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Samsung Galaxy R i9103 Second Review ( Price Drop Version)

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We got over a thousand requests to review the Samsung Galaxy R especially after the price drop. The device originally launched at Rs. 27000, just a little shy of the price of the Galaxy S2, but now the phone  is priced at a mere 20,800 , also available at online retailers for a discount of 1000 using a coupon. Making it the best under 20k handset, here is why.

 

Build Quality and Design

Not the best build quality by Samsung, the Galaxy R lacks precious looks and precious materials. The back panel especially fades away after just light use, the scratch resistant front display is not so scratch resistant after all. We did face some issue with the power button and it turned out to be really fidgety. Apart from the downsides, we did like the look of the handset and it does feature some great elements, including a nice sized, tactile home button along with a nice chrome bezel.

The design is identical to the S2 but is much fatter than the powerful predecessor. The back of the device makes it look a bit ugly, and since it fades easily the look worsens day by day.

Hardware and Multimedia

Now that the price is so different, we see that there is a slight difference b/w the specs of the S2 and the R.

         
COMPARISON
Samsung Galaxy R i9103
Samsung Galaxy S 2 I9100 
   
 
Platform
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    
Java        
Processor 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core    
Graphics ULP GeForce Mali-400 MP    
 
Display
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    
 
Camera
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    
 
Dimensions
Size 66 x 125 x 9.5 mm 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.4 mm    
Weight 135 g 116 g    
 
Battery
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

 

The camera on the device is a 5MP snapper and it gives out decent image quality and 720p video, the LED flash is also good enough to illuminate low lit subjects, but don’t expect it to fill a room. Images are as crisp as can be from a 5Mp sensor, the quality when compared to a 5MP snapper from the iPhone 4 is a bit lower. 720p video is smooth and without jitters and we will soon upload a video sample to demonstrate that.

The screen is not anything like the Super AMOLED Plus display on the S2 but the SLCD display is the same size and same pixel resolution, also the same color density and is a exceptionally bright display with great outdoor visibility. The display is try capable of playing good video and the device supports unto 1080p video playback without any issues.

Audio on the device is loud, a bit louder than the S2 we presume, the earpiece did give us some problems as we mentioned in the unboxing, but somehow the volume keeps going up and down in the earpiece and we suspect its a software thing. Mic works great without any problem.

The NVidia Tegra 2 chipset is well supported in the gaming developer community, so expect to find more games work on this device than were supported on the S2 initially. Let us mention that all sort of games play brilliantly.

Call Quality and Messaging

The network is great and no breakages in sustained network, even while traveling. We did however face low signal in key areas like flyovers and tower changes. Audio is good, but like we mentioned the earpiece can get a bit bothersome.

The device also supports video calling over 3G networks which is a great add-on to those who want to use this feature, although we prefer services like Skype and Fring which work great too.

Messaging works great on the nice and large screen, with the ability to switch to Swype which is inbuilt into the system you can enhance the experience of typing. You can also switch to a flurry of available keyboard replacements in the Android Marketplace to best suit your needs of typing.

Battery Life 

The battery life on this device is varied out of the box you will struggle to pass a few hours with the device, you will need to charge it at least twice a day if not more. But we found easy fixes, and we have discussed these with Samsung and we believe that a software update should rectify the problem soon. Turn off Wifi, background data sync and Mobile data, when not in use and here are the results

Talk time 2G : 5 hours

Talk Time 3G :  4-4.5 Hours

Standby Time : 2 Days- 3 Days

Internet usage : 8 Hours over Wifi

Video Playback : upto 6 hours constant video

 

Conclusion 

The device is an exceptional device especially after this price drop, it does lack proper construction, but has a set of features that are difficult to match at this price. The only thing that comes close to this device is the LG Optimus 2X  with almost the same price and the same chipset. The Galaxy R has a newer built of Android and will definitely get the ICS update. The Galaxy R also has TouchWiz UI which we prefer over the one on LG. We also believe that the device is well supported in the developer community and has a larger user base.

Samsung Galaxy R is a great purchase and a brilliant holiday gift.

We Rate it 4.0/5.0 

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Bharat Nagpal

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  • please edit your specification list

    i9103 galaxyR has nvidia tegra2 processor, not the cortex

    the front camera is 1.3 megapixels in the galaxy R and it has touchwiz 4.0

  • Suyog

    galaxy r is awesome phone man i am using it from last 20 days feels awesome…i was lucky got this phone on ebay only for 20k along with fuji digicam free with it……..love this phone i think best phone in 20k cat…..:)

  • Nithin2e

    SG Royale was launched in India as limited edition. No more stock available in local stores. Try eBay or flipcart

  • Naga

    no one seem to have it in stock.  Is it being discontinued ? 

    • Omkar

      yes it has been discontinued,i asked it from samsung call center

  • sandeep

    I asked for galaxy R and samsung shop told me that they stop the sales and not available in mumbia market. is it correct?

    • Abheek Narula

      ya exactly…even i was looking for it in mumbai at alpha but it says the sales have stopped…and i m confused between galaxy r and htc incredible s plz help..

  • You need to compare the Galaxy R with S2 I900G (downgraded version), which is the one being sold in India now. They should  be closer to each other now in performance. 

  • ANKIT

    people just go with lg optimus 2x with 8mp camera and amazing fast processor……

  • Viram 29

    galaxy r or omnia w?

  • Nestor

    galaxy r is awy better than ericsson neo v

    • X Marrow

      dude but galaxy R is way too expensive

  • Tarunmw

    Samsung Galaxy R Will Get ICS 4.0 or not?

  • Jay

    please, review “Nokia Lumia 710”. pls!!! 

  • Lavicool2alll

    which one is best galaxy r or sony ericsson neo v?????????

    • Xixex

      if you r lukin’ for a budget phone neo V is far better

  • Anand Mulye

    which phone to buy with in the price range of 17k to 20k ? i want the phone with scrach proof screen?

    • RAUNAQ SINGHANIA

       motorola defy +

  • Rajat1917

    sony neo v or galaxy r???

  • Rajatsehgal 17

    whats the lowest price one can get for samsung galaxy r with warranty in delhi!!!

  • Vishal

    Can you please recommend me that
    should I bye Sony Ericsson Neo V or Samsung Galaxy  R

    • guest

      I’m confused with the same, but i thing Galaxy R.

      • vishal

        Which phone has best display quality Samsung Galaxy R or SE neo V ?

        • Ankit

          neo v as it has the bravia display engine…..

    • Yusuf maimoon

      obviously the samsung r if u looking for top notch performance….if you like eye candy go for sony

  • does the Samsung galaxy R has any heating problem ?
    if the phone is used for a long time

    • Yusuf maimoon

      no heating problem…i am using since 4 days….

  • Darshhit Parikh

    the new video is not workingg

  • Manmohit

    Does it support HDMI output ????????????????

    not getting any correct information about it anywhere on the web…..

    • jigishthakar

      no it has no such port

    • Yusuf maimoon

      it does not have a HDMI port !!!

  • TechGuru

    “but has a set of features that are difficult to match at this price”..spice mi410 people VFM phone better than this.

    • Salmansadiq97

      what do you mean mi410 is better or is it galaxy R

      • TechGuru

        Mi 410 is better any day, try it u’ll love it.

        • jigishthakar

          dude compare its processor n OS version

        • TechGuru

          1ghz processor and gingerbread with HDMI in mi410 in just 12999.u tell which is better!

    • Yusuf maimoon

      spice has Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh tht wont laste for 1 hr also i think..spice uses cheap china batterties..also only 800Mb internal storage…also cpu,chipset and gpu of lower quality in spice..though same specs….bluetooth ver 2 and also less ram 512 only compared to 2 gb in samsung…so u can hardly multitask

  • ChennaiBoi

    lol. This device lacks much dev support. The O2X pwns the SGR when it comes to dev support.

    • Jeet

      you are right, the galaxy R did not even have their own page on XDA for very very long….hows that for dev support !!

      I believe the O2X is much better in terms of dev support

    • Ritesh

      although both r upgradable to ICS & same GPU but imp. point to notice is tht SGSR has 1GB Ram . rather thn 512mb in O2X

      • Souvik Das

         Hey Bro GPU Is Not Same….

        Samsung Galaxy S2- Mali 400

        Samsung Galaxy R- ULP GeForce

  • Shadowex2000

    Lol. Price Dop version. But thanks for reviewing it again.

  • Saboor232

    Does it have gorilla glass?? Please confirm..

    • CHRISS MARTIN

      no it does not have gorilla glass,but it does have some scratc resistant display but gorilla is far more better.check corning website