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Samsung Galaxy Fame review

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

Battery life

When we were told that the Samsung Galaxy Fame was only being graced with a 1300mAh battery, we admit we scoffed a little. Dealing with flagship phones with massive screens must have left us with the idea that massive batteries were the in thing.

When compared alongside the 1540mAh battery offered by the LG Optimus L3 2, the 1300mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy Fame fades a little in comparison. In truth, with a tiny screen and a lower clocked processor, 1300mAh should be more than sufficient. We did find ourselves leaving the screen on maximum brightness most of the time, because the lack of an auto brightness feature meant that we forgot to turn it down.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

With the small screen and the low powered processor, the whole use of the phone is geared towards stretching out a longer battery life. Media consumption and game playing were kept to a minimum as the Samsung Galaxy Fame struggled to cope with anything too strenuous, although it coped admirably with our need to update social media accounts and send messages to all of our friends.

When we did throw some gaming in there, we have to say were left wanting. We threw 13 minutes of Temple Run 2 gaming its way, and we found that it ate 10% of the battery. This left us feeling a little let down, especially given that we can see the Samsung Galaxy Fame in the hands of teens - the people who are most likely to play games.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Samsung's TouchWiz interface has meant for a while that there is access to quick settings via the notifications bar. This is a feature that we have long admired, since it enables you to turn off Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and other such battery draining settings at will.

There was, however, no way of viewing the battery percentage in the notifications bar, like we have seen before. It might only be a minor niggle, but we have always found that the little battery icon is never entirely accurate, often showing that there seems to be more charge than there is.

Within the Samsung Galaxy Fame's setting menu, it is also possible to change the duration of the backlight on the capacitive touch buttons, as well as being able to change the screen-on duration. It's only a minor feature, but every little helps.

The 1300mAh battery offering is by no means outstanding. If you intend to use the Samsung Galaxy Fame for gaming (we don't get why you would) or, in reality, anything other than light web browsing and messaging your mates, the Samsung Galaxy Fame starts to struggle, especially in comparison to the LG Optimus L3 2.

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Fame comes packed with everything that you could imagine a phone at the bottom end of the market would.

3G/HSUPA is supported to HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps, along with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth with A2DP support and GPS/GLONASS.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Wi-Fi Direct, which has already been available across Samsung Galaxy phones for a while, is also available.

For those who are unaware of what GLONASS is, it's a Russian developed, slightly less accurate location system, that we've heard is necessary to avoid import taxes to Russia. It does mean that location tracking is even faster.

Samsung Galaxy Fame review

Connection to a PC is done via the supplied micro USB cable, with file transfer available via mass storage or via digital camera software. Mass storage is the easiest, so you can hook up the Samsung Galaxy Fame as a standard USB storage device for dragging and dropping files. On the Galaxy Fame, Samsung has provided a file manager, meaning that any files you put onto it are easily located.

Samsung also has its proprietary Kies software, should you want a desktop manager for your Galaxy Fame. We've used Kies before, and it's not a bad piece of software. We do think, though, that it is far easier to just drag and drop files using Windows Explorer. Kies is usually necessary for software updates, but we don't see the Samsung Galaxy Fame being treated to any, given its really low price tag.

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