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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

As with every Android Jelly Bean device since the Google Nexus 7 tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Fame comes with both Google Chrome and a stock internet browser.

We've said it before, and we can say it again, that both browsers are pretty much identical, with the stock Android browser having come on in leaps and bounds since its inception.

Unsurprisingly there is no 4G LTE chip in the Samsung Galaxy Fame. Yes you heard that right. Shame really. Well, not really, because the 1GHz internal chip is able to cope with 3G speeds, but the speeds of 4G would still be hampered by the slower clock speed.

The 1GHz internals really do seem to slow the whole internet experience down, more so than we have seen on other, identically specced handsets. The LG Optimus L5 2, for example, has the same size chipset yet provided a much smoother experience.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

The screen was also a problem when it came to using the Samsung Galaxy Fame. 3.5 inches is just not sufficient for anything other than very basic use, such as light reading on a mobile site, or checking up on your team's scores on a sports site.

When surfing the net (do they still say that?), we'd recommend the standard internet app for once, even though the Chrome app ties in a lot better across multiple devices and platforms.

That said, both browsers can pull in your saved Google bookmarks if you sign in with your Google account, and both browsers offer incognito browsing too.

Creating and accessing bookmarks is thankfully as simple as it always has been. Next to the small URL bar is a banner with a star, which you tap to gain access.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

This brings up the standard bookmarks that come along with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, used to sell you things such as games and ringtones. Below these come the bookmarks imported from your Google account(s).

To create a bookmark, believe it or not, just tap the Create Bookmark bar. This enables you to title your bookmark, and change its save location.

Default is to save it to the Samsung Galaxy Fame only, but you can choose to pop it into any of your Google accounts, so you can access them anywhere.

The bookmarks tab also gives access to your History and saved pages, which collates your browsing history from the past day, and past week. It also intuitively brings up your most visited pages. We don't see a massive need for this last feature, but it might come in handy.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

It's a real shame that we couldn't find a way of getting text reflow to work on the Samsung Galaxy Fame - all the methods we could think of, such as a double-tap on the screen, didn't work. There was a certain level of zooming that worked, but the text didn't reflow itself.

A useful feature of the native browser is offline viewing. This is useful to an extent, because pages are saved as images. While functional, this means that there is no ability to open links within the page, even when your data connection returns.

Standard Android options present on the Samsung Galaxy Fame include the ability to select text easily, by long-pressing on an area of text. This brings up two sliders, marking the beginning and end of highlighted text.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

These can be adjusted so you can select as much or as little text as needed, then tap again to copy the words you've highlighted to the clipboard, to be pasted into another app.

Elsewhere in the settings there are varying toggles, such as the useful ability to turn off image loading and disable plug-ins, which is ideal for those on restrictive data plans.

Settings also highlights the security features on offer, such as password management and location features.

The internet experience on the Samsung Galaxy Fame is generally very poor. It might just have been our review handset, but we found Chrome almost unusable, as every page we went to load just gave us a black screen.

Speeds over Wi-Fi and 3G connections were generally acceptable, although for serious web browsing, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is definitely not the phone for you.

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