Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo: big dud!

October 18, 2014

For the third time in her school career,  my daughter came home with a broken smartphone. Now that's not very smart, is it?"

Apparently it fell. And now there's a big crack in the screen. It won't even start up again.

At first I was all: 'You broke your smartphone, now you lie in it!' But then I remembered she had to go on a school trip. To London of all places. And I really want my kids to have a phone when they're away from home. That way they can do an E.T. and  'phone home'.

So I decided to buy her a new smartphone, one last time. But since I was going to pay for it, I was going to choose it too.

Mom's choice: Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo


Off to the store I went. I had a budget of 70 USD in mind. Because I didn't want to spend too much money. After much deliberation I bought her a Samsung GT-S5310 also known as the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo. It cost me about 60 bucks.

I figured Samsung is a well known brand, so how could I go wrong?

But as soon as my daughter saw the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo her face fell. And I saw her swallow back tears of disappointment. I had to admit, it wás kind of small. It comes with a 3 inch display. But hey, beggars can't be choosers! Right?

Wrong.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo: a dud


Turns out the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is a big dud. The worst thing about it, is that it hardly responds to your touch. And if does, it takes forever. It reminded me of my kids when I ask them to do something.

Aside from that, it's so small it's almost impossible to use the keys. And the camera sucks big time too.

Summing up


I would like my sorry tale to be a warning. So other moms don't make the same mistake I did. By wanting to be frugal I wasted my money. Now we've got a dumb smartphone and I'm out 60 bucks.

So my advice is: don't be too cheap! When it comes to smartphone, be smart about it. Spend a little bit more, so you get good quality.

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4 comments

  1. Oh my goodness have you been a fly on the wall in my house? 17 y/o I have lost count of how many phones she has gone through in the last 7 years!!!! The last one a Samsung Galaxy s4 she DROPPED and it finally failed about 4 weeks ago. So she has to work to buy another through warranty. In the mean time she has to call from land lines and friends phones to let us know where she is. SUCk to be her. I also have her friends numbers so that I f I need her a call goes out and within 10 mins I get a call from her ....... She hates it, but again sucks to be her! Maybe now that she is buying the next one she will take better care. Maybe!

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    1. Good for you for making her work for a new phone. If my daughter ruins another smartphone I'm not going to buy her a new one again either.

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  2. Yikes, third phone! I have an iPhone, and had I not had the LifeProof case I'm quite sure I would be on my fifth iPhone. The LifeProof case can even be dropped in water!
    I'm with you I want my babies to have a reliable phone if I'm not around.
    All the best~
    XOXO

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    1. My daughter found a second hand phone that already comes with some kind of case. Hopefully that will keep it in one piece.

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