The Galaxy Pocket S5300 from Samsung is a single SIM android phone powered by an 832 MHz processor and loaded with important features. Samsung calls it a budget phone but is the price tag of under Rs. 7,000 worth it, let’s find out.

Hardware
The Pocket definitely comes with a better computing power thanks to the 832 MHz ARM11 processor.  This handset comes with 3 GB internal memory which again is really good, more space for apps. The android 2.3 gingerbread OS runs smoothly without lags. Samsung Galaxy is light weight at 97 grams with a thickness of 12 mm. There is built in loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack for connecting headphones. The pocket has got that typical Samsung look with curved edges and 3 buttons on the front side.

Display
Being a low cost android handset, you cannot expect much from the display. The capacitive touchscreen display (multi touch supported) is 2.8 inches with QVGA resolution (240 x 320 pixels with 143 ppi). If you have used a higher resolution mobile before the display quality will be disappointing. Though the quality is not that bad but it’s nowhere when compared with a slightly higher resolution. The Pocket comes loaded with the TouchWiz UX user interface.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket single SIM android smartphone

Connectivity
This handset supports 3G (HSDPA 3.6 Mbps; HSUPA), EDGE, GPRS and Wi-Fi. You can share 3G using Wi-Fi as hotspot or via USB tethering.

Memory
As motioned before this smartphone though compact is really powerful. It comes with 3 GB internal memory with microSD slot for adding extra storage of up to 32 GB.

Camera
There is a modest 2 MP camera capable of clicking pictures in 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution. Geo-Tagging is supported and videos can also be recorded in QVGA format @ 15 fps. There is no secondary camera. Since this is a Samsungs brand the camera quality will be better but do not expect too much from a 2 MP resolution. Camera features are 2x digital zoom, smile / panorama/ shot mode, photo effects and white balance.

Multimedia
The media player supports MP4, MP3, eAAC+, H.264/H.263 and WAV files. There is an FM radio receiver with RDS support.

Additional features
Other features included are a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Bluetooth 3.0, mobile tracker, Java support via MIDP emulator, SNS integration, Video and image editor, document viewer, Google services and compass / accelerometer sensors.

Battery performance
The 1200 mAh Li-ion battery gives a standby time of about a month on 2G network and 20 days when using the 3G network. The talktime is up to 5 hours on 3G and 17 hours on 2G networks. As you can see the battery life is really impressive.

Price : Samsung Galaxy Pocket S5300 is selling for Rs. 6,990 with 1 year warranty.

Review
This is a very good android phone with a 3 GB memory and a camera of 2 MP resolution. However it is the price factor that it seems is on the higher side.

If you compare the Galaxy Pocket with Micromax A50 there is a price difference of Rs. 2000 which is too high. Pocket handset has a slight advantage but it’s not worth the price, at less than 2000 you get a dual SIM phone, so the A50 wins comfortably here.

Now if you are a brand conscious user and do not believe in the Micromax brand this handset is a good choice but then there is a Samsung Galaxy Y for just Rs. 500 extra. It is the same with less memory but with a larger 3 inch screen. However the pixel density is 133 ppi. So Pocket is still the best choice.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Dear Sir,
    i have samsung s-5302 phone with 832 MHz ARM 11..why don’t i can play subway surf & other games like this…plzzz help..:-( thnk u

  2. Thanks for the write up…nice one…
    my problem is dat my Samsung galaxy pocket keeps behaving like a java phone……for instance, if i am browsing wit the opera mini, and i go over to my whattsapp or 2go to chat, wen i return to opera mini, it would av gone off..,i will then av to reload whatever page iI was browsing…
    this also happens whenever i make or receive a phone call while browsing or using my 2go or whatsapp application…..dey go off and i av to log in again…
    please is there a solution to this..
    Thanks

  3. hi Gogi!I have 3 questions to ask. 1.) can it run pretty heavy games such as plants vs zombies, sims or need for speed? Because I'm more for playing great quality games on the go. 2.) can I watch movies on its web surfer or youtube videos and how is it's video streaming performance? 3.) can I open many apps and not going to have to close some of them for performance reason? thanks a lot! I hope to see your answer soon!

    1. Roy, you should be able to play many games, but not heavy games this is a low end phone. Yes you can watch movies and surf but the resolution is also too less will not be a very good experience. Video streaming no issue it has 3G or you can even use Wi-Fi. You can open multiple apps.

  4. can I record my voice with Pocket, and save it on USB, and sent it to somebody through email?

    1. The LG Optimus L3 has bigger screen and comes with proximity sensor and 3 MP camera. L3 is much better as compared with Samsung Pocket. The display resolution is the same on both. Also note 240 x 320 resolution on these camera are good but not the best. You will see pixels around the image / text.

        1. Yes, it supports MP4/H.264/H.263 and audio – MP3/WAV/eAAC+. You can play HD movies after converting it to MP4 format.

    1. Specs are somewhat similar, but Galaxy Pocket has an advantage, its better than L3

  5. hi gogi,
    please tell me the best android phone under 8000rs. I like branded phones so please tell me options except micromax, karbonn etc.

    1. Ankit,
      Samsung Galaxy Y S5360, Galaxy Y pro and Duos are the best. All have same processor and most features are same. But screen resolution is 320 x 240 pixels – which is kind of with grainy pixels. The next option is HTC Explorer with a better screen resolution but a lower computing power, also price is just below 9,000. So if resolution is not an issue go for Galaxy Y S5360, the Y pro and duos are again over Rs. 8,000.

  6. Does Samsung Galaxy S 5300 Pocket mobile support:
    pdf , xls , excel, sis, zip?

    1. Yes any android phone would support that. This phone comes with pre-installed document viewer. You can also download many such office apps from google play.