Samsung Chat 357 review
|Review: October 2013|
In a nutshell: The Samsung Chat 357 offers BlackBerry-style keyboard functionality without the high price tag - that's got to be good!
The Ch@t 357 updates the original Samsung Chat - the hugely popular messaging phone.
Samsung has shaved half a millimetre off the thickness of the phone, and it weighs in at under 100g, making it a convenient, lightweight phone to carry, but still with the benefits of the full physical QWERTY keyboard that outperforms its touchscreen rivals when it comes to typing speed. The keys aren't huge, especially the space bar, but they're as big as they can be in a phone this size and they respond nicely to the touch. You can program shortcuts into the QWERTY keyboard for fast access to favourite apps.
The Chat 357 is available in either Grey or White, with a smart metallic look. The controls are very practical, with an easy-to-use optical trackpad that differentiates between normal finger movement and fast swipes, helping you to move around the screen and scroll up and down easily.
The TFT screen measures just 2.4 inches, and with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, this isn't ideal for web browsing or watching youtube videos. But for messaging and facebook, it's not a problem.
This is not a smartphone, so you won't be able to download apps, but it does come with Facebook and Twitter integration along with Multi IM for instant messaging on MSN, Google Talk or Facebook Chat. You can also send and receive emails via Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail.
The camera is very limited, with just a basic 2 megapixel sensor that can record video at 15 frames per second.
As well as a music player, there's an FM radio and you can plug in any standard-fit headphones using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Memory is limited, with only 34MB of built-in storage. You can add a microSD card for storing music, photos, etc. The Chat isn't a 3G phone but does have built-in Wi-Fi.
The battery isn't very high powered, but the phone manages to eke out enough juice to last a couple of days between charges, even if you use it quite heavily.
There's not a lot of difference between the 357 and the original Chat 335, so read the hundreds of user reviews of that phone if you want to find out more. Overall, the Chat 357 offers excellent value for money. It may not have a touchscreen or the ability to download apps, but for core messaging - text, facebook and email, it's very hard to beat.
Samsung Chat 357 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera
- Video camera (15fps, QCIF)
- Display: TFT, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- QWERTY keyboard with optical trackpad
- Music player
- FM radio RDS
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, IM
- Processor: Single core 208MHz
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 34MB plus microSD memory card slot
- Personal organiser functions
- Quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Size: 111.9 x 60.4 x 11.5 mm
- Weight: 96g
- Battery: 1000mAh
- Talktime: 700 minutes
- Battery standby: 400 hours
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Average rating from 6 reviews:
Reviewed by Zayn
on 23rd May 2014
Best phone I ever had track pad goes a bit crazy internet is bad but otherwise it is perfrect in all ways though the battery life is not very long only about like 1 hour and a half
Reviewed by Pearl
on 8th Apr 2014
As far as practicality and image goes, I am very pleased with this model phone. However, I am not having any luck setting up internet using Livebox-EFD7, which is the network provider for my laptop. Everytime I type in the password, I get a message saying 'authentication failed', which is baffling!! I would like to know if anybody else experienced similar problem?
Reviewed by Peter
on 20th Mar 2014
very nice phone,so try i hav ur own and follow comment...
Reviewed by Tom Orrock
on 17th Feb 2014
I have the silver model which in daylight is difficult to read keypad as orange backlight makes keys impossible to read!!
Reviewed by Peakman
on 10th Feb 2014
Why do the batteries keep running out when I hardly use the phone to call or text people?
Reviewed by ann
on 10th Jan 2014
Keyboard excellent, but EDGE too slow and memory too small.
will change with 3G instead of Edge.