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Genio, Touch me
Samsung GT S3650 Corby / Genio Touch
Member Name: bluejules
Samsung GT S3650 Corby / Genio Touch
Advantages: Great battery life
Disadvantages: Texting can be difficult
== Handset ==
The phone sits comfortably in my hand and is quite light. I find that it is a good size to use comfortably but I need to make sure that I hold onto it tightly or it easily ends up on the floor! I can be quite clumsy though so I don't think is solely the fault of the phone. That said, I have dropped it a few times (indoors and out) and it still works fine with only a couple of minor scratches.
The phone comes with 2 different backs, in addition to the one on the actual phone. There is a black one (on the phone when you get it), a white one, and a white one with yellow and grey circles on (the one I currently have on my phone). I like the fact that I can change the back on the phone as I like a bit of variety in my life! It's easy to change so it can be done regularly if you so wish. I've only changed mine twice.
== Touch Screen ==
This is the first touch screen phone that I have owned and it took me a little while to get used to. At first I couldn't even unlock the keypad and I got easily frustrated, but I persevered and realised that I was actually just pressing it too hard! The touch screen is quite a nice size (6x4cm). The whole screen is touch sensitive; there are three icons at the bottom of the screen, which make navigation easy. These are keypad, phonebook and menu. The side of the screen has an arrow, which when touched, opens up a list of shortcut icons, e.g. for the internet, Bluetooth, music, calendar etc. You can drag these items onto the main screen for quicker access. I have the memo on my front screen, it looks like a 'post it' note and lets you type a little message which you can see whenever you're on the front screen. I find this is really useful as I can be quite forgetful sometimes!
The touch screen can sometimes be oversensitive and texting can be annoying, but overall I think the touch screen is easy to use.
== Making a Call ==
I phone my family and friends quite a bit so it's important that this function is simple and easy to do, and that is the case with the genio touch. You can make a call by going to the phonebook and searching for the name of the person you want to call and then pressing the green icon next to their name or the call button on the phone (the phone has three buttons on the front as well as the touch screen). You can also make a call by pressing the keypad icon and dialling the number.
I have no complaints about the quality of the phone calls and the battery life is really good. I only charge my phone once or twice a week, and usually make at least one 10 minute phone call, and 20-30 texts per day.
== Texting ==
Like I've just said, I text my friends and family quite a lot on a daily basis, so having a phone which lets me do this with ease is a must! I'm in two minds about texting on this phone. Sometimes I have no problems with it all and other times I'm ready to throw it out the window!
You can set the keypad to predictive text or just normal. I prefer predictive text and on the most part this works quite well. It sometimes predicts words even if you don't put all the letters in, but it also sometimes predicts words that are not what you want, and it sometimes changes the letters. As long as I'm not in too much of a rush texting goes ok, but it's not good trying to text on the move.
The backspace and space key are next to each other which sometimes means I press the wrong one and end up with the completely wrong word! Again as long as I'm not in a rush this isn't too bad.
It is also possible to send and receive picture messages which I do quite often. Most of the time when a picture message is received I have to click 'retrieve' before I can view the picture but this usually only takes about 10 seconds then I can see the picture.
== Menu ==
There are three pages of menu icons which are easy to see and navigate through. These include icons such as call log, music player, internet, alarms, voice recorder, calculator, messages and stopwatch. You can access the phonebook and the keypad from here too. All the icons are coloured with a little picture making it easy to see which one you are selecting.
== Camera ==
The camera isn't that great (2MP) and it doesn't have a flash. However, I only ever use it for sending picture messages as I have a digital camera for when I want to take photos. It's easy enough to use and I do take quite a few photos to send to my friends and family. You can put a mini SD card into the camera and save photos to that. I've so far not had any problems with storing my photos on here.
The camera also has a video function but I have not used this as I don't suppose the quality is very good with it only being 2MP.
== Other ==
The phone does have access to the internet but as I'm on a contract which does not have internet use included I have not tried this as I don't have much money.
It's easy to charge and this usually takes about an hour and a half; and as I've already said I usually only need to this once, maybe twice a week (fantastic!).
I usually have my phone set to silent so that it vibrates when it rings or I get a call, but I do sometimes have it set to loud. You can put your own music as a ringtone, which at first took me a little while to work out. The strength of vibration and the volume of the ringtone can be adjusted, as can the feedback when pressing the screen. I don't like it to make a noise or vibrate when I'm using the touch screen but it can if you want it to.
The genio touch is currently available from around £50 pay-as-you-go.
== Advantages ==
* Great battery life
* Easy to make calls
* Memo function on main screen
== Disadvantages ==
* Not good for texting on the move
* Took me a while to get used to it
* Touch screen can be oversensitive
== Overall ==
I quite like this phone, it's not the best phone I've ever owned but the size of it means it fits nicely in my pocket and the battery life is fantastic. It's mainly the touch screen texting that lets it down for me, but as long as I'm not in a rush it doesn't cause too much of a problem. Overall I'd recommend this phone for a simple but stylish little phone :)
Thanks for reading! :)
Summary: Nice little phone
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