Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Cute, but too dated to compete with today's smartphones
Samsung GT B5310 CorbyPRO
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Samsung GT B5310 CorbyPRO
Advantages: Cute, can access BBC iPlayer
Disadvantages: Dated, can't access email
I got the Samsung GT B5310 (or as it was called when it was sold to me, the Genio Slide) just over a year ago. In today's fast-moving market this means that it might as well be 10 years old. It does have some useful features, but I'm desperate for my upgrade to come!
I chose this model because of the snazzy red slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but I actually never use it as I find predictive text much easier. The only reason I ever flip out the keyboard is to insert an unusual symbol into a text. Some, like currency symbols, can't be accessed in any other way, and there's one symbol that is totally unobtainable on this phone - %! I find it really strange and while it's not quite a tragedy that I have to write "percent" in full, it has annoyed me on occasion.
One of my favourite things about the phone, in fact the only thing I'll miss, is a cute theme called 'Cartoon'. The wallpaper is the view of out a window (you can see the curtains and window ledge) of two owls on a branch, and when you receive a text another owl flies up holding an envelope in its beak. The scene changes at night, showing a dark sky, and the owls asleep. (I guess no one told Samsung that owls are nocturnal.) The menu is also cute, when you open it a character walks in and stands by a pull switch. When you select a program, the character pulls the switch. There are lots of characters to choose from, including Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood, a clown, and a gorilla.
There are a few useful widgets preloaded onto the phone and housed in a bar running down the left side of the start screen (unless you disable it), but no one seems to have created any more since the phone was released. In a world of customisation this is a massive drawback. But I do find the iPlayer widget useful, as I can download BBC programmes over wifi and then watch them at the gym.
The phone is pretty chunky, at 105 x 56.8 x 15.7mm and 135g, and the camera isn't great. It's 3.2 megapixels with no flash, so taking pictures indoors is out of the question.
But my biggest problem with the phone, and the the reason why I want to upgrade, is its terrible handling of the internet. Browsing is slow, and if the page is anything other than text and tiny pictures you'll just get an error message. I can't login to any of my email accounts, and the Facebook interface is terrible. Nowadays there's such an emphasis on connectivity that this is inexcusable.
Summary: Was once good enough for general use, but things have moved on
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