Today we’ll be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a pretty decent phone with a relatively standard hardware configuration. While the hardware is quite weak, the phone makes up for it in good looks and its mobility and easy handling. While the phone may be quite weak, let me remind you that this is a device meant to be used as a Business Phone or, to be more precise, for standard purposes such as calls, messaging and such. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 was never intended to be a hardcore gaming phone or a device that supports all sorts of multimedia applications. While this may be a dis-advantage for some, I have no problem with it. A phone, by definition, is meant to be used as a device through which you talk and relay messages. One does not simply use a standard phone to make picture, listen to music or play games. For such things we have separate devices which people tend to forget, devices such as : camera, music player and gaming consoles. Since I’ve no interest in overly-prolonging this introduction, let us commence this little review.
As I said a while back, I will start my reviews with a short summary of what the phone is good at, and what the phone is bad at. As I mentioned before, the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is meant to be used as a phone for business or casual purposes only. It lacks the ability to be used as a highly powerful camera, or a music player or a gaming platform, but it does have all the necessities of it being used as a normal phone. And in the end what is a smartphone, other than a phone which is meant to speed up a little basic tasks that each phone can use. Now while the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 does lack a few necessary hardware components, it still has all the necessary components needed to fulfill all your communication needs and business purposes. Since I don’t intend to give away too much for this part, I do advise you to keep reading. In case you are only interested in certain aspects of the phone, notice that they are all limited in their own separate category for ease of reading and to aid those who just scan the text for interesting parts. Well, without further ado, let us commence.
We’ll begin by taking a look at the more general aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, aspects such as the supported networks and the announcement and release dates. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 uses both 2G and 3G networks. To be more precise, those networks are as following : 2G ones ( GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 ). Those networks are pretty standard and should work with most providers everywhere in the world, unless of course said provider has area limitations. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 was announced in July 2012 and it is expected to hit the world-wide market somewhere around July 2012. While it may be available in some countries already, it is not yet officially available EVERYWHERE in the world, hence the “Coming Soon” status. Since there’s nothing left to say here, let us move to the next part – BODY.
Next we will try and take a look at the more general aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, more precisely : the size and weight of the device and also see whether or not said device has any particularities related to its body. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 isn’t a very large phone, but then again it isn’t the smallest one either. The size of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a relatively mediocre one, which is pretty good since it won’t take up too much pocket space and such. Enough beating around the bush and let’s see the exact size : the phone is around 118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm big and it weighs somewhere around 112 grams. The phone, as you can obviously tell for yourself, also has QWERTY keys on the front panel and it also has Touch-Sensitive Controls ( although it doesn’t say so in my sources, one can only assume such a thing after seeing them. Since I’ve nothing left to say for this part, let us move on now to the next part – DISPLAY.
Next up we’ll be taking a look at the display of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, more precisely : the screen type, the screen size, the screen resolution and pixel density and also see whether or not said screen has any screen protection and any particularities. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a very bad one, come to think of it, in our time, this is one of the worst possible screens available – TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 256 thousand colors. TFT is one of the worst possible screens for this phone in particular because the size of this screen and the resolution are extremely small as well, the screen is 3.0 inches big and the resolution housed by said screen is approximately 240 x 320 pixels. Let me explain in as few words as possible why this is one of the worst choices for a phone. First of wall, when the screen is small, you require more pronounced colors to soothe the eye. Needless to say, no type of screen has more blurry and darkened colors than the TFT one. I should know, I have such a phone and if you look at the screen for 20 minutes your head starts to hurt. To make things even worse, the pixel density of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a very small one as well, barely reaching 133 ppi. Migraines are sure to follow if you use this phone for prolonged periods of time. The screen of this phone doesn’t even have Multitouch, which should prove quite an annoying fact for those who have gotten used to it and want to try out this phone. There’s no screen protection either, so try not to drop it too often or it will shatter before your very eyes. The only notable particularity of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is that it has TouchWiz UX UI on it, should you choose to activate it. That’s all that can be said for this part, so let’s move on to the next one – SOUND.
Next we’ll try and see a little bit about the audio output capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, mainly see whether or not the phone has any sound enhancement whatsoever, be it hardware-based or otherwise. I won’t go into any more details here as the audio of Android devices are quite common knowledge. If you do need to know more, search for older articles on this website and use those as a basis since most phones are the same on this part. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 has no special points here since it lacks any sort of sound enhancement. I guess you could say that this phone is pretty basic as far as audio output is concerned. Out of anything else to say, let’s move on to the next part – MEMORY.
Next up we’ll take a look at the memory of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, mainly see some info about the : RAM, internal storage space and ways of expanding said storage space. There is no info about the RAM of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330. Either it has none ( which raises serious questions about the speed of process of the phone ) or it has some but it is so small it isn’t worth mentioning. The internal storage space of this phone is around 4 GB out of which who knows how much is user-available and how much is system-dedicated. Still, in case you require more storage, know that this phone has a Micro SD card slot that uses anything up to 32 GB. That’s all that can be said for this part, so let’s go now to the CONNECTIVITY.
Next up we’ll take a look at the connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330, mainly see a bit about the : GPRS and EDGE, the Speed and WLAN and Bluetooth, USB and other ( if any ) connections. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 has both GPRS and EDGE, but it is unknown what Class they each are or what speed they can both reach as it is unmentioned. The speed of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is measured as following : HSDPA at around 7.2 MB/s and HSUPA at around 5.76 MB/s. The WLAN of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot. This phone also has a Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. The USB port of this device is a Micro USB v2.0 one. That’s about it for this part, so let’s move on now to the next one – CAMERA.
Next up we’ll be taking a look through the camera of the device, more precisely : the main and secondary cameras ( if any ) and their features and capabilities. The only camera owned by the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a main one that has only 2 MP of power. This camera has no features on it whatsoever. It can photograph at resolutions of around 1600 x 1200 pixels and it can record in VGA quality at around 25 frames per second. As I already mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 has no secondary frontal camera. Since there’s nothing left to say here, let us move on now to the next part – BATTERY.
Next up we’ll be taking a look at the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 since that is usually an issue with most Android device. Mainly, we’ll try and see about the battery type of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 and how long said battery can function. The battery of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is a Standard Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery. This battery can run for up to 520 hours in stand-by mode in 2G and 380 hours of stand-by in 3G. The talk time is much smaller, as is expected : 14 hours and 40 minutes in 2G and 5 hours in 3G. Since there’s nothing left to say here, let us move on now to the next part – HARDWARE.
Next up we’ll be taking a look at the hardware of the device, mainly the three main hardware components : processor, motherboard and graphics card. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 only has one of the three – a processor. This processor isn’t that powerful either, it is only a Single-Core 850 MHz processor. In a market dominated by Quad-Cores and an occasional Dual-Core, it’s a humongous risk to release a device with a Single-Core. Since there’s nothing left to say here, let’s move on to the next part – SOFTWARE.
Next we’ll take a brief look at the OS version of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 and see whether or not said OS needs or has any available updates for it. I was kind of saving this for a surprise. Considering the weak hardware of this phone, it is a pretty pleasant thing to find out that it has the latest version of the Android OS : v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I still don’t know whether or not it will be able to handle v4.1 Jelly Bean, but only time will tell. Since I’ve nothing left to say here, let’s go now to the final part of this review – FEATURES.
Last but not least, we’ll take a look at the more random features and capabilities of this phone, things such as : sensors, messaging, browser, radio, GPS, Java and colors. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 has the following sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass. The messaging on this phone is done via : SMS ( with Threaded View ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail, IM and RSS. The browser of this phone uses HTML but has no integrated support for Adobe Flash, fact which could prove problematic. The radio of this phone is a Stereo FM one with RDS. The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 also has a GPS with A-GPS support and built-in support for GLONASS. This phone has Java as well, through Java MIDP emulation. The only available color for the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is White.
Here is a brief list of what the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 can do :
- 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 integration
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
This concludes our little review of the Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I will be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects. In the meantime, I sincerely hope you had as much fun reading my little review as I had writing it.