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.
- 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
- 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.
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!