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There is little touch and type Android Smartphone in the market and Samsung has gone out to make one of them, the Samsung Galaxy Chat. This is the perfect set up for people who do not want the QWERTY to experience to vanish and compromised for the now conventional touch screen smartphone. The phone is really exclusive for its class. It looks nice and flows in your hand very well. The keypad on the phone might be just a tad smaller for the average finger size. Let’s see how this phone fares.
The phone looks quite different than their usual line of android phones, the general outlook of it. But the built quality remains the same, the same kind of cheap feeling plastic you would feel. If you have upgraded from a very basic phone, it tends to feel acceptable for the cost you pay. The phone is neither too thick nor too thin, it is just okay to fit in your pockets and feel normal in your hands. Dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Chat are: 118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm (4.68 x 2.33 x 0.46 in).
The phone is quiet light as it is just 112 grams. As we mentioned, the keys are a bit too cuddled up for comfortable typing but feels ok. The phone accepts a mini SIM. It has a 3.5mm audio jack for the headphone, microUSB port and the volume regulator. Overall it is good in terms of look and feel.
Samsung Galaxy Chat has a 3.0 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display. The navigation on the phone is also carried out by the 3 capacitive buttons on the bottom the display to go through the phone. The QWERTY keypad is used for general typing, even through text you have to use the touchsreen to navigate your way. It has a low resolution of 240×320 pixels. It is not the best of 3.0 inch displays, the Nokia has way better displays with the same resolution but that must have something to do with the low pixel density of Samsung Galaxy Chat’s display which is just about 133ppi! The colors are way out of their depth and the blacks are not up to the mark.
You buy a Samsung smartphone for 2 reasons: 1) It is by Samsung and 2) It runs the Android OS. This specific device the Samsung Galaxy Chat runs on the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which is also upgradable to Android v4.1 Jelly Bean! It does not come with Jelly Bean out of the box but, upgradable. Android has tens of thousands of applications which are freely available over Google Play from Entertainment to Music to Social Networking to Games to everything else. Many apps that are not available freely on the Apple’s App Store of Microsoft’s store are available freely available over Google Play. Android OS is also very handy to developers due to its openness. Developers love it, they love the SDK Google provides them. The skin on the OS is given by Samsung’s own user interface the TouchWiz which is quiet handy and makes using the phone simpler.
Samsung’s phone cameras never impress me, this one is no exception. It is fairly decent but nothing great for the price you pay. The primary camera is a mere 2MP sensor; it takes photographs in a low resolution of 1600×1200 pixels. There is no secondary camera support available. So those of you thinking of skyping with your girlfriend’s over the wifi to stay in touch over long distance (dramatic), forget it! The images are really bad, colors are washed out, shutter speeds are too slow, no image stabilization, no fancy camera features and I guess that is enough said.
No doubt the Samsung Galaxy Chat performs really well, though just like other low end Android phones, it lags a bit but then it is quiet acceptable and easy to go through as well. This smartphone has an 850MHz single core processor. We would not have minded a 1GHz processor you know. It gives the phone enough juice to function like a good low end phone. It also has 512MB RAM so that you can run a little heavier apps with lesser problems.
Memory and Data
Samsung Galaxy Chat comes with an internal memory of 4GB which is expandable to up to 32 GB by using, you know what (microSD cards). But, don’t go too far, the further you push the memory the more the 512 MB of main memory or the RAM will suffer. You get Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 to share and sync files with other devices or use them and pair them to do some other job. It supports 2G and 3G, both. You can also choose to connect to the Wi-Fi to access internet.
It is fairly easy, if you really miss the old QWERTY experience and are not compelled to change because of that then this phone is a good option. You get the perks of both at place. It misses the mark over the display and camera but then you gain some and you lose some. So what’s your call?
Samsung Galaxy Chat comes for Rs. 7,800
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2012, August|
|BODY||Dimensions||118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm (4.68 x 2.33 x 0.46 in)|
|Weight||112 g (3.95 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB storage|
|Speed||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– SNS integration|
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 520 h (2G) / Up to 380 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 14 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)|
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