Samsung Corby II Review
Samsung Corby II, also known as the Samsung GT-S3850, is the successor to the original Corby, a low-end phone offered since September 2009, which stood out with its capacitive touchscreen, low price tag and hip looks. But these days, you can't impress with just a touchscreen, so has Samsung thrown more notable ingredients into the small and cute Corby II? The Koreans have included Wi-Fi and a larger, 3.14-inch QVGA screen, but the Samsung Corby II remains an affordable feature phone with a rather mediocre 2-megapixel camera. Is it worth considering? Stay with us as we walk you through the design and functionality before giving you our final verdict.
The original Corby stood out with its fresh hip design with easily interchangeable back plates and jazzy curves, but this kind of originality is nowhere to be seen in the Samsung Corby II. It just seems that the young and social first-gen Corby aged and is now more serious, starting from the conservative black and white variants of the back plate and ending with the classical square font in the menus.
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But there is something else striking in the design of the second-gen Corby – it is a very, very close copy of the Samsung Galaxy mini. Sure – the three physical buttons on the front have changed in shape, the speakerphone on the back has moved and colors are different, but the shell is practically the same.
First, a 3.14-inch capacitive LCD screen greets you with its humble 240 x 320 pixels of resolution, resulting in a low pixel density and poor viewing angles. Up front, you'll also find the earpiece on top and three large and easy to press physical buttons.
Then, on the right, you have a slot for hot-swappable microSD cards of up to 16GB and a lock key, while the volume rocker resides on the left. The top of the device holds a lid-protected microUSB port and a 3.5mm standard headset jack. Finally, the patterned back plate is where the 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera and the speakerphone are.
To tally up the design, we'd say it's rather compact and practical as the patterned back won't let the handset slip easily. The design actually doesn't surprise us at all as its identical to the Galaxy mini. In all honesty, we liked the plastic yet sturdy build of the Galaxy mini, so we have no problem with the Corby II being near identical to it.