Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
We're glad to see Ice Cream Sandwich finally arrive pre-loaded on lower-end gear as well. Not only this, but Samsung has also included the latest version of the TouchWiz UI as well – Nature UX. Yep, that's the same one as on the Galaxy S III, only with a number of optimizations to make it more suitable for the smaller screen and slower processor of the Galaxy Chat.
Besides the UI itself, Samsung has also pre-installed its own services like Samsung Apps, ChatOn and the Game Hub.
We want to note here that Samsung has kind of messed up the scrolling in this handset. As result, when you are scrolling through vertical lists, it can be very difficult to stop exactly at the desired position. That's something which is hard to describe in text, so be sure to watch our video review, where we'll show you what we have in mind.
Another thing we are concerned about is that many apps seem to be incompatible with the QVGA resolution of the device. We tried a number of popular titles but a significant number of those simply refused to install.
Besides the physical QWERTY keyboard, you can also use the on screen one, which, as you might guess, isn't as comfortable, especially on that 3” display. Still, it's not that bad and is definitely usable, though we really can't think of a reason why one might choose to side with it. The physical QWERTY will offer you a quite decent input experience, plus it won't take up space on your screen.
With such a low-resolution screen, it should be no surprise that the browsing experience is lacking. The stock browser is quite slow, due to the 850MHz single-core processor, but that is easily fixed by installing a third-party one like Firefox, Opera or Chrome. The trouble is that reading the text on web pages is a real pain, considering the unclear and pixelized letters.
However, if you don't plan to do a lot of web surfing, the Galaxy Chat will suffice.
The handset also comes with support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s and HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, so connectivity where no Wi-Fi is available shouldn't be a problem.
Processor and Memory:
As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Chat is powered by a modest 850MHz single-core CPU, but then again, we didn't expect anything more powerful. Even with this processor, probably thanks to its ultra-low res, the handset manages to move swiftly, without much delay upon executing various tasks.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Chat||1771||3365||25,3|
|Motorola Defy Mini||951||2391||15,6|
|LG Optimus L3||1271||2559||13,2|
The handset comes with 2GB of internal memory, which should be more than enough for QVGA apps, but if you still happen to need more space, you can install a microSD card of up to 32GB.
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
we seriously need more portrait qwerty android phones - i find this very pretty to look at.
i wish BB goes android.
6. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Hell, we need more QWERTY Android phones in general, high end especially.! QWERTY phones are now being reduced to low-mid range devices.
3. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
looks like samsung and bb had an unwanted child LOL!!!
4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
If they made a high end version of this, blackberry will cry.
5. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
can this run games like ninjump or temple run?
9. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
well, this one is good considering entry level, low-priced but comes with ICS and touch screen too! what more can we ask for? I'll get it in a heartbeat for an alternative phone in the future.
10. sagarsamy (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)
may i knw the date whn this cell gone be launged
11. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Very nice phone. Always wanted to see a good Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard.
12. raam31 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Samsung has a tendency of lauching new category phones with low feature and low specs 1st, later once they gauge customer feedback then they come with a bang with inproved version, this has always worked for Samsung, look at earlier touch screen phones by samsung and then they came with full force with Galaxy series. Im sure they will come and surprise us with next gen chat series from this category soon.
13. ajeet (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
guys please don't think to buy this phone....
very slow process. if u want to dial a number or want to search in ur contact list then u have to wait of atleast 15 to 20 second to open dial screen, this waiting time may increase if u have downloaded few application online. and many top rated application doesn't supported by this phone.
internal memory is just 2GB not 4GB & more than 1GB is filled by its preinstalled application. So u will b getting just 990 MB for your use..
And out of 445MB RAM 65% of its RAM is already used by its operating system.
i just purchased 2 weeks ago & now i m planning to sell...
I strongly recommend not to buy this piece of s**t…
14. anoopkrishna09 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
u have to install android booster from play store.noo complaint at alll iwas using this phone still one month.its nice cute phone.
16. Vikky (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
Please tell me How to use onscreen keyboard to type messages...??
As in the review it says "we can use onscreen and qwerty keyboard both."
I am only able to use qwerty keyboard.
Is there any setting to use onscreen keyboard??
17. rxdue (unregistered)
Yeah u can. :D Go in setup>language and integration>displays are in keyboard or something like that
*sorry for my english*
18. rxdue (unregistered)
someone know how to take a screenshoot with this smartphone?
19. aravindmnair (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2013)
yes... just press Power button + Home key together
20. SamuelThomas95 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Can the Camera of this Phone click text documents? In way are they Legible while Zooming.
Also, Is the Network connectivity of this phone Good?
Lastly, Does WhatsApp Work well?