Samsung Star Review
The Samsung Star has all the ingredients to shine amongst its competition in the mainstream market for a touch screen device with up to date functionality at an affordable price tag. The phone is a good looking device featuring a generous 3 inch body with touch screen for user input and six physical buttons namely Call, End Call/Operation, volume up and down, camera, and lock/unlock phone.
The main display is bright and features the basic details like battery level, time, connection strength and also the much hyped about but generally useless widgets.
The Samsung Starís design is shiny and polished with a compact size that still manages to fit a 3î LCD display with 240×400 pixel resolution that manages to deliver proper image quality for a phone of these specs. The full touch screen mobile phone comes with the latest multimedia features, a 262k WQVGA full-touch screen and Samsungís TouchWiz User Interface with Mobile Widgets. The touch interface is itself quite easy to use and smooth.
The Samsung Star features a 3.2 mega-pixel camera to capture clear images, a QWERTY soft keyboard, Gesture lock and handwriting feature which makes sending emails and messages a quick and pleasant experience for the user. The Samsung Star supports 100MB memory capacity with an external memory slot for extension up to 8GB and supports multi-format and DNSe for ease of use and better sound quality. It also features music recognition using Shazamís ìFind Musicî service. The Samsung Star boasts some additional software features including JAVAô MIDP 2.0 and Document viewer for viewing .doc, .ppt, .xls, and .pdf file extensions.
Samsung Star users have access to full Internet browsing with internet functionality which includes email with POP3 / SMTP / IMAP4 configuration support and connectivity supported with Bluetooth, WAP, USB, SyncML(DS) and PC Sync Application. The Samsung Star offers a pleasant internet experience with full browser support to surf the web and auto rotate for optimum viewing. Connection via the USB to the PC is very fast although the phone also boasts Bluetooth 2.1 for file transfers.
Mobile Tracker technology allows users to password protect various parts of the phone like Messaging, phonebook, files and SIM card.
The Samsung Star offers mobile widgets to customise the screen with embedded widgets such as clock, scheduler, and other useful apps such as stock updates, weather forecast and the latest news.
The full touch TouchWiz v1.0 user interface offers intuitive and easy to use navigation, hyper QWERTY keypad for ease of input and auto rotating display which switches easily to optimise viewing of large content. Messaging is a dream with the Samsung star with the standard keypad as well as the horizontal QWERTY keypad or the stylus to write messages with the handwriting feature.
The Samsung Star offers a wealth of media options for users. The 3 mega-pixel camera take high quality photos with additional features such as Smile Shot which only takes the photo when the subject is smiling and an easy to browse photo album. The MP3 player plays multi-format music files such as MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA and WAV and features DNSe to enhance the acoustics including a virtual 3D sound effect and an equalizer.
The Samsung Star Video player is above average and with the addition of the Samsung New PC Studio software, users are able to convert video files and transfer them to the phone as high quality videos which play smoothly with great sound quality.
The photo gallery on the Samsung Star outshines its competitors, opening large photos of 2 to 3MB with ease.
General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, GPRS/EDGE class 12, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
Form factor: Touch screen bar, no keypad
Dimensions: 102.8 x 54.8 x 12.9 mm
Display: 2.8-inch Capacitive Touchscreen TFT, QVGA resolution (240 x 320 pixels)
Memory: 80MB, Non-hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
Camera: 3 megapixel fixed focus camera with LED flash and smile detection
Connectivity: 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps , Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS
Misc: Accelerometer sensor, FM radio with RDS, Find Music recognition service, DNSe, gesture lock
Music: MP3/WMA/AAC player,H.263/H.264/WMV/MP4 player
Battery: 1000 mAh battery