The Samsung Galaxy R is as feature stocked as they come. Connectivity is lacking only in the 4G/WIMAX department, since this is an international GSM phone, putting 4G in was probably going to be overkill. So you have HSDPA 900/1200 for high speed connectivity, while the 2G frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 deal with calls. Local connectivity is handled via Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 and GPS.
Now for the show stopper, unlike most phones, including the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy R runs on a dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with ULP GeForce GPU for graphics and its main claim to fame, of course, is the Tegra 2 chipset. So in short this is a very fine phone for HD gaming, very fine indeed. Internal memory is capped at a generous 8 GB, with 1 GB of RAM and a very generous 2 GB of ROM.
As for the auto-focus enabled 5 MP camera, it falls a bit short. Pictures turn out looking very washed out, especially with green objects on a white background. Distant shots turn out grainy with very sharp edges, and foliage shots always turn out oily looking. But somehow pictures turn out in a light fluorescent blue when taken in low light, courtesy of the flash. If you're looking for shooting modes in the Galaxy R, you won't be disappointed. Smile shot, Panorama, Sports, Sunset, Landscape, Portrait, Indoors and many more are available.
The 720p HD videos are suitable for home viewing, there's a little bit of pixelation on moving objects, but otherwise sound quality and color fidelity combined with the capture rates make for decent 720p videos.
The music player is the standard remix of TOUCHWIZ 4.0 and the native Android player, somewhat of a mixed bag in terms of design, and if you're looking for a cover flow like design, you'll be disappointed. But otherwise you get stellar sound quality, a fantastic radio, preset equalizers and full album cover support. Audio file support is a bit limited at MP3, WAV, OGG and eAAC+ being the only playable formats.
Of course the awesome video player more than makes up for it, you can easily and flawlessly play 720p HD movies in the MP4, DIVX/XVID and WMV, formats. Colors are bright, but focused, and there is never any skip in sound or picture movement. If you enjoy watching movies on your smartphone, the Galaxy R is a pretty good choice.
The Samsung Galaxy R comes with the standard arrays of features, such as -- GPS, JAVA, SNS integration, a digital compass, an organizer, image/video editor, document editor (works with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, GTalk, Picasa integration, Adobe Flash support and voice memos, dials and commands.