Samsung Galaxy Fame review: An affordable way to put Jelly Bean in your pocket

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Attractive design; Decent camera; Affordable price.

The Bad Poor performance; Unimpressive screen; Meagre 2GB of usable storage.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Fame is attractive, cheap and has a decent camera. It's let down though by its sluggish processor and lacklustre screen. Unless you're desperate to put a Samsung Galaxy phone in your pocket, you can spend your money more wisely elsewhere.

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BARCELONA, Spain--It's not easy to be on the cutting edge when your wallet's a little on the light side. Fortunately the Samsung Galaxy Fame gives you the latest Android Jelly Bean software without breaking the bank -- but in other respects, you can't escape how cheap this phone is.

The Galaxy Fame launches alongside the Samsung Galaxy Young. Both phones have Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software on board, making them a wallet-friendly way to put what is pretty much the latest software in your pocket.

The Fame is powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for movies, music, and pictures. The processor is powerful enough to deal with the basics, but I found that it struggled with a relatively simple air hockey game, slowing down and not registering my finger movement, and lagging noticeably.

Combine that with the relatively low-resolution 480x320-pixel screen, and you're reminded that this is a cheap phone every time you pull it out of your pocket. There are loads of great-looking games, videos, and apps that can be downloaded through Android, but don't expect the Fame to be able to cope with them.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Weight 121 g
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Sensor Resolution 5 pixels