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Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Samsung's proprietary interface may fall short to all the smart phones out there, but comparing with feature phones, it is actually pretty simple to master, and gets the job done. You can choose from three themes for the UI when setting up the phone – blue, beige, and green. There is no social networking integration in your contacts list, of course, the phone just can't handle that, but the homescreen sports dedicated Facebook and Twitter clients, as well as shortcuts to messaging and communication apps. The phone sports a pretty convenient email wizard, and a combined inbox for both your emails, and your text messages.

The Samsung Ch@t 335 comes with a proprietary interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
The Samsung Ch@t 335 comes with a proprietary interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
The Samsung Ch@t 335 comes with a proprietary interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

The Samsung Ch@t 335 comes with a proprietary interface


There is also a Communications hub, which integrates different means of getting in touch, like IM (MSN, Yahoo and Palringo), said Facebook and Twitter clients, as well as access to additional services like Picasa, Flickr, and Photobucket. Given that the phone's main purpose is to keep you connected, we found messaging very streamlined.

Communications hub - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Instant messenger - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Messaging - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Communications hub

Instant messenger

Messaging

 

It is not only messaging, though. The Samsung Ch@t 335 comes with an Organizer section, which includes a pretty rich Calendar app, as well as Alarms, Memo, Task, World clock and Calculator apps, plus a built-in file browser.

Organizer section - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Calendar - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Organizer section

Calendar


To unlock the handset you have to reach out and hold the Alt key down left on the keyboard, which is similar to what other QWERTY candybars ask you to do. The very same keyboard is a gamechanger for productivity. Samsung allows custom actions for all of the keys, which means that you can quickly access pretty much every function with a single push of a key. Again, if you have bigger hands, better sharpen your thumbs' nails, since the Samsung Ch@t 335 is a pretty smallish device for comfortable typing.

Samsung allows custom actions for all of the keys - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Samsung allows custom actions for all of the keys - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Samsung allows custom actions for all of the keys - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Samsung allows custom actions for all of the keys



Internet, Connectivity and Software:

A 2.4-inch screen just doesn't pair with quality browsing and the Samsung Ch@t 335 does nothing to change that. Your standard mobile browser from the dark ages of dumbphones doesn't allow much. The trackpad is used to scroll the page up and down, but even mobile versions of the pages render pretty slowly while scrolling. For zooming you can use the volume rocker, but, overall, if the website you visit is not simple, or doesn't have a mobile version, you will be getting the “not enough memory” message all too often. At least you can browse for free via Wi-Fi, which is something for a phone at this price point.

As we mentioned earlier, the handset also comes with a microUSB port, which you can use to easily sync your media with the phone through Samsung's Kies manager – an elegant iTunes-like solution for your Ch@t 335. The handset could also be connected in mass storage mode, allowing you to drag and drop your files without dealing with additional software.

In terms of apps, you can rely on the Samsung Apps download center, or the pre-installed applications. The Apps section includes Google, which takes you directly to the search engine's home page, Games (mostly Java-based trial versions), Voice recorder, Dictionary, Timer and a Stopwatch. In there are also the apps for managing the Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth and the FM Radio – yes, we have a pretty good set of connectivity options in the Samsung Ch@t 335, but for data connections you will be on EDGE, no 3G radio in there.

Pre-installed applications - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Pre-installed applications



Camera and Multimedia:

The Samsung Ch@t 335 is the successor to the similarly looking Ch@t 322. And camera is one department where change has happened, bumping the resolution from 1.3MP to 2MP. There are a couple of options in the interface, such as adjusting the white balance, brightness or resolution, as well as adding simple effects like Sepia to your shots.

Camera interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Camera interface


The flashless snapper on the Ch@t 335 doesn't promise much, but take a look at the sample pictures we took on a sunny day. The pictures lack detail, as you would expect, but have high contrast and nicely saturated colors. Indoor shots are pretty noisy, but usable if you have a well-lit environment.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Ch@t 335 - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Ch@t 335 - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Ch@t 335 - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Ch@t 335 - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Ch@t 335


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Video recording with the Samsung Ch@t 335 is not worth the sentence we are writing about it - QCIF 176x144 resolution at 15fps, good only for watching on the phone's display. When it comes to the image gallery, though, we liked the way you could easily fit photos on the screen, and flip them with the trackpad.

Samsung Ch@t 335 Sample Video:




Sound mind tells us that media playback on a 2.4 inch screen is limited to audio and images. Audio playback was satisfying, with strong and reasonably clear sound from the loudspeaker, and the music player even has a few equalizer presets you can use, not to mention that FM radio is also on board. For the movie enthusiasts out there we did try to run differently encoded videos, to find support for MPEG-4 files only, at around the native resolution of the screen.

Music player - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review
Music player - Samsung Ch@t 335 Review

Music player



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posted on 15 Jun 2011, 07:34

3. Aakriti (unregistered)


I AM CONFUSED BETWEEN NOKIA C3 AND SAMSUNG CHAT 335

I HAVE READ ON MANY SITES THAT THE OPTICAL PAD IN SAMSUNG CHAT 335 IS VERY FRAGILE AND DELICATE AND IT TENDS TO STOP WORKING AFTER 2-3 MONTHS.
IS IT TRUE? BECAUSE I WANT A STURDY MOBILE FOR CHATTING AND LISTENING TO SONGS (NOT FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING OR BROWSING THE NET AT ALL). SO I WANT A CELL WHICH IS BETTER FOR TYPING AND HAS A BETTER SOUND QUALITY.

NOW I HAVE 4 QUESTIONS:
1. DOES EITHER OR THEM COME WITH METALLIC FINISH BECAUSE I DEFINITELY WOULD PREFER ONE WITH A METALLIC FINISH AS IT LOOKS QUITE CLASSY.

2. DOES EITHER OF THEM HAVE THE OPTION TO CHANGE THEMES. AND I MEAN NOT JUST THE 2-3 PRE DOWNLOADED THEMES. THE THEMES WHICH I CAN DOWNLOAD FROM NET AND EASILY INSTALL (READ: WITHOUT HACKING THE CELL OR DOING ANY OF THE CRAZY GEEKY STUFF ONE HAS 2 DO IN MOTOROLA).

3. IS THE OPTICAL TRACK PAD STURDY ENOUGH TO LAST LIKE AN YEAR OR TWO AT LEAST?

4. WHICH ONE SHOULD I OPT FOR?????

PLZZZZZ ANSWER!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 05:09

4. Raphael123 (unregistered)


get a c3 it's way better than chat 335, but if you are looking a more mettalic finish and a blackberry style go for the chat, if you are looking for themes get a c3... c3 has a much more great audio quality and great battery life i have one, my friend has a chat... go for the c3 way way way way better!!!!!! hope this helps... :D

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 18:23

5. sakura (unregistered)


I can't decide beteen the samsung chat 335 or the lg C300
i want a phone i can listen to music on and use internet on, but i'm not in a wifi area so can't use wifi, not bothered about design as long as it's black, i just want a good phone that will last more than a few months and can use normal mobile internet on.
help please?????

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 12:58

6. ajaypunia4u (unregistered)


go for samsung chat 335.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 17:49

7. rolf (unregistered)


does the white s3350 come in O2??(:

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 07:33

8. Chazza (unregistered)


This phone is not all that it is made out to be. It is a very boring phone, and extremely basic. However that'll be good for people that do not want jazzy phones. I purchased this phone probably 8 months ago. I dont like it. When i first got it i loved the keypad etc, but even as a teenage girl of sixteen I still struggle with the keys. The O, and P stick. If i want to delete one single photo the whole phone will crash so ill have to take the battery out and start again. It wont let me view certain things because itll crash. The internet is terrible, it wont let you go onto big pages. It is terrible. Dont buy it. Please. Get something thats worth it. The trackpad for me was ok. 4/10 for this phone.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:18

9. i love this phone (unregistered)


i love this phoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 19:28

10. how to configure exchange emai (unregistered)


i am not able to configure exchange email client on my mobile samsung chat 335, anyone knows where it is or any alternate option ??

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:30

11. bumble00000 (unregistered)


I am getting my phone very soon. And I really liked the samsung ch@t 335, but according to two of the comments, it's not great. But some other people love it, and some people like the nokia c3, but i think the nokia c3 is utter disgusting. So please (below) some good reviews on samsungch@t335??????????????????

:) x thankss

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 15:57

12. ellemint (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I have this phone :))
I only got it because of the keyboard and i thought it would be like a blackberry curve.
Dont be fooled by the looks. Its a shocking boring phone which is so basic my gadget nervous grandad can use it! If you just want it for basic use like calls and texting every so often this would be idea. The camera is poor and the keys make a horrid sound! Its very slow on the internet which uses your money up 10 times as fast! The videos always delete themselves. I also have a problem whenever I text someone and then put it on lock it will ring that person which ius soooooooo annoying and uses all your credit. This is an awful phone dont bother! My old £10 was better and that says something! Hope this helped you guys :)

and bumble DONT GET IT ITS AWFUL YOU WILL HATE IT!

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:57

13. pathan ubaid khan (unregistered)


samsung chat @335 is very good

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:22

14. zaffy (unregistered)


i'm really confused.. i want this phone but some of the comments says its not a good one.. should i buy this or not? i need a credible opinion.. please help me.. i bearly have 1-2 weeks to decide.. :( i really wants this.. i want a phone that last.. :(

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 05:32

15. bobob (unregistered)


its an amazing phone and anything people say is not true

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:17

16. a3naderi (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Hi; I have a samsumg model; S3350. my question is that how I can save the messages of INBOX or Folders??! I will be glad if any software exists.
thanks.
Alireza

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 11:06

17. bluebell24 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


i personally think that the ch@t 335 is more stylish if you like the blackberry style, the c3 is not my type, i dont not adsactly like the style,although, it does have better quality screen and is a better phone. But if u r like me and lwould like a stylish phone then i would go for the ch@t 335

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.38 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
(111.2 x 61.2 x 11.9 mm)
3.49 oz  (99 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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