Samsung Champ (GT-C3303) Review

Samsung Champ (GT-C3303) Review

 

Samsung has made a name for themselves when it comes to releasing touchscreen phones at affordable prices. Star and the colorful Corby-range struck a chord with the consumers and now they’ve released the Champ (C3303), with a similar intention. We managed to get our hands on the Champ and this is what we think.

In the box:

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Champ is the cheapest touchscreen phone available from Samsung and is bundled with an AC adapter, 3.5mm earphones, microSD card, leather pouch and user manual and warranty card. Samsung is not bundling a data cable with the device, which is a bit surpising considering the phone is pitched as a “full-touchscreen music device” and most users would want to copy songs via a USB cable rather than copying directly to a memory card.

Design:

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Champ has a well-thought out design. The phone easily fits in one’s hands and is really lightweight, which measures 96.3 x53.9×12.9mm and weighs just 90 grams. The front part of the device is covered by a small display, call/end/back buttons and a speaker whereas the back area integrates a camera. The top portion of the phone hosts a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and stylus; left side has a phone-lock button and right side boasts a volume rocker. All in all, the phone looks good when held and doesn’t give the slightest hint of cheap build quality.

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Display and User Interface:

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Champ features a 2.4-inch touchscreen display supporting up to 240×320 pixels. The display is a resistive one, which is understandable since Samsung wants to sell this phone at a low price. But despite the resistive display, the phone responded well to touch inputs. For those who still prefer the old-school way, Samsung has also included a small albeit handy stylus pen.

Samsung has integrated its in-house created TouchWiz user interface but a lighter version dubbed as TouchWiz Lite, which is optimized for touchscreen devices. TouchWiz Lite also makes use of the widgets but unlike the full fleged version, this interface allows using only one widget per home screen (user can put seven home screens). Another downside is that it does not support downloadable widgets, restricting users to use the pre-installed widgets only.

Camera:

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Samsung has two variants of Champ – C3300 and C3303. We received the latter one and apparently this model features a VGA camera (0.3 megapixel) instead of C3300′s 1.3 megapixel. Needless to say, the phone’s camera is something not worth boasting about. The picture quality was average and being a fixed focus camera you need to have steady hands to click a picture or risk it to blur.

The camera also supports video recording at QCIF resolution.

Music:

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Music is Champ’s USP and we can safely say, it delivers on that front. The music player supports decent number of audio formats, allows playing on the basis of albums, artists, genre etc. and supports EQ settings.

The audio quality on the bundled earphones is good but the audio is excellent via the loudspeakers as well. The loudspeakers are pretty loud for a small phone like Champ.

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Another advantage on the music front is the integration of FM Radio. Champ’s FM Radio is a little different as it integrates the wireless antenna, which means a user can directly scan and listen to FM stations without having to attach his earphones to the phone.

Other features:

Champ allows users to surf the web with the pre-installed web browser. The browser works well for most mobile optimized websites but crumbles and runs out of memory when you happen to load large web pages.

Samsung Champ GT-C3303 Review

Samsung also thought about social networking junkies, which is why they have added support for various social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr etc. However, don’t expect a full-fledged app because these are nothing but links to the respective sites, enabling quick access.

The Champ also supports Samsung Apps to install additional apps and limited to Indian region devices, it has a calendar highlighting Indian festivals and holidays and Mobile Prayer that plays a hymns or a verse according to the religion.

Conclusion:
So is the phone worth it? If music with a decent touchscreen experience scores top on your list, Champ will suffice your needs. But if you’re looking for an all-round touchscreen phone experience with decent camera, web browsing, you might want to raise the budget a bit to get a phone from the Corby or Monte range.

The phone retails for around Rs. 4,000.

  • ganang

    How to delete hidden games memory in my samsung gt-c3303k champ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001817540198 Naty Gonzalez

    necesito el manual de instrucciones en español o la forma de configurar los mensajes multimedia de donde los puedo conseguir? para el samsung champ gt- c3303

  • Rachelle

    my phone shows sim lock how do i unlock it i cant type in any * or #

  • 11202125

    how can i get games from my phone..message is invalid jar file

  • 11202125

    how to open jar file and play games

  • Vajirakahapola

    It’s absolutely wonderful…..

  • Dollypeswani

    dolly
    When i try to download games to my samsung mobile it shows message not supported format

  • Micandza

    Micas
    I think is a wonderful mobile….

  • Kharen_jurado

    i want to download games if i get dis games. pls help

  • Sathishbasil

    superb :-)

  • Pyaephyokyaw1234

    i didn’t see samsung GT C3303i themes.Where?

  • Cheyale

    Uhm, hello I want to know whats the Defualt Phone Lock Password pls help ._.

  • Andy

    What is the charger model for samsung megachamp 3303i?

  • andy

    What model samsung charger can be used for megachamp 3303i?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayan.surya.35 Ayan Surya

    i can’t download java games & application software in my mobile.help me a download

  • sapi

    i have this mobile phone but i cant off the 4n cause phone lock is coming.but i didint active the phone lock.plzzzzzzzzzzzz some buddy help me

  • ramon vincent anel

    i cant download jar file and the tmp file apears.what should i do?

  • Zachary

    my samsung champ c3300k got hidden game , i use the code (*2767*3855# ), but can’t clear the hidden game how can i clear it??

  • http://www.facebook.com/arbie.belgica Arbie Belgica

    hi?

  • nerven

    how 2 use internet in my phone?

  • Smiley

    Why does when I txt it says error?

  • facebook

    I did this the drinking but I can not with a navige what are the problem

  • champ s7cks

    What hidden games ?

  • champ s7cks

    Can it even connect to wifi?

    • gfghf

      no

    • gfghf

      please answer the se people

    • NIKHIL

      No

  • vilu

    este celu sin duda es el mas lindo que vi ;) :)

  • Lorra

    can someone help me please? when i click on the music apares the word “updating” and the muic doesn’t open what can i do?