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Samsung Galaxy Fame - Battery Life, Connectivity and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson



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Samsung Galaxy Fame - Battery Life

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Fame is one area where it wins back some credibility.

Thanks to the lower demands of the small, dull display, the 1,300mAh Lithium-Ion battery goes a surprisingly long way. The Fame saw us through more than two days steady use without need for a recharge. The Fame’s limited multimedia credentials help here, too, as it means you’re less likely to perform battery draining tasks than on other phones.

Standby time is hugely impressive – the Fame keeps chugging along with minimal use for the better part of a working week.

Samsung Galaxy Fame - Connectivity

Connectivity on the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a mixed bag of tricks. It has the basics (Wi-Fi 802.11, GPS, 3G, microSD and microUSB), but also includes NFC. It’s an odd choice given NFC is has yet to capture the public’s attention, especially as it no doubt adds to the price.

We suspect it has something with Samsung’s TVs support NFC and Samsung wanting people to use the two together, but we wish Samsung Galaxy Fame should have focused more on the basics and cut the price. The Wi-Fi signal strength, though satisfactory, is weaker than some phones and tablets we’ve tested, and on one occasion we had problems connecting to available networks.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Fame?

In short, no, probably not – not unless it comes down in price, at least. There are cheaper phones that are faster, have better screens and more features compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fame.

One such option is the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, which has a better screen and faster performance for a similar price. And if you’re not bothered about performance, budget Alcatel and Huawei phones are just as good at a fraction of the price. Failing that, Windows Phones are another viable option, with the HTC 8S a far superior product at a similar price.

Save another £3 a month and there’s an even better option. You might not be able to get the iPhone 4 SIM-free for anywhere near the price of the Fame, but on a standard 24-month contract at £17 per month vs £20 per month it’s the obvious choice.


The Samsung Galaxy Fame is budget by nature but not by price. It’s too slow and laggy and has a dire screen – unacceptable for the £150 price tag. Unless it comes down in price considerably, we advise you look elsewhere.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Camera 7
  • Design 6
  • Features 6
  • Performance 5
  • Screen Quality 4
  • Usability 5
  • Value 4
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Açúcar Jirapat Noikongka

April 6, 2013, 4:31 pm

how much ??


May 30, 2013, 4:39 pm

Yep it's a shocker - £150


July 18, 2013, 11:19 pm

battery life on the fame is terrible. if you think 2 days is good then you havn't looked around much


July 18, 2013, 11:20 pm

you can get it cheaper at about £110

Big H

October 18, 2013, 4:58 pm

My Samsung fame has a few minor defects. It is hard to answer calls it's harder still to make them it's rubbish at text messages indeed the text alert has gone off about six times in the last hour and I only got one text. The Bluetooth is unreliable falling out whenever a call is received. The menus are awkward each one being different to all the others, making it a nightmare to get to the functions that you want only for that function to fail to work. Sometimes I think the menus work differently on different days of the week. The torch works well and it might be useful as a chock to stop a car rolling away if the hand brake fails.

Rosemary Cruse

April 1, 2015, 8:39 am

mine keeps crashing all the time have to keep removing battery and putting it again wish i never bought it

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