

However, do not think that you'll be able to taste the sweetness of using a top-class smartphone with the Galaxy Pocket, because the experience here is totally different, mostly due to the low-resolution screen.

If you don't plan to use it very heavily for web browsing and media consumption, though, the Pocket will get the job done without too much hassle.

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tech2

A great piece of smartphone hardware and fits well in a low-budget and your pocket

from tech2

The Galaxy Pocket comes with a price tag of  6,990. Spice’s Mi-280 is the Pocket’s closest competitor and while priced a little lower, does not come with 3GB of onboard storage, plus MicroSD support, putting Samsung’s offering quite a bit ahead. However if you’re looking for a device in...More

The Galaxy Pocket comes with a price tag of  6,990. Spice’s Mi-280 is the Pocket’s closest competitor and while priced a little lower, does not come with 3GB of onboard storage, plus MicroSD support, putting Samsung’s offering quite a bit ahead. However if you’re looking for a device in the same range with a slightly larger display, then Samsung’s own Galaxy Y (minus the 3GB of storage) is also available. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Pocket comes off as a great piece of smartphone hardware and fits well in a low-budget and your pocket.

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NDTV

Compact and lightweight with great storage capacity

from NDTV

Is the Galaxy Pocket really worth pocketing? If this would be your first Android, then yes you could go for it. Feature wise, the phone is pretty basic, which is in line with one's expectations from a budget phone. The small size and lightweight could prove both a boon and a curse depending on th...More

Is the Galaxy Pocket really worth pocketing? If this would be your first Android, then yes you could go for it. Feature wise, the phone is pretty basic, which is in line with one's expectations from a budget phone. The small size and lightweight could prove both a boon and a curse depending on the size of your hands. The device is very responsive with no lags whatsoever. The Galaxy Pocket would be a decent investment.

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