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When it comes to a mobile phone, I'm not someone who wants all of the latest features; I just want to be able to make a few calls and send a few texts. It doesn't mean I want one of the ancient bricks that you can pick up for less than a tenner, I still want a phone that is more modern and has a colour screen and the ability to change ringtones. I chose the Samsung Chat for around £50 because as well as being a basic phone it had a few extras. I could take photos, go online, and check on Facebook when I was out and about.
The chat is a compact phone with a 3.2 inch screen and QWERTY keyboard. The display is really clear with bright and vibrant colours. The keys are brilliant if you have teeny little skinny fingers. Unfortunately, I have massive sausage like fingers so need to use the tips of my nails to press they keys. There is also a joystick just under the screen. This is the single most annoying feature of the phone as it is so sensitive that when you use it you end up scrolling through the menus and going past what you wanted to find.
It functions perfectly well as a phone. The ringer could do with being a bit louder and ringing a bit longer as it always stops ringing as I take it out of my bag but when I do make or receive calls the sound has always been great. Likewise with texts, it's easy enough to type and send them, but getting into my text message folder is always a hassle because of that joystick!
I'm not someone who goes online a lot on my phone but have tried out the internet and Facebook functions. You can connect to the internet via Bluetooth which is good as it does not eat your data and cost you money. It's a waste of time trying to use anything except the pre-loaded websites as it takes forever to connect to anything and the internet crashes a lot. It's reasonable enough on Facebook when it's not crashing, after I set it up to load automatically to my Facebook then it goes straight there and uses a mobile version of the site. I can see what people have posted with no problem, replying is a bit of a faff due to the tiny keys. I used it one night in the car to scroll through my personal messages to find a phone number we needed so it is a feature that comes in handy. I don't think it's the best phone for internet access and I don't use it to surf the web for fun when I'm on public transport as it is just too frustrating.
The phone also offers instant access to twitter, I've got a feeling this will work better as the site is simpler with fewer graphics. You can also access MSN and Yahoo messengers (does anyone still use them?) and Google Mail instantly but I have never tried them.
Other features on the phone include a camera and MP3 player and radio. The camera is fine for taking snaps of things when you are out and about, they are good enough quality to catch a moment and stick it onto Facebook or send to someone, the lack of flash means the camera can only be used in low light but that is the same with all phone cameras. The sound is good from the MP3 player and radio but the supplied Samsung headphones are so uncomfortable I didn't want to listen that way.
I really dislike the Samsung Chat, I have owned it for several months and it drives me nuts. It is all the small things like the over sensitive joystick and annoying way the menus are set up which take away any enjoyment from using this phone. The phone cost me £50 on PAYG, current selling price is around £50 to £60 so it might seem like a good option for a mid ranged phone but it has caused me no end of hassle so I can't recommend it.
I've had this phone for about 6 months so far. I orginally bought it on a 24 month contract from tesco for 7.50 a month. For the price I really feel that this was a good value for money. I love the Qwerty keyboard and the keys are just the right size for my fingers. My phone was recently water damaged as I dropped it down the loo but despite this the phone still works pretty well, except for the fact that the sensor bar has stopped working. All in all the phone works well, one weakness is the music player. which doesn't always seem to recognise artist descriptions, however i've just learnt to deal with this.
I would recomend this to a friend as it is affordable and seems pretty durable as it still works even after extreme water damage.
Overall i would rate this phone at about 7/10, as I feel it makes an impressive fake blackberry.
The functions of this phone are very easy to use. The functions include: a music player, a video player, a sound recorder, a 2mp camera, a video camera, standard text and picture messaging, internet (3G and Wifi), bluetooth and an organisers. The music player works well, and plays mp3 files as well as some other file types, however sometimes I find that it lags when trying to change songs (however this may be because of the huge amount of music I have on it.) The video player also works well, however you cannot skip through a video, and therefore can only watch from the beginning. Also because the screen is not that big it is actually really hard to see the videos. The sound recorder records sounds at a moderate quality. One weakness of this phone is the camera. Despite the fact that it thas a 2mp camera the camera pictures are often blurry, and there is no flash, so picctures can appear very unfocused. The video camera is again blury, but booth the camer and the video are okay for day to day use, unless you want to take really good pictures. The text messaging is easy to use and self-explanative, and changing a standard text message to a picture message is easy, as you simply choose to "add picture" while writing a standard message. One problem that I find with messaging is that the inbuilt memory for text messaging is very limited, and I therefore get messageees saying that my inbox is full ,and when this happens I have to delete some messages. I also can't just change the default save to memory card. Another issue that I find with this phone is that the internet is slow, even if I am using wif and sometimes I can't even access the internet at all, andwhen this happens I have to restart my phone to gain internet connection agaiin. Therefore the internet on this phone is a big negativve for me.
Firstly I must say that I do not own this phone anymore, my brother does, but I used it for two weeks because I bought it for myself, then upgraded to an iPhone and gave this to him for his birthday. The phone came free on a 24 month contract at 7.50 a month. It is stylish for its price, I believe you can buy this phone for about £50 brand new.
The phone looks very similar to a blackberry in its style and uses to same qwerty keyboard! What made me want to buy this phone in the first place was the fact that it looked similar to the blackberry,, but was so much cheaper. I have had brilliant experiences with all Samsung products in the past and similar with this, they are built well and the quality shows because they last for a long time :)
This phone comes with smartphone features which we now expect to see! You can even access twitter and Facebook on the home screen. This allows you to see notifications and keep up to date with your social networking accounts. Also your home screen allows you to add your favourite contacts and an image of them so you can call the, quickly!
This phone has very good wifi connectivity, so when your at home you can browse the Internet and search things. Apps are limited on this, but some are good, it's worth having a look on the app market. The sound quality of the inbuilt speakers is rather good! You can listen to music on the go also becaus the headphone socket supports normal headphones! You could use it as your mp3 player too.
Inbuilt memory is low, but this doesn't matter becaus you can put a micro sd card in it! They are cheap to get hold of so you cam store as many pictures and videos and music on as you like. Samsung have there own version of iTunes which you use to put music onto it, so it's very simple to do. I rang up samsung and they were happy to guide me through parts of the set up process I struggled with.
The phones battery life is good, it lasts 4/5 days which is rather good compared to the iPhone I am using now that only lasts a day. I think the Samsung chat is really practical. Also the actual feel of the phone in your hands is grEat, it has a rough back tO the phone and a smooth front, it doesn't slip out of your hand when holding it too. I bought a cheap case off of ebay to protect it, I recommend you do this too, nothing worse than a damaged phone!
You can also use it as a camera, it has a 2mega pixel camera which isn't great, but works and for the price of the phone it's a bonus to have a camera! You can record videos on it too, so if your out and about and see something interesting, this phone will capture it for you.
Overall I was extremely happy with this phone, it doesnt compare at all to an iPhone, but i don't think there aiming at the same market. This phones great for kids as there first smart phone because you will not worry about the, damaging it as much as you would if it were a htc, blackberry or and iPhone! Plus they are so simple to use and kids won't struggle with them. This phone is great for the money, it shows how quickly phone technology has moved on recently because this is cheap, and it's good!
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped :)
In all the years I've owned a mobile phone, until very recently I've never actually had to buy one because as the parent of two adult children I've always reaped the benefit of their cast offs. The most recent of these was a Samsung Pixon and I just couldn't get on with it, not least because it was so small it kept slipping out of my bag and ending up on the floor of the car. As I'd been toying with the idea of moving from pay-as-you-go to a contract for a while, I opted for Tesco Mobile and received the Samsung Ch@t as part of the deal. The Ch@t will henceforth be referred to as the Chat.
Despite a couple of decades of working in IT, I'm not the most phone-literate person on the planet and neither am I particularly interested in acquiring one with lots of bells and whistles. Like most people of my age, I just want a phone that makes calls, sends texts and can take the odd photo if absolutely necessary. The Chat more than fulfills my requirements plus it came with a qwerty keyboard.
This review will be from a very non-technical perspective.
The Samsung Chat 335
This phone is branded as an entry level smart phone aimed at people who text frequently but also want some internet connectivity and that's exactly what this phone provides. It looks smart and attractive and is easy to hold in the hand. In fact, it looks a lot like a Blackberry having a similar layout and a qwerty keyboard. The only difference is the Chat is slightly thinner and doesn't quite do what a Blackberry does.
The layout is very simple with only two buttons apart from the on/off ones, everything else being accessed via the mini mouse pad. I found this quite difficult to get to grips with in the beginning but practice has made perfect.
What the Chat does do
It makes phone calls, obviously, and texting is very simple using the qwerty keyboard making it far faster for someone like me especially as I'm old school and put in every punctuation mark (much to my children's amusement). With wi-fi connectivity it's also possible to check emails and even do a spot of social networking if you're so inclined. (I'm not!) The phone comes with pre-installed links to Google as well as all the main social networking and messaging sites plus a few others.
Despite the low megapixel count on the camera (2MP), it takes reasonably good photographs of the snapshot variety. Whilst getting acquainted with my phone, I took some very fetching photographs of my living room rug!
The Chat, like all new phones, doubles as a radio/MP3 player and the sound quality is pretty good, though the headphones supplied are standard issue.
This phone has a long battery life with one charge lasting me for most of the week though admittedly I'm not constantly on the phone or Googling which probably accounts for its longevity any heavy phone users may find the battery doesn't last quite so long.
What the Chat does not do
If you're fond of games, this probably isn't the phone for you. The Chat comes with two sample games preloaded which can be bought but I'm told there is very little else in the way of apps out there to download if you wanted more.
This phone is described by Samsung as 'an entry level smart phone' which in layman's terms means it has the style of a smart phone without any of the substance which probably makes it a complete non-starter for many who want their phone to do everything. For people like me, however, who only want to make calls, send texts, or check emails whilst out and about, or quickly referencing something, this is ideal.
The phone comes in pink or black and currently retails at £50
The main specifications are:
2.4" TFT screen
3.5mm jack for headphones (supplied with the phone)
Micro USB port for charging and PC connectivity
60MB internal memory
MicroSD card (2GB card supplied) with capability up to 8GB
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
2MP Camera with video capability
Google, Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Yahoo preinstalled