Samsung Galaxy Chat Review
The Galaxy Chat is an average handset when it comes to phone calls. The earpiece is relatively clean, although nothing mind-blowing, while the microphone seems to be pretty poor, as our callers complained of some very low-quality sounding voices.
The loudspeaker has average power, while the nature of its sounding is neither too sharp, nor deep. It's just an average speaker. It also gets almost completely muffled when the phone is placed on its back.
The battery that's in use by the Samsung Galaxy Chat is a 1200mAh unit, which should allows for 5 hours of talk-time and 15.8 days of stand-by while connected to a 3G network. Not exactly a top-notch performance, but we're used to this kind of numbers these days.
The Samsung Galaxy Chat's biggest assets are its stylish appearance and well-made physical QWERTY keyboard. Sure, it may not give you much of a speed boost compared to the on-screen QWERTYs of today, but there are still a lot of users out there who just can't get used to typing on glass. Truth be told, pressing actual keys gives you a satisfying feeling that you can't experience when typing on a virtual keyboard.
That said, we can't overlook the Galaxy Chat's weakest spot – the low-resolution display. The phone could have been much more functional and pleasant to use if it had a better screen, but with this particular model, Samsung is targeting the low end, so this compromise had to be made. The camera could have been better as well, and with those cheapo sensors getting more and more inexpensive, the company will have to deliver this phone at a really low cost in order to justify the poor 2MP snapper.
At the end of the day, the Galaxy Chat is a fine piece of equipment for those of you who want an affordable and good-looking smartphone, and/or those who are really into physical QWERTY keyboards. But you get what you pay for.
Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.4, Build IMM76D.B5330XXALF5
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