Pretty solid for an eco-friendly device
In an era where $100 can get you a pretty stacked smartphone, you'll need to do a lot of thinking if you're considering picking up the Samsung Exhilarate at $49.99 on-contract. Overall, we're pleased by its well-balanced package - and it helps that it's one of the better-looking eco-friendly devices out there!
Great in-call audio quality
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has absolutely no major drawbacks, which makes it a splendid mid-range Android device. We are more than content with its design, the hardware has no troubles handling every day tasks with ease, and the in-call audio quality is absolutely ear-pleasing. Add the smartphone's well-justified price tag to the equation and you get a clear winner in this category.
Great AMOLED screen
Overall, the Galaxy S Advance is a good, all round package. It's got decent performance thanks to its dual core processor, the screen is excellent and the camera isn't half bad either. Why the middling score then? The problem is that Samsung's pricing seems a bit off as you can find the company's own Galaxy SII on contract for a similar price, while the likes of the speedier HTC Sensation XE is cheaper when bough SIM free.
Nice screen; decent performance
The Advance is mainly hindered by an outdated operating system. It misses out on a lot of cool features offered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as it runs on Gingerbread.
Samsung's TouchWiz interface makes up for it with a modern and snazzy look but it can only do so much.
Also, the Advance doesn't have cutting edge features but for RM1,099 you are getting a lot of features that matter.
Expandable & well connected
It's a good phone. If you're coming from a Samsung Galaxy Ace or Galaxy Mini, the Galaxy S Advance will make for a great upgrade, but we can't shake off two things: we've seen this formula from Samsung countless times before and we're getting an out of date version of Android. If neither of these negatives matter for you, the Â£300-Â£330 asking price of the S-Advance is fair, however if they do, you may want to stump up an extra Â£30-40 for a better specced, ICS upgradable Samsung Galaxy S2.
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a souped-up version of the Galaxy S that looks like a smaller S2 but packs a curved Super AMOLED screen. Its specs won't blow your socks off, but they're not bad if you're in the market for a mid-range pay-up-front blower -- provided you're happy to stomach the slightly stale Android Gingerbread.
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.
Stylish, superb media playback
It's a much over-used expression, but the Note is an iPad killer. We aren't pretending that Samsung has quite the same build quality as the Apple, and we know people are beholden to the iTunes ecosystem, but the Note has so much that's unique and features that we'd actually use. Its screen is its biggest letdown, but it's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to the iPad 3. It is, however, a great tablet and is very deserving of its score.
Full QWERTY keypad
The Galaxy Pocket comes with a price tag of 6,990 (Best Price - will vary depending on location and stores). 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.
Smart design, good finish and solid plastic body
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.
Hot swappable microSD card slot
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a decent phone considering the price point and the features on offer. The device has a good build, and the features and specifications will provide you with an entry-level Android experience. The screen size may be too small for some but in that case you can take a look at the Spice MI 350N. If you are considering picking up your first budget Android device, this phone should definitely be on your list.
Compact and lightweight
So 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. For a price of Rs. 8,150, the Galaxy Pocket would be a decent investment.
Live local TV on the go
The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G is essentially the Droid Charge with just one or two new features and a much higher price tag. The phone's ability to play live TV is nice, but I'm having a hard time recommending the Lightray when you can get the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for considerably less. If you're set on buying a smartphone on MetroPCS, look into the LG Connect 4G: Although it does come with a bit of bloatware, at least it has LTE and more-modern specs.
Good phone, beware battery issues
it's a decent, entry-level phone and the best of the bunch among AT+T's GoPhone line for ease of use with a slide-out keyboard (among other features). It's not an iPhone, of course, so don't expect too much, but as a basic text-and-talk smartphone (which I have not used for data yet), it's worth the $25-a-month plan.
Great 8-megapixel camera
With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens XL will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will just simply be too big.
Great multimedia device
It should be clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note is a niche product. It's not a phone designed to take over the mass market. Why is that? The big dimensions of the Note make it much more uncomfortable to handle and use than any other smartphone. Some people with extraordinarily large hands may have a chance of finding it okay, but those cases will be extremely rare. Just to give you an example, the device's size means that it's absolutely impossible to use it with one hand only.
Powerful yet long-lasting
The Note doesn't quite live up to Samsung's marketing slogan: Jack of all trades, master of all. It's on the large side for a phone, doesn't fit into small pockets and usually requires two hands for messaging. However, if you can live with these compromises the Note is a sleek, attractive powerhouse with one of the nicest screens we've ever seen, superb battery life and great video recording plus playback. Once it receives its ICS update, it should match the best.
A great screen and responsiveness
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a very likable device with portability, a great screen and responsiveness on its side. The issue, of course other than with its possibly high price tag is whether there really is a market for something that straddles the smartphone and tablet divide.
Huge and lovely high res display
The Samsung Galaxy Note is the best Android smartphone of 2011. It has a superb display running at an extremely high resolution, a very useful Wacom digitizer with pen for pressure sensitive writing and drawing and a very fast dual core CPU. It's thin, attractive and though very large, can still fit in a pocket as well as medium to large hands. Voice quality for calls is excellent whether using the handset or a Bluetooth headset, HSPA+ speeds are very good and the GPS is solid.
The Galaxy Note is one of those devices that you'll either completely love or totally hate -- its sheer size alone will certainly be a barrier for those with smaller hands (or pockets). With the Note, Samsung has managed to create one of the world's largest smartphones, but cunningly it's also an incredibly compact tablet with a high-resolution display -- the same as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet -- without the high-resolution footprint.
Easy one-hand operation
The Galaxy Ace 2 could have become a bestseller for Samsung, with the notable exception of a more distinctive design. The compact size and good PLS LCD screen will be a boost for the everyday interaction with your smartphone, whether you are in or outside, and the dual-core processor under the hood will make sure you don't feel underpowered.
Impressive 5MP camera
A warning signal to its handset competitors, Samsung's reign of power is quickly moving away from the one-off flagship Galaxy S devices, with the Ace 2 firmly rooting itself as a mid-market challenger with a near budget price point that will appeal to many.
Not the most media savvy of devices on the market, the Ace 2 makes up for small niggles and limited features by mastering what it offers.
Faster CPU and cooler curved design
Overall, Samsung have a winner in the Galaxy Ace 2. This is a very meaningful upgrade over the original and ticks all the right boxes to get in the running for midranger of the year. Now it's up to Samsung to release the ICS update (and if we dare dream, Jelly Bean after that). Anyway, the moment it gets the Ice Cream Sandwich, there will be just the Xperia duo between it and its goal.
Comfortable to use
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 isn't designed to be a world-beater; it's a budget smartphone that does the modern basics well. So bearing that in mind you have to say the Galaxy Ace 2 is a very good phone, that doesn't come up too short in any area, and one that deserves some serious thought if you're in the market for a cheaper phone.
Decent price, sturdy, responsive
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive and it's not the worst performer, nor is it the best. The Ace 2 is middle of the road, but that's a good thing. It's solid, works well and lacks the nonsense that drags other phones down. If you're offered this handset by your operator as an upgrade, you could do worse than accept.
More memory and bigger battery
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is the successor to the original Galaxy Ace. It improves on the original thanks to a better screen with a higher resolution, more internal memory and a bigger battery. The fact it comes without Ice Cream Sandwich software, however, is disappointing.
Quite customizable design
Faced with the challenge of the popular and capable iPhone, Samsung pulled out all the stops with the Galaxy S II, summoning its vast technological prowess in so many areas to produce a phone that really shines. From the "insanely great" monitor with its vibrant color and deep blacks, to its powerful processor that allows smooth animations and impressive capabilities, the Galaxy S II presents a winning alternative.
Great Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Rugby Smart is a respectable smartphone which manages to combine ruggedness with a nice set of features and an affordable $100 on-contract price. Although it has its downsides, the Rugby Smart a handset for customers who want a tough handset with the advantages of a modern smartphone.
Good battery life
Far from a bad little smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 looks quite funky with its yellow battery cover and isn't as sluggish as you'd expect for a phone with an 800MHz processor. With a decent battery life, the problem with the Mini 2 is that it's slightly over priced even at £100 on a Pay-As-You-Go basis, especially as the Huawei Ascend G300, which can be bought for the same price, blows it out of the water in terms of specs and performance.
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