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Samsung Galaxy Chat Review

Samsung Galaxy Chat

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Interface and Functionality:

We're glad to see Ice Cream Sandwich finally arrive pre-loaded on lower-end gear as well. Not only this, but Samsung has also included the latest version of the TouchWiz UI as well – Nature UX. Yep, that's the same one as on the Galaxy S III, only with a number of optimizations to make it more suitable for the smaller screen and slower processor of the Galaxy Chat.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat arrives pre-loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The Samsung Galaxy Chat arrives pre-loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The Samsung Galaxy Chat arrives pre-loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review

Besides the UI itself, Samsung has also pre-installed its own services like Samsung Apps, ChatOn and the Game Hub.

We want to note here that Samsung has kind of messed up the scrolling in this handset. As result, when you are scrolling through vertical lists, it can be very difficult to stop exactly at the desired position. That's something which is hard to describe in text, so be sure to watch our video review, where we'll show you what we have in mind.

Another thing we are concerned about is that many apps seem to be incompatible with the QVGA resolution of the device. We tried a number of popular titles but a significant number of those simply refused to install.


Messaging:

Besides the physical QWERTY keyboard, you can also use the on screen one, which, as you might guess, isn't as comfortable, especially on that 3” display. Still, it's not that bad and is definitely usable, though we really can't think of a reason why one might choose to side with it. The physical QWERTY will offer you a quite decent input experience, plus it won't take up space on your screen.

Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
Samsung Galaxy Chat Review


Internet:

With such a low-resolution screen, it should be no surprise that the browsing experience is lacking. The stock browser is quite slow, due to the 850MHz single-core processor, but that is easily fixed by installing a third-party one like Firefox, Opera or Chrome. The trouble is that reading the text on web pages is a real pain, considering the unclear and pixelized letters.

The stock browser of the Samsung Galaxy Chat - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The stock browser of the Samsung Galaxy Chat - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The stock browser of the Samsung Galaxy Chat - Samsung Galaxy Chat Review

However, if you don't plan to do a lot of web surfing, the Galaxy Chat will suffice.

The handset also comes with support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s and HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, so connectivity where no Wi-Fi is available shouldn't be a problem.


Processor and Memory:

As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Chat is powered by a modest 850MHz single-core CPU, but then again, we didn't expect anything more powerful. Even with this processor, probably thanks to its ultra-low res, the handset manages to move swiftly, without much delay upon executing various tasks.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Chat 1771 3365 25,3
Motorola Defy Mini 951 2391 15,6
LG Optimus L3 1271 2559 13,2

The handset comes with 2GB of internal memory, which should be more than enough for QVGA apps, but if you still happen to need more space, you can install a microSD card of up to 32GB.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 850 MHz
Size4.68 x 2.33 x 0.46 inches
(118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 14.66 hours talk time

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