Expert Review of Samsung Chat 322 Black
Samsung Chat 322 is a basic feature phone meant for those who love texting. It is a QWERTY type messaging phone that comes with a dual SIM phenomenon. This mobile phone is best for traveling business people and communicating heavy texters. Now there is no need to carry two mobile phones with different tariff plans as the users can access two SIMs on the same handset. The users can get the benefit of different networks on the same device and by this they can keep their personal and professional life separate from each other. Samsung Chat 322 supports dual active mode so both your SIMs will remain active everytime. Access to social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. is not far and you can upload your favorite content on these sites at any time and from any place very easily. Its not that this phone is power packed with great functions only, it also enhances the user interface for easy usage. The presence of optical trackpad makes the navigation of menus smooth and also expedite its functions. Managing the two active SIM cards at one time and on one handset is not an easy task but with Samsung Chat 322 it is full of fun and is hassle free. The device comes packed in a very handy size of 109.5mm x 60mm x 12.3mm that is very compact and the weight of 95 grams does not cause any pain to the muscles of the hands even when it is carried for long time. The most attracting part of this handset is that it has a QWERTY keyboard on top of its dual SIM nature. With this handset you can enjoy anytime and from anywhere and can also access your favorite social sites, e-mail and even instant messaging. The keys on the QWERTY keyboard are so aptly spaced and wide that the chances of having any accidental press while typing are almost negligible. With two best tariff plans at your footstep, you will always remain connected with your friends, business colleagues and family. The best advantage of having two SIMs in one phone is that the users can avail the facility of the best tariff plans that are available in one network and for best coverage other SIM will do. So the users can have the features of two SIMs merged in one. Chatting on Instant Messenger, using Samsung Chat 322, is as easy as talking to someone face to face. With live updates and easy shortcuts from the home screen, its users will always be socially up to date. The user interface is enhanced for easy usage and the optical D-pad adds more comfort to it. The users can easily switch between the SIMs by pressing the switch key provided on one side of the device. taking a 360 degree spin of the device reveals out a volume rocker that gives a good feedback in the hand and even when one is not looking at the phone it is easy to use. The right portion of this feature phone has a usual screen switch off button, that is, button to switch between the SIMs. The top houses a 3.5mm headphone jack that also works as an A/V connector and acts as an antenna for FM radio connectivity. Along with the jack for universal headphone there is a microUSB port also, which is not covered by a rotating flip as it also works as a charging point for the handset too. At the bottom there is nothing but a mouthpiece. The front of the device has a small yet clearly visible screen that supports numerous color combinations. Below the screen there are four shortcut keys, two on each side of the optical trackpad. These keys are for Menu, Contacts, Message and Search. There are two call keys on each end, which are large in size and are quite easy to use. The five way optical trackpad is very responsive and reacts even to the slightest touch. This trackpad is rectangular in shape and is surrounded by a thin bezel of metal that helps in operating with the trackpad easier and faster. Below these hardware keys, there is the QWERTY keypad where the keys are easy to use, wide and aptly spaced to avoid any wrong usage of a key. On top of the non-touch screen there is an earpiece grill but since it is a low cost handset so it lacks the presence of any sensor. Coming to the back, there is a primary VGA camera on the top left and that is protected by a square bezel covering and on its right side there is a loudspeaker grill and at the center bottom there is an embedded Samsung logo. Under the rear casing, resides a standard battery along with a memory card slot and two slots for microSIM card. The phone is surrounded by a thick metal bezel that covers the phone and provides a strong and sturdy touch to it. Samsung Chat 322 is available in black, white and pink variants. The chassis of this basic messaging phone The mobile comes with the T9 dictionary and predictive text input that aids in texting the messages pretty easier and faster.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Chat 322 comes with a 2.2 inches wide non touch TFT display that provides a screen resolution of 220 x 176 pixels along with color combinations made from 256K colors that make the screen clear, visible and crisp. With a pixel density of 128 ppi the view become rich, sharp and unclouded from each angle. There is an optical trackpad below the screen that is capable of handling most of the tasks of the device. The device is running on Samsung's own proprietary operating system and has Duos UX user interface on top of it that is very much customizable according to the needs of the users. This UI makes the phone the best amongst its contemporaries as it very smartly integrates favorite applications, contacts and social networking sites on one screen. And the optical trackpad gives more premium look and feel to the device and makes navigation easy and quick.
Samsung Chat 322 has default music as well as video player that works invariably and gives more than an average output. The users can listen to their favorite tracks in MP3, WAV and AAC audio formats. The music player supports 64 polyphonic ringtones and MP3 ringtones. It also has DNSe 3D surround sound system that can easily make the users happy with its performance. The users can also enjoy their favorite number via FM radio, which also has a recording feature and thus enables them to record those songs which they want to keep in their music library. The videos supported by MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and WMV9 formats can be smoothly played on Samsung Chat 322. One can also record videos in the given formats.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Chat 322 features a 1.3 megapixels shooter that captures images with a resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels and can record QCIF videos by taking 15 frames per second. The camera has a zooming feature too of 4x digital zoom that helps in providing a more detailed information about the image. There is no secondary camera in the front for video calling. There are various shot modes available such as Single / Continuous / Mosaic and Frame and the images can be captured by adjusting the white balance as per the ambiance to Auto / Daylight / Incandescent / Fluorescent and Cloudy.
Samsung Chat 322 provides support to Internet via EDGE and GPRS of class 10 with multi-slots – 4+1/3+2 slots at a speed of up to 32 - 48 kbps. There is no wireless connectivity available on the handset. The Access NetFront 3.5 WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML browser provides a good browsing speed and downloads pages at a very good speed. The users can also toggle between the pages easily. To attach Samsung Chat 322 with nearby devices the facilities available are Bluetooth v.2.1 with A2DP and USB through a microUSB port of v.2.0.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Chat 322 has a very low internal storage capacity of 54MB where only 45MB is user available that can store 1000 phone book entries, 255 dialed, 255 received and 255 missed calls. The memory of the device can be increased externally by placing a memory card of 8GB capacity in the microSD card slot.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Chat 322 is full of useful pre-installed applications that are necessary in the everyday tasks. Some of these applications are Calendar, Scheduler, To do list, Clock, World Time, Alarm, Currency Converter, Converter, Calculator, Memo book, Stop watch, Countdown Timer, etc. and this device also carries four high class in-built Java supported games with the easily understandable instruction menu. Apart from this there are five pre-loaded wallpapers. The users can also download games and applications as per their need from the Internet.
Samsung Chat 322 is backed by a powerful standard Li-Ion 1,000 mAh battery that can keep the device alive for a talk time of up to 11 hours. The standby time is up to 500 hours and apart from this the users can also play games, do web browsing and run multimedia files for long time, as this battery is very powerful and strong.
Samsung Chat 322 offers connectivity to GSM networks only for both the SIMs. This device supports 2G band only at a frequency of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for SIM 1 and 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for SIM 2.
Samsung Chat 322 is a nice featured handset that is capable of catering the growing needs of the customers. It is a dual SIM basic phone that has QWERTY keypad and is the pioneer of its kind. The battery back up of the phone is very good and also the basic applications that are pre-loaded on the device works very well and fast. This is the best option for heavy texters and for business traveling crowd. It supports HTML browser so the Internet connectivity is also very good. The mobile phones that can stand beside this QWERTY messaging phone as rivals are Nokia C3, Motorola EX226, Micromax Q22, Micromax X600, Karbonn K25, Lava B5, Samsung Guru E2152, Micromax X1i, Motorola EX119, Micromax Swivel and more.