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Samsung S3650 Corby Review


Samsung S3650 Corby Review

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Cementing their status as the leading manufacturer of touchscreen phones, Samsung have released details of the latest budget touchscreen device in their line-up, the S3650 Corby. As the general mobile using population become used to operating handsets with a touchscreen interface, and all the benefits that brings in terms of screen real estate, more manufacturers are realising that a touchscreen device does not necessarily have to be loaded with all the latest features to be of interest to consumers. And, at the same time, as touchscreen devices become more commonplace, so the cost of materials used in construction becomes cheaper, allowing for cheaper supply of mid range and budget touchscreen devices. One of those situations that benefit us all, we get cheaper handsets and the manufacturer gains more handset sales.

As a budget device, the Samsung S3650 Corby holds its own amongst the competition in this market sector. The Corby is very lightweight, weighing in at just 92g, and with measurements of 103 x 57 x 13mm. The screen is a standard TFT display, supporting up to 256,000 colours, and measures a healthy 2.8 inches across from point to point. The pixel resolution is QVGA, 240 x 320 pixels. To give some perspective, this is the same size screen as that found on the very popular Nokia N95 8GB. With a built in accelerometer, the phone display can auto rotate between portrait and landscape mode, depending on the application you are using at the time.

The user interface on the device is standard to other recent budget Samsung touchscreen devices, such as the Tocco Lite. This gives us a customisable three screen homescreen option, which can be selected through by swiping your finger across the display. The S3650 Corby has support for Samsung Widgets, which are applications that can be placed on the homescreen, for your own convenience. So, for example, on one screen you could place the large analogue clock widget, or the dual time digital clock that shows time in your home location and another city of your choice. An ideal option if you have relatives in another country and you struggle to calculate the time difference properly. On another screen you could place the photo widget, which offers a nice interface for scrolling through your photo album, and on the third perhaps leave open the widgets for music, and radio. Ultimately, the choice is yours and that is one of the great things about this phone.

You could even leave the homescreen free from all widgets, and just drag them from the sidebar as and when you want them, using them as shortcuts to most often used applications instead of trolling through the menu system. The Widget bar is easy to access, just press on the arrow tab that sits to the left of the homescreen, and it will slide out, and when you have finished accessing the widgets, just press the arrow tab again and it will hide itself away. One nice touch here is that even the network name that is displayed on the homescreen can be dragged to the widget bar and removed from the display, so if your background wallpaper is particularly nice, perhaps a recent holiday snap or a picture of a loved one, you can remove all obstruction from looking at the image.

Accessing the menu on the Corby is a simple affair; across the bottom of the homescreen are three shortcut tabs, one opening an onscreen dialling pad, one opening your contacts and the other opening the main menu. Once opened, simply select the menu option you wish to have by touching on the relevant icon. Samsung are to be applauded for creating a simple interface that only the most technically challenged of users would have problems with.

Despite being a budget device, the S3650 carries a good specification set with it; starting with a 2.0 Megapixel camera with video recording option, the Corby also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS support, and a strong music player, with support for MP3, WMA, AAC and eAAC+ music files. The video player also features well, with support for H.263, H.264 and MP4 codecs. Connectivity is also well featured, with the Samsung handset running on 3G, as well as offering GPRS, HSCSD and EDGE. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP is included, and the handset memory can be expanded by MicroSD memory cards, with the Corby supporting up to 16GB.

There is a lot to like about this phone; although it is a budget handset it carries a strong feature line-up and just reinforces that the evolution of mobile usage to data capable touchscreen devices can be enjoyed by all consumers, on PAYG or contract, whatever the budget available.

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