Review: Samsung Star mobile phone – GTS5233A

It was more than a month ago that I bought this mobile handset, the Samsung GTS5233A, more populalry known as the Star. Since I am not inclined to use 3G, I did not opt for Star 3G. I was intentionally taking some time before reviewing it here. I have not used the phone’s browser, MMS etc yet, but that is not what I bought it for. Why Samsung? Well, a few of my colleagues had it, and I was always attracted by the graphics used in it. Why touchscreen? Ah… just a craze; but a good one I now feel.

The phone uses Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which is stylish and elegant. The design makes it big and broad, yet slim. Following are the pros and cons of it, which I have recognised thus far:

Pros

  • Design: Stylish and slim
  • Display: Large and bright display
  • Widgets: For almost everything
  • Interface: Easy to understand and well defined graphics and text
  • Qwerty keypad: Very useful for typing messages
  • Writing box: Scribble text in your own handwriting. The phone identifies it. A bit tough for first time (and second time!) users though!
  • Battery back up: Great! I went without charging for 4 days on the trot with heavy usage.
  • Charging time: Very less
  • Home screens: You can easily switch among three different home screens. Can place widgets in any home screen.
  • Fake call: The phone will call you automatically!
  • Reject list: Automatically rejects unwanted incoming calls
  • Accelerometer: Screen adjusts automatically through a motion sensor. Display style changes when the phone is kept vertical and horizontal. Also, the images move back and forth when you slightly tilt the phone.
  • Alarms: 10 of them, to disturb your dreams!
  • Call log: Stores almost everything!
  • Smart unlock: Easily go to an application without even unlocking the phone. Just draw a character on the screen!
  • External memory slot: Supports up to 8GB, microSD card
  • Memos and tasks: 100 each
  • Photo contacts: Not a very useful feature, but a good one to have.
  • Music player: Plenty of sorting options, good set of equalisers
  • Photo edits: Self explanatory
  • Smile shot: Mobile camera captures your snap only when you smile
  • Price tag: Bought it for INR 9600; IT IS cheap.
  • Safety cover: Phone comes with an additional cover that protects the screen
Cons
  • No call recording: Call recording must have been there! 😦
  • Permanet widget items: Cannot remove certain widget items from the widget bar; like games, FM radio, and music player.
  • No ‘Three Wallpapers’: Cannot set different single wallpapers for each home screen directly. If you apply a wallpaper, it is loaded in the central home screen and the other screens display only a white colour. But you can create wallpapers to fit in all the three home screens.
  • No flash: Would have been better if it were there
  • Custom themes: Cannot set your own themes. The phone has only two themes by default.
  • Bulky and separate stylus: The design of the stylus is bad, which makes it a burden to tag to the phone.
  • No custom equaliser: Can use only the pre-loaded ones
  • Wallpaper size: When an image is to be applied as wallpaper, it has to be adjusted manually to make it screen fit.
  • Misplaced memory card slot: Need to remove the battery to insert or remove the memory card
  • Restart: Phone automatically restarts when a corrupted music file is played
  • Switch on time: Takes a bit longer than other phones to come to a usable state after it is switched on
  • No text navigation: There are no soft buttons to navigate to the required part (for editing/deleting) of a word when you input text. You need to touch the required part, which is difficult.
Verdict

No item in the Cons list makes the phone a bad buy! But most of the items in the Pros list will make you feel so eager to own one. The battery back up and charging time are essentially the two best features that make you feel much more comfortable. Samsung has done well in producing a quality calling device that does not founder when loaded heavily with other features. I have possessed Nokia, LG, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson handsets before, but this one undobtedly is the best I have ever had!

Photo: in.samsungmobile.com

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172 responses to Review: Samsung Star mobile phone – GTS5233A

  1. Now that is some review !:) Thanks for sharing. hows the camera ?

    What do you think about the service? Does smasung have enough centres in tvm ?

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  2. Re: Rohit

    Camera is 3.2 MP. It is really good for outdoor snaps, but not designed for the indoor ones. There is no flash. Night mode is there, but even a small shake while capturing the object will make the image blurred.

    There is one service centre at Pattom, near the fuel station. Don't know about other places.

    The option to follow is included. πŸ™‚

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  3. Dear Sreejit,
    I am writing this from Dubai. I just purchased a couple of days ago.the one available here does not have stylus and it is very convenient to use with your finger. Unlike you stated in your review my phone has got video recording as well as voice recording during call and vice versa.the quality of the phone is fantastic. I love this phone very much. The only con is it does not play WMV files (does play WMA)

    Regards,

    Mamallan

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  4. Anonymous

    Do we have RSS reader?
    Is there a secured folder where i can key in some personal text and password protect it? Please outline all organizer features.

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  5. Re: Anonymous

    Yes, there is RSS reader.

    You can create upto 100 memos, but cannot protect it using a password.

    Organiser includes the following:
    Calendar
    100 memos
    100 tasks
    World clock
    Calculator
    Convertor
    RSS reader
    Stopwatch
    Timer
    Synchronisation

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  6. is the sound quality is poor or good,
    if the phone is on mute mode at that time is user comes to know about the incoming call or not. i had read one review in which it is said that when phone is on mute mode,then the vibration is bad and one does not recognize the incoming call…plzz help

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  7. Ali

    Great review! But I have some questions regarding the document viewer for pdf, word, and other office files. How's it? Some reviews says it's really bad. What do you think?

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  8. Anonymous

    the back cover either doesn't open or keeps coming out on its own.

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  9. Re: Kamlesh

    It depends on the phone setting. You can either mute the calls or turn on vibration when in the silent mode. The vibration is normal in the silent mode. There should not be any problems…

    Thanks for the comment

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  10. Re: Ali

    Thanks Ali! Actually, you can view office files like MS Word and PDF. It is quite a pain to navigate through the document I must agree. But I guess that is the case with almost all touch phones. It is good if you use it only on very few occasions.

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  11. K.D.

    hey relly good work man thanks for all the info..i m planning to buy the samsung star you have mentioned the pros and the cons but i am still confused this will be the first time i will be going for samsung what should i do?and what about the sound quality and the sound quality in the earphones.what about the memory provided with the phone and does the phone have a video recorder.and how is the touch screen?can i rely on this phone if i m planning to use it for 2 yrs.and someone has mentioned about the back cover problem whats that?

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  12. K.D.

    I FORGOT TO MENTION 1 THING I M PLANNING TO BUY THE PHONE WITHIN 2 DAYS SO PLEASE HELP ME .THANKS K.D.

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  13. Re: KD

    This is also my first time buying a Samsung mobile. The experience, as I said, has been the best so far. The sound quality is quite good. The in-call experience is also very good. The speaker has adequate volume so that you can hear the caller speaking even when you are in busy traffic or malls. The headphones are also really good. It has a good set of equalisers, including a few ones that get activated only when you use headphones, including surround sound modes.

    I don't remember about the memory with the phone. I think it is less, perhaps 80MB. But you can expand it upto 8GB. The phone does have a video recorder. The touch screen is fantastic. I hope to use the phone for more than two years. πŸ™‚

    I haven't experience any back cover problems. The phone comes with two covers.

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  14. K.D.

    hey thanks for the reply but i Have only 1 question THAT

    nowhere on the net the video recorder is been mentioned

    in the “BASIC MODEL i.e. the SAMSUNG STAR” U R SURE

    THAT THERE IS VIDEO RECORDER OPTION IN THE

    “BASIC STAR TOUCH PHONE”

    “NOT THE STAR 3G” .AND THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR UR HELP NOW I M CLEARED ABOUT BUYING

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  15. Re: KD

    Yes yes. The basic phone Samsung Star does have a video recorder. They have termed it as camcoder. You can switch easily between the still camera and the video recorder.

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  16. Anonymous

    i bought samsung star mobile 2 weeks back.is it possible to shift messages from phone memory to memory card? can memory card be used as default to receive/send messages. pl help.

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  17. Re: Anonymous

    You can shift the required messages to the personal folders. But I don't think the phone allows you to use memory card as the default storage for messages.

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  18. Anonymous

    Hi, i wanted to know about call reject list
    I by mistake added one of friend to this list . Can i now roll back that rejection ? how ?

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  19. Re: Anonymous

    There is no option to protect files/folders by using passwords.

    It is possible to roll back contacts who are on the auto reject list. Access the following:
    Menu > Settings > Application settings > Call > All calls > Auto reject

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  20. Anonymous

    how can i create wallpapers to fit in all the three home screens.?

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  21. I really liked this phone but i want to how is its its audio quality. Some reviews tell that its average. what do you think.
    also, I have read many reviews and some say its battery life doesn't lasts for even a day but some say that it can last more than 2 days. is it that after few months of use, the battery backup starts decreasing???

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  22. I really liked this phone but i want to how is its its audio quality. Some reviews tell that its average. what do you think.
    also, I have read many reviews and some say its battery life doesn't lasts for even a day but some say that it can last more than 2 days. is it that after few months of use, the battery backup starts decreasing???

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  23. I really liked this phone but i want to how is its its audio quality. Some reviews tell that its average. what do you think.
    also, I have read many reviews and some say its battery life doesn't lasts for even a day but some say that it can last more than 2 days. is it that after few months of use, the battery backup starts decreasing???

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  24. Anonymous

    hello Sreejith, I'm also planning to buy samsung star, since am using nokia since long and for the first time shifting to samsung so would like to know some features for it..
    is there any cal waiting feature?
    is there any call conference feature?
    also about call summary during call, zoom for the camera, msg memory??
    and also is it easy to type msgs on touch screen as through finger typing sometimes character on the side of what we want to type gets typed..
    please help me out..

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  25. Re: Anonymous

    All of the features that you have asked are there with this model. The zoom of the camera is brilliant than some other phones that I have possessed, including LG, Nokia and Sony Ericsson. The message capacity is not bad either.

    Initially you may feel some problem typing using the touch screen. But after a few initial hiccups, you can become a pro. πŸ™‚

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  26. ram

    i m planning to go for samsung star…….does it need any software to download music??? and can it beat nokia smart phones of same range

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  27. Re: Ram

    Well, I am not in a position to answer the second query. But regarding the first — I do not use the internet on my mobile. I plug the phone to my computer and transfer music files to it.

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  28. Anonymous

    hello Sreejith, i'm using samsung star.. and liked its all features but i'm troubling or not able to do smile shot.. i set the camera on smile shot and targets to capture snap but it doesn't work automatically,, we have to capture manually only.. even though we smiling or not… how to do it.. or i'm missing something..

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  29. Re: Anonymous

    Turn on the smile shot mode. Then click the snap button. Then point your camera to the object. When the object smiles, the snap will be taken by the camera automatically.

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  30. Anonymous

    thanks for the info. I would like to know whether one can install java hands and apps. I was reading that it does not install any new java apps.

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  31. Writing box: Scribble text in your own handwriting.

    what is this…
    plz guide me how to use this feature… i have tried alot.. but cant find it…
    i'll be very thankful to you

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  32. Anonymous

    Are you able to instal jar applications in the phone? I recently purchases a samsung phone (S3500)and am not able to instal any other games/applications since there is no option for installation of jar files. I tried going through various fora on the internet but could not find the solution.

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  33. aakanksha

    hi,
    i heard that changing to the additional cover provided with the phone damages the back cover lock of the phone.. is it true.. i'd like to change but scare of damaging and loosening of back cover.

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  34. Santhakumar

    hi sreejith nice to see ur all replies, intially i thought of buying star 3G, but now people are saying go for Star 5233. Whats the difference, worth to buy star 3g or shall i go for Star 5233. Thanks in advance…

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  35. ram

    i bought this phone as you mentiond its amazing……but how to install new games to it in the features it is mentioned that it supports java games but whaen i put through blutooth or data cable it says unsupported format…can other softwares be installed to it how

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  36. ram

    i have got another problem…..during an incoming call it says press hold button to use in-call features when i press hold button it doesnt give any features….

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  37. @ Santhakumar

    I haven't used the 3G model yet. From what I know, the difference is that it has 3G and that there is some screen width differece. It is a broader set, but this one is longer. πŸ™‚

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  38. @ Ram

    I think it depends on the type of java apps you install. I don't think all the java apps work on this. For example, there are java apps that require you to use the keypad. Since this one is full touch (and no keypad support) I dont think such items will work.

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  39. Re: Ram

    By in-call functions, they refer to basic functionalities like call hold, mute, etc. These are not activated by default. This is due to a safety setting. There is a great chance that you accidentally touch a function to cut the call. That can be prevented by deactivating these functionalities by default.

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  40. @ Anonymous

    Sorry, missed your comments! I think it depends on whether the java apps you want to use are supported for a full touch screen phone.

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  41. Hi Sreejit,
    A very nicely written review.

    I am contemplating about buying this phone and have been reading reviews about it. I had a simple question about accessibility of key pad while in call. SOmehwere I read that it is not possible to show key pad on screen while in call. Is this the case? Does it not make impossible to work with IVR system which exists almost in all call centers. How do I press numbers to interact with IVR system when I am in call?

    -Bhavesh

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  42. umar

    How can we transfer music files to the external memory… I bought it yesterday and tried to transfer music files but after only 19 songs it said not enough memory although it has a 2 GB memory card installed.. so can anyone plz guide me how i can use external memory (memory card) to store songs

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  43. @ Bhavesh

    You can use the keypad when you are on call. When a call is dialled or received, the phone automatically locks the keypad. This is to ensure that you dont touch the keypad accidentally (espectially when you hold it close to you ear). But you can unlock the phone by pressing a dedicated button on the right side of the phone and enable the keypad.

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  44. @ Umar

    You can tranfer songs to the phone or memory card just as in any other phone. Please check the settings option to see which memory is used by default. Set it to “memory card”.

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  45. Sreejit, Thank you very much for that clarification about accessing key pad while in call.

    Have got another one and this one is serious. Some of the reviews about the phone mention a hanging problem in the phone. After disconnecting a call or even while on roaming, people have experienced an abrupt shutdown of the phone or abnormal hanging for a long period before coming back to normal state?

    Have you ever experienced this or read about this? Appreciate your kind views on this.

    Many Thanks,
    Bhavesh

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  46. @ Bhavesh

    I haven't experienced that kind of a problem. The phone automatically restarts when a corrupt music file is attempted to be played. May be the problem others suggested is not common.

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  47. Virendra

    Hi dear All,
    I want just know about theme…..can I download themes and software for this mobile…….

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  48. Anonymous

    Hi Sreejith
    It seems Samsung Star just sold 5 million stars in four months, since it was launched in May. I heard this news two days after buying the star! The phone seems to work ok till now. The only annoying thing I have experienced is the difficulty in removing and replacing the back cover and scrolling down the phone book. Samsung should have provided a margin of sorts in the phone book so that contacts don't get activated accidently when trying to scroll down.

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  49. Re: Anonymous

    Thanks for the news.

    Actually, scrolling up and down the phonebook is easy to manage. There are two workarounds.

    (1) Didn't you see a combination of UP and DOWN arrows in the phone book (on the right/left side of the contacs listed in the phone book)? Press that and move up or down to go to the contacts starting with the required letter of the alphabet.

    (2) Use the volume UP and volume DOWN keys (on the left top of the handset) to scroll up or down the phone book.

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  50. @ Anonymous

    And, removing and replacing the back cover isn't a big issue either. Saw a DOWN ARROW symbol on the back of the cover? (at the top, on the right side of the camera lens). Pull the top of the back cover down (in the direction of the arrow) to remove the back cover.

    To replace, place the back cover with the top of it just below the camera lens, and slowly slide it up (in the reverse direction of the arrow). Once it fits well, press the bottom right and left corners of the back cover slowly.

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  51. K.D.

    hey please tell me that i have purchased the phone and the experience is good so far but i have a query that i didnt got any mobile cover with the phone .do we get a cover with the phone or not cause i saw a guy with the cover and he said that he got the cover with the box so help me AS I DIDNT GOT A COVER WITH THE PHONE IN THE BOX

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  52. Anonymous

    I didn't know that the volume keys could be used for scrolling the phone book. Thanks for the info. Actually the difficulty was in scrolling a single alphabet. Since using the vol keys really helps.

    As of the back cover I still find it difficult to remove and replace.

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  53. @ Anonymous

    πŸ™‚

    On the back cover issue, may be you need to go to the shop from which you bought the phone, and ask them to show you how to remove and replace it. Otherwise, it may break if you use it improperly.

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  54. hiiii everyone this is suri. I thought to buy a new phone and by having a glance at these reviews i had crush on samsung star but some are saying that the touch screen will be affected soon so can anyone help me pls

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  55. @ Suri:

    Did you mean that the touch screen will become unusable soon? My experience is different. I have been using this for a few months now. There has not been any dip in its sensitivity and efficiency.

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  56. Guys, I bougt it last Saturday, and am very happy about it.

    But I can only open PDF.I was wondering if anybody could help me opening word and xls files. I think this is the single con i found in this phone. No word or xls file opens.

    Please help if anybody knows how to come around this problem.

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  57. Gideon

    Hi there,
    Just a simple question, I wrecked the GT-S5233A phone of a friend of mine which I want to replace. I can only find GT-S5233 on sale. Are these models exactly the same? If not, what's the difference?
    Thanks,

    Gideon

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  58. Anonymous

    Hy ! I am Aaqib murtaza from kashmir(india).I was also impressed by the stylish look and affordable price of samsung star.I was from the very beginning using Nokia brand.Now i am turning to samsung.can some one tell me,does gprs properly work on samsung star and what is its actual name.

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  59. @ Aaqib

    I have not used this phone for internet so far, so cannot answer you question. Did you mean the model name of Samsung Star? That is GTS 5233A

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  60. Anonymous

    This is atanu here,nd i bought the phone a month ago, now i have a serious prob, suddenly my touch pad is not working.Matter of fact is that ican still answer ther calls nd phones display is perfect but touch screen doesnt responds to any touches nd there is no manual operating procedure………its a big drawback i guess.

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  61. @ Atanu

    I guess it is not a drawback. It must be a problem with your set alone. Take it to the service centre. As you are within the warranty period, there should not be an issue.

    This is a full touch phone. There is no physical keypad.

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  62. Anonymous

    Is it best to leave this phone charging turned off for 24 hours when you first get it?

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  63. @ Anonymous

    It is required to charge this phone for a while before the actual usage. 24 hours is not needed. Stop charging when the battery indicator on the screen is not moving.

    And, you can charge the phone without turning it off.

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  64. Anonymous

    Pls advice me how to trnsfer or copy my phone Contacts from my Samsung Star Mobile Phone to my PC. I dont want to copy the same to Sim card. I want direct copy from Mobile phone to PC-Laptop. I never find any option in Samsung PC Studio. Pls help me.

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  65. @venkat
    how to go to main menu while in call?
    how to record a call?
    how to record FM?
    can anybody pls tell me?
    if any software is available pls tell me?

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  66. Anonymous

    hEY.i HAVE BEEN TRYING THE MOTION THING AND MY PICTURES DONT MOVE AND MY SONGS DONT CHANGE WHEN I MOVE THE PHONE.

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  67. Amit

    hi Sreejith,

    Thanks 4 such detailed info.
    I got 2 buy this phone in a couple of days. Wanted 2 confirm whether call recording is available in this handset or not. One of the guy in this list (Mamallan on june 29) has written that it is available. Can u please provide info on this? Thanks in advance.

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  68. @ Anonymous

    I don't think you can create playlists on the memory card. Don't know if the playlists created using your pc multimedia player will work with mobiles.

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  69. @ Anonymous

    To play the motion games, take the game and shake your phone.

    You cannot change music tracks by shaking the phone. I don't think Samsung has that feature. Some Sony Ericsson phones have that.

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  70. @ Anonymous

    In my phone, there is no option to record a call. Please check whether these options as available with Star 3G or Star WiFi which is a new model.

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  71. Anonymous

    Is it possible to change the sensitivity of the touchscreen like we have in many touchscreen mobiles. which path if its der ? I am not able to figure it out 😦

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  72. Anonymous

    Hi all,

    please tell me how to edit, copy & paste text in samsung star?

    how to set sms to be stored automatically to phone memory? mine only stored to simcard

    is there to edit sms and forward it to others?

    this all very basic function in nokia and other phone, but i cant it in my samsung star.

    thanks all

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  73. How can I install third party java apps in Samsung Star? Looks like it doesn't recognize the file format but I can see Google Map there which is a 3rd party java app installed. How ? Totally confused.

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  74. How can I install third party java apps in Samsung Star? Looks like it doesn't recognize the file format but I can see Google Map there which is a 3rd party java app installed. How ? Totally confused.

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  75. Tom

    Great phone in all respects. I have the wifi version (s5233w) so can download apps from http://www.getjar.com using the phone's browser. Question:The sound volumme of Java apps is very low and I see no option to increase it in “Settings”. Ideas?

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  76. Is Samsung providing any free micro sd card with the phone or you have to buy it separately?
    Please reply me fast because I am planing to buy this phone within 2 days.

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  77. @ Anonymous

    I don't think options are available for the first two. But you can edit an sms when forwarding it. Click Forward and then tap the message seen in the screen.

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  78. @Tech2game

    There is a new wifi model of this phone available now. I think it comes with a free micro SD card (2GB I think).

    But that option was not available when I bought my phone.

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  79. Anonymous

    i just wanted to know that can i block messages from a particular number..if yes then can that number be deleted from the block list later on….thanks waitin for ur reply

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  80. Anonymous

    hey, can u pls temme…msg memory of is 500 but my memory full aftr 210 msg…what should i do///?? n u hv mensioned that battery got charged in very less tym bt my mob batt. takes upto 2:30 hours///

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  81. @ Anonymous

    It takes time for a full charging of the battery. But even if you charge it only half an hour, you will get a decent battery life. That is not the case with most other handsets.

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  82. Anonymous

    great help…please help me….
    i have a samsung GT-S5233A . i bought it 3 days ago. I was on google and was downloading a wallpaper when suddenly the phone restarted.since then the phone has been restarting. the welcome screen shows then phone lock screen is displayed and before even entering the code, the phone restarts again. this has been happening for one day. also it cant be detected on my PC. is it a virus that has gotten into my phone? and if yes, how can i clean it up??pleeeeaaaaaseee help…its a brand new phone…

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  83. Anonymous

    hey i m using samsung star s-5233
    i m trying to copy my messages to pc but it is suppoted by pc siute..
    is thr ny way to copy msgs… .

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  84. @ Anonymous

    Since the phone is new, I suggest you to take it to the service centre. If it is only a week since you bought the phone, you may ask the shop for a replacement. Most shops entertain that.

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  85. Hira Syed

    Hey, i needed to know that is there a way of checking ur message while on the phone? coz there is no option of checking my message when im talking on the phone n its really irritating coz everytime i get a message i have to hang up and check.

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  86. Novak

    I was messing about with the phone and recorded a fake call message voice clip, I can't find the file on the phone to delete the clip now and everytime I return to fake call the original clip i recorded plays back to me, I want to erase it. How do I do this?
    plzz help

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  87. yeah its a good phone. Thanks a loooooot for this review. I saved a lot f time for me, Ask me how? I was trying to get my new starry to the service center coz it kept restaring when ever i tried to play a music file. A google search brought me to this review. N u know wat? It helped a lot. Thanks a real lot dude keep rocking

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  88. @Strangebeauty

    Thanks for the comment SB! So happy that this post helped you save some time. It is a good phone. But you know what, I was bowled over by the new HD2 from HTC. I bought it yesterday out of sheer temptation! Expect a review soon here!

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  89. hi, i just bought the samsung star a week ago and i find it quite a good phone. i especially enjoy using the messaging features and the good quality music from the speaker phone.
    am still exploring the other features. however, could anyone help me out how to to increase the tone for messages. the one i have on default is too low and quite often i dont hear it when i receive a message.
    thanks!
    George

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  90. Guru Prasad

    Hi,

    I bought a star 3G yday and when charged for the first time it did not even take an hour to fully charge before giving full charged message. Is this OK or is there any std duration to charge for the first time. please throw some light onthis.

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  91. Re: Guru

    Thanks for the comments. Use the phone and see how the battery performs. If you find a problem, take it to the shop of service centre. If you seriously think there is a problem with this, just take it to the shop from where you bought it WITHIN A WEEK OF PURCHASE and for a replacement.

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  92. Guru Prasad

    Hi,

    My query was a diff one. This is to understand the first/initial charge duration. By charging for an hour or so, the battery is fully charged. is this ok or is there any standard duration for charging to have better battery life henceforth.

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  93. Anonymous

    is a 3.5mm audio adapter available in india ? for how much ?how is the bass?i want to buy it soon.

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  94. Anonymous

    Hello!!
    i needed to know that is there any way to view one's message while talking on the phone?
    coz there is no option of checking sms when talking on the phone n it really gets irritating coz whenevr thrz a new message i have to hang up and then check it out.
    ovrall d ph is gud…no complaints excpt d 1 mentiond above.
    do clear it out my querry if sumbdy hs d solution.

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  95. I bought samsung star about a week ago.A 2GB memory card was inserted at the time of purchase.But now when i m connecting the phone to PC through datacable, the phone is asking for inserting the memory card!! What to do? Plz help me…….

    PEARL

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  96. Hi, i recorded video clips with sound and used to play back with sound until a few days ago when it has gone mute and there is no sound completely. what could be the problem?
    George

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  97. @ George

    I think there is an option to turn on and off the mic. See the video settings. Since I bought a new phone, I don't remember the exact option name.

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  98. Thanks SK. Loved your review and all the responses you have written. I am planning to buy this phone and need to know if I will be able to copy all my contacts from OUTLOOK to the phone. If yes, can this be done thru the cd software, that comes with the phone.

    Any recommendations on how to protect the touch screen from wear and tear and scratches.

    Thanks a ton!

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  99. Re: Haresh

    Thanks for the comment. I have stopped using this phone and moved over to HTC HD2. I personally haven't used Outlook on the Star. So no idea about it.

    You can have the screen laminated. But I suspect that will make it a bit difficult to operate the phone, since this is a resistive touch screen model. I never used any such coatings. The screen is good and it will not attract scratches easily. The phone comes with an additional back covers, which can protect the phone from scratches.

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  100. Hi I had transferred video files from my pc to phone using the data cable.
    I can see the video clips on my phone but whenever i try to open it i get a message “unsupported file type”.
    any help on this, anyone?

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  101. Hi I had transferred video files from my pc to phone using the data cable.
    I can see the video clips on my phone but whenever i try to open it i get a message “unsupported file type”.
    any help on this, anyone?

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  102. Thanks 4 replying but the problem is i am not able to open the battery cover…so i opened the Memory Status.. I tried to check “On memory card..” then it flashes a message that says “Memory card has an unrecognized format. Reformatting will erase all data. Continue?” when i chose “Yes,” it flashes that it's reformatting but in half a second then says “Error”.Plz help…..

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  103. Anonymous

    Hi,
    The messages memory is very small. I really like to keep my messages but I havent figured out a way yet. I can neither move the messages to the memory card nor to the pc. Plz HELP.. What is the solution???

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  104. Hind

    Hi,
    I am using the Samsung phone GTS5233A. I am having a problem because I like to keep my messages but the messages' memmory is very small.
    I could neither move them to the memory card nor to the PC.
    What can I do??? PLZ help.

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  105. gaurav shahi

    hye i wanna know dat , hav any 1 installed motoin sensor games in star s5233a . if yes then how

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  106. how do u remove the memo card its really difficult…. i actually dnt kn where the memory card is .. so can u plzz help me out .. iam just a 14 yr old grl n dnt kn anything abt dis mobile… so plzz kindly reply …

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  107. Anonymous

    TO find Mem Card, you have to remove back cover, then battery and then Mem Card.

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  108. i already have this set..the main problem i am facing is dat one can't download the games on mobile via pc or bluetooth..it doesn't work on star…pls. tell me hw to get some games in my star..!!

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  109. Anonymous

    i somehow managed to see the inbox while i was talking on the phone but somehow i lost the way how i did it. Therefore indeed there is a way to check messages while talking on a call. But please somebody try to find it out.

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  110. fi

    hey i bought this phone like a month ago and it's great. i just need to ask you somethin about the messaging. so today all the messages that i receive automatically save to the sim card and i cannot change the setting anywhere. im pretty sure it wasnt like that when i bought it. in fact an hour ago it would still save into the phone memory but now it wouldnt and it's frustrating me. can you give me an advice about this?thanks man πŸ™‚

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  111. Anonymous

    Hello,

    I have gone through the comments and reviews on this. Its really appreciable. I have one quick question regarding Media Player. I could not find any option for playing the songs continuously. Can somebody tell me the steps if available?

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  112. Dear Sir,
    How on earth do I transfer photos from my Mobile to my PC (Laptop)
    I have loaded the program, but this is the most unfriendly program I have ever seen.
    I am writing from South Africa. Please can you write in detail how I must do this.

    Than you

    Bessie de Kock

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  113. Dear Sir,
    How on earth do I transfer photos from my Mobile to my PC (Laptop)
    I have loaded the program, but this is the most unfriendly program I have ever seen.
    I am writing from South Africa. Please can you write in detail how I must do this.

    Than you

    Bessie de Kock

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  114. Re: Bessie

    You can transfer the photos to the laptop by using the data cable which is provided with the phone.

    Thanks:
    Sreejith

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  115. Anonymous

    Hey, nice review!
    When i buy the phone, will it include a handsfree? Or will i have to buy it separately?

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  116. suddenly 2 days b4 frm today i could not open my phone's messages in samsung star model- GT-S5233A mobile, and also I'm not able to see my phone's memory status for both phone or memory card. plz send me any solution in my mail id 'ksaha.primerealtors@gmail.com' ASAP. b4 in this incident my message was fully password protected. So now if I touch my message icon it's show me as 'INITIALIZING' only but except this problem every function of my mobile is going to be OK.

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  117. Anonymous

    Hello;
    Thanks for the review, it is really a good mobile.

    Can you please telling me how to check the “reject list” and how to modify it.

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  118. Anonymous

    hello sir , one of my best friend number by mistake added in reject calls , when my friend calling then only i will seen whose missed call.so please suggest the way to how handle the these type of problem.

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  119. hello, i have samsung star and its touch is not working and i am not able to access my phone book so tell me how can i get my phone numbers

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  120. Anonymous

    hey can anyone tell me this phone i.e samsung5233 star supports pdf ofrmat files plz send me reply as soon as poissible i ma goning to buy this

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  121. fmojica

    Mr. Sreejith Kumar
    I know from your posts, you don't own a Samsung GTS5233A anymore, but I've been searching for answers all over the net, and here is the only place where everybody seems to get a response. Here's my issue, the phone had a photo contacts feature, but nowhere in the manual say how to set it up. It say how to export photos, but nothing how to import them. I manage to transfer a pictures folder from my pc to the PC Studio that comes with the phone, I'm able to locate it inside the program, but nowhere inside the phone. Also when I use the USB cable to connect the phone to my pc, I'm able to see that the phone is connected to the pc in the phone's display screen, but can't see the phone connection anywhere in the pc, making it impossible to transfer any files into the phone. The other thing is, There's anyway to copy & paste information, from the net to notes, memos, etc, or viceversa. I've been trying, but if it can be done,I haven't be lucky to found the way to do it. The widgets, when remove from the bar to be placed on the main screen, are hard to keep them in place, they can't be locked, so they move around too easy. Resumming the phone has good features, but they must be improve, is not friendly at all, and the manual have a lack of information on too many features. If you have some asnwers to the things here exposed please let me know, Thanks in advace.

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  122. fmojica

    Mr. Sreejith Kumar
    I know from your posts, you don't own a Samsung GTS5233A anymore, but I've been searching for answers all over the net, and here is the only place where everybody seems to get a response. Here's my issue, the phone had a photo contacts feature, but nowhere in the manual say how to set it up. It say how to export photos, but nothing how to import them. I manage to transfer a pictures folder from my pc to the PC Studio that comes with the phone, I'm able to locate it inside the program, but nowhere inside the phone. Also when I use the USB cable to connect the phone to my pc, I'm able to see that the phone is connected to the pc in the phone's display screen, but can't see the phone connection anywhere in the pc, making it impossible to transfer any files into the phone. The other thing is, There's anyway to copy & paste information, from the net to notes, memos, etc, or viceversa. I've been trying, but if it can be done,I haven't be lucky to found the way to do it. The widgets, when remove from the bar to be placed on the main screen, are hard to keep them in place, they can't be locked, so they move around too easy. Resumming the phone has good features, but they must be improve, is not friendly at all, and the manual have a lack of information on too many features. If you have some asnwers to the things here exposed please let me know, Thanks in advace.

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  123. Anonymous

    Hi,

    Someone had asked about performing cut/copy/paste operation in notes, memos etc.

    I am also looking for the same functionality, but can't find it. I though this is a very basic feature all phone (should) have. Can anyone help?

    Regards,
    – Vikram

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  124. Anonymous

    @fmojica:

    You can open any photo in your “my photos” menu and when it pops up, you can see an option “set as”, use this option to set it for a contact id.
    and the photo will automatically be placed in photo contacts.

    When you open Samsung PC studio, see a tutorial. It explain where you can see your phone being connected and transferring of files.

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