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 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: 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.
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
9 March 2008
Excerpt: Silently announced during this month's Mobile World Congress, I've just got my hands on a brand new Samsung SGH-i200 (most likely) Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone. After the Samsung SGH-i300 , this is Samsung's first standard candy bar 12-keys phone pad smartphone and therefore it might find its own audience since not everybody want to have BlackBerry kind of device these days.
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
9 March 2008
Excerpt: Around one month ago, Samsung announced its new low-budget but UMTS/HSDPA-enabled Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, the Samsung SGH-i200 ( see our photo view here ). A pretty thin, standard phone-pad 2.5G and 3.5G smartphone which also features Bluetooth but neither WiFi nor GPS.
MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
24 February 2008
Excerpt: While Samsung wasn't talking about its new Windows Mobile smartphone, the SGH-i200 on its press conference, the device is on display on Samsung's Mobile World Congress stand. Quite an interesting entry level smartphone, it features Windows Mobile 6 Standard, triband GSM as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and a 2 megapixel main camera on the back.