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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Apps

With the Google Play Store pushing Apple further than ever, and holding off the Windows app store too, apps are very easy to get hold of on the Samsung Galaxy Fame.

Usefully, games and apps in the Store are viewable by Top Free, Top Paid, Top Grossing, Top New Free and Top New Paid groups, helping to filter out the excess rubbish.

Pre-installed apps are kept to a minimum, with Samsung's Game and Apps hubs on offer alongside the standard Google offerings in the way of Google+, Hangouts, Gmail, Google Play, Play Music and YouTube, and alongside the Mapping apps such as Maps, Local and Navigation.

The Samsung Galaxy Fame comes with very little in the way of S-inspired apps that have made themselves famous on larger, more powerful Samsung Galaxy handsets. So there's no S Translate, S Travel, S Suggest or S Voice, but there is the S Planner, which is a fancy name for a calendar app.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Facebook also comes pre-installed, making it easier to set the Samsung Galaxy Fame up from the very start. Twitter, however, must be located and downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Dropbox is also included, in order to help relieve the stress on the tiny 1.95GB of storage available from the 4GB that is initially stated.

When it comes to gaming on the Samsung Galaxy Fame, we must again mention the smaller processor. With modern mobile gaming becoming increasingly popular, a theme has emerged, with graphics that compare with last generation consoles. This means that the Samsung Galaxy Fame struggles.

One of our games of choice is Temple Run 2, because it's highly popular, addictive and simple to play, coupled with half-decent graphics. We were pleased to see that we could download it, but the phone took a while to load it - we timed it at 24.6 seconds before it was playable.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

In order to download and install apps, Samsung also offers its own app and games centres, creatively titled Games Hub and Samsung Apps. We've seen OEMs input their own stores onto phones before, but we have yet to see a massive point in any of them, because the Google Play Store is so well populated. We were also a little disheartened by the fact that there was no video or books store that we have seen on prior devices, though given the phone's tiny screen, we can see why.

We have no reason to suggest why you shouldn't or wouldn't use the Samsung offerings, since the apps are both clear and easy to use. We'd even go so far as to say that the app is better looking than its Play Store compatriots. Unfortunately it doesn't come as heavily populated, or with as many features.

Being less populated and less used also means that apps come with fewer - or in some cases no - user reviews, so you can't tell whether the app is going to be worth splashing your cash on or not.

Maps

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

As you have heard it all before, we won't go into much detail with regards to the Google Maps app. If you've used the desktop version, you'll have a fairly good understanding of how the app works and what it can do.

Being possibly the most well-known Google product, after its search function, Google Maps was always going to get a lot of love and attention. As with every iteration on every device, the application is absolutely superb, if hampered by the really poor processor.

GPS lock on was rather snappy, aided by the GLONASS system.

Google Maps also includes Navigation software. We've always been impressed by Google's effort here, not least because it's free. There are other sat nav apps available from the Google Play Store, of course, but when you're in a spot of bother, Google will easily sort you out.

One feature we are fond of is that it taps into traffic data, and can tell you how long your route is set to take in those conditions. This means if you pull to the side of the road - we're safe drivers - you can easily reroute. We'd have liked active rerouting, but for a free app we're not arguing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.83 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Fame
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time8.66 Hour
Product ModelGT-S6810P
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120.6 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution800 x 480
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density165 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height113.2 mm
Width61.6 mm
Depth11.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Fame GT-S6810P Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Product LineGalaxy Fame
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S6810PWNBTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationThe Samsung Galaxy Fame has everything you need for an incredible mobile experience, including a powerful 1GHz processor and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Stunning performance meets great functionality, with features like Change Display which lets you share what's on your screen with other screens nearby. Meanwhile, Motion UI allows you to use motion commands such as shaking your Fame to update or turning it over to mute audio. And, with Game Hub Lite, you can easily explore a world of exciting premium games.

Stunning Performance
With almost the same power, speed and usability of a computer, Samsung's GALAXY FAME is equipped to do more with ease and finesse. Boasting state-of-the-art technology that has become synonymous with Samsung, the GALAXY FAME impresses with advanced performance that users will be in awe of.

S-Beam
S-Beam lets you share content and transfer files to other S-Beam-enabled mobile phones.

ChatON
Connect all mobile phones through one messenger for texting with buddies as well as sharing videos, images and voice.

Game Hub Lite
Easy access to premium games that take advantage of Samsung's state-of-the-art technology.

Motion UI
Motion UI uses simple intuitive motions to do common tasks.

Cloud Service
Syncs your photos, documents, contacts, and more to all your devices,
storing everything in a cloud to be accessed from anywhere over the web.

Key features:
  • Do it all with 1GHz CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Enjoy a compact, premium and stylish design
  • Share images, video and more to other screens easily
  • Shake to update and use other Motion UI commands
  • Take great shots with the top notch 5MP camera
Limited Warranty2 Year