Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos Review
This is a feature phone with the standard Samsung interface, but what takes some getting used to is not the UI itself, but the resistive screen. If you have never used a touchscreen before it will look clunky, and if you have used a capacitive one it would be annoying. You’d have to double tap and apply more effort to get things rolling.
When it comes to basic functionality, though, the interface has got most things covered. The phone book support 1,000 entries, with a call log 30 dialed/received and missed calls.
lack of a back button. Whenever you go deeper into the menus and want to go back one step, you cannot. The best you could do is go back to the home screen and once again redo your routine stopping one step shorter.
There are even native Facebook and Twitter clients, but the initial setup is a bit of a pain. Samsung is also equipping this phone with its Chat On instant messaging system that also works on smartphones and does not eat up your SMS allowance, but instead uses your data connection.
However all those services that require you typing in any way become a huge pain with the slow resistive touchscreen and the T9 keyboard. Getting this feature phone with texting in mind is definitely not a good idea.
dual standby SIM card support means the Champ Deluxe can work with two SIM cards, both of which go under the battery. That means there is no easy way to swap them - you’d have to take out the battery to change cards. Both being on standby, you still choose one that is active from a notification dropdown, and that would be your main card. You can, of course, receive calls on the other one.
Internet and Connectivity:
Connectivity on the Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos is pretty basic with the notable absence of Wi-Fi. You get GPRS/EDGE 2G, though, an Internet browser, and even push email. Bluetooth connectivity is also on board, which is good.
Loading up complex webpages is a no-no, but for most basic web searches the browser does a passable job. You also get the Opera mini browser with its excellent web compression techniques that make it slightly easier to browse the web on such slow connections.
1. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
While it does share a clear Samsung lineage, I am disappointed that they released such an iphone-resembling device.
Also, some folks prefer feature phones for their simplicity and/or cannot afford the requisite data plan, so the second paragraph comes across as narrow-minded and short-sighted.
You also listed lack of WiFi a con: what feature phone comes with WiFi? In the U.S. market I am not aware of any.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Samsung Champ series always has been phones with no actual game-plan i would say... It looks cute, that's all i can say.
It may be cheap, but it's better to get a phone with a keypad instead of this one!
6. redmd (Posts: 761; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
not everyone wants a smartphone
not everyone can afford a smartphone
not everyone lives in the USA
some people want to have the basic phone functions
why can't you folks understand that
besides there's a galaxy S3 and note 2 for high end
there's a market for feature phones in developing countries
and Samsung wants everything covered
2. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Samsung I am disappointed with this. Such a crappy Feature phone. you can do great Smartphones, Why don't you put in effort when making feature phones too?!
8. predator93 (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Features phones are made to look bad just to boost the smartphone sales, when i wanted to update from my samsung jet, my only requirement was a larger screen size with the same resolution and i found choices only in android and windows 7.5 devices.
4. amiroo (Posts: 239; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
the other cheap & crap phone by sami..4 of 10 ..why samsung do this work stupidity?
5. mydi.maus (unregistered)
sammy is tired making great phones.. go champ! lol
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Lmao what were you expecting on the most affordable phone? A 1080p display?
13. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
No they expect a Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHZ Quad core processor and a 480X800 3.2 inch screen..
9. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
The cons they have listed are irritating.
Feature phone means no apps...duh!
Resistive touch screen is a pain...true, but it also has it's positive quirks, like anything can be used as a stylus.
No WiFi...It's a feature phone, they never have had wifi, never will.
These aren't cons, it's just a different market. It's like buying a base model car, and then complaining it doesn't have 400hp, or a premium navigation system.
10. hkxm8 (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
The back button is the big black button and champ deluxe can play QVGA video (384kbps-18fps, 128kb-441khz). Feature phone mean it can run java apps and don't tell me you can't find java app.
This phone released almost a year and the review comeout when it birthday is near.
11. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Atleast strike a balance when making feature and smartphones!! Make both classes of phones good, or QUIT MAKING FEATUREPHONES! Samsung, your feature phones are truly disappointing.
Here's what i would do to make this 4/10 rated feature phone better-
-Put in a 3.2 inch screen with 480x320 resolution, instead of a 2.8 inch screen with 240x320 resolution.
Replace the resisitive touch screen with a capacitive one (GEEZ Sammy! what were u thinking?! Resisitive touch screen? That is OBSOLETE nowadays!)
Put in a 3.2/5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash. (1.3 MP camera? FACEPALM)
Lastly, Put in some other youthful colours!! Target this phone towards tweens, (12-14 years old) And not the good old black. Take a look at your corby and learn, samsung.
This is what i would do to this phone... if i'm a sammy phone designer.