Expert Review of Samsung Guru 1205
Samsung Guru 1205 is a low cost handset by Samsung in Guru series that are famous for their robust built and long lasting battery that makes them adaptable in the market and are doing well. With a candy bar form factor, this device has a small screen with an alphanumeric keypad below it that is rubberish in touch and the whole body is made up of plastic that provides it a sturdy look. It is the FM radio version of Samsung Guru E1200 but comes with single SIM support and comes only in black color. This single SIM handset is designed to work on GSM network, and support 2G, WAP connectivity options and it is capable of SIM-free menu access and has uTrack. This basic handset from Samsung come loaded with Samsung’s own proprietary OS. Nothing too great about it but it comes with simple features and is easy to use. The unique scalloped surface back design provides better grip and slim and compact dimensions make it easy to hold and carry, providing a nice, comfortable grip. New rubber anti-dust keypad is both designed for utmost usability and offers a dust-resistance surface that keeps your handset clean and as good as new. The superior 5-way navigation key centralizes all the most popular functions on the phone into one convenient place, easy to control and use. You’ll revel at how easy it is to access your important functions including call history and phone contacts with a single press of one button and it is outfitted with MP3 ringtones for full and nice-sounding tones that alert you to incoming calls and messages. The torch light is an extremely handy and portable built in mini-flashlight which is an invaluable safety feature that can light your way out from a tight dark spot and is thus useful when you least expect it and that too, at a very reasonable price. This handset is a replicate form of an FM radio device that remains with you wherever you go, so that you can sway your body on the flow of music falling on your ears 24 x 7. Samsung Guru 1205 comes in a small size of 109.5 mm x 45.5 mm x 12.8 mm and is only 65.1 grams in weight and the credit to its light weight goes to its plastic body that enables the user to use it for a ling time without paining your palm.
User Interface and UI functionality
The screen of Samsung Guru 1205 is not a touch screen that is famous now-days and is also not very large in size to provide you a full view but with such an affordable price, one cannot expect the features of a smartphone in this mini basic phone. It carries a 1.52 inch TFT display that provides a screen resolution of 128 x 128 pixels along with 65K color depth. The screen provides a crisp and clear display that is enough to have a nice view of the screen and that makes it pretty readable. The OS on which this handset runs is Samsung's own proprietary OS and the improved user interface with improved layout is easy to navigate and lets you move from screen to screen seamlessly. Though there is no QWERTY keypad available on this handset but the older alpha numeric keypad is easier to type with and you can give various commands with it without paining your fingers and the T9 dictionary prevents you from writing full text, as this feature will provide the predicted word, before you type it completely. It is a simple handset that is meant for making and receiving calls with sending and receiving messages along with some good features.
As Samsung Guru 1205 is marketed as an FM radio handset, so one can have all time music through this device coming from the various radio stations. This device can easily catch the signals of different radio stations, even at those locations where other phones fails to catch so and this is the reason why this device is gaining so much of appreciation all over the country. Samsung Guru 1205 can play 64 polyphonic ringtones supported by Midi and MP3 audio formats but apart from this, it does not support any audio or video formats such as OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF audio formats or MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, VC-1 video formats. Having FM radio always on hand keeps you up-to-date with the latest news, sports updates and weather reports and also you can never miss out your regular radio shows even when you are out and about due to its strong hold over signals. This device comes with in built speakers to add more fun on the user's end.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Guru 1205 does not boasts any primary camera at the rear to enable the user to capture their most amazing moments in the form of photo or video. This device also does not support any video playback to allow the user to watch videos on the small screen of Samsung Guru 1205. There is no secondary camera even to make the user avail the facility of video calling to have live chat with their family and friends, but being a low end handset, such features cannot be expected out of this small basic feature phone.
Since Samsung Guru 1205 is a basic device and not a smartphone, so there is no Internet connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA via WLAN network or to have nearby connectivity via Bluetooth. However the user can do a little bit of browsing via 2G EDGE/GPRS network.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Guru 1205 has an internal memory of 64 MB that is sufficient to store some amount of data in this basic handset. Along with this, Guru 1205 allows the user to store 100 phonebook entries and 500 messages but there is no microSD card slot to expand the external memory of this device. In fact, the user will not feel any necessity to have extra memory space as it is an FM radio handset which will not arise any need to store any data in this phone.
Applications and Gaming
ith the handset all the time and to allow them to have fun with games while listening to their favorite radio station or while traveling. This phone does not provide access to various applications like Calendar, Scheduler, Task List, Clock, Worldtime, Alarm, Calculator, Stop Watch, Countdown Timer, Mini Diary Support, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, Gmail, YouTube, etc. but it is a nice handset which can very well perform its basic functions.
Samsung Guru 1205 comes with a solid Li-Ion 800 mAh standard battery that provides a talktime up to 8 hours and 40 minutes and a standby time up to 800 hours, which is approximately equal to 33 days. So, there is no need to charge your Samsung Guru 1205 daily as it can easily make the device workable for more quite a long time.
Samsung Guru 1205 supports GSM 2G network at a bandwidth of 900/1800 MHz.
Samsung Guru 1205 is a nice handset that is cheap, has long battery life and supports FM radio but it can get tough competition from various low cost handsets that are available in the market and boasts more features than this device and offers dual SIM functionality also. Some of the handsets that might affect the sale of Samsung Guru 1205 are iBall Aaura, iBall Glam 3, Nokia 103, Micromax X11i, as these handsets are also available at an affordable price.