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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

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For a phone that comes in significantly cheaper than some of its higher-end rivals - such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Huawei Ascend G510, Sony Xperia J and LG Optimus L5 2 - the Samsung Galaxy Fame also packs in a 5MP rear-facing sensor, complete with a front-facing camera that was notably omitted on the latter of the aforementioned rivals.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Being able to launch the camera from the lock screen initially seems to be a major bonus, one that seems to be making its way over to many smartphone operating systems and interfaces.

The lack of internal grunt is a major problem, however. We swiped to unlock to the camera, and were given the home screen, leading us to believe that we hadn't opened the camera, but then a second later the camera opened.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

This is a really frustrating problem. We've seen that it takes a few seconds on other smartphones, but it really did seem to take an age to load the camera app. That funny cat pose, baby's first steps and that pretty butterfly will have long gone before you even get the camera to focus.

The lack of a dedicated shutter button for the camera app is also an annoyance, but one that we have come to accept, since it is so often omitted on smartphone cameras.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

We were very happy to find that customisable autofocus points can be selected by tapping on the screen, and we found that the volume rocker can double up as a zoom changer.

There isn't a massive level of zoom available on the Samsung Galaxy Fame - it just goes up to 2x. We know that a digital zoom is hardly worth having anyway, because it reduces the image resolution, but for those who like to use it, only zooming in to 2x is really poor.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

In terms of features, the Samsung Galaxy Fame camera has just about all you would expect - a flash, image size, geotagging, three colour effects (black and white, sepia and negative), scene modes, ISO, white balance and a timer.

Generally we found that these features aren't of much use on phone cameras, tending to be for the more serious photographer - someone very unlikely to use the Samsung Galaxy Fame.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Samsung does provide different shooting modes, such as Single Shot, Panorama, Share Shot and Smile Shot. We see the Single Shot being the one you'll most frequently use, because Share Shot shares your photos via Wi-Fi direct connections (something that is only really prevalent on other Samsung Galaxy devices), and Smile Shot is dedicated for portrait pictures.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review
Camera flash lights up dark areas very well. This image has a slight grain to it, and contrast levels are high.

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Samsung Galaxy Fame review
Shot on a bright day, colours seem a little washed out, with the sky being very blue. Detail is lost in brighter areas.

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Samsung Galaxy Fame review
The digital zoom is very poor, providing negligible differences.

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Shaded areas are OK but lighter areas are very bright, with little to no detail. Colours overall seem washed out, with little detail on show.

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Again there's very little detail in the brighter areas. There is high contrast, with edges of text looking a little blurred.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fame's camera is really designed for swapping obligatory cat photos with friends.

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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