Samsung C3300K Champ review: Having fun

GSMArena team, 10 September 2010.
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Tags: Samsung, Touch UI

Introduction

Sometimes less is more. The Samsung C3300K Champ lets you start small, hoping that sooner or later you will want more. It’s a deal that suits Samsung fine. This here Champ is a touch phone with social networking support, stereo speakers, cordless FM radio and a memory card, camera and Internet. And the sticker price is as low as it gets.

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Samsung C3300K Champ official photos

So, why isn’t everyone running around with a Champ in their pocket? Well first off, the Champ does have all those features but they’re not top of the line – the camera is a lowly 1.3MP, there’s no 3G and there’s several other glaring omissions.

It may not be the ideal phone for you but if you’re looking for a phone for your kid, the Samsung C3300K Champ just might be it. The young lad or lass better learn their ABCs before they start pestering you for a new toy. And they can have fast Internet, a beefier camera and Wi-Fi when they buy their own phone.

The Champ still has plenty to get them excited about – an almost complete touchscreen experience thanks to TouchWiz Lite, social networking, FM Radio that plays without the headphones plugged in. Better yet, it plays on the stereo speakers. There’s a microSD slot as well to hold an extensive music collection.

Here’s the pros and cons of getting a Samsung C3300K Champ.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • 2.4" resistive TFT touchscreen of QVGA resolution
  • TouchWiz Lite with widgets and Cartoon UI
  • 50 MB onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 8GB)
  • 1.3 megapixel fixed-focus camera with smile detection, QCIF@15fps video recording
  • FM radio with program reminder; plays without a headset, too
  • Stereo speakers
  • Social networking
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB v.2.0
  • Very low price for a full touch phone
  • Pull-out stylus included

Main disadvantages

  • Small screen
  • No 3G
  • Very basic camera
  • No on-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • No smart dialing
  • SNS support is basic, works through the browser
  • microSD slot under the battery cover
  • No accelerometer for screen auto rotation

Let’s get one thing clear – the Samsung C3300K Champ is no Galaxy S. But it’s well-built and has all the features, be they not as good as on more expensive phones.

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Samsung C3300K Champ visits our office

The Champ is cheap – at around 100 euro you wouldn’t worry much if the phone ends up lost or broken. Like we said – maybe not the phone for you, but perfect for a kid or young teenager.

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