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The Samsung Galaxy R is the company’s attempt at making their success story with the Samsung Galaxy Slcd move over to the higher segment. Read on through to understand why we don’t recommend this device.


Build and Hardware

The i9103 is build in traditional samsung fashion, making “plastics feel like metals” look, which makes the device look great and feel great in the hand. But what makes it better is the fact that its styled almost along the lines of the Galaxy S2, which is Samsung’s Flagship. The overall use of materials and build quality is good if not better than the S2.

In terms of Hardware Specs the Galaxy R fails to stand up to serious competition that the S2 gives.

Samsung Galaxy R I9103
Samsung Galaxy S 2 I9100 
Operating Freq GSM – 900, 1800 GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100    
OS Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)    
User Interface TouchWiz TouchWiz 4.0    
Processor 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core    
Graphics ULP GeForce Mali-400 MP    
Type Super Clear LCD Super AMOLED Plus    
Size 4.2 Inches 4.27 Inches    
Resolution WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels 800 x 480 Pixels    
Colors 16 M 16 M    
Primary Camera 5 Megapixel 8 Megapixel    
Secondary Camera  VGA 2 Megapixel    
Flash LED LED    
Video Recording 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080, 30 fps    
HD Recording HD HD, Full HD    
Other Camera Features Geo-tagging, Smile Detection, Auto Focus, Image Editor Auto Focus, Shot Mode, Photo Effects, White Balance, Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection    
Zoom   Digital Zoom    
Size 66 x 125 x 9.5 mm 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.4 mm    
Weight 135 g 116 g    
Type Li-lon, 1650 mAh 1650 mAh    
Talktime   18 hrs (2G), 8 hrs (3G)    
Standby Time   710 hrs (2G), 610 hrs (3G)    
Memory and Storage
Internal 8 GB 16 GB    
Expandable Memory Slot Micro SD, upto 32 GB Micro SD, upto 32 GB


Display, Camera and Multimedia

The device is after all a good spec’d phone, so expect great performance in terms of the display and sound quality. The display is not as vivid as the one on the S2 simply because of the lack of an AMOLED screen. The speakerphone we found was a bit more organized with its audio quality. 

The device features a 4.2 Inch SLCD which appears to be washed out in front of the high intensity black of the S2’s Amoled display. Although both rank in at the same resolution the S2 has a slightly larger 4.27 inch screen. Watching videos and browsing websites is great in the combination of the internal hardware and external display. The device fares well agains competition like the Optimus 2X , but then again if you can spend a couple thousand and get the S2 why wouldn’t you?


Phone and Battery

So here is the segment where there is an actual improvement. The earpiece is exceptionally clear, and sounds great when on a phone call, the mic pics up your audio without the effect of any breakage and overall network connectivity is robust. 

The device also has a greatly improved battery life over the S2, with a decent talk time of 5-7 hours depending on usage , we were pretty impressed to see that the device delivered upto 24 hours of music playback.


OS and UI

The device runs Android 2.3.5 and atop that is the TouchWiz UI from Samsung, now the interface is the same on the galaxy S2, but somehow it looked really dull on this device, possibly because of color usage and definitely because of the SLCD. the UI also adds a large variety of good widgets which make the daily usage of the phone a wonderful experience. 


The device is a great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S2, but not at this price range(Available for Rs. 27,000). It offers far less features to justify just a 1.5-2k price gap between the R and the S2. Our recommendation is DON’T BUY THE GALAXY R, instead get the S2 or some similar device from another manufacturer.

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  • Rk

    Hi. Planning to buy th device.Is there a problem with the accelerometer of this device. Some people have stated the same.Kindly clarify.

  • Ravi

    bought this phone 2 days back.. its outstanding.. i cant livewithout it even 4 a sec..  im madly in love with it…!!!!

  • K singh

    yeah exactly pls review this phone now.. its price is down significantly…

  • Murtaza

    oh common…review dis phone already guys…now its priced at 20000k

  • jits

    price has dropped significantly….high time to review this phone…!

  • Akhil

    its now priced at 20k so please review this phone ….. wanna buy this one for new year….. please post a complete review of this one …..

  • Shas1411

    hey the price of this phone has dropped  to 21k……….so would you review phone now?????

  • Crazyjessu

    can we play games on tv or hd tv via Galaxy R plssss reply urgent

  • Crazyjessu

    can we play games on tv via this phone plsss reoly urgent

  • Govind2093

    does galaxy r has dlna and tv out ??

  • Govind2093

    does galaxy r has all the hidden features of galaxy s2 like brightness control bar, motion changing homepages etc
    please help me i can compromise with the camera and internal memory but cant with the display and the operating experience
    what should i buy galaxy s2 or galaxy r respective of the prices

  • Ajay

    The price has now dropped to Rs. 19,500. I hope you would definitely recommend this phone with this price band.

    • Indianliverpool

      19500??????where is it available at 19500?

      • somewhat same price at flipkart so in stores nearby u can definitely get it 1k cheaper ..

      • Meesumrajani

        for 19 k only….ul get from sulekha

    • Meesumrajani

      dont buy from sulekha …u wil get for 19k…bt itz nt gud…buy from letsbuy for 21k in 3dayz u wil get and 1k gift free

      • Karthikp816

        can u tell why not to buy from sulekha are they defective pieces or takes more time to deliver.

      • Gollavilli Pavan

        what is the free gift??

  • Siddhant

    Well, I agree with the video that it isn’t worth 30k. But I do believe that it’s a splendid deal for Rs. 19,990.

    • Indianliverpool

      where is it available at 19990?

      • Siddhant

        ebay deals of the week

  • Venkat Raman

    Does this phone support usb on the go

  • Akash_bahety55

    sir wich 1 is better galaxy r or htc radar

  • Indianliverpool

    samsung galaxy r is available for 22,299 now but still not worth at this price…samsung galaxy s plus still beats this out because of pricing

  • Kaykay

    Beware: Bought a SAMSUNG GALAXY Y GT-S5360 4days back and my serious advice to all would be to STAY (miles) AWAY from this product! Throwing money down the drain will give you better satisfaction than buying this pathetic gadget. The phone with a full charge gives 6 HOURS of battery backup. Went to the dealer, and he suggests shutting down MOST default applications that the phone came loaded with to increase standby time. They also offer to replace the battery – Great! A 4 Day old product needs a battery replacement. Wished I had checked online reviews about the phone before buying this damned product. Save yourself the pain – DO NOT BUY THE PHONE!

  • Aditya Koduru1994

    whats the price?

  • Lohiya Sumant25

    is this phone worth at 22900??

  • tegra_zone

    I bought galaxy R for 22k. It is very good device and nvidia tegra made it too fast.

    • vijay verma

      where did u get this cell for just 22k???plz reply

    • Indianliverpool

      where did u buy it at 22k?

  • mohit

    I would really like to know the difference between xperia neo v display and S LCD display of samsung phone

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  • kaustubhDN

    This review is very useful & will help to invest our hard money on right device…however if you unbox & review Galaxy S Plus that would be great & help buyers to decide in 20K range…Thanks

  • Chirag Malik

    Can you please guide which consumes more battery: Super amoled or super clear LCD…I am confused between Galaxy SL and Galaxy S plus.. 

    • Ilaripajula

      Both screens are the same. Except that Super Amoled uses less battery and is thinner and lighter.

      • Abhijeet

        ha ha ha :D no……amoled uses more battery thats why samsung introduced super lcd….watch the galaxy sl review and you will understand that :P

        • Indianliverpool

          dude they intoduced super clear lcd only because super amoled screens are scarce and they want to use them for only selected devices..

        • Govind2093

          still confused b/w galaxy s plus and galaxy r
          galaxy r has the camera quality as wel as led flash whereas galaxy s plus has super amoled display which help in farmore experience in operating

        • Govind2093

          amoled screen is better as the colours are more natural and vivid and blacks are also deep
          although in galaxy r this is very disappointing

  • Gopikrishna

    GooD PhonE…..


      can you tell me the price of samsung galaxy y   NOW