Samsung Champ Review
The Samsung Champ's ear speaker is of average volume, but we were hearing the caller's voice clearly without static, and on the other end of the line we were being heard fine. The default 1000mAh Li-Ion battery is rated for the outstanding 12 hours of talk time and four weeks of standby – that's the beauty of having a feature phone with a small screen.
Samsung's smallest touchscreen phone to date is mighty likable as it is, with its miniature dimensions, emphasis on music, and rock bottom price. We had issues with having to insert settings manually to connect to the Internet, and the video playback is very picky, but we can swallow the resistive screen with Samsung's explanation that it is needed for Chinese handwriting with the supplied stylus. Besides, the display type has been reflected very favorably in the price. On top of that the battery goes and goes for 12 hours of talk time, so the glitches above are not a dealbreaker since you won't be spending much time browsing or watching videos on a 2.4” screen anyway.
The Samsung Champ does very well what you will mostly be using it for - calling, light text messaging and listening to music on your commute. It is being sold for around 120 EUR in Europe, and we saw it for $119 unlocked in the US, so it is hard to beat that price outside of a contract, even if you just use it as a backup phone.
The other handsets of the touchscreen cell phone Little League you might consider if you like the Champ, are the slightly bigger Samsung Corby 3G, or the yet unreleased LG Cookie Lite – a feature phone with the same screen size and specs. Another upcoming handset with the same size touchscreen is the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, which adds a physical keypad to the mix. If you are willing to splurge more on a smart munchkin with a capacitive display, take a look at the designer award-winning Xperia X10 mini.
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