Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos Review

Call Quality and Battery:

Sadly, the microphone Samsung has used here is somewhat abysmal - our callers could understand what we are saying, but reported voices being extremely distorted, as if coming from a tin can. The phone also easily picks up annoying side noises.

The earpiece though sounded fine and fairly clear.

Being a feature phone, and with a fairly large for its size 1,000mAh battery the Champ Deluxe Duos easily lasts a couple of days without going to the charger. Talk time is quoted at the whopping nearly 16 hours, while on standby the device lasts around 21 days.

Conclusion:

The Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos is priced very affordably and in many markets it would be the cheapest touchscreen phone. However it comes with its trade-offs, and they are too big to ignore. The resistive touchscreen makes even mundane tasks like texting slow, and being a feature phone, you are limited to virtually no apps with this device.

If you pick this phone to start your touchscreen phone journey, we would not be surprised if you end up disappointed. The Samsung Star III Duos is a device that would cost a few bucks more, but will bring a much, much better feature phone experience. And if you can spend some more, the cheapest Androids like the Galaxy Pocket and Y would be an even better introduction to the touchscreen phone world.

If money is of absolute priority, though, and/or if you are planning to give this to a kid just for the bare basics, only then we could see a reason for getting this device now.

Samsung Champ Deluxe DUOS Review:



Pros

  • Affordable dual-SIM phone with a touchscreen
  • Compact, battery lasts

Cons

  • Feature phone means no apps
  • Resistive touchscreen is a pain
  • No Wi-Fi connectivity

PhoneArena Rating:

4.0

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14 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

While it does share a clear Samsung lineage, I am disappointed that they released such an iphone-resembling device. Also, some folks prefer feature phones for their simplicity and/or cannot afford the requisite data plan, so the second paragraph comes across as narrow-minded and short-sighted. You also listed lack of WiFi a con: what feature phone comes with WiFi? In the U.S. market I am not aware of any.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Samsung Champ series always has been phones with no actual game-plan i would say... It looks cute, that's all i can say. It may be cheap, but it's better to get a phone with a keypad instead of this one!

6. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

not everyone wants a smartphone not everyone can afford a smartphone not everyone lives in the USA some people want to have the basic phone functions why can't you folks understand that besides there's a galaxy S3 and note 2 for high end there's a market for feature phones in developing countries and Samsung wants everything covered

2. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Samsung I am disappointed with this. Such a crappy Feature phone. you can do great Smartphones, Why don't you put in effort when making feature phones too?!

8. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Features phones are made to look bad just to boost the smartphone sales, when i wanted to update from my samsung jet, my only requirement was a larger screen size with the same resolution and i found choices only in android and windows 7.5 devices.

4. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

the other cheap & crap phone by sami..4 of 10 ..why samsung do this work stupidity?

5. mydi.maus unregistered

sammy is tired making great phones.. go champ! lol

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lmao what were you expecting on the most affordable phone? A 1080p display?

13. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

No they expect a Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHZ Quad core processor and a 480X800 3.2 inch screen..

9. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

The cons they have listed are irritating. Feature phone means no apps...duh! Resistive touch screen is a pain...true, but it also has it's positive quirks, like anything can be used as a stylus. No WiFi...It's a feature phone, they never have had wifi, never will. These aren't cons, it's just a different market. It's like buying a base model car, and then complaining it doesn't have 400hp, or a premium navigation system.

12. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

well said.

10. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

The back button is the big black button and champ deluxe can play QVGA video (384kbps-18fps, 128kb-441khz). Feature phone mean it can run java apps and don't tell me you can't find java app. This phone released almost a year and the review comeout when it birthday is near.

11. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Atleast strike a balance when making feature and smartphones!! Make both classes of phones good, or QUIT MAKING FEATUREPHONES! Samsung, your feature phones are truly disappointing. Here's what i would do to make this 4/10 rated feature phone better- -Put in a 3.2 inch screen with 480x320 resolution, instead of a 2.8 inch screen with 240x320 resolution. Replace the resisitive touch screen with a capacitive one (GEEZ Sammy! what were u thinking?! Resisitive touch screen? That is OBSOLETE nowadays!) Put in a 3.2/5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash. (1.3 MP camera? FACEPALM) Lastly, Put in some other youthful colours!! Target this phone towards tweens, (12-14 years old) And not the good old black. Take a look at your corby and learn, samsung. This is what i would do to this phone... if i'm a sammy phone designer.

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol.... asha 311 got 7.5!!! haha to this!
Champ Deluxe DUOS
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.03 GB + microSDHC

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