Samsung Galaxy Stellar comes to Verizon on Thursday, supports 256-bit encryption and a “Starter mode” for newbies

Looks like Verizon Wireless is getting ready for another new Samsung Android smartphone. Rather, it will if Apple doesn’t consider yet another post-verdict legal strategy to get in the way, of course.

The Samsung Galaxy Stellar will be arriving this coming Thursday for Verizon Wireless customers, packing a combination of Android 4.0 (otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1.2GHz Snapdragon with two cores of processing capacity (i.e. dual-core), access to Verizon’s 4G LTE high-speed mobile web, Wi-Fi 802.11n for wireless home and office networking, and support for a 32GB maximum storage capacity with its microSD card slot. The price is nothing to complain about, either: this latest smartphone only sets you back $50 on-contract. Not only that, but you can even get a full rebate of your phone acquisition costs, knocking the price t0 absolute zero.

That being said, what this phone lacks is what makes that price into what it is. There’s no high-resolution backside camera (you only get a 3.2 factor on your megapixel resolution here, though you do get autofocus functionality), the front-facing webcam is a mere 1.3MP, and the WVGA screen is no more than a 4 inch diagonal measure.

On the flip side, the Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved for the Enterprise) device meaning it supports 256-bit data encryption, Microsoft ActiveSync, VPN, and mobile device management. Another interesting feature of the Galaxy Stellar is it has two modes — “Standard” and “Starter”. “Starter” mode is a special mode configured by Samsung for people new to Android, with a simplified, call-oriented homescreen.

Bottom line is if you don’t have the cash for a more feature-loaded smartphone (and don’t want to be stuck with one of the last 3G devices ever released to Big Red for two years, if there are any that are left unsold) then this baby may be just what you’re looking for.

[via Engadget]

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  • Louis

    For those like myself currently living in China — I’ve tried, fruitlessly, every free VPN to be used on my cellphone, but no cigar.

    I’ve studied many feedback on paid cell VPN’s, all of which users complain (including previous versions of my current commercial VPN, which is Astrill, whose cellphone VPN just didn’t work, and it had a special problem with Samsung phones in addition).

    However, good news for fellow cellphone users behind the Great Firewall : Astrill brought out a completely overhauled and very slick cell VPN client a few days ago (at no additional charge if you already use their desktop based VPN) — it installed fast on my Samsung phone, no need to change any settings, and it connected fast to FB & YouTube. Just download it from the Google Play store if you’re already an Astrill customer & install.

    This is just for information, since I’ve been looking for this for 3 years now !