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Samsung GT S3650 Corby / Genio Touch

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      31.07.2013 18:09

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      not for internet users, but a simple, cheap average phone

      I bought this phone a few years ago, to jump on the 'touch screen' bandwagon. When I bought it, it was a rather popular phone due to the fact you could change the back of the phone to suit your colour mood and it had 'widgets' which are what we know as apps.

      I first thought that the widgets would be really useful because you could download them have have them drag onto the home screen to use whenever you pleased. However, I found that it was difficult to use them as they would constantly move around and could be easily dragged to other places on the screen when switching between screens. I also found that logging into the social networking apps was difficult and they would often be unresponsive.

      The touch screen would often be either too sensitive or not responsive at all, and this was often frustrating when trying to scroll. Using the internet was not something enjoyable as you often accidentally clicked on something when simply trying to look through the pages.

      I did not like the fact that when the screen was tilted to the side the screen would not adjust and stay upright. I would also have preferred a QWERTY keyboard as they are so much easier to type on than the traditional alphabetical phone keyboard.

      The phones pre-installed applications were quite useful, but included just the standard calculator, notes, etc...

      The camera on the phone was average and images and videos were easily filmed.

      One thing I did like was that you could personalise the way you unlocked your phone with either using a code or drawing a chosen letter on the home screen.

      The phone is pretty average, you can see that they tried hard to make it unique in terms of widgets and applications but otherwise it's rather simple and not that technically forward. I don't really drop my phones much but I'm pretty sure nothing happened when I dropped it and its still in nearly new condition.

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      10.04.2013 14:53

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      perfect for someone looking for something breakproof and well featured for a good price.

      I bought the phone a ways back, and it's certainly suffered at my hands. I've dropped it many times, even into water a few times and its still functioning plenty. I love the simplicity and strength, and the way it really is life proof. The only let downs really with the appearance are the random red rim around the camera lens and the yellow side buttons. But I'm sure that to some people the array of colours is appealing. I've never had a glitch or problem with it, and it is perfectly fast. It comes with music recognition, convertors, and a built in dictionary among other things which has proven to be very useful. The camera leaves a little to be desired, but does the job well.

      Overall, as a well featured, speedy, glitch-less nicely shaped phone with a nice battery life, I think it's certainly a good option for anyone who's looking for a very good yet cheap phone.

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      14.12.2011 23:33

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      Pretty Disapointing.

      I purchased this phone for myself 1.5 years ago and I guarantee you not to purchase this phone right now. Genio Touch was great for the first few month but there has been a number of issue i went through with this device.

      Touch Screen:

      Touch screen isn't as sensitive as the IPhone or Samsung Galaxy. You need to press hard to open the applications and it got frustrated when I had to press hard to slide down or up.

      Keyboard:

      Keyboard was pretty bearable. The size was similar to any other keyboard such as the Blackberry but the texting was a issue i had with the phone. I'm not sure if this was the issue with the sin card or the service I used but it kept sending multiple text so I had to phone the provider monthly to complaint to them which made me get tired of this phone. Some issues that there is a lack of spaces between the keyboard, so if you have a big hand ... i don't recommend you buying this phone.

      Camera:

      Camera isn't great as the recent phones that came out it only has 2mp camera. Whenever i took a photo of me..awkward... or anything else I had to photoshop it to make it either brighter or for quality of the picture.

      You can access the internet when you're around location with wireless internet but there is huge restriction! You can't watch videos on Youtube!!! But it allows you to access Facebook so you could add some picture that actually ended out looking great...

      It has a great bluetooth thought, i never had any issue sending pictures to my friend's phone. The price is very cheap right now so i believe it's a reasonable price to pay.

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      13.12.2011 16:07

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      You get what you can afford

      Considering the price, Samsung GT S3650 Corby might be considering not so bad. It's light, easy user interface and i really like the choice of colors (very bright). As for the inside, the touch screen is responsive, ( this is my first touch screen phone, and apparently i do not really like it). The screen unlock key (button and touch) are slow and take a long time if you are on the music player. The phone is really slow if you have lots of music/images/videos and the web browser is slow, crashes a lot and doesn't have tabbed browsing. The camera is unreliable for capturing your memories, also very slow. You cannot customize the look, since you cannot download third party theme. You can only change the wallpaper. There's no 3G, Wi-Fi or GPS support, very disappointing. You might like this phone if you cannot buy anything better than this. Simply put, its affordable. So you may not expect too much from it.

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      26.10.2011 01:22

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      Wouldn't buy, if I were you.

      Just a short review here -
      Well just before Christmas time 2 years ago, this phone came out, and looked really good on the adverts. so just after Christmas, I bought one. At first, it was an okay phone. But now, gosh, no idea what happened. I use predictive text, but simple words like 'and' come up with 'Ame' and 'Cod' before and. And 'but' comes up with 'Buu' and 'Att' first, making it really difficult and slow to text. Also, you cannot turn the phone sideways and get a full qwerty keyboard, which dissapointed me. The camera is okay, could be better, could be worse, but the memory is terrible! I have a memory card, but it only holds around 200 texts in both inbox and outbox, before it makes me delete them. The Facebook app is really slow, not really worth using at all to be honest. Also, I swear the battery life has got worse. It used to last, hmm around 3 days before needing charging, now I need to charge it about once every two days, and my usage is pretty much the same as what it's always been.
      Now I'm not sure if it's because of my sim card, or because the phone is old, or simply the phone itself, but it's sometimes very hard to send texts, it will say 'sending' for ages and ages, before I just have to cancel, and try and re-send. Usually messages take around 7 seconds to send, which I think is a rather long time. In fact, some times I don't receive texts at all, and I don't realise this until somebody says 'you never replied' or some such, so I'll turn my phone on and off again, and then those messages may or may not come through, but then usually the texting will go back to normal again, but this happens often now. Another point is that certain times when I go to delete messages, they simply won't delete. The 'delete' sign comes up for ages and ages so I wonder why it's taking so long and cancel, and all the messages are still there.
      On the very rare occasion, the alarm won't go off. I check every night that the settings are right and such, but very rarely, it just doesn't go off at all.
      It comes with a choice of about 4 or 5 message tones, and my gosh are they annoying! You can't have your own message tone, it has to be one of those choices, and they're all terrible, in my opinion.
      The phone's dictionary has some words in it that don't really seem to be words at all, more just letters.
      If I ever need to turn my phone off, when I turn it back on, it will every so often reset the date and time, and they're will be a totally random time, and a date from god knows when. Weird.
      Say if you get your phone out in even light rain, and it gets a few drops of rain on the screen, the whole touch screen messes up and it doesn't work until you dry it again.
      My last point will be that in the past, when I try to save a phone contact, you press save, and nothing happens. Nothing at all, it still stays on the 'add contact' screen and simply won't save, which is slightly annoying.

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      02.10.2011 20:55

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      good

      This was the first proper phone I ever purchased. I bought it at around 60 pound when it first came out on pay as you go. The phone is pretty much aimed at the younger generation having the phone come with an array of colouful phone backs which i love as it really made the phone pop and stand out making the phone itself look quite fashionable to carry round. The colorful phone backs came in hot pink, orange, yellow, black and white. The phone also comes with the charger and headphones. However i was slightly disapointed that the phone didn't come with a wire to connect it to the computer and i had to go out and purchase one myself when you would expect to receive one with it.

      The phone itself is a touch screen phone and at first i found it difficult to get used to but eventually i got the hang of it. One of the biggest drawbacks of the phone had to be the lock system which was rather poor. To unlock the phone all you have to do is hold and swipe along the screen. Because of this you can unlock the phone in your pocket and i found it would sometimes ring random people in my pocket which was rather annoying.

      As the phone was aimed at teenagers and young adults it came with a lot of interesting apps like facebook, bebo, myspace, twitter etc.. I really like this being a social fanatic as they were really easy to use. As well as this the phone came with loads of other useful apps like birthday reminder, a radio, gps and loads more which i loved as it made the phone so much more fun.

      The phone altogether was really easy to use. The sound quality and camera quality were also really good. One thing however is that the phone can scratch rather easily so be careful when using it.
      Overall it was a good phone but not the best of the best.

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      28.09.2011 17:04
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      Unsatisfactory

      I discovered this phone whilst shopping for a new one, I bought it and had to take it back, becaus eit is terrible! The camera is unsatisfactory and the sound isn't very good! If any was thinking of buying this I would urge them to reconsider! I don't think it is worth the money at all! For someone who's looking for a simple, easy mobile simply for texting and answering the phone, this is perfect. Because all the other software on it is crap! Also, it is w=quite old, girly and not very big. Some people prefer smaller phones, but personally I like them big. I wouldn't recommend this particular samsung to anyone, but I would say get a different samsung phone, like the tocco/tocco lite. It is quite a cute phone, coming in different colors, such as Yellow and white etc. I hope you find this information useful .

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        25.09.2011 16:40
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        Great practical phone

        This phone has to be my all time favourite phone and due to my clumsiness I have had a few...
        Like with most people I was wary when it came to touch screen phones. This one however I found very easy to use. Although the phone wasn't at the top of the touch screen list I found this to be more reliable. Battery life is amazing could go for days without charging (obviously I am more of a texter than a talker)

        I wanted something that was practical easy to use and nice to look at this had the lot. When I bought the phone it came with 3 back covers a pink one black one and black with pink pattern although there are many other colours available for it, Charger USB cable instruction manual guarantee and in ear headphones. Volume on the phone went loud enough so that you could hear it in the bottom of your hand bag and the vibration on the phone was strong enough to feel in the loudest pub. I honestly do not know what I ever did without it. The speed of the internet wasn't bad either little slow sometimes but got you there.

        The graphics on the phone we ample enough but obviously this is the Genio not the IPhone so best not to set the standard too high as this could cause disappointment. The camera on the phone takes a great pic but the memory on the phone itself could do with been increased. I bought memory card that slots into the side when the back cover is taken off just to allow me enough room for my music and the pictures that had been taken.

        This is a very stylish phone that with me has really stood the test of time considering the thing has spent most of the time on the floor than it has in my hand, perfect first timer touch screen phone and cheap enough too

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        05.08.2011 15:00
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        Definitely for those who want to experience touch screens without smartphone difficulties

        I've had this phone for about a year and a half now, and I'll admit my main reason for buying into a contract for it was the perk I got from the Carphone Warehouse... *cough* free PS3 *cough*...

        That aside, I was sceptical about touch screen phones. I'd heard all too many stories of some of the pixels or whatever in the screen going wrong and preventing hassle free calling/texting. However I was pleasantly surprised with the Genio - it is easy to use and navigate for first time touch screeners. I thought it was quite a sleek design too, it's quite light and fits easily into pockets - a word of warning to those with large handbags though, put this phone in there and it WILL become assimilated into the mounds of needless junk you inevitably accumulate in there (mine does).

        After a few more months my clumsiness had well and truly kicked in, and the phone had been dropped against most hard floor surfaces. The screen has remained pretty scratch free, and the rest of it has a couple of dents and chips but it has done remarkably well! This phone does break into pieces when dropped onto a particularly hard surface though, so try not to do this when out and about or you'll find yourself on your hands and needs scrambling about for all the bits. It can also reset itself when this happens, whcih can be rather annoying if you're like me and use your phone as a watch and calendar and suddenly find it's gone back to midnight on the 1st January... however I would rather this than screen cracking and other such phone booboos.

        Room for improvement - after a lot of use this phone is now losing it's sound quality when in a voice call - I have mine turned up to full volume and this can still sometimes be too quiet. Also, the loudspeaker function leaves a lot to be desired.

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        31.07.2011 18:09

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        great phone great price, would highly recomend to anyone

        The Genio Touch phone may not be the top of the line and not the most popular but unlike some of the newer phones this mobile is good quality and will last you for more than a couple of months. I have had mine for over a year and there have been no problems what so ever it is durable and easy to use. I particularly like the font on the phone which give it a much more attractive and modern feel. Definitely worth the money! when i first bought the phone I was intrigued by its attractive touch screen which are very popular but also the back cover that allows you to change the back panel to another design which the phone comes already with two other designs which makes it feel even more flexible to your own tastes and wants. This is a fantastic phone which i would highly recommend in my experience.

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        22.06.2011 02:18

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        I do not like this phone at all really, and would personaly not recommend it to others

        So, I have had this phone for just over a year now. I never really like it that much.

        This was the first touch screen phone i had owned, so at first i was really impressed. But after using other peoples HTC and IPhones i realised how slow this actually was. Even some of the other touch screen phone at about the same price (eg LG TOCO) were more responsive than this.

        I am a student, so simply buying a new phone was out of the question. So i battled on with this, figured that it was due to the price, the fact that it was a budget phone. I felt that i shouldnt comple for the price.

        Annother major annoyance i have found with this phone is the predictive text. The phone built in dictonary had a habbit of making up its own words. Usually containing numbers, random punctuation and capital letters here and there. It makes sending a quick text quite hard, as you have to keep changing things to the right word. I have reset my phone to factory setting about 5 time now to fix this. This works for about a week or so, then the crazy words come back.

        There are a few good points about thisphone i feel i should mention.

        I found that the battery life is amazing. I can go about a week without charging at all.

        Also, the interchangable back is cool. adds a personal touch to the phone

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        31.05.2011 15:10
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        Lovely looking little phone.

        I wanted a phone that was simple and easy to use, stylish and up to date without being a ridiculous price which would suit my personality. I can honestly say this phone caught my eye straight away with its quirkiness and unique look.

        Genio touch is brilliant, I tend to get bored of phones quickly and buy a new one every 4-5 months but I've had this one for about 1 year and a half, and I must say I'm not bored at all! Its very stylish and the different coloured cases on the back means you can swap them whatever mood your in, just gives the phone that extra detail.

        The touch screen I find incredibly easy to use, sometimes a little off and might not be as accurate as it could be, especially if you type quickly like myself it tends to freeze.

        Downside is to do with the side buttons. If you press the camera button on the side which is right below the hold button (which you use to lock the phone) if you press the camera one accidently and then the hold button it tends to lock the phone so you cant use it for about five minutes. Would be better if the buttons were separated as this can cause annoyance.

        The layout menu is wonderful, you can also slide the main background back and forth to view different scenes or pictures. Nice icons goes well with the style and easy to find everything your looking for. Clear sound and high enough volume. Nice ring, message and alarm tones. I don't find the internet useful as it is very slow and comes up with errors regularly. Charges very quickly takes mine about an hour but may vary between people.

        In the box you get 3 different coloured cases out of (yellow, orange, pink, white, white with patterns and black) my favourite is the white with patterns. You also get a charger, a usb cable, headphones and of course the phone! I paid about £50 for mine from Currys.

        Overall if your looking for a stylish little phone, which is easy to use and not needing to use the internet on a daily basis. Then this is a fantastic little phone for you!

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        21.05.2011 19:01

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        Okay phone. I wouldn't advise paying too much for one of these phones.

        The phone was easy to use, with an okay camera. The screen was a good size and very clear. The touch screen was a bit slow, but the "buttons" were big enough to use easily when sending a text. Mine came with an interchangeable back in varying colours, which was nice to change depending on my mood, and had an ergonomic shape, which fit into the palm of your hand well, making it easier to text. It has a micro SD card inlet, which is good for boosting the memory of the phone.
        It didn't need charging often, the batter would last a few days with normal use.
        Internet access was possible with the phone, but the web pages would come up very small, and from what I tried, I couldn't find a way to easily zoom in and out and use the Internet properly without giving up.
        There's a side bar that pops out on the home page with widgets, like clocks, calendars, music player radio and so on. At times this got a bit annoying as widgets would turn up and then wouldn't go back into the side bar. When turning the phone off and on again, the widgets that I chose to display on my home screen were jumbled up and spread across the 3 page scrolling screen.
        The phone has some good features, but all in all it is best for use for making phone calls and sending texts, but not much more, it is a no frills phone. And is quite good for a starter phone.

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        24.03.2011 18:41
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        I would reccommend this to anyone who want a really good quality phone for a cheap price!

        I'm inseparable to this phone, i've had it nearly a year and it's definitely one of the best buys I've ever made.
        It's got everything i needed, looks good, works well, socila networking and its very cheap compared to other phone of it's type.

        Look
        This is one of the most stylish phones out there, I think. (not including smart phones) It's got an awesome sleek design and i personally love the way you can change the colour of the backs. At the minute mines white, but I've had yellow, black and all sorts of different patterns and designs. I also love the large touchscreen front which really adds to the aesthetics of the product.

        Features
        The main feature of this product that i love is the ease of getting onto social networking site such as facebook i use it all the time to keeping touch with people wherever i am and is such an improvement on other social networking apps. It also has all the other necessities on a phone that i think have gone from some of the newer phones such as Calculators and timer. The only feature it doesn't have is ready to play games, this may be a bit childish but what happened to good old snake or tetris on your phone!

        Ease of Use
        this phone is really easy to especially as you've had a Samsung beforehand as it follows the same format as all Samsungs which is incredibly simple with easy to understand heading so you know where everything is and it doesn't take a life-time to find some features like it does on some phones.

        Touch screen sensitivity
        The touch screen can be very unpredictable sometimes its working fine other time it will never work or work so badly that there isn't any point in using it ( i just turn it on and off again) This is probably the biggest major flaw in the phone. But if you can live with this it's easy to use and good quality

        Overall
        Overall this is a very good, stylish phone with great social networking feature and easy to use, it a very popular phone because of this and its relatively cheap price compared to other phones

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          21.03.2011 20:05

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          A good phone, worth the low price

          I got this phone for free on a cheap contract on Virgin Mobile. It was my first touchscreen phone so I loved it at first, it was pretty easy to use, was very customizable, had a slot for Micro SD which was useful for storing photos & music. The camera was good quality also, though not quite to the standard of some phones around at the time. The selection of applications was good, although it was surprising to find no games or more abstract applications than the regular ones that would be normally found on a phone. I also enjoyed the main screen to play about with widgets, and also the gestures you can do to unlock the phone to specific pages. However, at some times (often when in hot/humid conditions but not always) the touch screen becomes almost impossible, unresponsive and sometimes choosing options on the other side of the screen to what has been pressed.

          Altogether a good phone, except at those annoying times!

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      • Product Details

        The Samsung Corby S3650 is a full-touch handset that places users at the center of the social media revolution with a wide range of social networks support, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The mobile complements the company's touch screen strategy, "touch for every lifestyle", by targeting the youth market.

        The device represents a complete makeover for the youth segment, with its eye-catching profile featuring two-tone diagonal contours. The Samsung Corby is notable for both its body design and colors - which mark a significant break from the way full touch phones are usually designed.

        The best social networking services are combined with enhanced multimedia capabilities in a compact form factor. Corby's 2.8-inch QVGA screen delivers a quality online video experience and its quad band connectivity and support for EDGE networks means that Samsung Corby users can stay in touch regardless of their location.

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        Product Description: Samsung GT S3650 Corby - mobile phone - GSM
        Product Type: Mobile phone
        Service Provider: Not specified
        Form Factor: Touch
        Dimensions (WxDxH): 57 mm x 13 mm x 103 mm
        Weight: 90 g
        Colour: Chic white
        Technology: GSM
        Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
        Integrated Components: Digital camera, FM radio, digital player
        Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
        Display: LCD display - colour - 2.8"
        Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen
        Internet Browser: Yes
        Digital Player (Recorder): WMA, AAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+ , MPEG-4, WMV, H.263
        Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC
        Talk Time: Up to 540 minutes
        Standby Time: Up to 730 hours
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