Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Good beginner smart phone, could be better
Samsung Ch@t 335
Member Name: MotorAmarth
Samsung Ch@t 335
Advantages: Good for social media, good overall phone
Disadvantages: Not many apps available, not a good camera, not good memory
I bought this phone after my Samsung Tocco Ultra suddenly broke. I couldn't afford a Blackberry, and seeing this in Tesco for £59.99 made my day.
It has a full qwerty keyboard and nice shaped buttons, they're nice and easy to use, unlike some that are spaced apart unevenly or stick out too much. I find these to be just right, easy to use for the podgiest of fingers!
The size of the model (111mm x 61mm) is a nice size, around the same height and width as your standard Blackberry. The depth is surprisingly small (12mm), a lot thinner than my boyfriend's Blackberry Bold. However I still find it a little big to fit in my jeans pocket comfortably (obviously not much of an issue for men as the pockets are deeper in your jeans!)
It has a decent camera with a good zoom, however it has no flash which is very disappointing. The quality of the photos aren't amazing but are okay for if you take minimal photos on your phone. For 2 megapixels it's about what you'd expect. If you rely on your phone as a primary camera then I would not recommend it.
It also has a music player and an fm radio which is a nice feature, but I find the sound quality is a bit "tinny" and hurts your ears if it is playing moderately loud through the speaker. A plus is that it stores MP3 and comes with a micro USB cable, so you can easily transfer music from your computer to your phone. It also has a standard sized earphone jack which is great since regular earphones can be used.
I also put a memory card in my phone as it doesn't hold a huge amount of files. It has 60MB of integrated memory so it is useful to have a memory card if you plan on storing a lot of photos or music on your phone.
Calls and texts are all very good, great clarity when taking phone calls and has a volume control on the side of the phone to turn your callers volume up or down :p It also has speaker phone.
The main function of this phone is for social media. It comes with pre downloaded facebook and twitter apps, has msn and google ready to use and has a communities menu for all your social networking sites at your fingertips.
The main screen has a small bar at the top of the screen with all the preinstalled apps, so they are easy to access.
An issue I have had is with downloading apps. As the facebook app that is readily installed only shows you status updates, I downloaded the app from the facebook website, but when I try to use it, the phone reboots. It has done this with a lot of apps that I have downloaded so it may be an issue they have with their flash settings. There are also not many apps available from Samsung, so if you rely on apps, I'd recommend an iphone or a Blackberry, there are many more available for those.
Basically, if you want to use this phone for texting, calling and web browsing, then it is a nice little phone. For anything more complex, I'd look into something else.
Summary: Good for a basic smartphone
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