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

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Samsung phones often make a grand entry into the market when released. One of their features is usually a great camera. This model is an exception, however. Released in 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Stardust is one of the brand’s budget smartphones with the most basic features. However, the device does perform quite well with whatever little it has.

What Exactly Do You Get?

Not a lot. This is essentially a compact phone, easy to use with one hand. 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

1.2 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon processor

Display size

4.0” (102 mm) LCD

Pixel density

235 pixels

Battery

1500mAh, Standby time of up to 11 days

Main camera

5MP, no flash

Front camera

0.3MP

Headphone Jack

3.5mm headphone jack

Other features

Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and 3G enabled

The Pros

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

  • Complementary features – The processor is dual-core, RAM is quite low, even the screen size seems small compared to the latest devices. But all of these work well together. The low RAM does not slow down the phone since the processor can operate within that limit. Thanks to these features, the phone does not require a lot of power to function. Hence, the small battery also works just fine.
  • Plastic body – It may not look that great, but the plastic body 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 a great Tracfone package with it too.
  • Supports up to 8 different audio file formats – This may not seem like a big deal, but it was in 2014. 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.
  • Weighs just 123g – This is super light!
  • 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 phones these days, it has a removable battery.

The Cons

Certain features of the phone were a little mediocre:

  • Plastic body: Yes, this can be both positive and negative. The plastic body does make the phone 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 1500mAh is just enough to power this phone for half a day. This is because the system does not need much power to operate. However, this device is not for heavy usage.
  • Camera: The 5MP camera is moderate at best. Pictures are not always clear and the lens does not focus very well. Considering the price and date of release, it is still acceptable.

Final Thoughts

Let’s be honest, the specifications are not that great. It has the basic features of a smartphone and makes a good budget device. However, many other brands provide phones with more features at lower rates. To say it’s worth your money might be a stretch.

It has been 5 years since its release date, and the phone is no longer available on Amazon. However, you can find it on eBay:

If you’ve happened to use this phone and have enjoyed its special features, do leave a comment below.


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