Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Stellar / I200
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Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review
18 October 2012
Summary: The Galaxy Stellar isn't a bad phone, but it isn't a great one, either. It's pretty much exactly what it looks like: a very low-end phone designed to be free with a new contract. It has good performance, and a decent if unremarkable screen. So it might suit some people well.
But frankly, a tiny investment will net you a vastly better device.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Stellar is something of an enigma in the smartphone space. You can get the phone for free from Verizon by signing a two year commitment and taking advantage of a $50 mail-in rebate, and “free” is a term we typically associate with bottom-of-the-barrel phones. Even the normal $50 price tag with the contract signing indicates that the Stellar isn’t going to be that great, but the Stellar does manage to defy these notions in a few ways.
Conclusion: For free, you could certainly do much worse than the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. In fact, we're surprised it doesn't sell for $50 on contract. If you're just getting into your first smartphone and don't want to gamble lots of money or you're an experienced Android user on a tight budget, the Stellar gets the job done with a fast CPU, a sharp display with decent resolution and a recent Android build.
Pros: Free on contract, strong features for a budget phone.
Conclusion: The old saying “you can’t get something for nothing” still applies today, as you have to sign a 2-year contract in order to get the Samsung Galaxy Stellar for free, as the full retail price is $330. The Galaxy Stellar doesn’t have any stellar features or specs, but does provide the basics, such as a usable 4” screen, nice 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and is running Android ICS. But the poor camera quality is a disappointment, as is the lackluster call quality.
Pros: Free with signing a 2-year contract, Starter Mode for beginners, Decent battery life
Cons: Laughable camera and video recording quality, Calls sound choppy and digital
Conclusion: Is this phone good enough to tempt the Nokia user away and introduce them to Windows? In my opinion, I like this phone a lot, its neat and tidy, slim and feature packed, as a low end device; I think it is very capable and a simple pleasure to use on a regular basis. It has its faults and is not perfect, having said that I like it enough to go about buying one myself.