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Samsung C3530 Review

Performance and Conclusion:

While it could not impress us with features, the Samsung C3530 is above all a calling device. That is why its calling performance was absolutely crucial. Luckily, our callers reported hearing us at great quality and very loud. On our side, we found the sound from the earpiece loud and clean. Voices sounded natural and overall call quality was one of the best things about the C3530.

With a battery life of up to 14 hrs of talk time and 18 days in stand-by, you might wonder if Samsung did not accidentally add the “1” digit in front of the figures – especially, on the background of recent 4.3 inch battery eaters. But the 960 mAh battery indeed proved durable and added up as the phone's second major plus.

With so much said, it is time to weigh in the pros and cons and see the whole picture. And unfortunately, despite the good battery and call performance, price stands squarely in the way of the Samsung C3530. For just below $200 you could get the Nokia C3 Touch and Type for example, which is amazingly packed with features in comparison to the C3530. The C3 Touch and Type comes with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, a larger 2.4 inch touch screen and a 5 megapixel camera. Really, the C3530 feels like a thing of the past, it could still fit in as a basic phone, but at such a price it would be a long shot.


  • Brushed metal finish holds some allure
  • Very good battery life


  • Connectivity limited to EDGE
  • Hefty price for what it offers
  • Lack of features when compared to similarly priced devices

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