Samsung Galaxy R comes as an affordable dual-core phone from Samsung. Somewhat a downgraded version of Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy R runs on Android v.2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and is powered by 1 GHz dual-core processor on NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, ULP GeForce GPU and 1 GB RAM. The 4.2 inch multi-touch display on the device is a Super Clear LCD screen which is sharp, vivid and very responsive. The display has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels giving pixel density of 222 ppi, which is pretty good. The Samsung Galaxy R also features dual cameras- 5 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front. The device comes with 8 GB of on-board storage with a support for external memory card up to 32 GB. This lets user to store large amount of data and install as many apps they like without slowing down the phone a bit. The Samsung Galaxy R also comes loaded with bunch of sensors like accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass.[ + ] Read Samsung Galaxy R Review
Being a dual core smartphone puts the Samsung Galaxy R in direct comparison with Galaxy S2. Measuring 125 mm x 66 mm x 9.5 mm and weighing 135 g, Samsung Galaxy R is a bit thicker and heavier than Galaxy S II. On the upside, the back of Samsung Galaxy R features a brushed metal finish which gives the device nice look and feel compared to the all plastic design of Galaxy S II. The front of Samsung Galaxy R is dominated by a 4.2 inch super clear LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 and pixel density of 222ppi. The display is bright with vibrant colors though it misses out on the contrast level provided by the screen on Galaxy S2. Above the screen, there is a 1.3 megapixel front camera, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and an earpiece. Below the screen, we have three buttons - hardware home key, touch-sensitive menu and back buttons on either side of the home key. On the left side of the device there is a volume rocker while on the right side is the power/lock key. All of the hardware buttons that the phone has are well exposed and hard enough to prevent any accidental presses. The top of the device has a 3.5 mm audio jack and a secondary microphone. At the bottom, there’s primary microphone and microUSB port, which also serves as a charging port. The back of the device features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and loudspeaker grill at bottom right corner.
Overall, though the Samsung Galaxy R is slightly thicker and heavier than Galaxy S II, the build quality feels solid and the brushed metal finish at back gives sophisticated look when holding the device.
Samsung Galaxy R comes with all the multimedia features you would expect from an Android Smartphone. It comes with Samsung’s standard TouchWIZ music player which provides a nice interface and sorts tracks into four categories by default:All, Playlists, Albums and Artists. The music player also sports features like equalizer, DNSe technology and 5.1 channel virtualization. Listening to music is very satisfying on the device as the sound output is loud, crisp and clear, both on loudspeaker and when connected to earphones or other external sound output. Samsung Galaxy R also comes with a FM player which allows user to listen to their favorite radio station.
Samsung Galaxy R comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The primary camera is capable of taking still pictures with a maximum resolutionof 2560 x 1920 pixels and can record 720p videos at 30 fps. The camera comes with features like autofocus, touch-focus, geo-tagging, white balance and smile detection. The camera on Samsung Galaxy R captures images with great level of details and sharpness without making them overly saturated. The low light of the camera is not as good but acceptable. Presence of various hooting modes, including smile shot, panorama, macro, and candlelight further enhances the usability of the camera. The videos taken on Samsung Galaxy R also turn out to be great with high level of details and sharpness.
There is also a secondary 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera on the device that can be used video calls.
Samsung Galaxy R comes with 8 GB of internal memory of which 6 GB is available for usage while 2 GB is reserved for future updates. The device also provides a slot for microSD card that supports up to 32 GB of external memory.
The presence of large amount of memory on Samsung Galaxy R allows users to load plenty of apps, games, music and videos to keep them entertained all the time.
The battery on Samsung Galaxy R has enough juice to ensure that the users don’t get interrupted due to low power level of the device. Samsung Galaxy R draws its power from a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery rated to provide talk time of 22.5 hours on 2G network and 9 hours on 3G network. The stand-by time provided by the device is 660 hours on 2G and 550 hours on 3G network.
Samsung Galaxy R offers a lot of connectivity options. It supports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G, with HSPA+ that can provide up to 21 mbps of download speed. The device also has Wi-Fi support for a/b/g/n versions which allows connecting to internet whenever the device is in a Wi-Fi enabled zone.
Moving on, there’s Bluetooth 3.0 with High Speed, which can send and receive data with other Bluetooth enabled devices. The microUSB port on the device allows users to connect the device with computer to transfer the files to and from the device.
Samsung Galaxy R comes with the standard messaging application as with all other Samsung Android devices. The sent and received messaged are organized as threads which provides a chat like experience.
Moving on, Samsung Galaxy R comes with Gmail app which allows multiple Gmail accounts to be added. There is also a generic Email app which supports multiple POP or IMAP accounts to be added and provide common inbox for all the added accounts.
Samsung Galaxy R provides cellular connectivity over quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G, with HSPA+. The signal reception of the phone is good and the sound in the earpiece is loud and clear.
The phone also provide GPS connectivity, with A-GPS support and comes loaded with Google Maps application making sure you will never find yourself lost.
This is one department where Samsung Galaxy R provides an incredible performance. The major advantage here is that there are many games in the Google Play store that are especially created to run on Tegra 2 chipset and Samsung Galaxy R runs them without breaking a sweat. The device also supports 3D gaming allowing users to play games like GTA 3, SHADOWGUN, and Modern Combat 3 to run easily on the device without any lag.
Large and bright display, nice built, dual-code processor, 1 GB RAM, good battery life, great support for 3D games.
No AMOLED display, camera can’t shoot 1080p videos, no Corning Gorilla glass to protect screen.[ - ] collapse
Samsung Galaxy R General
|Global Status||Available. Released 2011, August|
Samsung Galaxy R Standard Battery Features
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh|
|Talk Time||Up to 9 h (2G)|
|StandBy Time||Up to 620 h (2G)|
Samsung Galaxy R Camera Features
Samsung Galaxy R Sound Settings
|Ringtones||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
Samsung Galaxy R Connectivity Options
|2GNetworkBands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3GNetworkBands||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|3G Network||HSDPA, HSUPA|
Samsung Galaxy R Additional Features
|JAVA Type||via Java MIDP emulator|