Samsung Galaxy Core is one of those similar looking Galaxy devices and is available at INR 14,600 in India. It faces a tough competition from Micromax Canvas HD, Nokia Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Xperia Neo L, Xperia Miro, Karbonn Titanium S5, Lava Iris 504Q & Xolo Play.
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It is a dual SIM phone lying between Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro & Samsung Galaxy S Duos. Samsung is the most recognized Android brand in India & often it uses its brand name to sell phone at slightly less specifications. Let us see if this phone is worth the name.
Samsung Galaxy Core Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Core GT-I8262
|Processor (CPU)||1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A5|
|Display Type||TFT LCD 16M colors|
|Size & Resolution||4.3”, 480 x 800 px, 217 ppi|
|Camera PrimarySecondary||5MP, AF, LED flash, 480p video recording @30fpsVGA|
|Android OS||4.1.2 JB|
|Memory||8GB internal (User Available: 4.75GB), upto 32GB via microSD|
|Connectivity USB||Micro USB v2.0|
|HSPA+||HSDPA- 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA- 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot & WiFi Direct|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 with A2DP|
|Dimensions||129.3 x 67.6 x 9 mm|
|Sensors||Proximity, Accelerometer, Magnetic Sensor.|
|Dual SIM||Yes, dual standby|
|Online Price||13,250 INR|
Pros and Cons
What does the Retail Package come with?
- The Handset & a 1800mAh Li-Ion battery.
- USB Cable, Charger, Headphones.
- User Manual, Warranty Card
Design: The Galaxy Taste
The phone is made from the same plastic material as its other Galaxy siblings.
The phone is likely to survive a few falls & impacts. The phone might not look rough and tough but it can take a few bumps on its plastic body.
Core has Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is not very beautiful but has many useful functions. No extra efforts were taken to make the phone look different from its other family members.
The UI is smooth & fluid when there are not many applications running. But as you dump more & more apps into the phone, the UI seems to be less responsive & has more lags.
It is equipped with those Samsung features like- Blocking Mode, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Shake to Update, Turn over to mute/pause, Power Saving Mode, Video Trim, Scheduled Message.
Screen and Display
The Galaxy Core sports a 4.3 inch TFT LCD display having a display resolution of 480×800 pixels which translates to an acceptable 217 ppi. Colors are somewhat oversaturated and the sharpness is not so great but it’s more than okay for a phone belonging to this price segment.
We couldn’t test the sunlight legibility thoroughly due to the cloudy weather but we can assure that you’ll be able to read properly in sunlight.
Images could be viewed from almost any horizontal angles, but at the extreme horizons, it would be little difficult to view the images clearly. As the phone has 4.3” display; you can reach the 3 corners of the phone using your single hand.
Sound and Multimedia
Again Samsung has disappointed us with the sound quality of this phone. The audio levels are so low at maximum that you will surely miss some incomings when you are at crowded or noisy place.
The speaker is located next to the camera. So if you’re phone is kept on the bed, on its back, the sound will be very low. The inbuilt music player had basic functionalities like equaliser, shuffle, repeat.
The video player seems to be better than those in the stock android. But it cannot play flv & mkv formats. Moreover, it supports maximum 480p videos; so say goodbye to 720p & 1080p videos.
Galaxy core sports 4.3″ screen which makes single-handed operations possible on the phone in portrait mode. It also has the standard 3 x 4 keyboard.
You can use Voice Dictation if you have internet connectivity.
It has continuous input feature which is better known as Swype. On a personal basis, this feature would be very useful. The auto prediction is there to assist you when you are not using continuous input but it is sometimes over eager to auto-correct the input text and might cause a few typos.
The stock browser has all the features like multiple tabs, bookmarks, save for offline reading, desktop view.
The pinch to zoom & double tap zoom works well. Page scrolling is smooth. It can load flash content. With proper brightness levels, reading huge articles from the web wouldn’t be a strain.
All is good here.
The phone has 1.2 GHz dual core processor coupled with Adreno 203 graphics unit & 1GB RAM which looks good on paper, but not at all good for our, level 3 multi-tasking.
When you use the internal memory via USB, the UI becomes as sluggish as a snail. Core passes our level 2 multitasking test, but fails the level 3 and games like Temple Run 2 & Temple Run Oz started facing lags.
Startup Time– 41.9 secs
Restart Time– 59.4 secs
|Nenamark 2||33.2 fps|
Apps & Games: The Playboy World
Galaxy Core has many bloatwares like Samsung apps, Chat ON, & others which remind you of the “Playboy”- Play Magazine, Play Books, Play Music and Play Movies.
Games like temple run 2 & subway surfer run lag free if you have not loaded your memory heavily.
Samsung Galaxy Core has all those standard connectivity features like GPS (with A-GPS), Bluetooth v3.0 (with A2DP), 3G, USB v2.0, WiFi Hotspot & WiFi Direct. But it misses some of the features like USB OTG which you can easily find in some local brands like Lava Iris 504Q.
Galaxy Core has 1800mAh Li-Ion battery that is less than regular 2000mAh provided by the local brands. But the software optimisations done by the manufacturer makes it much better than those regular ones.
Another problem we found out was that it gets heated up very quickly even after watching video for a short time. It is not unbearable but it shouldn’t happen.
Final VerdictNot worth the Price
If you buy this device, than you can only get the Galaxy design & the standard TouchWiz UI with additional features that Samsung provides. You will lack a better camera & better audio levels in this phone.
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