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Samsung E2652W Champ Duos review

Samsung E2652W Champ Duos review
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Samsung has released two new versions of its youthful C3300K Champ without any fanfare. The E2652 and E2652W Champ Duos are both boosted with dual-SIM capabilities and 0.2-inch bigger screen, while the W-fella also gets Wi-Fi connectivity.
Review On : Samsung E2652W Champ Duos
06 May 2011

By Nigel Chew

At A Glance:
Pros:
+ Feature packed
+ Cheap
+ Dual SIM
+ Solid build

Cons:
- Resistive screen

Exterior, Controls and Screen
06 May 2011 - If this looks eerily familiar, it is because the Samsung Champ Duos is really just an update to an older Champ, with virtually no cosmetic enhancements. Measuring at 99.9 x 54.9 x 13 mm and weighing 88 grams, this sleek little device does however mirror some of the Design traits of its more powerful and bigger cousins.
Samsung Champ Duos review

Unfortunately, Samsung decided to go for a 2.6-inch resistive touchscreen that packs in 240 x 320 pixels in resolution. So while it is the right amount of screen space for a device of this size, the nature of the screen itself makes it a chore to navigate. Samsung has included a stylus, but ultimately we decided to overlook it throughout the review. Situated at the bottom of the screen are the three touch buttons (Dial, Back, and Power). On the right side, we have the Lock button as well as a button which we will reveal its function in the next section. On the left side are the volume controls and situated at the top is a MicroUSB port as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Cracking open the cover reveals the 1000mAh battery, which provides for a relatively decent amount of talk time as the device is not very power-consuming to begin with. Internal memory is 50 MB, though this can easily be expanded with its MicroSD slot that supports up to 16 GB of memory. Then there are the two SIM slots…
Samsung Champ Duos review

Features
Samsung did not exactly just make a couple of minor tweaks and slapped on the Duos at the back of its name for no reason. You see, the Samsung Champ Duos is being marketed as a dual SIM phone, which allows users to switch networks on the fly with the SIM switch button on the right side of the phone. While it would certainly comes in handy for some, it's sort of odd that the primary SIM card has to be placed awkwardly underneath the battery while the secondary one fits in nicely in the slot which is visible once the cover is removed. Not a major issue, but we would have preferred the order reversed.
The Samsung Champ Duos comes with a scaled down version of Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz user interface, which allows up to seven home screens that can be populated with widgets and icons. To add to the already sizeable number of default applications, Samsung has also taken the initiative to integrate social media ones that include Facebook and Twitter, as well as instant messaging applications like Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. In its efforts to turn the Samsung Champ Duos into a full-fledged social networking device, Samsung has also included quick access to services like Picasa and Flick for sharing of photographs.
Samsung Champ Duos review

Should that prove insufficient, users may also download more applications from Samsung's own app store. While nowhere close to being as extensive as the Android Market or Apple App Store, Samsung's take does offer a fair bit of variety, which makes up for the fact that this device isn’t running on say, an Android.
Camera/Video
As with all these low-end devices, the 1.3-megapixel camera functions the way you would come to expect it to. The camera interface is of the Samsung TouchWiz variety, so it is as easy to use as it is basic in functionality. There is no autofocus, so it is just a matter of pressing the on-screen shutter button, and the image results are not terribly disappointing. The quality of the photos make it well suited for Facebook sharing, something which, as mentioned earlier, is implemented by Samsung already.
Samsung Champ Duos review

Video quality on the other hand is just laughable, as its abysmally low resolution of 176 x 144 pixels, which when viewed on the computer, is comparable to the size of a postage stamp.
Connectivity
The Samsung Champ Duos is a tri-band device, and is sorely lacking 3G network support. It does however have 802.11 b/g WiFi support and Bluetooth connectivity.
Verdict
TIn spite of the resistive screen, the Samsung Champ Duos is a winner as far as budget devices is concerned. This lightweight contender packs a punch in the features department, which makes its already low asking price of an estimated RM 400 and below a good deal. We really wish that Samsung could have instead made an Android of out this, but its place, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and app store does get the job done.


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