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Samsung Galaxy Chat Review

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Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The Galaxy Chat is an average handset when it comes to phone calls. The earpiece is relatively clean, although nothing mind-blowing, while the microphone seems to be pretty poor, as our callers complained of some very low-quality sounding voices.


The loudspeaker has average power, while the nature of its sounding is neither too sharp, nor deep. It's just an average speaker. It also gets almost completely muffled when the phone is placed on its back.

The battery that's in use by the Samsung Galaxy Chat is a 1200mAh unit, which should allows for 5 hours of talk-time and 15.8 days of stand-by while connected to a 3G network. Not exactly a top-notch performance, but we're used to this kind of numbers these days.


Conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy Chat's biggest assets are its stylish appearance and well-made physical QWERTY keyboard. Sure, it may not give you much of a speed boost compared to the on-screen QWERTYs of today, but there are still a lot of users out there who just can't get used to typing on glass. Truth be told, pressing actual keys gives you a satisfying feeling that you can't experience when typing on a virtual keyboard.

That said, we can't overlook the Galaxy Chat's weakest spot – the low-resolution display. The phone could have been much more functional and pleasant to use if it had a better screen, but with this particular model, Samsung is targeting the low end, so this compromise had to be made. The camera could have been better as well, and with those cheapo sensors getting more and more inexpensive, the company will have to deliver this phone at a really low cost in order to justify the poor 2MP snapper.

At the end of the day, the Galaxy Chat is a fine piece of equipment for those of you who want an affordable and good-looking smartphone, and/or those who are really into physical QWERTY keyboards. But you get what you pay for.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.4, Build IMM76D.B5330XXALF5

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Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Comes with Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Good performance

Cons

  • Low-resolution screen
  • Incompatibility with many apps
  • Poor camera
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posted on 23 Jul 2012, 06:35 2

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.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 12:50

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 03:01

7. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


DROID 4 ftw

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 08:07

8. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


RIM BB may go for Windows phone 8.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 07:50

2. Tonivstono (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


ICS + Qwerty Key.....This is sick....:D

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 09:10 1

3. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


looks like samsung and bb had an unwanted child LOL!!!

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 09:14 1

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


If they made a high end version of this, blackberry will cry.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 11:48

5. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


can this run games like ninjump or temple run?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:17

15. anoopkrishna09 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


ohhh sure

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 21:32

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.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 05:01

10. sagarsamy (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)


may i knw the date whn this cell gone be launged

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 18:25

11. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Very nice phone. Always wanted to see a good Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:16

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:19

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…
be carefull...

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:15

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.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 10:08

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??

please help.
Thanks

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 03:07

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*

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 03:09

18. rxdue (unregistered)


someone know how to take a screenshoot with this smartphone?

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 12:19

19. aravindmnair (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2013)


yes... just press Power button + Home key together

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:42

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?

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 850 MHz
Size4.68 x 2.33 x 0.46 inches
(118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 14.66 hours talk time

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