Samsung Galaxy Stardust Review: Not Made For Stars [2020 Update]

Released in 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Stardust is one of the budget smartphones of this brand with the most basic features. It is not a high performer and is definitely not for everyone. However, the device does quite well with whatever little it has.

What Exactly Do You Get?

Not a lot. This is essentially a compact phone with a full touch screen and is easy to use with one hand. It has a simple design with the Power button and volume buttons on opposite sides, and a physical Home button at the bottom. At the bottom you can find the charging port and headphone jack. The earpiece at the top doubles as a speaker, which does not help the sound quality.

To be honest, there are no major highlights in it. We have listed everything you need to know in this Samsung Galaxy Stardust review below:

Device Specifications:


Dimensions

4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches (122 x 63.5 x 11 mm)

Body

Plastic

Colors

Black (looks grey-ish)

Operating system

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (no upgrade available)

RAM

1GB

Internal memory

8GB, which is expandable up to 64GB

Processor

1.2GHz Dual-core Snapdragon processor

Display size

3.97 in (100.8 mm) LCD

Resolution 

400 x 800 pixels

Battery

1500mAh, Standby time of up to 11 days

Main camera

5MP, no flash

Front camera

0.3MP

Headphone Jack

Yes, 3.5 mm

Network and connectivity

Bluetooth, GPS, location services, Wi-Fi and 3G enabled

Samsung Stardust

The Pros

Sounds dull so far? Here are some features on the Samsung Galaxy Stardust could spark your interest:

  • Complementary features 

The processor is dual-core, RAM is quite low, even the screen size is small compared to the latest devices. The pixel density is also low on the touchscreen display. But all of these work well together. The low 1GB RAM does not slow down the phone since the 1.2 GHz processor can operate within that limit. Thanks to these, the device does not require a lot of power to function. Hence, the small battery also works just fine.

  • Plastic body

The Galaxy Stardust may not look that great, but the plastic design is very durable. You don’t have to worry about damaging it if you are a phone-dropper.

  • Affordable

Even when it was released, it cost a little over $100. Surprisingly the price has not fallen much, but this is still cheap for a smartphone. What you get now is a Galaxy Stardust Tracfone (they are the only company that offers this set). This means you get great a Tracfone data package with it too - they have some great deals.

Supports up to 8 different audio file formats (including MP3): This may not seem like a big deal, but it was in 2014 (at the time of its launch). With phones initially only playing 2 or 3 different formats, you would have to convert your files if you wanted to listen to music. This solves that problem.

  • Weight

It is just 123g - super light! The small screen size makes it easy to operate with one hand.

  • Removable battery

Since the battery life is not great, you can carry a spare if you like. It is easy to remove the back cover and replace the battery. Also, if your battery gets damaged somehow, you don’t have to dispose of the phone. Unlike most high-end devices these days, it has a removable Lithium ion battery.

  • Expandable memory

Since the 8 GB internal memory is not that large, expanding the storage with a microSD card is definitely a good idea.


The Cons

Certain features were a little mediocre:

  • Android OS update

The Galaxy Stardust is not expected to get further Android OS updates. So in the future, you may not be able to use many apps simply because the outdated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not support them.

  • Plastic body

Yes, this feature can be both positive and negative. The plastic does make the smartphone look substandard and the cover scratches easily. But if you’re not a fan of the metallic frames and glass backs seen in smartphones today, you might like this one.

  • Battery life

The 1500 Li-ion mAh is just enough to power this phone for half a day, and that's just talk time. Charging doesn't take very long either. This is because the system does not need much power to operate. However, this thing is not for heavy usage.

  • Camera

The 5 MP camera is moderate at best. The front camera is as good as VGA. Pictures are not always clear and the lens does not focus very well. You get the basic result of a color photo. Considering the price and date of release, you can't really expect a lot.

Final Thoughts

Let’s be honest, the name is not justified. Not in 2020, at least. Considering how far the Samsung Galaxy range has come, these older things are becoming obsolete.

The Samsung Galaxy Stardust has the basic features of a smartphone and makes a good budget device. However, many other brands provide smartphones with more features at lower prices - Samsung products come with a brand value that you pay for. To say it’s worth your money might be a stretch. You will know once you read some user reviews.


It has been over 5 years since its release date. There is no saying if any stores are still selling them, but this smartphone is no longer available on Amazon. However, you can find it on eBay:


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