Samsung Galaxy R review

Build and Hardware

The i9103 is build in traditional samsung fashion, making “plastics feel like metals” look, which makes the device look great and feel great in the hand. But what makes it better is the fact that its styled almost along the lines of the Galaxy S2, which is Samsung’s Flagship. The overall use of materials and build quality is good if not better than the S2.

In terms of Hardware Specs the Galaxy R fails to stand up to serious competition that the S2 gives.

Samsung Galaxy R I9103                                 
Samsung Galaxy S 2 I9100                                                                  
Operating FreqGSM – 900, 1800GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OSAndroid v2.3 (Gingerbread)Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
User InterfaceTouchWizTouchWiz 4.0
Processor1 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core
GraphicsULP GeForceMali-400 MP
TypeSuper Clear LCDSuper AMOLED Plus
Size4.2 Inches4.27 Inches
ResolutionWVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels800 x 480 Pixels
Colors16 M16 M
Primary Camera5 Megapixel8 Megapixel
Secondary Camera VGA2 Megapixel
Video Recording1280 x 7201920 x 1080, 30 fps
HD RecordingHDHD, Full HD
Other Camera FeaturesGeo-tagging, Smile Detection, Auto Focus, Image EditorAuto Focus, Shot Mode, Photo Effects, White Balance, Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection
ZoomDigital Zoom
Size66 x 125 x 9.5 mm66.1 x 125.3 x 8.4 mm
Weight135 g116 g
TypeLi-lon, 1650 mAh1650 mAh
Talktime18 hrs (2G), 8 hrs (3G)
Standby Time710 hrs (2G), 610 hrs (3G)
Memory and Storage
Internal8 GB16 GB
Expandable Memory SlotMicro SD, upto 32 GBMicro SD, upto 32 GB


Display, Camera and Multimedia

The device is after all a good spec’d phone, so expect great performance in terms of the display and sound quality. The display is not as vivid as the one on the S2 simply because of the lack of an AMOLED screen. The speakerphone we found was a bit more organized with its audio quality.

The device features a 4.2 Inch SLCD which appears to be washed out in front of the high intensity black of the S2′s Amoled display. Although both rank in at the same resolution the S2 has a slightly larger 4.27 inch screen. Watching videos and browsing websites is great in the combination of the internal hardware and external display. The device fares well agains competition like the Optimus 2X , but then again if you can spend a couple thousand and get the S2 why wouldn’t you?


Phone and Battery

So here is the segment where there is an actual improvement. The earpiece is exceptionally clear, and sounds great when on a phone call, the mic pics up your audio without the effect of any breakage and overall network connectivity is robust.

The device also has a greatly improved battery life over the S2, with a decent talk time of 5-7 hours depending on usage , we were pretty impressed to see that the device delivered upto 24 hours of music playback.


OS and UI

The device runs Android 2.3.5 and atop that is the TouchWiz UI from Samsung, now the interface is the same on the galaxy S2, but somehow it looked really dull on this device, possibly because of color usage and definitely because of the SLCD. the UI also adds a large variety of good widgets which make the daily usage of the phone a wonderful experience.


The device is a great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S2, but not at this price range(Available for Rs. 27,000). It offers far less features to justify just a 1.5-2k price gap between the R and the S2. Our recommendation is DON’T BUY THE GALAXY R, instead get the S2 or some similar device from another manufacturer.