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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Samsung Star II S5263 review

Samsung, the Korean giant has just launched their new touch screen phone called GT-S5263 aka Star II. The handset is successor to famed Samsung Star. That handset was the one, who actually started the touch screen phone revolution. Though iphone is still considered to be undisputed king but it didn’t take off well in India due to its steep price. Anyways, Samsung has done major improvements to make Samsung Star II a true winner in affordable handset segment. Giving Samsung Star II a touch competition are handsets from Indian stable such as Zen Flikk M45 among others.

Samsung Star II S5263 Design & Specifications

The handset is extremely light & fits perfectly in one hand. At 3.32 oz (94g), it feels solid. For all those who love metallic finished handsets, you will be little disappointed with its Plastic feel, just like Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range. Other wise the phone is really attractive & reminds me of soon to be launched iphone 4. You can choose between Black & White color, depending upon your tastes & preference.

Are you agitated with your old resistive touch screen phone? Time has come when you seriously consider a new capacitive touch screen phone like Samsung Star II. The phone comes with 3–inch (WQVGA) capacitive screen, which works smoothly fine in our tests. This time, Samsung has introduced their 3rd version of popular Touchwiz 3.0 to experience full touch user interface. It’s a Java based Proprietary UI. I know, bad news for Android Brigade, it’s a simple basic touch screen phone with no frills attached to it. Remember, Star series by Samsung are not meant for heavy users, like the latest ones, who are obsessed with their Smart Phones. Again, it’s a basic touch screen phone loaded with ample number of features. You also get a 3.2 MP camera for basic photography. In our tests, the phone performed above average. I really appreciate its camera’s photo quality. No complaints about lack off flash & image stabilizer. Another thing, the phone does not support pinch to zoom feature. The handset comes with all the necessary features like 3.5 mm ear jack, supports up to 16 GB of Micro SD card, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 2.0 among others.

Menu, Music & Applications:

As we said, earlier the phone doesn’t support Google’s Android OS. So you have to rely on Samsung’s proprietary OS. The menu is simple & easily understandable. You can customize the positions of apps as per your choice. Company has thrown Face book, Twitter & You tube Apps for Social Butterflies. You can download more apps from Samsung’s own App store. For all music lovers, the bundled head phones are pretty much a junk, seriously, even the built in music player is sluggish. Watching videos on Samsung Star II is kind of O.K experience. Still you can enjoy music on built in FM tuner. Any 3 inch device is incapable for watching full fledged movies. If you are a music buff, than go for Apple ipod Touch. For those, you love playing games on move; Samsung has thrown Parachute Panic & EDGE games bundled with the handsets. More games can be downloaded from Samsung’s own App store. Now come to one of the most crucial feature of any touch screen phone. Even the Bigges find it difficult to answers this question. How good is the Keyboard? Well, one of the problems with this handset is that you cannot view QWERTY Keyboard in Portrait form. You can view QWERTY mode by tilting the handset horizontally, thanks to built in Accelerometer. There is no facility of making 3G calls; the phone doesn’t supports 3G networks. So, you have to be dependent on 2G networks. No GPS for travelers, instead built in Google Maps can solve your problem. Samsung has done a decent job by adding 1000mAh battery. The call quality is also quite decent in comparison with similar handsets at this price point.


Samsung is a well known brand in Indian handset market. They understand consumers changing demand. That’s why they added capacitive screen in Samsung Star II instead to pale Resistive screen. We really hope Samsung would be using Android OS in next avatar of its famed Star series. With the inclusion of Wifi adds a big bonus for business community. Though it’s not a QWERTY phone, still we appreciate Samsung stupendous efforts. We really miss lack of 3G connectivity built into the device. You can grab this handset for as little as Rs.5900/-

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