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Samsung Galaxy W / Samsung Galaxy W SM-T255

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 reviews of Samsung Galaxy W / Samsung Galaxy W SM-T255. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the price and size. The screen and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the GPS navigation and reception.

usability, performance, screen, size, price

battery, durability, sound, reception, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy W / Samsung Galaxy W SM-T255 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Luke Johnson (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy W review

 

A mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone one step below the Galaxy S2

Speedy processor ; Compact, rounded, comfortable design ; Impressive camera results with flash ; Implements Android 2.3 well ; Fast, fluid browser

Narrowed display ; Slow autofocus on 5MP camera ; Poor VGA forward-facing camera ; Flimsy plastic back panel ; Poor speaker and audio output

Flying the Samsung-branded flag for the mid-range smartphone market is the Samsung Galaxy W, a handset also known as the Samsung GT-I8150.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Dan Sung (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung Galaxy W pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

W stands for Wonder if you're talking the Samsung Galaxy talk, and the thing that Pocket-lint wondered, when we spent our hands-on time with it at IFA

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Hannah Bouckley (recombu.com)

Samsung Galaxy W Review: In Depth

 

The Samsung Galaxy W is the latest Galaxy Smartphone to arrive in the UK. As the younger brother of the million selling, award winning Samsung Galaxy S2, it offers many similar specs but at a much more…

Bright and sharp screen ; Very comfortable to hold ; 1.4Ghz Processor ensures it feels fast

Chunky and plasticky ; Average HD movies

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Luke (tracyandmatt.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy W Review

 

Samsung have been releasing galaxy phones all over the place recently for all types of people; they've got the Note, the S2, the Ace, the Pro, the Gio, the Mini and the Wonder. The Wonder appears to be for those who can't quite afford an...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: (somobile.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy W

 

The Galaxy W is one of the first handsets to debut Samsung's new naming strategy, and according to the alphabetical structure, the Galaxy W is a 'high quality' smartphone, perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance.

The phone itself measures in at 115.8 x 59 x 11.5mm, and a 1.4GHz processor paired with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This powers the handset's 3.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen, which will come dressed in Samsung's TouchWiz UI. With this custom Android skin...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

Samsung GALAXY W Preview

 

The Samsung GALAXY W is among the latest batch of Android smartphones that the manufacturer introduced back in August, and on paper it is definitely the most potent of the bunch. In terms of specs it stands in the upper mid-range of Samsung's current...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Brand (mobile88.com)

Samsung Galaxy W

 

Samsung Galaxy W is a mid-end device powered by the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a 1.4GHz single core processor. Samsung Galaxy W comes with touchscreen measuring 3.7-inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Other specifications include a...

Affordable; Decent specifications

Samsung Galaxy W; Power Plug; Charger; Micro-USB cable

As far as mid-range smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy W does everything right on our checklist; decent specifications and hardware with a relatively modest price tag to match. For something under a grand, this device is hard to pass up, for the...

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: michael (reevoo.com)

Samsung Galaxy W

 

Came with all characters in Chinese ! But Youtube came to the rescue,showing how to change language to English.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: michael (reevoo.com)

Samsung Galaxy W

 

Came with all characters in Chinese ! But Youtube came to the rescue,showing how to change language to English

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Louise (reevoo.com)

Samsung Galaxy W

 

Exellent value for money Fast processor

Battery life Casing a little plasticy

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500 / 1900 / 2800 / 3300 / 3500 / 3600 / 4000 / 9500
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):11 / 12 / 6 / 7 / 9
Browsing time (4G):10 / 13 / 15 / 9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 9
Continuous audio playback time:131 / 33 / 35 / 44 / 53 / 54 / 61
Continuous audio playback time (display off):60
Continuous video playback time:11 / 16 / 17 / 6 / 7 / 9
Standby time (2G):400 / 570
Standby time (3G):22 / 324 / 340 / 420
Talk time (2G):17.8 / 6
Talk time (3G):11 / 16 / 17 / 22 / 7 / 8 / 8.3

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:No / Y / Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Camera resolution:2560 x 1920 / 2988 x 5312 / 640 x 480
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Y / Yes
Front camera aperture number:1.9
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3 / 16 / 2 / 2.1 / 5 / 8
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, Auto
Main camera resolution (numeric):16 / 3 / 5 / 8
Maximum frame rate:120 / 24 / 30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.6
Photo effects:black&white, Sepia / Negative film, Sepia
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera aperture number:1.9
Rear Camera Resolution:2560 x 1920 / 2988 x 5312 / 640 x 480
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 16 / 3 / 5 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1280×720@30fps / 1920x1080@30fps / 3840x2160@30fps
Second Camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:1.3 / 2.1 / 5
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720 / 3840 x 2160
Video capturing speed:30
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent / Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.37 / 0.499 / 0.550 / 0.714 / 0.717
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: No
Head SAR (EU):0.207 / 0.382 / 0.528 / 0.75 / 0.750 / 0.8
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.517

Design

Certification:CE
Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Brown / Blue / Gold / Gold, White / Grey / Pink gold / Pink gold, White / Silver / White
Curved Design: No
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Fingerprint Reader:No / Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar / Slate
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Kids tablet: No
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant
Standard colour:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:10.2 / 12.9 / 14 / 14.5 / 15.2 / 26.9 / 31 / 9.4
Display number of colours:16 million colours / 16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 2560 x 1600 / 480 x 800 / 720 x 1280 / 800 x 480
Display Technology:TFT
Display Type:LCD / SAMOLED / TFT
LED Backlight:Y
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:534 / 577
Screen shape:Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:3 / 4
Internal RAM:0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 4

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):No / Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MP4, MXMF, OGA, OGG, WAV, XMF / AAC, OGG, MXMF, AMR, WAV, OGA, XMF, OTA, FLAC, MIDI, IMY, 3GA, MP3, RTX, M4A, AWB
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Supported video modes:2160p
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, FLV, M4V, MP4, WEBM / 3G2, 3GP, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM / 3G2, 3GP, M4V, MKV, WEBM / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3GP, DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, XVID / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, XVID / MP4, M4V, 3G2, MKV, WEBM, 3GP

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer: Yes
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):800,850,900,1900 / 850,1800,900,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,2100 / 800,850,1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:CDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA / CDMA,TD-SCDMA,WCDMA / HSDPA, HSUPA / HSPA+ / HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS, WCDMA / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA / UMTS,WCDMA / WCDMA, UMTS
4G:No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:1900,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2600 / 700,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 800,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, SAP / A2DP, HSP, AVRCP, MAP, OPP, HFP, PBAP, PAN, HID
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.2 LE
Data network:3G
Dual SIM support:N
Near Field Communication (NFC):No / Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
WAP:2.0 / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Keyboard supplied:Y
Manual:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC,FLAC,M4A,MP3,WAV,WMA
Barometer: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search
GPS (satellite):Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3 / 2.3.5 / 4.4 / 4.4.2 / 5.0
Orientation sensor: Yes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Games, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Position location:Y
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
vCard: Yes
Video call:Y / Yes
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / MP4,M4V,3GP,WMV,ASF,AVI,MKV

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:2.5 mm / 3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / Yes
MHL version:2.1
Microphone in:N / Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.3 / 1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6
Processor Cores:2 / 4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon / Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1 / 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.5 / 1.9 / 1.95 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.6
Processor Model:7 Octa 7420

Software

Operating system installed:Android / WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Version:2.3 / 2.3.5 / 4.4 / 4.4.2 / 5.0 / 6.0
Platform:Android / Windows
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / No
Internal Memory:1500 / 1536 / 4096
Internal RAM:1024 / 1536 / 3 / 4 / 4096 / 512
Internal RAM type:LPDDR4
Internal storage capacity:1.5 / 16 / 32 / 4 / 64
Maximum memory card size:200 / 256 / 32 / 64
RAM capacity:0.5 / 1 / 4
RAM Type:LPDDR4
Storage Media:Flash
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:23.5 / 51.7 / 52

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Colour : Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.07 / 1.08 / 1.16 / 6.9 / 7 / 7.2 / 7.7 / 7.95 / 8.6 / 8.9 / 9.1
Height :11.6 / 12.1 / 12.9 / 14.7 / 150.9 / 156.5 / 156.6 / 16.4 / 162.9 / 20.4 / 261.2
Weight:114.7 / 123 / 123.8 / 124 / 126 / 157 / 170 / 172 / 182 / 188 / 194 / 194.5 / 197 / 650 / 750
Width:179.1 / 29.6 / 5.98 / 6.29 / 6.58 / 7.34 / 72.6 / 76.8 / 77.2 / 8.5 / 8.51 / 80.7