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Samsung Star Black/Gold Unlocked GSM Touch Screen Phone with 3.2MP Camera/ 10 Hours Talk Time/ Bluetooth (S5230)

  • Decent Battery Life
  • 3" Touch Screen Display
  • 3.15MP Camera with Smile Detection
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If you’re looking for a sleek and stylish phone that also offers excellent music playback, then the Samsung Star Black S5230 is exactly what you want. You’ll love managing your playlists and contacts on the 3-inch touch screen that’s easy to read from different angles and in a range of lighting conditions.

Your personal mix never has to end with the Samsung battery that offers you hours of listening pleasure on a single charge. You’ll have room for your MP3s on the on-board 50MB memory. For bigger music collections, upgrade to an optional 8GB microSD card. The integrated 3.2-megapixel camera let you capture crisp and bright images and records video. Enjoy quality music and communication features in one very portable phone by owning the Samsung Star S5230 today!

  • newegg Large Touch Screen An ultra-large 3” touch screen allows for quick navigation and precise typing. It was designed to provide a dynamic mobile gaming and viewing experience. Just switches between landscape and portrait viewing mode on this perfect touch screen.
  • newegg Bluetooth Technology The Samsung Star Black S5230 features hassle-free Bluetooth connections to Bluetooth-enabled headsets, cell phones, computers and more. Transfer and share photos, music, videos and documents in great convenience using your Samsung Star S5230!
  • newegg 3.2 Megapixel Camera with Video Capture The integrated 3.2-megapixel camera captures crisp and bright images and records video, so you can create small movie clips and share them with your family and friends.
  • newegg MicroSD Expansion Slot The Samsung Star Black S5230 features a MicroSD expansion slot for additional storage capacity to hold more music, videos, pictures as well as data and software.

Learn more about the SAMSUNG S5230


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Black / Gold
Form Factor
Touch Screen Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G, T-Mobile 2G, Simple Mobile, Rogers, Fido, Red Pocket
Data transfer


Polyphonic, MP3, WAV ringtones

MP3 / AAC / AAC+ / e-AAC+ / WMA / WAV player


Internal Memory
50 MB
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 8GB


Main Display Size
Main Display Color
Main Display Format
Main Display Resolution
240 x 400
Touch Screen
Resistive Touchscreen


3.2 MP
Camera Zoom

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
USB v2.0


Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
Talk Time
Up to 10 hours
Standby Time
Up to 800 hours


H.263/H.264/MPEG4 player


Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)


Accelerometer sensor

Handwriting recognition

Smart unlock

DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine)

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java MIDP 2.0

Shazam Find Music service

Smile detection


4.09" x 2.09" x 0.47"
3.3 oz.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

Customer Reviews of the SAMSUNG S5230

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  • charles l.
  • 11/4/2012 11:32:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very good cell phone

Cons: back cover, at first hard to open. once open it's easy to open then become's very easy to open.

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  • Jason C.
  • 6/23/2012 5:20:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood phone

Pros: Cheap phone, very small and portable. light.

Cons: TOuch screen isnt so good, the screen is plastic and very easy to scratch.

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  • Asif M.
  • 5/11/2012 5:36:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Great Phone!

Pros: I bought this as a present for someone. They received it and liked it very much. There hasn't been any complaints from them ever since, so all I can say is that this phone is amazing.

Cons: No cons at all.

Other Thoughts: It's a great phone for its price, I might even order another!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2011 11:36:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGift to a frustrated 92 yr old father

Pros: Price was right and it works with T-Mobile. Still trying to understand phone features.
Blue tooth will help in his loaded Avalon (if the Samsung link is automatic like my old Nokia N95)

Cons: charging only when phone is off is pretty nasty trick. Smart phones and semi-smart phones are not sufficiently intuitive for a 92 year old. This is an ongoing struggle and I live 10,000 miles away. Instructions by voice and email are dificult.

Other Thoughts: What the old man really wanted was an I-Phone or Samsung Note that he could use with a prepaid T-Mobile Simm card. He is not interested in contract service, 3G, or Wifi. Hxly Smokes - he griped that the Star wouldn't play solitaire. Found Solitaire that is supposed to run on the Star. Will find out soon.
I hope I don't do this to my kids.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2011 1:37:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsdon't buy it

Pros: the fake call thing is neat... but they have apps for it nowadays

Cons: this is the worst phone ever. when i really needed my phone it won't charge. rather it will charge when it's turned off. like it won't charge at all when it's on (and not in a call) with this phone i will never buy any samsung product. and best part is? this is an international phone so no warranty anyhow! i bought this at some store in the international district and wow, i feel really stupid for buying it. i should've paid extra for something more. this is just a cheap want to be smart phone. horrible battery life, horrible charge, and the charger that comes with it is junk.

the touch screen sucks, it makes a lot of pocket calls for a phone that has a "lock" button. and like a previous reviewer said, if you need to use a keypad when in a phone call you don't have much time before it locks again...

poor OS design, poor touch screen, texting is a nightmare unless you use the stylus, and that just isn't practical all the time.

Other Thoughts: i really needed to make a phone call and the phone would not charge. i had to turn it off. well i missed some important stuff. yep, a really bad exp, i was considering buying the galaxy s2 but yeah, screw that.

if you need a cheap phone, don't look at this, the so called features don't make up for how much frustration you will go through later.

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  • Shankar C.
  • 5/25/2011 5:11:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsVery poor quality screen

Pros: The phone has lot of features provided the phone lasts.

Cons: Broke within one year. Found that there was not even one year warranty on this one. The screen calibrartion was totally lost. You press one thing and something else happens. It is dengarous. Unwanted calls were being made. Also screen gets locked when you make a call. This is a big problem when you dial 1-800 numbers, which requires further key press. To unlock the screen you have to press unlock button on the side of the phone and quickly press the keypad button. If you delay, you may be timed out. There is no way to avoid locking. I wasted my money on this one. Never buying another Samsung phone.

Other Thoughts: This is a cheap touch screen phone. Cheap Samsung phones are really cheap in quality. Don't buy cheap Samsung phones. Lot of features but what would you do with the features if phone stops working?

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  • 5/17/2011 8:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot enough for long term heavy duty usage

Pros: 1. Good touchscreen feature.
2. Good standard smart phone feature enough for basic usage.
3. long battery life can make you charge probably only twice a week for normal usage.

Cons: 1. Touchscreen not so sensitive and well use.
2. phone need to have memory card to make it can connect to PC. This looks like firmware bug for me.

Other Thoughts: I have used this phone since AUG/4/2010
1. I have encounter some kind of fail dial out & receive call issue time by time after 8 month use of this phone.
2. The tocuhscreen now stop to work after 10 month usage and this kill all the usage of this phone and it now like a dummy rock.
I am not confidence on this kind of product quality.

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  • Ashutosh V.
  • 5/14/2011 7:27:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSamsung S5230R

Pros: Cheap
Cool widgets

Cons: Charing always gives problem
Camera does not work(I am planning to send it back)
Cannot go to the text message inbox while on call which was very frustrating

Other Thoughts: Buy only if want to get a cheap phone for touch screen experience

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2011 2:03:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Everything works great on this phone.... Good value for money... Love it...
I have no Cons..

Cons: None

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  • Jonathan K.
  • 3/9/2011 12:53:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap Touchscreen Phone

Pros: -Cheap
-Slim design
-Good response in QWERTY keypad
-Smart unlock

Cons: -No WiFi
-Multimedia messaging doesn't work
-Poor back cover design
-No flash for camera
-Resistive touchscreen rather than capacitive

Other Thoughts: Overall, the Samsung Star is a cheap, standard touchscreen phone. The biggest con is certainly the lack of WiFi built in.

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