The Samsung GALAXY Pocket Neo is a low-end Smartphone that aims to cater to young users that don’t have that much to spend for a mobile phone.
The Pocket Neo measures 4.13” x 2.28” x 0.46” and weighs just 100g. The phone is made of plastic and it doesn’t have the premium feel to it but that’s expected because it is aimed at the low-end market of Smartphones after all. Although it feels cheap, it fits comfortably into the hands. It’s easy to use with one hand because of its small size and light weight. In terms of design, the Pocket Neo resembles what seems to be a standard Samsung Smartphone design. Power button sits on the right side while the volume rocker is on the left side. The headphone jack is located on top of the device while the USB port is at the bottom end. The front side of the device is dominated by the 3” display. Also in the front are sensors, earpiece, 2 capacitive buttons and a Home button. On the back is a 2MP camera with no flash, and the speakers.
The device sports a 3” QVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and a pixel density of 133ppi. Based on the pixel density, you will know right away that it doesn’t have the nicest display in the market, let alone in the low-end market of Smartphones. It wears thin even on a small screen at 3”. It will be difficult to see the display under direct sunlight as it tends to become reflective.
There are dual-SIM versions of the phone for those that want to separate personal and business contacts but still be able to use just one phone. For those that only need one SIM, there are single-SIM versions as well. The dual-SIM versions have the Always On feature which allows users to forward any calls to the other SIM even while they are on the phone using the other.
The Pocket Neo runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and there are no indications that it will be upgraded to version 4.2. It also has a TouchWiz UI.
Under the hood of the device are a single-core processor clocked at 850MHz and 512 of RAM. It has an internal storage of 4GB which is expandable up to 32GB through a MicroSD slot.
In terms of connectivity, it has a micro USB port, Bluetooth and WiFi. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the popular connectivity features that are popular on high-end Smartphones such as 4G/3G and LTE connectivity and NFC.
For GPS, the device has A-GPS and GLONASS technology. GLONASS is a really useful tracking system that works even when offline.
There is a 2MP camera on the back of the device. It doesn’t have auto-focus and it doesn’t have a flash which means you can’t expect it to produce high-quality images or videos. Although there is no front camera on this phone which makes video calling impossible, other VoIP services and applications from third party VoIP providers like RingCentral could still work with it.
For people looking for a basic Smartphone but can also get updates through the Internet via the WiFi connectivity, the Pocket Neo may be recommendable. But for people who prefer faster performance, nicer displays, and a better camera, more games, or more apps, this device is far off from that category.