Samsung Champ Review

Internet and Connectivity:

Surfing the Internet on the Champ is done via the Java-based NetFront v3.5 browser, which is not the latest 4.1 version that is supposed to be much faster in JavaScript rendering. Of course, do not expect a tolerable web experience on a phone like the Champ.

Samsung Champ doesn't have a 3G baseband, you will be limited to EDGE speeds for everything as the handset has no Wi-Fi capabilities either. The phone is lacking a GPS chip as well, however Bluetooth 2.1, and an FM radio are still on board.

Camera and Multimedia:

The camera interface is typical Samsung of the latest TouchWiz variety, just the shooting modes are scaled down to the capabilities of the 1.3MP sensor – Single, Continuous and the fun Frame and Mosaic. There is no need to touch-focus as the camera doesn't support autofocus, just press the on-screen shutter and take the picture, or start shooting video. It takes about 2-3 seconds to capture and save the image, which is fairly normal.



The 1.3MP pictures are unfocused and lacking detail, but the colors are fine and the overall impression isn't negative, considering the sensor size. Video capture is in QCIF (176x144 pixels) resolution at 15fps, and the resulting video is with washed out colors and watchable only in a post stamp size on your computer screen.




There is no dedicated gallery for pictures or videos. They can be called from the Quickview icon in the camera interface, or from the “My Files” app, and in both places the multimedia files are separated in categories. Quickview shows the pictures one after the other, with double-tap switching to the next one, while in My Files pictures or videos are arranged in a list view. You can attach them to email, send them with MMS or Bluetooth, and that's about it. There is an image editing app in the menu, which allows for quick basic actions to be performed on the photo like cropping, auto adjust colors, or rotating.

When the music player is paused or playing in the background, it appears as a widget on the homescreen, full with album art and music controls.
 The dedicated widget is probably a tribute to the phone's music functionalities, as it has dual speakers in the front, and sports Samsung's Sound Alive technology that brings 3D sound effects in headset mode, kind of a mock surround sound. The supplied headset's quality is good, especially when the Bass mode of the equalizer presets is on. The effective output from the speakers is with decent volume, but the base sounds are tinny.



It doesn't differ from the latest TouchWiz-ed phones from Samsung and allows for creation of playlists and filters tracks by albums, artist or genre. There are even several equalizer presets, so the player is a well-rounded offering.
A feature that cements the Champ's added value as an affordable touchscreen music player is that the FM antenna is built-in, and you don't need to dangle the headset from the standard 3.5mm audio jack to tune in to your favorite station, neat.



Video can theoretically be played up to the screen's QVGA resolution, but we had trouble running a lot of the test files from the memory card. The MPEG-4 ones played in the lowest resolutions, but the player is very basic, and the video was a bit choppy.


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55 Comments

1. rafaelinux

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2009

Woah, that's a really ugly handset :|

2. CherCherMaine unregistered

You can't say that! I have a white champ as my back-up phone but i find this phone really cute! Especially the shiny round back which look really cool. And what's more this phone have great features as i only buy it for SGD199. I am a Chinese and the Chinese writing function is great.

40. Aq unregistered

does it actually have the handwriting function, coz I hav a phone, and I cant find this function.... tuples

6. byoe unregistered

Well, in my country (indonesia) this phone only USD 89.. ^_^ really attract my attention..

3. LSN unregistered

Well, its quite an interesting phone, but the point i would like to raise is that on samsung mobile site this phone is equipped with wifi, but in your review it is stated that it does not have a wifi, please clarify my doubts on this.

4. kishan patel unregistered

i need feastures of samsung champ. plz...........

5. panchristo unregistered

Can you please suggest how to sync contacts with MS Outlook for the Samsung GT-C3300K Champ?

7. Karan Bajoria unregistered

Hello, I m confused, here in India they say it has 2 versions one with VGA cam & another 1.3 mega px cam. with 1.3 mega px cam you can only record video cant pics. Is this the case in models available in US, UK as well

9. sgr unregistered

@ Karan Bajoria (unregistered) @ 03 September, 2010 02:33:54 AM Only two models of Champ are available in India. One with VGA Camera & another without Camera. 1.3 MP Cam model is not avialable in India.

10. nani unregistered

how many cost in andhra samsung champ

13. Shuvo unregistered

As this mobile is very cheap how long it may last? I mean about it's touch screen. can it last long.......... plz reply me i am goin to buy with in 3 day. If it lasts i will gladly buy it

14. subhro unregistered

this is really a nice to have...worth buying...features like 3.5m jack, dual speakers, wireless fm really makes the phone a champ. though it has a vga camera, yet the camera quality is remarkable. the battery back up is also decent. the sound quality is superb. moreover the overall look of the phone is quite rich that doesnt go with the price. very user friendly and the widgets are really useful. the image editor is also very good. overall its an affordable smart phone...

15. faaiz unregistered

hello friends i cant install opera mini in c3300d champ plz help me

19. denny unregistered

this model can install Opera mini, but the speed is slow. I don't recommend it.

16. ChampFAN unregistered

Hi all, Got this for Rs. 4050/- a week back. This was with CAM. Pink Color. This PHONE is too good, entry level touch phone. Very crisp at the requrried application that you will use regularly. Browsed Internet as well. One word with the experience I had with this phone>>It is indeed a CHAMP. In BigBazar Bangalore, this week it was offered for Rs. 4000/- (with CAM modle). I strongly recommend this to all the user who would go for touch modles. Every Rupee is worth. Sound clarity with the dual speakers is very good. GO FOR IT. Go for CHAMP...

17. payal16 unregistered

can u please tell me if it is vga cam or 1.3mp

18. payal16 unregistered

@champFAN i mean the one u bought has a vga cam or a 1.3Mp

20. denny unregistered

vga cam or non-cam only can be sold in India, 1.3M pixel is used for Nepal,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. But it is possible to replace to 1.3M later.

21. payal16 unregistered

@denny hey thanks denny...

22. Shikhaaaaaa unregistered

the phone is very nice. especially the great thing is that u will get all functinalities at this cost ........ so enjoyyyyyyyyy

23. pushhhh....... unregistered

if u r not using it so how can u commett yarrrr. use ur previous mobile.

24. pushhhh....... unregistered

no......

25. kecerdd unregistered

it is the worst mobile in the whole world ,plz dont buy this anyone.

26. otaku unregistered

what will i do if my samsung champ can't read it's memory card please help me :(

27. ty unregistered

This phone was really cheap and worth buying.The touch screen is better than i phone 4 man!! Love it !! Cheap

28. Marjan Nulens unregistered

Hello, I've got a samsung Champ, but i don't know how I can go on internet whit my phone ? please can somebody help me ?

29. edward unregistered

DONT BUY THIS F**CKIN PHONE! Music Player is so frustrating and difficult to use. There is no command/function on the phone if you want to play music files from folders you created. There is Add Playlist function, but because it is cheap, phone software was stupidly designed that when you want to add tracks to a playlist from folders, the phone would show ALL the music stored in your phone, without indexing/sorting/file location info of files whatsoever. you have to search the file you want to add to your playlist from thousands of files, no sorting/indexing etc. Stupid design. Also when you set alarms, and you accidentally press the volume button down located on the left side, The alarm would not sound. another stupid design. price is cheap, quality is cheap. Samsung Kies also doesnt work with the phone.

30. edward unregistered

DONT BUY THIS F**CKIN PHONE! Music Player is so frustrating and difficult to use. There is no command/function on the phone if you want to play music files from folders you created. There is Add Playlist function, but because it is cheap, phone software was stupidly designed that when you want to add tracks to a playlist from folders, the phone would show ALL the music stored in your phone, without indexing/sorting/file location info of files whatsoever. you have to search the file you want to add to your playlist from thousands of files, no sorting/indexing etc. Stupid design. Also when you set alarms, and you accidentally press the volume button down located on the left side, The alarm would not sound. another stupid design. price is cheap, quality is cheap. Samsung Kies also doesnt work with the phone.

31. ashraf unregistered

hii i want 2 buy this bt i got confuse regardinh camer champ pis cleartiy is good naa

32. CPreactor. unregistered

one reason why samsung introduced this phone in the market is to cater the need for a cheap touchscreen phone without complicated functions of a smartphone. admit it. its not meant to be a smartphone. it's a budget phone which is targeted for developing countries. it's not acceptable that its cons are no 3g, wifi, etc because the phone is clearly not made to have those functionality. its just a basic, cheap, touchscreen phone. so please don't comment that this phone is bad, etc. don't discourage people on what this phone can do. why not look into other phones insted that were MADE for those functions? for some people, this may be useful for them but for some, it's just trash.
Champ
  • Display 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.03 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(12.03h talk time)

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