Galaxy Star (GT-S5282) Review

Galaxy Star Review

Samsung has got many handsets to offer based on the user’s preference of features as well as the price. We take a look at the lower end of the Android phone spectrum that starts with the Galaxy Star. It’s the only handset from Samsung to run the Android Jelly Bean OS while selling for around Rs. 5,000 (~$85).

Galaxy Star Review

The design of the Galaxy Star is pretty identical to other Samsung Galaxy devices. Samsung has gone with a curvy design that makes it easier to hold in the hands. The phone uses plastic chassis with the front side sporting the 3-inch display with a physical home button and touch-sensitive menu and back buttons. The right-hand side has the power/lock key while the left has the volume. The 3.5mm headphone port is on the top, microUSB port at the bottom and the loudspeaker and 2 megapixel camera at the back.

Galaxy Star Review

The Galaxy Star has a 3-inch display with QVGA resolution (320×240 pixels). The display is nothing to write home about. Viewing angle is okay and found the text to be not as crisp but can thankfully use the ‘increase legitibility’ option under Display settings to enhance the clarity of the text that helps to resolve the issue (at least partially). Galaxy Star lacks the ambient sensor which is why you won’t find it to automatically control the brightness. However, Samsung has given a handy slider in the notification panel to control the brightness instantly without having the user delve deeper in the settings.

Galaxy Star Review

Galaxy Star is a 2G phone that belongs to the Duos (dual-SIM) range. Interestingly, Samsung has adopted the use of microSIM, which could prove cumbersome for some users as they’ll have to exchange their full-sized SIMs with the smaller ones from their respective operators. But also given the fact that even this low-end Android uses the smaller-sized SIM card, all devices going forward will boast the same SIM form factor.

The notification bar shows the active SIM, making it easier for the user to know which number is active at the moment. Furthermore, if you’re using two SIMs, you can switch back and forth from the notification panel or use the Dual SIM Always On feature to receive calls from SIM2 when SIM1 is active and vice-versa. Do note that this feature forwards the call from the inactive SIM to the active one so there maybe additional charges depending on your operator.

Galaxy Star Review

Galaxy Star is powered by a single-core Cortex-A5 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM. While Samsung doesn’t mention the make of the application processor, the phone uses SC6820 chip from Spreadtrum. To cut the long story short, the phone runs Android 4.1.2 fairly well. Games like Temple Run 2, Stick Tennis run satisfactorily on the device while multimedia duties are handled by the integrated music player, video player and FM Radio app.

Galaxy Star Review

Galaxy Star Review

Galaxy Star Review

The camera is a 2MP fixed focus camera and offer decent picture quality but suffers horribly in low light situations. There are various camera modes to select from and even supports video recording at 320×240 resolution.


Galaxy Star Sample Shots

When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy Star has a 1200mAh battery but with moderate use on a single SIM, the phone easily lasts for almost two days.

Galaxy Star goes for under Rs. 5,000 at some retail stores and given the price range it is being offered, the phone gives a decent Android Jelly Bean experience to a first time smartphone user. The screen, no GPS chip and the camera could be considered as negatives but the battery life is a plus, which is the bane of many Android devices today.

You may or may not get future Android upgrades on this device but Samsung is actively working on the device, which was evident from the two stability updates we received during our testing of the device.

    • arif ali saiyed October 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      I had bought this phone because it was the feature reach and
      budget phone in 5k INR range.

      One of the most inexpensive android phone, but within first
      3-4 months itself i have realized that its so bad.

      1) Charger shipped with this stopped working after a month
      or so.

      2) Mobile would go
      white screen, entire screen will be white screen, no menu nothing will be
      visible, tapping any of the button or screen wouldn’t make any difference. if any phone is coming at this time, there
      is no way you can received this call. the
      only way out is switch off the phone and restart after a gap of 10-15 minutes,
      if you dont give gap issue may reoccure.

      3) ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS : one I received a call
      from home ( i was called from BSNL landline) that Phone is making huge noise
      like a rajdoot motor cycle. my wife on
      the phone explained that phone had low battery and the moment she plugged in
      for charging, it started making huge noise like some big old time motor bike.
      she immediately unplugged the charger, and it started getting very hot
      temperature was increasing. she tried to remove the battery but dint succeed.
      thats when she called I felt as if I am bomb squad member and have to help
      defuse a bomb especially when I am a few kilo meters away and bomb is just
      about to blast in 30-45 seconds. My family’s life was on risk. I asked my wife
      to keep phone out of the phone and remain inside and then asked to call
      neighboor for help. I also considered calling police for the same but by then
      courageous neighbor came and removed the battery and story was closed. we
      recharged after 6 hours and restarted the phone and it s working fine since
      last 2 days , but I am scared of carry a mobile that can burst any time.

      Samsung please help. you can reach me at arif[dot]ali[dot]syed[at]gmail[dot]com or

      Reply
    • w October 31, 2013, 12:26 pm

      why

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 11:59 am

      Its the worst phone i have ever experienced in my life . even the samsung agency people are saying its just a base model phone of samsung ,need to expect such quality only .

      NEED TO SAY ONE THING TO SAMSUNG ” ONCE WE SUBSTITUTE THE WORD MOBILE PHONES WITH NOKIA , THEY WERE THE TOPPEST , AND NOW ITS ALMOST SAMSUNG . BUT IF SAMSUNG IS NOT ASHAMED OF CHEATING CUSTOMERS SOON THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE A WAY. I TOO HAD A 6 MONTH OLD STAR GT S5282 , ITS NOW GOOD FOR NOTHING

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

      people please beware , i have shocking experience from samsung through gt s5282, the agency people are very cunning , have to be very alert pls

      Reply
    • arif ali saiyed October 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      I had bought this phone because it was the feature reach and
      budget phone in 5k INR range.

      One of the most inexpensive android phone, but within first
      3-4 months itself i have realized that its so bad.

      1) Charger shipped with this stopped working after a month
      or so.

      2) Mobile would go
      white screen, entire screen will be white screen, no menu nothing will be
      visible, tapping any of the button or screen wouldn’t make any difference. if any phone is coming at this time, there
      is no way you can received this call. the
      only way out is switch off the phone and restart after a gap of 10-15 minutes,
      if you dont give gap issue may reoccure.

      3) ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS : one I received a call
      from home ( i was called from BSNL landline) that Phone is making huge noise
      like a rajdoot motor cycle. my wife on
      the phone explained that phone had low battery and the moment she plugged in
      for charging, it started making huge noise like some big old time motor bike.
      she immediately unplugged the charger, and it started getting very hot
      temperature was increasing. she tried to remove the battery but dint succeed.
      thats when she called I felt as if I am bomb squad member and have to help
      defuse a bomb especially when I am a few kilo meters away and bomb is just
      about to blast in 30-45 seconds. My family’s life was on risk. I asked my wife
      to keep phone out of the phone and remain inside and then asked to call
      neighboor for help. I also considered calling police for the same but by then
      courageous neighbor came and removed the battery and story was closed. we
      recharged after 6 hours and restarted the phone and it s working fine since
      last 2 days , but I am scared of carry a mobile that can burst any time.

      Samsung please help. you can reach me at arif[dot]ali[dot]syed[at]gmail[dot]com or

      Reply
    • w October 31, 2013, 12:26 pm

      why

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 11:59 am

      Its the worst phone i have ever experienced in my life . even the samsung agency people are saying its just a base model phone of samsung ,need to expect such quality only .

      NEED TO SAY ONE THING TO SAMSUNG ” ONCE WE SUBSTITUTE THE WORD MOBILE PHONES WITH NOKIA , THEY WERE THE TOPPEST , AND NOW ITS ALMOST SAMSUNG . BUT IF SAMSUNG IS NOT ASHAMED OF CHEATING CUSTOMERS SOON THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE A WAY. I TOO HAD A 6 MONTH OLD STAR GT S5282 , ITS NOW GOOD FOR NOTHING

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

      people please beware , i have shocking experience from samsung through gt s5282, the agency people are very cunning , have to be very alert pls

      Reply
    • arif ali saiyed October 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      I had bought this phone because it was the feature reach and
      budget phone in 5k INR range.

      One of the most inexpensive android phone, but within first
      3-4 months itself i have realized that its so bad.

      1) Charger shipped with this stopped working after a month
      or so.

      2) Mobile would go
      white screen, entire screen will be white screen, no menu nothing will be
      visible, tapping any of the button or screen wouldn’t make any difference. if any phone is coming at this time, there
      is no way you can received this call. the
      only way out is switch off the phone and restart after a gap of 10-15 minutes,
      if you dont give gap issue may reoccure.

      3) ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS : one I received a call
      from home ( i was called from BSNL landline) that Phone is making huge noise
      like a rajdoot motor cycle. my wife on
      the phone explained that phone had low battery and the moment she plugged in
      for charging, it started making huge noise like some big old time motor bike.
      she immediately unplugged the charger, and it started getting very hot
      temperature was increasing. she tried to remove the battery but dint succeed.
      thats when she called I felt as if I am bomb squad member and have to help
      defuse a bomb especially when I am a few kilo meters away and bomb is just
      about to blast in 30-45 seconds. My family’s life was on risk. I asked my wife
      to keep phone out of the phone and remain inside and then asked to call
      neighboor for help. I also considered calling police for the same but by then
      courageous neighbor came and removed the battery and story was closed. we
      recharged after 6 hours and restarted the phone and it s working fine since
      last 2 days , but I am scared of carry a mobile that can burst any time.

      Samsung please help. you can reach me at arif[dot]ali[dot]syed[at]gmail[dot]com or

      Reply
    • w October 31, 2013, 12:26 pm

      why

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 11:59 am

      Its the worst phone i have ever experienced in my life . even the samsung agency people are saying its just a base model phone of samsung ,need to expect such quality only .

      NEED TO SAY ONE THING TO SAMSUNG ” ONCE WE SUBSTITUTE THE WORD MOBILE PHONES WITH NOKIA , THEY WERE THE TOPPEST , AND NOW ITS ALMOST SAMSUNG . BUT IF SAMSUNG IS NOT ASHAMED OF CHEATING CUSTOMERS SOON THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE A WAY. I TOO HAD A 6 MONTH OLD STAR GT S5282 , ITS NOW GOOD FOR NOTHING

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

      people please beware , i have shocking experience from samsung through gt s5282, the agency people are very cunning , have to be very alert pls

      Reply
    • arif ali saiyed October 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      I had bought this phone because it was the feature reach and
      budget phone in 5k INR range.

      One of the most inexpensive android phone, but within first
      3-4 months itself i have realized that its so bad.

      1) Charger shipped with this stopped working after a month
      or so.

      2) Mobile would go
      white screen, entire screen will be white screen, no menu nothing will be
      visible, tapping any of the button or screen wouldn’t make any difference. if any phone is coming at this time, there
      is no way you can received this call. the
      only way out is switch off the phone and restart after a gap of 10-15 minutes,
      if you dont give gap issue may reoccure.

      3) ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS : one I received a call
      from home ( i was called from BSNL landline) that Phone is making huge noise
      like a rajdoot motor cycle. my wife on
      the phone explained that phone had low battery and the moment she plugged in
      for charging, it started making huge noise like some big old time motor bike.
      she immediately unplugged the charger, and it started getting very hot
      temperature was increasing. she tried to remove the battery but dint succeed.
      thats when she called I felt as if I am bomb squad member and have to help
      defuse a bomb especially when I am a few kilo meters away and bomb is just
      about to blast in 30-45 seconds. My family’s life was on risk. I asked my wife
      to keep phone out of the phone and remain inside and then asked to call
      neighboor for help. I also considered calling police for the same but by then
      courageous neighbor came and removed the battery and story was closed. we
      recharged after 6 hours and restarted the phone and it s working fine since
      last 2 days , but I am scared of carry a mobile that can burst any time.

      Samsung please help. you can reach me at arif[dot]ali[dot]syed[at]gmail[dot]com or

      Reply
    • w October 31, 2013, 12:26 pm

      why

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 11:59 am

      Its the worst phone i have ever experienced in my life . even the samsung agency people are saying its just a base model phone of samsung ,need to expect such quality only .

      NEED TO SAY ONE THING TO SAMSUNG ” ONCE WE SUBSTITUTE THE WORD MOBILE PHONES WITH NOKIA , THEY WERE THE TOPPEST , AND NOW ITS ALMOST SAMSUNG . BUT IF SAMSUNG IS NOT ASHAMED OF CHEATING CUSTOMERS SOON THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE A WAY. I TOO HAD A 6 MONTH OLD STAR GT S5282 , ITS NOW GOOD FOR NOTHING

      Reply
    • Anoop c m December 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

      people please beware , i have shocking experience from samsung through gt s5282, the agency people are very cunning , have to be very alert pls

      Reply