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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Get ready young'uns - it's got NFC too

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is another Galaxy handset designed to sit towards the bottom of the range, competing in the challenging budget smartphone market. This leaves it to play against the likes of the LG Optimus L3 2, the Nokia Lumia 520 and Samsung's other offering, the Samsung Galaxy Young.

As the song goes, we looked, and now we're going to tell you what we saw. Given time though, we really don't see the Samsung Galaxy Fame making us forget the rest.

We liked

If we see it, we like it. We're talking about microSD card support. We put it in our "we liked" section a lot, but that is purely because it is omitted from so many modern smartphones. Having support for microSD cards really boosts the internal storage, of which the Samsung Galaxy Fame has very little.

We also like the TouchWiz interface. It has got a lot better since its early days, increasing to become a highly usable and intuitive UI. It gives Android Jelly Bean a really nice feel, being simple enough for novices, yet with enough features to satisfy more seasoned users too.

The design is also very nice. It sits nicely in the hand, is easy to use one-handed, and fits very well into the existing Samsung Galaxy range, being very much the baby brother to the flagship phones. The plastic feel suits the Samsung Galaxy Fame too, given the much smaller price tag.

NFC is also making its way onto the lower-end phones, so it is nice to see that the Samsung Galaxy Fame is another handset that includes it even at the low end cost.

We disliked

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Our biggest bugbear is the processor. We've used phones with a single-core 1GHz processor before, and it wasn't too long ago that they were gracing the likes of the HTC Desire or the Samsung Galaxy S.

They have since popped up in the cheaper devices and been fine, yet the Samsung Galaxy Fame really seems to suffer. Loading the camera app from the lock screen is the biggest culprit, with it taking more than a few seconds to kick into gear.

The tiny screen is also a problem. It is low resolution, has no auto brightness feature, and results in a tiny keyboard. This made it very fiddly to use, and the autocorrect function is not really up to the standard we have come to expect from a modern smartphone.

The camera is also really poor. The 5MP sensor takes decent enough photos in the right lighting conditions, but on a bright sunny day, light areas lose a lot of detail. Video recording is also really poor, with the 640 x 480 VGA resolution not enough for filming anything of note.

Final verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is not a phone that will live forever, and it hasn't quite learned to fly. It is clear from the very outset that Samsung has used the ingredients to create a lower-end smartphone, such as the smaller internal chipset, the smaller screen and the low internal storage.

In doing so the Samsung Galaxy Fame, in a continuation of the Samsung Galaxy range's design, feels a little underpowered. The feel of the Samsung Galaxy Fame, with the TouchWiz interface and external design, is reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, and makes you want to see it as a more expensive handset.

The smaller chipset generally nipped along fairly well when swiping between home screens, but when waking up to the camera or loading slightly larger apps, the Samsung Galaxy Fame struggled really quite noticeably, to the point where we were feeling rather frustrated.

We can see the Samsung Galaxy Fame selling a fair few units, especially given its super low price tag, and we don't see that as a bad thing, given that the majority of users will likely be young, and wanting a way of connecting to Facebook, but for anything more substantial, the handset really struggles.

First reviewed: June 2013

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