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Samsung Corby S3650 Review

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Software and Functionality:

It is not only the outer appearance of the Samsung Corby S3650 that can be personalized. The TouchWiz interface offers three separate home screen pages, where you can place various widgets. We have already commented on the sad fact that most active applications are of no real use these days, but in the case of the Corby and similarly to Samsung´s latest models, there are extra widgets designed for social networking that make up the so-called Pop-up SNS interface. The applications show you whether or not you´ve got new messages from your online buddies as well as the current online status of each person, although, frankly, they change so fast that you can hardly keep up really. Once you´ve selected a widget, you get to the mobile page of the relevant social network. The widgets are rather large, so if you feel like following your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts, you´ll quickly run out of free space. Keep in mind that the applications are inaccessible only from the home screen.

The three home screens of the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
The three home screens of the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
The three home screens of the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

The three home screens of the Samsung Corby S3650



The cool-looking youthful theme that we first saw on the prototype is available and it doesn’t change the font by default, which is good really, since the previous version was able to render virtually any text downright illegible. The main menu consists of several separate pages and you are disallowed to rearrange their icons.

Main menu - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Main menu - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Main menu - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Selecting a theme - Main menu - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
   

Selecting a theme

Main menu



The Samsung Corby S3650 allows for creation of text and multimedia messages as well as emails and you write using standard, alphanumeric screen layout that works in portrait mode only, and there is no QWERTY version at all. Initially we felt rather displeased at the fact, but after several tests we found out we were able to write quite faster than when using a hardware alphanumeric keyboard, which is a good thing. Moreover, you can always take advantage of T9 and type away even more quickly plus, a landscape QWERTY on such a small screen would have been really uncomfortable to use anyway.

Messages - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Messages

You write messages using standard, alphanumeric screen layout that works in portrait mode only - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
You write messages using standard, alphanumeric screen layout that works in portrait mode only - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

You write messages using standard, alphanumeric screen layout
that works in portrait mode only



The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based and controlled in pretty much the same way as the version the Samsung Jet S8000 is equipped with – you zoom in and out on things by keeping your finger pressed against the screen, which is handy. Pages visualize properly, but without their embedded Flash elements. As a whole the browser is quite capable really, but is of limited use, since the Corby doesn’t support high-speed internet connectivity – what you get is GPRS/EDGE only.

The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

The internet browser of the Samsung Corby S3650 is WebKit-based



We need to point out that the Samsung Corby S3650 is a really snappy handset on the overall. We have seen the TouchWiz interface stutter and freeze on quite a few higher-end models, but such issues are quite rare with the Corby.


Camera and multimedia:

You shouldn’t expect awesome image quality of the 2-megapixel camera of the Samsung Corby S3650 that doesn’t sport either autofocus or flash. We would qualify it as “bearably horrible”, because although images taken with it feature acceptable colors, they lack enough details and, more often than not, are rather blurry. Still, it´s a good thing that you can capture snapshots extremely fast, so you will be able to take quite a few in a snap… meaning the chances are some of them will be relatively adequate. The situation is almost identical with the video capture functionality – you take clips at QVGA resolution and 15 frame per second. There is no overwhelming stuttering, but the overall quality is mediocre.

Camera inteface - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Camera inteface - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Camera inteface - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Camera inteface - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Camera inteface


Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650 - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Corby S3650


Strong light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Low light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor pictures



The Samsung Corby S3650 proved to be quite a pleasing surprise in terms of audio playback. The player offers ample filtering options and several equalizer presets that do affect the overall sound quality. The boxed headset is proper and delivers sound with enjoyable loudness and quality, provided it´s not going at full blast. The adapter will allow you to plug in another pair easily and during the tests we yielded even better results when using one of our sets, even with the volume at its maximum setting.

Audio player - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Audio player - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Audio player - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Audio player



The Samsung Corby S3650 plays MPEG4 videos with QVGA resolution only and while the playback quality is not exactly superior, we didn’t notice any artefacts or issues affecting the image quality. Unfortunately, our unit came without preinstalled games.

Video playbackin portrait mode - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Video playback
in portrait mode

Video in landscape mode - Samsung Corby S3650 Review
Video in landscape mode - Samsung Corby S3650 Review

Video in landscape mode



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. surendhar (unregistered)


hi is tbere possible to download avi application for samsung corby colours

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.06 x 2.22 x 0.47 inches
(103 x 56.5 x 12.0 mm)
3.28 oz  (93 g)
Battery960 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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