samsung star pro

Looking for the samsung s7262 price or samsung gt s7262 specification? Samsung launched the Galaxy Star (GT-S5282), the company’s cheapest Android smartphone earlier this year. It launched the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro (GT-S7262), an upgraded version of the Star few months back, with a large screen, more internal storage and a slightly better battery. This uses the same single-core Spreadtrum chip and runs on the same version of the Jelly Bean OS similar to the Star. Is the Star Pro a decent upgrade to the Galaxy Star? Should you go for it? Let us find out in the complete Samsung Star Pro review.

When Samsung announced their new budget Android device, the Galaxy Star Pro, no one thought that it would be this good. Yes it takes many of its design inspiration from the Galaxy S4, but in terms of hardware, the GT-S5282 is in a whole different league. So when you consider that this is probably the cheapest bright, colourful 4-inch smartphone currently available, this could well be the best £150 you’ve spent on your mobile phone.

Samsung Star Pro review

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We unboxed the smartphone recently. Check out the unboxing below.

Box Contents

Samsung Star Pro

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The box contents include,

  • Samsung Galaxy Star Pro smartphone
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Headset
  • 2-pin micro USB charger
  • Quick start guide

It doesn’t come with a micro USB cable in the box, which is disappointing.

Video Review

Hardware and Design

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The 4.0-inch WVGA screen at 480×800 pixels with a pixel density of 233 PPI, is decent for the price. The viewing angles are just average and the sunlight legibility could be better. Since the phone uses a capacitive touch screen, the display is sensitive and the touch response is good. Since the display is glossy, it is prone to fingerprints. Samsung has changed the egg-shaped design from the Galaxy Star to a better design. Even though the Star Pro has curves sides, this looks more like other mid-range Galaxy smartphones.

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Above the display, you have an earpiece with chrome finish. You can see the Samsung and Duos branding below the earpiece. Lack of a front-facing camera is acceptable considering the price tag, but Samsung did not include an ambient light sensor or a proximity sensor in the phone. When you make a call, the screen doesn’t turn OFF to save the battery, but actually locks itself. Due to the lack of ambient light sensor you have adjust the brightness of the screen manually in brightly lit conditions to view the display content properly.

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You have Samsung’s signature hardware home button below the display with a chrome finish around it. On either sides, you have the menu and back buttons. These are not backlit and doesn’t offer haptic feedback when pressed. These touch buttons make Samsung’s signature water drop tone when pressed. This could be turned OFF from the sound settings.

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The phone has a chrome strip running on the sides. The power button is present on the right side. Since the phone is easy to hold, it is easy to access the power button when holing the phone in a single hand.

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On the other side there is a volume rocker. The phone is 10.6 mm thick, bit thinner than the Galaxy Star.

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On the bottom you have a micro USB slot and a tiny microphone hole.

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On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack.

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The phone has a glossy back cover which gets smudged easily. As you can see from the image above, the phone is compact to hold, even though it has a 4-inch screen. The width of the phone is a bit less than the Galaxy S, which also had a 4-inch screen. It weighs 121 grams, that is normal for devices in this range.

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On the back there is a 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera, similar to the Galaxy Star. You also have a loudspeaker grill next to it.

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Once you open the back cover you get to see the 1500 mAh battery. You need to remove the battery to view dual micro SIM slots. Even the Galaxy Star had micro SIM support.

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There is a micro SD card slot near the camera module. It accept cards up to 32GB. Since the micro SD card slot is hot swap, you can insert and remove the card without turning the device off.

Camera

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Even though the phone has just a 2-megapixel camera, it has a range of camera features including different shooting modes (Single shot, Panorama, Share shot and Smile shot), Effects (Black and white, Sepia and Negative), Scene modes (Landscape, Party/Indoor, Sunset, Dawn, Autum Colour, Candlelight, Backlight and Night), Option to adjust the brightness, white balance and image quality. Images are decent in daylight, but low light shots are poor, mainly due to the lack of LED flash. Check out some camera samples below.

The phone can record videos at QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, which is below average. You can also limit the video resolution for MMS.

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The Star Pro runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), similar to the Galaxy Star with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top. As usual you have option to create folders to the homescreen and add up to 7 homscreens. There are toggles for WiFi, Sound, Screen rotation, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Blocking mode and Sync in the drop-down notification bar. You also have an option to adjust the bright using a slider and option to switch to either SIM cards. Since the phone runs on Android 4.1, you have rich notifications, that lets you perform several actions directly from the homescreen. You also get several options on the drop-down menu when you plugin the headset that lets you launch related apps quickly.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Lockscreen

You can easily go to Messaging Inbox easily from the lockscreen just by dragging the SMS notification into the box. You can’t launch the camera or Google Now from the lock screen. You have pattern, PIN and Password unlock, apart from swipe to unlock option.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Multitasking and GoogleNow

You can press and hold the home button to view the multitasking screen. It has options to quickly launch the device manager, open Google Now and clear all the background apps. You can also press and hold the menu button to open Google Now quickly.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Blocking Mode and Motion

The Blocking mode option lets you disable notifications, alarm and timer for a period of time. The motion option has smart alert that lets you know that you have missed calls or messages with a tiny vibration. It also lets you enable an option to mute incoming calls or pause playing sounds by flipping the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Internal Storage and RAM

You get 2.41 GB of user memory out of 4GB of internal memory and 430 MB of usable RAM. You can’t move the apps to the micro SD card or select the default storage option.

Apps

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The phone comes with several pre-installed apps. The utility apps include, Calculator, Clock, Email, Gallery, My Files (File Manager), Memo (Note taking app) and Voice Recorder. It also comes with Google Apps, including the Chrome browser, which is the default browser. It comes with ChatON, Samsung’s own cross-platform messaging app and Dropbox app. Apart from the Google Play Store, you have Samsung Apps, which lets you download apps and games.

Music Player and FM Radio

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro MusicPlayer and FM

You just get the Google Music App instead of a Samsung Music player. It can play MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MIDI, IMY audio format. Audio from the loudspeaker is decent and the bundled earphones could be better. Audio from the loudspeaker gets muffled when you place it on a table. The phone also has a FM Radio with RDS, but lacks an option to for recording. It also supports MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, MKV, WEBM video formats, but it can play videos only at QVGA resolution.

Smart Dual SIM and Connectivity

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The phone has Smart Dual SIM feature similar to most of the recent Dual SIM Samsung smartphones. This automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number. The SIM card manager in the settings lets you enable the Smart Dual SIM feature. It doesn’t work on all the service providers since some of them don’t allow call forwarding when busy. Call waiting is free but operators charge for call forwarding.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Smart Dual SIM

Apart from Smart dual SIM, you can also enable option to enable data on the secondary SIM when receiving a call on primary SIM.

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Connectivity

The phone has 2G (EDGE) support and also has WiFi hot spot, Bluetooth and USB tethering. Other connectivity features include, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi-Direct and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. You have assisted GPS, but the phone lacks GPS.

Performance and Benchmarks

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Benchmarks

It has a 1 GHz single-core Spreadtrum SC6820 processor based on ARM Cortex A5 CPU and has Mali 400 GPU. So you can’t expect much from the phone. The performance is just average, mainly due to slow single-core processor and just 512MB of RAM. If you have few apps installed that runs in the background, it’s not a problem. Games are decent with good graphics, due to the Mali-400MP GPU. There are occasional lags and frame drops in some high-end games, but small games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 ran smoothly. Check out some synthetic benchmark tests below.

Quadrant Benchmark

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Quadrant

The phone manages to score 2119 points in the Quadrant Benchmark.

AnTuTu Benchmark 3.3

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro AnTuTu 3.3

It holds the last place in the AnTuTu Benchmark 3.3.

Vellamo 2.0 HTML5

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Vellamo 2 HTML5

In manages to score 1113 points in the Vellamo 2 HTML5 browser benchmark. Check out the complete set of Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Benchmarks here.

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The 1500 mAh battery lasts for a day with both the SIM cards enabled, with few hours of audio playback, few image captures and some gaming. Even though this has a larger screen, maintaining the screen brightness at 50% helps to improve the battery life. The phone doesn’t have any power saving mode like the Grand Quattro or the Grand Duos to improve the battery life.

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At a price tag of Rs. 6730, the Galaxy Star Pro is a decent upgrade to the Galaxy Star, but the performance is not impressive considering other smartphones in the similar price range. You can spend a bit more and opt for Samsung Galaxy Trend that has 3G support. You get a comfortable after sales experience with Samsung, which makes people opt for these Samsung smartphones, but hardware needs to be improved to compete with other vendors in the entry-level smartphone segment.

Pros

  • Dual SIM support with Smart dual SIM feature
  • micro SIM slots
  • 4GB of built-in storage with expansion slot

Cons

  • Occasional lags, mainly due to slow processor and less RAM
  • No proximity or ambient light sensors
  • No 3G support

Smartphone buying guide

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Whether you’re thinking about purchasing your first smartphone or just upgrading from an older model, you might feel overwhelmed shopping for a new smartphone. With so many options to choose from, it’s difficult to know if you’re getting the right phone at the right price.

That’s why we’ve created this page: to guide you through the process of buying a new smartphone with as little stress as possible.

What is a smartphone?

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A smartphone is a more powerful version of a regular cell phone. In addition to the same basic features, including phone calls, voicemail, and text messaging, smartphones can connect to the Internet over a cellular network. This means you can use a smartphone for the same things you would normally do on a computer, such as checking your email, browsing online, or shopping.

Wireless providers will require you to pay a monthly fee, usually called a data plan, to access the Internet with a smartphone over their cellular network.

Most smartphones use a touch-sensitive screen, meaning there isn’t a physical keyboard on the device. Instead, you’ll type on a virtual keyboard and use your fingers to interact with the display. Other standard features include a high-quality digital camera and the ability to play digital music and video files. For many users, a smartphone can actually replace things like an old laptop, digital music player, and digital camera in the same device.

Do I even need a smartphone?

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Because of these convenient features, smartphones have become increasingly popular over the past several years. Smartphones can also be very expensive, however; some high-end models cost even more than a new laptop or desktop computer!

If you’re happy using your existing devices separately, you may not need a smartphone. But if you want to use just one device to access the Internet, make phone calls, take photos, and listen to music, a smartphone is probably a good option for you.

What type of smartphone should I buy?

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Even if you know you want a smartphone, it can be challenging to know where to start. There are different smartphones to choose from, including Windows Phone and Blackberry. In this guide, however, we’ll focus on the two most popular options: the iPhone and Android smartphones.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so we’ll try our best to provide the information you’ll need to make the decision that’s right for you.

What is an iPhone?

The iPhone is a smartphone from Apple, which also produces the Mac line of computers. The iPhone is available in a few different models, starting at $450 and going up to $950. It’s powered by the iOS operating system, which is also used by Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch devices.

What is Android?

Unlike the iPhone, which is only available in a few different models, there are hundreds of Android devices to choose from. This is because Android is not one specific smartphone. It’s actually an operating system designed by Google. Many different companies make devices that are powered by the Android operating system, including Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola.

Each of these manufacturers produces different Android smartphones, each with their own custom hardware and features. As a result, Android smartphones are available in a much wider range of prices than the iPhone, starting as low as $100 for an entry-level device.

Android or iPhone?

Should you get iPhone or an Android? If you try searching for advice on this topic, you’ll find no shortage of opinions on both sides; iPhones and Android phones have strong groups of supporters, and most people place themselves firmly on one side or another. There are definite advantages and disadvantages with either option, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest factors you should consider.

Click the buttons in the chart to see our rankings, then read more about each category below.https://e.infogr.am/android_vs_iphone?src=embed

Affordability

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In terms of cost, the iPhone simply can’t compete with Android models. If you don’t want to spend more than $200 to $300 on a smartphone, you’ll want to choose Android over iPhone.

Unfortunately, the actual cost of a smartphone may not be immediately obvious. For example, your wireless carrier may offer certain smartphones for free if you sign a two-year contract, or allow you to spread the cost across small installments instead of one single payment. Regardless of how you pay, an iPhone will almost always be more expensive than an Android smartphone.

Winner: Android

Support

Because the iPhone is produced by one company instead of several manufacturers, it’s often easier to get answers and help directly from Apple’s customer support. By contrast, most Android phones work a bit differently from one another depending on the manufacturer and wireless provider you choose, which can make it more difficult to know where to look for help.

If you’re worried that you’ll need a lot of extra help once you get started, you might consider choosing an iPhone over an Android (if your budget allows).

Winner: iPhone

Apps and app stores

Both iPhone and Android allow you to download applications, which are commonly known as apps, to add extra functionality to your smartphone. The Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhone provide a huge selection of apps for you to download. Although some apps are available exclusively for one platform, most are available on both. Unless there’s a specific app you want that’s only available on one device, this shouldn’t be a significant factor in your decision.

However, if you already have another device that uses Android or iOS, such as a tablet computer, you might want to consider purchasing a smartphone that runs the same operating system. This way, you’ll be able to install any apps you’ve purchased on both devices.

Winner: Tie

Customization

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Android smartphones allow for a lot more customization than iPhones. Whereas the iPhone offers a few customization options (like your phone’s wallpaper and ringtone), Android allows you to change just about everything on your device, including themes, notification widgets, and default applications.

For some users, this might not be a very important distinction. But if you want to have more control over the way you’ll use your device, we’d recommend choosing an Android over an iPhone.

Winner: Android

System updates

Remember how we said before that Android and iPhone use different operating systems? Like desktop and laptop computers, these operating systems are updated just about every year. These updates usually include new and useful features, as well as security upgrades.

But upgrading an Android phone to the latest version can be pretty complicated. In many cases, it actually depends on when your wireless provider decides to push the update to your device. By contrast, the iPhone can be updated as soon as updates are available, regardless of your wireless carrier.

We should note that there’s nothing especially bad or dangerous about using a slightly older version of your phone’s operating system. But if you know that you always like to use the latest software as soon as it’s available, you might consider choosing an iPhone over an Android (if your budget allows).

Winner: iPhone

There are a few Android models, like the Google Nexus, that allow you to upgrade to the latest version of Android more easily; however, they also tend to be more expensive than other Android smartphones.

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