Samsung Champ Review
What's miniscule, has a 2.4” resistive touchscreen, and is as cheap as they come? We'll save you the suspense, it's the Samsung Champ, aka C3300. Graced with a scaled down version of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, the Champy (sorry, we couldn't resist) has one of the tiniest touchscreens we've encountered so far.
The phone also sports dual speakers in the front, and mock surround sound in headset mode. Couple these with the cutesy looks and rock bottom price, and this might turn out to be one of the best value for money ratios in the touchscreen Little League cell phone universe. Will it, though?
What's in the box
- Samsung C3300 (Champ) + stylus
- Headset with microphone
Did we mention that the Samsung Champ is tiny? The phone's dimensions are just 3.79 x 2.12 x 0.51 inches (96.3 x 53.8 x 12.9 mm) with a weight of 2.82 oz (80 g). Talk about comfortable to hold – this thing gets lost in the palm of your hands. We slipped it in a typical wallet compartment – the wallet bent in the middle, and we slipped it in our pockets with almost no sensation that the phone is there.
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The Samsung Champ exhibits rounded corners, and a curvy back panel with the typical for all Samsung handsets lately “hump” at the bottom. We had an all black review unit, but “espresso brown, sweet pink and chic white” are options, too. The back hosts a 1.3MP (yes, you read that right) fixed-focus camera, and a stylus compartment, both in the upper left corner.
The front of the Champ is mostly occupied by the smallish 2.4” resistive touchscreen with the QVGA 240x320 pixels of resolution. Visibility under direct sunlight is not very good, mainly on account of the screen size rather than the brightness and contrast, which are about average for the display type. Underneath it are three physical buttons in a row – the send and end key plus a back button in the middle. The most interesting elements in the front, though, are two speakers – above and below the screen, which are supposed to ensure stereo sound. Don't expect marvels from them in terms of both volume and quality, but the experience is indeed stereo.
The top of the Samsung Champ houses the microUSB slot and the standard audio jack, the lock/power button is on the right side, and the volume rocker is on the left. What is a tiny resistive touchscreen without a stylus worth? Not much, Samsung concluded, and added a short plastic one. As the phone is destined for developing markets across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, the included stylus helps to send text messages in hieroglyph handwriting, a feature that the Champ supports out of the box and is very popular across Asia, especially among Chinese users. Overall, the design and build quality of the munchkin leave a very positive impression.