Samsung C3530 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T.
Introduction and Design:
Samsung C3530 combines classical functionality with some style to fit in this paradigm. Its accents fall on the design and music performance, backed up by support for up to 16 GB of additional memory. Well, so far so good, but is there something else this phone can offer for a price of just under $200? Read on to find out!
So without further delay, let's a peek into the package. The box of the Samsung C3530 contains a micro USB wall charger, standard 3.5 mm ear buds and the user manual. Nothing surprising save for the lack of a USB cable, which is rather annoying.
The Samsung C3530 is a traditional yet stylish feature phone that fits in this exact spot with a small 2.2 inch non-touch TFT screen. Design is one of the phone's selling points, so let's take a closer look at that rounded brushed metal body. In its ads, the C3530 is compared to an attractive lady and it definitely has the thin (.43 inches) and lightweight (3.22 ounces) frame to match one. The metal finish gives it a sturdy classical look, but upon closer inspection, you will notice some rough cutouts, one just where the volume rocker is, which spoil the impression. The keypad also seems wobbly, but apart from that there are no moving parts. Overall, the phone feels slightly unfinished and falls short when comparing its metal finish even to dated phones like the Nokia 6300 or the Samsung L700.
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The 2.2 inch TFT screen comes with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, and unfortunately has poor viewing angles. Nothing extraordinary in the screen department, you get the same display as on older handsets like the Samsung C3500.
We made the case that the buttons on the C3530 feel a bit wobbly and it seems that things might get even worse after time. Size-wise, however, they are spaced nicely and we found typing relatively easy and accurate. The phone comes with only 50 MB of built-in memory, so the memory expansion via microSD is very welcome. Luckily, the microSD slot with capacity of up to 16 gigs is located on the side below the back cover, so you don't have to remove the battery to change memory cards.
Samsung C3530 360-degree View: