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New Samsung smartphone is hardly an "iPhone killer", but it is cute

There's an old saying that says "good things come in small packages." That could be the case with Samsung’s new 2.8” Galaxy Pocket.

The cutesy petite Android was just unveiled Samsung Electronic Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) in London, England.  It will launch in the UK "later this year".  U.S. launch plans were not mentioned.
Galaxy Pocket

The tiny 'droid uses Android 2.3 "Gingerbread".  Don't expect an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon.

Given its small size, the phone packs a pokey 832 MHz single-core processor, a 320x240 (QVGA) display, and 3 GB of NAND.  Basic HSDPA is supported.  The full specs are below:

Galaxy Pocket specs

The iPhone is still the king of the 3.5-inch niche.  But the new 2.8-inch Galaxy Pocket sets a new standard in tiny, while retaining a decent "core" Android experience.  And it will likely be far cheaper than the iPhone when it finally launches later this year (it may even be offered free with contract).

Source: Engadget



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useless on screen keyboard
By Samus on 3/6/2012 10:58:03 AM , Rating: 3
They need to take the hp veer approach and put a slider keyboard in to make it useful.




RE: useless on screen keyboard
By Integral9 on 3/6/2012 12:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. I have an HTC Aria (3.2" screen) and the on-screen KB is just about only useful for people with leprechaun fingers. I can make do if I type really slow though. If you turn the phone side-ways the KB buttons get larger and you can type much faster, but you can only see what you are typing, not what you responding too. It does fit nicely in my pocket though; which is why I bought the phone 2 years ago. I would trade some thickness for a KB I can use with more ease.


By InsaneScientist on 3/16/2012 5:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
This comment probably comes too late for you to see it, but on the offchance that you do:
Swype works great on the aria's screen - the smaller distance between the letters actually lets you go faster, rather than slower. Takes some getting used to, but works great for a couple people I know... one of whom is an older mom - so it can't be that bad. ;)


RE: useless on screen keyboard
By goodsyntax on 3/6/2012 12:49:24 PM , Rating: 3
No, they need to learn from HP and not do this in the first place.

Microsoft probably sold more Kin's than HP sold Veers.

Let's face it, this is not a form factor that anyone is clamoring for, and a low clocked single core processor and low resolution screen is like showing up at a gun fight armed with spit balls.

Imagine trying to type on a virtual keyboard with a screen this size. Or try reading an email, or web page. How well will a flash heavy site run on this anemic hardware? Netflix on a cropped 2 inch diagonal widescreen, no thanks.


RE: useless on screen keyboard
By Johnmcl7 on 3/6/2012 1:43:49 PM , Rating: 3
Sonyericsson have done reasonably well in Europe with the x10 mini pro and its replacement, there clearly is demand for a small smartphone with keyboard its just the Veer wasn't very good. The Sonyericsson was a similar size and form factor but had a standard 3.5mm out without adapter, removable battery and expandable storage.


Value-Added
By acer905 on 3/6/2012 12:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
OK, seriously... who in the world would consider TouchWiz a Value-Added feature???




RE: Value-Added
By abhaxus on 3/6/2012 4:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
Until the latest ICS leaks, I've always liked Touchwiz roms more than AOSP. I don't like the launcher, but even then, the TW Launcher performs better on 2.3 than most. Just not customizable enough for me. But the ICS leaks for my GS2 are just on par with the AOSP builds. I could take or leave the touchwiz addons now that theres a good task manager built in.


market for non-power users
By kmmatney on 3/6/2012 1:12:26 PM , Rating: 2
My wife has an LG Optimus V on Virgin mobile ($35 month data/talk/text) with a 3.2" screen, and it is more than big enough to text, use GPS, and use an occasional app. Many people have no interest in browsing the web or watching a movie on their phones. Put a case on this and it should be practically indestructable. I can only see these phones moving if they are "free" with service, though.




I have a galaxy...
By Motoman on 3/6/2012 1:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
...in my pants.




Words for friends
By MGSsancho on 3/6/2012 3:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
Resolution is not high enough to play words for friends.




Needs WP7/8
By Belard on 3/7/2012 8:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
With a screen size that tiny, WP7/8 would work a lot better than Android. Aiming for the tiny buttons is bad enough on a regular screen.




The i-Word
By dasgetier on 3/7/2012 9:50:34 AM , Rating: 2
Why the article must make use of the i-Word three times for this kind of smartphone "class" is a mystery to me...




Reminds me of the HTC Touch
By Devo2007 on 3/10/2012 11:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Seeing this gives me flashbacks to when I had to go back to my old HTC Touch when my Galaxy S was in for repair for two weeks. I can't imagine any on-screen keyboard being even remotely usable on a screen that small.

I also have to laugh at the fact they always show the same number of rows/columns for their new Galaxy phones, yet there's no way you would get all that information on a 320x240 display.




Really?
By messele on 3/6/2012 4:00:56 PM , Rating: 1
Does the world really need another PoS cheapo security hazard paedo-magnet phone for kids? This is why Android is proliferating at the rate of 50 billion phones a week or whatever the number is now.

I like that the most common screen size for smartphones on the planet is a niche though. Nice touch.




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