Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo (GT-S5312) review
This model is interesting because it is sold by one of the mobile operators for only 990 rubles. However, in this case, you will have to connect a certain tariff plan with a package of MMS that no one needs for several months. It will cost 2,000 rubles. In total, Pocket Neo will cost you 2,990 rubles with a connection to the operator or the same amount, only without connection. In any case, the cost of the phone is not very high, and the device itself is not bad in general, if we take into account that it is from an A-brand. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for large companies to compete with "Chinese" counterparts, as they offer more interesting technical characteristics of smartphones for the same or less money.
Despite its primitiveness, the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo offers the user a relatively fresh version of the Android OS - 4.1, two SIM cards, both microSIMs, third-generation 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies.
As you should have already understood, the positioning of this model is simple: to give the opportunity to try a smartphone (not a phone) from a major brand for a minimal amount. This is also facilitated by the telecom operator selling Pocket Neo for a thousand rubles, however, with their own services.
Design, dimensions, controls
Samsung traditionally releases a whole line of almost identical smartphones and phones in the new year. So, for example, the Pocket Neo test device is in many ways similar to the flagship model Galaxy S4.
The device has an almost oval body shape. Dimensions are very compact - 104x57x11.8 mm, and weighs 100 grams. In the hand lies like a glove thanks to the sloping ends and small size. However, in a large palm, it will simply “sink”, and it will not be so comfortable to use. It seems to me that the device would be best suited for children: a nice little design, miniature size, light and durable. Available in three colors: blue, gray and white. Well, the manufacturer abandoned the black gloss - it looks primitive.
The edging is made of chrome-plated (metal imitation) glossy plastic, which rises slightly above the front panel. A side is formed, which in theory will protect the screen from external influences: for example, if you put the phone with its front part on any horizontal surface. Fingerprints are almost invisible on this edge. The rest of the case is semi-gloss plastic in blue, gray or white. The material is of high quality, and for a month of active use, not a single scratch appeared on it. I tried to scratch the plastic with keys: only with very strong pressure did the pointed part leave a small scratch. This is about the fact that videos have appeared on the network where reviewers demonstrate the strength of the Apple iPhone 5C plastic.
It is worth emphasizing that the display is not protected by glass, but by plastic! Therefore, it is advisable to purchase a film immediately after purchase. The screen is easily soiled, but fingerprints are practically invisible and can be easily erased.
The assembly is "test": the body does not creak, does not play, the central region does not bend, does not crunch when compressed.
At the top of the front panel is a voice speaker. It is covered with a plastic mesh. The volume of the speaker is slightly above average, intelligibility is also average, but the interlocutor can be heard relatively clearly. The volume can be increased by pressing the dedicated touch button on the screen during a call. In general, I liked the quality of speech transmission, you are also heard well. There is no light and proximity sensor in this model. During a call, the screen is locked automatically. To unlock, you need to "tap" on the screen twice.
Under the display is an oval mechanical home button. It is framed with a blue plastic insert. It does not carry any functional load - just for beauty. The pressure is firm, the stroke is minimal. To the right of the mechanical button is the touch “Back”, and to the left is the “Menu”. Both buttons are not backlit.
On the bottom end there is a microUSB and a microphone, on the top end there is a 3.5 mm audio output. On the left is the volume control. The button is almost recessed into the body, it is relatively easy to feel with your fingers. On the top right is a small power button. On the back of the case there is a camera eye, framed by a blue plastic insert, a slot for the speaker.
To open the lid, you need to pry it from the notch on the top end. The slot for a memory card is located at the top right (hot swap is supported), and SIM cards are located under the battery. Interestingly, the manufacturer decided to use both microSIM cards. It seems to me that it was worth making one card of the usual size, and the second - micro. From my point of view, those who will buy Pocket Neo used devices with the old type of "sim cards" before. Therefore, users will have to change the old ones to the new ones, which is not very convenient.