The Samsung GT-S5300 Galaxy Pocket is a diminutive touchscreen device targeted at the low end market. There is not much to be expected in terms of hardware at this price point, but then all the software goodies of Android are in there.
Display: 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches TFT
OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Processor: 832 MHz
Internal memory: 3GB
External memory slot: microSD card support up to 32GB
Camera: 2 megapixel, without auto-focus, without flash
Battery: 1200 mAh
On board are Gmail (with synchronisation with contacts and calendar), Play Shop, Email, web browser, Gtalk, Youtube, and Google Maps. Its all there.
The Galaxy Pocket runs Android 2.36 Gingerbread, so there’s also tethering and hotspot in the picture, alongside Polaris Viewer for viewing Office documents. There’s no editing option here though. Still, its fair enough at this price point.
Samsung have pre-loaded Opera Mini and Spinlet as well, plus a File Manager. The inclusion of Opera Mini is a sensible one, as people who buy this device are clearly on a budget and will appreciate the cost-saving benefits of browsing the internet on Opera Mini.
Samsung have done an amazing job packing a 3GB internal storage into something this small and this cheap. There’s only a total of 2.2GB available to the end user though. Still, that is plenty. Lots of smartphones in this price range provide no more than 300MB of internal storage. There is also a microSD slot for your convenience.
Having reviewed a number of low-end Android devices and being disappointed, I was quite apprehensive about the responsiveness of the touchscreen. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a bit more usable than displays on competing devices.
Typing on this small display can be painful. It is better done in landscape, and even at that the keyboard takes up most of the view.
Yes; the small display has its impact on usability, but it works. Again, there isn’t much that you can ask for at this price. There are 7 desktops available for you to customise as you deem fit.
The Menu and Back keys are not as responsive as I would have loved though.
The camera is only 2 megapixels and there is no flash. That’s fine at this price too. Don’t expect to take any smashing photographs with this baby
Music playback is via the stock Android player. Audio reproduction is loud – louder than what the HTC One X offers, but of much lower quality to it.
The Galaxy Pocket doesn’t provide performance at the level of the upper level of smartphones. It is absurd to expect that, but it gets the job done. The low RAM (yet to be confirmed) expected of devices at this price point means that running apps get shut down in the background a lot. Don’t expect the fastest or the smoothest operations here too either.
This is a top job by Samsung. If you need a budget smartphone, I certainly recommend the Galaxy Pocket. At about N18,000, it is the cheapest global brand smartphone that you can lay your hands on.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.