Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy Core Advance
The South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, of late, has been riding the wave on its Galaxy series. Every season we see another variation of the previous version of the Galaxy series but maybe it is time for Samsung to come up with something innovative. The company has been far too predictable with the specs, structure and design of its smartphones and has drawn flak for the same. Samsung Galaxy Core Advance is a decent smartphone that is pretty bulky on specs but does not have anything new as far as its design is concerned. It features a 4.7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with a low pixel density of 199ppi and a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels.
The gadget, Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has a weight of 145 grams, which is a bit too high for its screen size and comes with a length of 133.3mm, breadth of 70.5mm and thickness of 9.7mm. Samsung has chosen to go for a dual-core processor instead of a quad-core processor that operates at a frequency of 1.2GHz, which is further complemented by 1GB of RAM. Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system comes into play for the user to access popular games and applications like Temple Run 3, Moto Racing and Virtual Racing. A lot of games, applications along with images, songs and videos can be stored in the device courtesy its 8GB internal memory. The memory of the device can be boosted up to 64GB by using an external memory slot for the microSD card. The smartphone has two colours of choice including Deep Blue and Pearl White.
Though, the information on the official talk time and standby time produced by the smartphone is unavailable, we can expect some healthy results from its 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery. The smartphone has 2G and 3G network compatibility wherein, the former supports frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz and the latter supports frequencies of 850, 900, 1900MHz and 2100MHz. Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has support for NFC, Wi-Fi hot spot, USB port and Bluetooth along with GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi for accessing the Internet and exchanging data with other compatible devices. A moderate downloading speed of up to 14.4Mbps along with an uploading speed of 5.76Mbps are gathered from the smartphone.
There is nothing special about the camera department with a 5 megapixels primary rear shutter and a VGA secondary front camera. The primary camera has a resolution of 2592 by 1944 pixels to work with, whereas the VGA secondary camera provides a much lesser resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. Video chats can be enjoyed via the front camera while videos at 720 pixels can be shot via the rear camera.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance comes with a 4.7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with a rather disappointing pixel density of 199ppi and a decent resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. Accelerometer sensor and proximity sensors are provided for the screen of the device.
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has great tools to listen to songs and watch movies in the form of music and video players. The music player has various compatible formats in which songs can be played like MP3, WAV and eAAC+, whereas for the video player, the supported formats include MP4, H.264 and H.263. FM radio is another way to listen to music with access to popular radio stations.
Pictures and Video quality
The images snapped by the 5 megapixels primary rear camera of Samsung Galaxy Core Advance are not stunning but quite apt, according to its resolution of 2592 by 1944 pixels. There is a VGA secondary front camera that works at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels for video calling and capturing selfies. Various features like auto focus, LED flash, touch focus and geo-tagging are provided by the primary camera to boost its image quality.
An adequate downloading speed of up to 14Mbps along with an uploading speed of 5.76Mbps are retrieved via various Internet access facilities of Samsung Galaxy Core Advance including GPRS, EDGE, HTML5 browser and Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi hot spot is given too, which ensures the default Internet connection to be used across compatible devices.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance comes with a microSD card slot that holds an external memory expansion limit of 64GB and can be brought into play, should the already available 8GB of internal memory runs out of steam. The smartphone does a good job with a healthy 1GB of RAM that acts as a boon to the overall speed of the device.
Applications and Gaming
Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system is well accustomed to loads of games and applications that are popular with Android users including the likes of Fruit Ninja and Moto Racing. Lots of games and applications like Viber and WhatsApp can be downloaded via Google play store.
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance runs on the standard lithium-ion battery of 2000mAh that has the ability to carve out a reasonable standby time and talk time. Although, the actual numbers are not available, a good talk time as well as standby time can be expected.
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance is pretty rich in the data connectivity department with NFC being one of the fastest means to exchange data with other compatible gadgets. Other means to accomplish the same are Bluetooth and USB port while Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML browser are provided for Internet access. Wi-Fi hot spot is the only tethering feature available with the gadget. Samsung Galaxy Core Advance is compatible with both, 2G and 3G networks wherein, with 2G network, it works with the frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz, and with 3G network, it works well with the frequencies of 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz.
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance, when compared to HTC Desire 600, has a bigger screen with 4.7 inches for the former and 4.5 inches for the latter. HTC Desire 600 gives sharper images and has a higher resolution and pixel density in comparison to Samsung Galaxy Core Advance. Both the gadgets have NFC while tethering features are more elaborate with HTC Desire 600 when compared to Samsung Galaxy Core Advance. RAM, internal memory and microSD card slot potential are same for both the smartphones with 1GB, 8GB and 64GB respectively.
The secondary camera is more powerful with HTC Desire 600 with 1.6 megapixels, overpowering the VGA secondary camera of Samsung Galaxy Core Advance. Same is the case with the primary camera, with 8 megapixels for HTC Desire 600 and 5 megapixels for Samsung Galaxy Core Advance. Samsung Galaxy Core Advance runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, which is a more updated version as compared to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 software platform of HTC Desire 600. Samsung Galaxy Core Advance comes with a dual-core processor but HTC Desire 600 has a processor that is twice as powerful with quad-core strength. Finally, in terms of battery strength, Samsung Galaxy Core Advance comes with a 2000mAh battery, which is more powerful than the 1860mAh standard lithium-ion battery of HTC Desire 600.