The phone is available in key markets in Asia. It is operating on EDGE networks, unlike most Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The phone follows the candybar form factor for smartphones, and features a plastic exterior. The Galaxy Star features a 1GHz processor, and comes equipped with 4 gigabytes of internal storage, which can be upgraded to 32 gigabytes through the use of an SD card. Because the device comes with a modified version of the Android 4.1.2 software, Samsung has stated that CPU usage is conducted in a more efficient way to ensure longer battery life. The device features an accelerometer intended to translate natural gestures into commands on the phone; for example, if the phone is ringing and the user turns it face down, it will stop ringing, or if the user wishes to establish a Bluetooth or wireless internet connection, they can shake the device and it will automatically connect. However, users have found that these gestures are often poorly recognised, resulting in the device performing unwanted tasks. It is not the first device to have these features; the HTC Desire Z introduced these features in 2010.
According to Techpinas.com, the Samsung Galaxy Star is a decent device capable of providing users with an adequate mobile experience. They have found the screen to be bare basic, yet they have stated that this is understandable considering the device is a low-end smartphone. Furthermore, the device excels in terms of basic functions such as web browsing and communications. The device also has access to the Google Play Store, however, it is not capable of running many newer apps. Many older apps which do not require as much processing power still function normally on the device. Some features, such as pinch-to-zoom, cause the device to lag, which due to its limited RAM.
Many reviewers have criticized the device due to its lack of a GPS, which has become the norm for modern day smartphones. Reviewers have agreed that the phone excels in terms of battery life, which is a result of Samsung modifying the operating system to control battery drainage. Despite the fact that the device has a 2 MP FF camera, reviewers have found that the camera is capable of taking clear pictures with adequate picture quality.