The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT-S5301 is for consumers looking for a budget smartphone that runs on the Android operating system. The South Korean mobile manufacturing giant has created phones for all types of consumers. While the high-end phones are ruling the segment, the low-end budget Android devices have a sizeable market share when compared with the likes of Nokia and LG. Although it is a budget smartphone, the GT-S5301 has enough features to provide a satisfying user experience.
On first impressions, there is nothing exemplary to write about. The phone has a stoic and rounded appearance. The curvature on the four ends of the phone gives it a compact look. The phone is designed to be held in your palm. It can fit into any type of pocket or enclosure. It offers easy portability and pocket-ability. All these aspects of the phone are helpful if you are looking for a phone that is easy to carry around. Unlike a high-end smartphone, you can operate this phone using only one hand. The display of the screen is 2.8 inches which is decent. Although the display is ordinary, it dominates the front-facing real-estate of the phone. This aspect helps it distinguish itself as a smartphone and not as a feature phone.
The design of the phone is advantageous if you are looking for a highly portable phone. Otherwise, it is just a small and compact phone that can conceal into your palms with ease. The rounded corners of the phone are ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort when operating it with one hand. Although the screen size is not the biggest, it is a sizeable one considering the size of the phone. The screen size is 2.8”. The quality of textual content and images is decent. Being a touchscreen, you can touch, tap, pinch, and zoom all in one single motion using one hand only. This is one of the amazing qualities of a compact touchscreen smartphone.
There is a handy 2 MP camera for capturing pictures and shooting videos. You can capture basic photographs on the fly. You can shoot video snippets and store them all on the 4 GB internal storage space. Memory can be expanded to 32 GB via the micro SD slot.
The media capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT-S5301 are limited, but handy. There are decent entertainment features to keep you interested. This includes handy applications for productivity, travel information, health, sports, and current affairs. Being an Android device, you can download apps from the Android App Market. There is also FM radio inbuilt into the device. The music and video player supports multiple video and music formats.
Of the competitors in this segment, this phone delivers 71% faster processor speed. A faster CPU ensures speedier background processes. Apps render faster. Web pages load quicker. This phone is also lighter than the average weight of phones in this segment. This aspect has a bearing on the battery life of the phone. The phone offers 6 hours of talk time which enables you to talk for longer hours. The phone also has an incredible standby time of around 400 hours. This aspect aids the phone to stay charged on a single charge for days together.
The smartphone runs on the Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. It is powered by a 850 MHz Processor. The connectivity options on this phone are basic but impressive. The phone has support for 3G and WiFi. The Bluetooth feature allows you to wirelessly transfer content from your device to other Bluetooth enabled devices. The device has USB support that enables you to connect to USB gadgets and share data.
Thanks to the inbuilt GPS support, you will not lose your way. You can get directions to any place with the inbuilt GPS app. You can track your location and pass-on this information to others. There are various mobile apps that let you do this. You can even integrate external information to aid in your navigational experience.
One of the best draws of this phone is that it provides a smartphone experience. Being a basic Android smartphone, you cannot expect wonders from this phone. If you want a basic smartphone experience, this phone tops the list. The wireless web experience, multimedia support, and downloadable applications make this phone a handy device to have in your pocket.
What’ not so great?
2.8” screen size is fine. But there should definitely have been better screen resolution. With a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, the screen may not offer picture-perfect clarity and contrast levels. At best you can only view and operate the phone at a basic functional level.
The camera is a disappointment on this phone. The 2 MP camera is at best a mole on an otherwise decent device. And there is no front camera as well. It was good that there is no front camera given that the rear camera already has a low resolution. So the front camera’s resolution would have been negligible!
Vs. Videocon Zeus V7500
The main competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301 is Videocon Zeus V7500. The Zeus is a slightly heavier phone, whereas, the Pocket Plus is lighter and slimmer. The Zeus supports 3G networks with HSUPA. The Pocket Plus has support for 3G network but not does not have support for HSUPA. The Pocket Plus supports MMS in addition to having support for SMS. Interestingly, MMS support is missing from the other phone.
The Pocket Plus GT s5301 only has a 2 MP camera. The Zeus V7500 has a 5 MP camera. A higher camera resolution lets you take better pictures with a greater level of clarity. Internal memory is awfully low in the Zeus V7500. It is just 512 MB. In the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301, internal memory is 4 GB. Apart from this, there are no major differences between these phones. The Pocket Plus GT s5301 has better form considering that it is smaller and compact. It is a slim and lightweight phone. This aspect, combined with its price, and features makes it a better deal.
Vs. Nokia Asha 302
The main difference between these two phones is that the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301 is a smartphone whereas the Asha 302 is not. This means that the former has a touchscreen which the latter does not. The keypad is virtual on the Pocket Plus, whereas on the 302, the keypad is a physical one. The Pocket Plus also has better screen resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301 is a lighter and slimmer phone than the Nokia Asha 302. The Asha 302 has multi-band GSM support. It also has multiband HSDPA support.
There are not many significant advantages of the Nokia Asha 302. But nevertheless it is a great feature phone that offers many features and is of high utility. The Asha 302 is also a great looking phone. Your choice depends on whether you want a border line smartphone or a near-smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301 is a decent phone with decent features. It can be classified as an entry level smartphone.
Price and availability
The price of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus GT s5301 is about Rs. 6800. The price could vary as per online ecommerce retailers and electronic outlets.