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Samsung's Galaxy Stellar costs $0 on Verizon

You get much more than you pay for with the Samsung Galaxy Stellar, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that comes free on Verizon with a new two-year service agreement.

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Button magic

The Stellar has a nice 4-inch screen, but one of my favorite convenience features is the captive menu button beneath it. That's the icon of the three stacked dots.

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Front-facing camera

There's a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, which is a nice touch for a free phone.

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The main camera

A 3.2-megapixel camera is on the back. The resolution isn't at the top of the scale, but the photo quality is quite good for outdoor shots in bright lighting.

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Storage

Its 4GB of internal storage gets a boost with an expansion slot amenable to 32GB extra.

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Body

The Stellar is thicker than today's svelte phones, very plasticky, and glossy.

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The chin

The Stellar has a slight peak of a chin at the bottom, reminiscent of the Samsung Droid Charge, also for Verizon.

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Studio shot

The Galaxy Stellar is flash-free, so we took this picture of our standard studio shot with bright lights. The focus is softer, but even, though the background looks grayer than it actually is.

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