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Samsung Galaxy W (2014)

Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
Adreno 305
1.5 GB / 16 GB
7 inch (720 x 1280 px)
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 7 inch TFT display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 chipset, and 1.5 GB of RAM.

Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Samsung Galaxy W smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Samsung Galaxy W specifications

BrandSamsung
NameGalaxy W
ModelSM-T255S
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight8.64 oz
Dimensions7.55 x 3.92 x 0.35 inch
Colorsblack, red, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of the Samsung Galaxy W is still considered to be lightweight and portable. A micro SIM is larger than the current standard Nano SIM card but smaller than the older SIM card size.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz
GPUAdreno 305

The Samsung Galaxy W comes with Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means the source code is free to the public. The quad-core mobile CPU can provide fast and efficient performance for mobile games. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size7 inch
Resolution720 x 1280 px
Multitouch supportyes

This 7 inch smartphone comes with a TFT display. The 7 inch display may make the phone less pocket-friendly. It may also make it harder to use with one hand. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM1.5 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1.5 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. If we use our smartphones for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32 GB may be sufficient for our needs. We can expand the internal storage of the Galaxy W (16 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera2 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Galaxy W does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCyes
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The Samsung Galaxy W supports 4G/LTE networks. This Samsung phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our Galaxy W smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 3200 mAh

The Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth).

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Samsung phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • TFT display
  • overly large screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Updated: May 11, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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