The price of Samsung Galaxy Pocket, we find, hasn't changed much since the affordable Android handset received a major price cut in the Philippines last July.
From having an official suggested retail price of Php 5,699 when it was quietly launched in the Philippines around June, the phone's price tag was eventually slashed to just Php 4,990, which is - if I may say so - a lot closer to TP's Price Guesstimate for it last March.
From August 4 to September 2, 2012, Samsung Mobile Philippines had a Php 200 off promo for Samsung Galaxy Pocket, which brought the price down to just Php 4,790. Currently, I believe the SRP back to Php 4,990.
Entry-level Samsung Galaxy Pocket GT-S5300, which looks like a shrunk version of Samsung Galaxy Y Duos or Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, has modest technical specifications. It flaunts a 2.8 inch 240 x 320 pixels resolution TFT capacitive touchscreen display, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with just an 832 MHz single core processor, and handles multitasking with but a measly 289 MB of RAM.
Imaging and video capture are covered but only via 2 MegaPixel fixed focus camera with no flash and a QVGA recorder. So yeah, we would do well not to expect much from the shooter. What's good though is that users can enjoy Wifi and 3G connection on this handset for easy access to online content and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
With dimensions of 103.7 x 57.5 x 12 millimeters and weighing only 97 grams, the diminutive Samsung Galaxy Pocket - true to its name - slips seamlessly into your jeans' pocket or even the front pocket of your polo shirt.
Sure, it's affordable, small, light and all, but do we like this phone?
Well, for me, it's just alright. In my opinion, Samsung Galaxy Pocket is hardly the most attractive handset in its price category (though it's by no means ugly, mind you); I'd personally give that title to Nokia Asha 311 or even the upcoming and slightly more affordable Nokia Asha 309. In terms of specifications and imaging capabilities, the Php 5,990 LG Optimus L3 is superior with 384 MB of RAM and a 3.15 MegaPixel autofocus camera. But what Pocket slightly lacks in visual appeal and features, it makes up for in the flexibility of its highly-customizable Android user interface, the large number of apps that you can get for it via Play Store, and of course, its heavily discounted price tag.
Overall (and to be fair to Samsung), I think it's a strong release that's worth checking out. And yup, I've yet to meet a Samsung Galaxy Pocket owner who actually feels sorry for making the purchase.