Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Samsung GT C3300
Member Name: Lakerfanster
Samsung GT C3300
Advantages: Stylish look, battery life, jack of all trades
Disadvantages: master of none
Back in February of this year I was looking for a new phone after my Sony Ericsson K800i sadly died. At the time my mother was struggling to get to grips with her new phone and she let me borrow it whilst I looked for a new phone as she went back to her older phone which was she found was easier to use. The phone I was using was the Samsung C3300K. When I bought the K800i I had looked at a few phones including a couple of Samsung models yet decided to go with what I know and plucked for a Sony Ericsson. I used the
Samsung C3300K for around three to four weeks and felt I knew enough about it to write this review about my experience with using this phone and how I rated it.
This phone was announced in May of 2010 and released a month later and is also known as the Samsung Libre. It is a touchscreen and was the first touchscreen phone I had used. It's a slimline design which measures 96.3 x 53.8 x 13 mm and weighs just 80g. The screen is TFT and is a 2.4" touch-sensitive screen with a resolution of 240x320 pixels, It has full touchscreen usability. The phone is generally easy to pick up and use to it's full capability. The phone benefits from the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack which allows you to use the phone as an mp3 player or connect a hands-free kit. Although the phone comes with just 30mb of memory it does have a Micro SD Card slot for cards up to 8GB which gives you plenty of functionality.
This phone is widely available and comes in several color solutions, including deep black, espresso brown, sweet pink and chic white. There's the ability to purchase this phone on a number of different deals and network plans. All the major networks are covered here and the phone ranges from £35-£70+ depending on the deal. As usual the phone is of course available in both pay as you go and contract. I haven't seen that many people with one of these phones but from looking around online there are many happy customers it seems given some short reviews on mobile phone store websites.
Over the last few years the advancements in cameras on mobile phones have been astounding with the top ones rivalling similarly priced digital cameras. Sadly The Samsung Libre is not at the top of the list when it comes to decent camera phones with just a 1.3mp lens, However it does produce a satisfactory picture for easy scenes but it certainly doesn't match the more advanced camera phones although you wouldn't buy the phone for this area of it's capability. You can also use the lens for recording video although this is of a lesser quality than the still photos you can take on this phone.
This phone has an excellent battery life with a stated battery life on talk time of 12 hours and standby of an amazing 27 days. I'm not sure about the latter but if you use your phone for emergencies only then it could certainly get around that length of time. The menus are a little awkward to get to know as you need to learn how little or much to touch the screen when scrolling through the different menus but once you have sorted it out then it's easy, Just a few days of playing around with the phone really. The phone doesn't always come with a usb cable so make sure you get one if you want to transfer your files to your computer and from your computer to your phone. There's also bluetooth and this is easy to use as ever.
As mentioned this has an mp3 player function and the option to extend to an 8GB MicroSD Card, The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone slot will suit people with normal headphones. How does this phone sound for Music? well certainly not as great as some but it does give above average music performance and calls are decent enough with fairly clear voices. There's also a radio for people who prefer to listen to the radio on the move. It's again not the best radio playback on a phone I have heard but certainly not as bad as it could have been. Just really depends on the signal strength.
Like nearly every phone nowadays this also features wap Internet. Whilst the speed is obviously not as fast as more advanced phones you can still use a decent signal for the internet. If you use the social networks a lot then this is probably not the phone for you but then if you just use the Internet on your mobile phone now and again to check train times or cinema showings then it's ideal. The phone supports the GPRS & EDGE services. I thought the wap speed of this phone was too slow for me but I use wap a lot especially for the likes of facebook and twitter.
This is a decent phone for the money and will appeal to anyone just wanted to be able to make calls and occasionally use the mobile internet and take photos as a second thought. It could be an ideal second phone if you have lost your more advanced one or just need a second mobile phone for work purposes. I would recommend this phone to older people as generally they are looking for less than a younger mobile user who is usually looking for social networks and various different apps and games etc. So in summary, This is a decent all rounder but look elsewhere if you want something more. Does everything but not that well.
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