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Samsung Stride R330 review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Samsung Stride R330 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

When it comes to high tech, sometimes “old school” trumps all those fancy smartphones.

The Samsung R330 is an entry-level flip that is well built, comfortable to hold and offers a familiar alpha-numeric keypad layout, with large, multi-function keys set below the standard “send”, “clear” and “end” buttons.

Closed, the R330 offers a 1.9” inch LCD display that provides lots of info in a clear manner, including a clock, battery life, signal strength and more. And old school doesn’t mean out-of-touch. With the R330 you have access to email, the ability to instant message friends and send multi-media messages. Heck, it even offers Bluetooth, so you can talk and walk with no worries.

This may all sound very prosaic to the sophisticated smartphone user, but this writer must confess that Samsung has done an excellent job making an old-school layout look and feel smooth and simple. Not everyone wants to drive a Lamborghini, especially if all you are doing is going to the local grocery mart to get bread and milk. Know what I mean? You Just Want to Make Calls.

In fact, if you are someone who just wants a reliable cell phone that has good call quality, this is a good phone. If you don’t want to hunt for the right “sequence” of buttons to hit to get to the correct “sub-menu”, this is the right phone. If you just want to touch a single button to reach a friend, this is the right phone for you. And if you enjoy having a few extra, useful applications, again, this is a phone to consider.

The R330 offers a 1.3MP camera, more than enough pixels to take a good, clear picture. And the One-Touch dial keys further enhance the simplicity and minimalism of this fine cell phone. Add in some basic, entry- level apps like a calculator and alarm clock, and you have a mini workhorse that will serve its owner well.

As this writer has been the proud owner of Samsung phones, I can personally attest to the quality build materials and ease of navigation afforded by such a device as this.

Simple, done well, is refreshing, and the Samsung R330’s familiar layout doesn’t require a learning curve or manual, and for a great many customers, that is exactly what they are looking to buy.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
1.9"
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneMag

The Samsung Stride is a no-frills flip phone. We like no-frills flip phones. Many offer great ways to save money on your monthly bills, especially when used in conjunction with a separate music player. If it's on a budget-priced regional carrier like U.S. Cellular and you live in the appropriate cov...

- Jamie Lendino, PhoneMag

I bought the phone because I am not a big fan of smart phones, I like a phone I can make phone calls on. But I have a very difficult time hearing on the phone even at top volume with very little background noise. And the ringer is very difficult to hear as well. I am a tried a true Samsung phone owner and usually am very satisifed but this phone has left me wanting.


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Screen Size
1.9"

The Samsung Stride R330's screen size is 1.9 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
30 MB

Internal memory is 30 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 189 minutes.

Stride R330 Specs

Overview
Release date February 1, 2010
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Processor
Internal Storage 30 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Body: 0.4 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 189 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.9 x 4.8 x 1.8 cm (3.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 90 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 1.9 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-R330

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