Samsung C3050 Stratus Review
Samsung was not always known for their top of the line smartphones, there was a time when all they made were feature phones, and some of them were quite good to be honest. They are still making feature phones until now, like the new Samsung C3050 Stratus.
The Stratus is a slider phone that combines a compact design with basic functionality. This phone is for people who just want a cellphone that is not hard on the budget and can do the basic stuff, like texting and calling pretty well. At just under 50 pounds each, you cannot deny that the Stratus is affordable, but is it any good?
What We Like
For a budget phone, the Samsung C3050 Stratus has a couple of nice qualities to it. Qualities like:
The slider movement is slightly above average. It does not stick when you push the screen up to expose the number keys, so using it is easy enough.
The buttons are easy to press. This makes texting on the Stratus relatively easy on your thumbs.
Navigating through the phone's user interface is easy. You can use it straight out of the box without even bothering to take a look at the included user manual.
As with all feature phones, the Samsung Stratus battery life beats even the best smartphones. At a full charge, the Stratus gives approximately 4 and a half hours of talk time and 10 days on standby.
Though it only has 512MB of internal storage, the Stratus does have a microSD slot that can accommodate up to 8GB. So you can store a lot of MP3s and use your phone as a pretty good media player.
What We Don't Like
There are some odd quirks about the Samsung Stratus that can really make it feel like it is a cheap phone. Here are some of the more annoying points about the Stratus:
The camera is horrible. There are other budget feature phones nowadays that have a 2MP camera built-in, but the Samsung Stratus opted to just use a VGA camera instead. The photographs it takes are horribly pixelated, so much so that you have to squint your eyes just to make out what is in the picture.
At a distance, the Samsung Stratus looks like it is pretty well made, but once you hold it in your hands then you will notice that the phone is made entirely out of plastic. Though there's nothing wrong with using plastic, the overwhelming amount of it that is in the Stratus makes it feel tacky.
As it is just a feature phone, there is nothing really outstanding about the Samsung Stratus, you cannot use it to surf the web, and you cannot install any of the latest apps and games; it is just a basic cellphone so you should not expect a lot from it. But if you are just looking for a cheap phone that can do the basics like calling and texting and pretty much nothing more, the Samsung C3050 Stratus is certainly a good phone candidate.