Samsung Corby II Review

Interface and Functionality:

While design-wise, the Samsung Corby II is an almost exact copy of the Samsung Galaxy mini, the two phones are miles apart when it comes to functionality. The Galaxy mini is a low-end Android smartphone, which translates into a myriad of applications, widgets and extensions, while the Corby II is disappointingly left wandering in the sinking ship of touchscreen feature phones. The TouchWiz interface offers the basic functionality you'd expect – the call and messaging parts of it are rich in options, but when it comes to additional features you've pretty much reached a dead-end.

Overall, navigation in the menu was rather fluid, however we couldn't help but notice the slight lag accompanying flicking around. And then we noticed that there's no multitouch, no accelerometer, no themes, no fonts, no on-screen QWERTY keyboard and no useful YouTube client. We'd swallow the lack of multitouch – double tapping still works, but not including an accelerometer just puzzles us as you'd have to use an on-screen button in select apps like the gallery and the browser to go into landscape mode.

The lack of pre-installed themes or fonts wasn't a major letdown, but making do with the on-screen T9 keypad for typing text was a trip to the past. Even though, we've seen fairly good on-screen QWERTY keyboards on a similarly sized display, we couldn't find such input option on the Corby II.

To top the cake, we couldn't get YouTube videos to play as the icon in the menu doesn't act as a dedicated YouTube client, but rather redirects to the mobile version of the website which got stuck buffering every single time.

Enough of our gripes, though, on the positive side we found the Social Hub widget acting as a container for your Facebook/Twitter updates useful. We also appreciated the presence of a simple file manager. You can also view your documents or spreadsheets through the Picsel File Viewer, which doesn't support editing.

In terms of connectivity, Wi-Fi seems to be the biggest benefit of owning the second-gen Corby, but you can't do much with it. The phone comes with the Dolfin 2.0 browser which doesn't support Flash or multitouch. Don't expect surfing anything overly graphical – the phone runs out of memory quickly when you throw more content at it. 3G is a no-go as the phone only supports EDGE for data.

Camera and Multimedia:

The 2-megapixel camera on the Samsung Corby II is a fixed-focus unit with no flash. You shouldn't expect wonders from such a snapper and you don't get them. What you get however is a very basic camera that you may opt to use when you really want to capture that moment and you'd better hope that urge comes during the day when light is aplenty. Not surprisingly, the pictures lack detail, and turn out on the softer side, with some artifacts and noticeable noise getting in the way.

The biggest downer is the fixed-focus module used for the Corby II, which translates into blurry shots if you try to focus objects within a 20-inch range. Except for that however, all other objects are always in focus, and the time between firing up the camera and taking the shot is minimal.  The camera interface offers a decent amount of settings such as shooting modes (smile shot and panorama), white balance and exposure metering.

The 2-megapixel camera captures video at QVGA resolution. This should say it all, as 320x240-pixel footage is hardly useful.

Samsung Corby II Sample Video:

In terms of media playback, the handset handles only MPEG-4 encoded videos around its native resolution. The screen is on the small side, but it's still possible to kill some time, if you're on the road and have nothing better to do. The speakerphone is pretty loud and we were content with the quality of the sound, so you could definitely use the phone as an MP3 player, even more so given the fact that it has both FM radio with RDS and voice recording.



1. khrysstine unregistered

i would like to set my picture as wallpaper. but on my samsung corby 2 there is automatic widget shown on the screen. can i take out those widget so that i can see clearly only my picture?

11. Mj230708 unregistered

you can take out all the widgets displayed on the screen of your corby2, press the widget button upper left of the screen then press and hold the widget to to rid on place it on the widget box (it will show if you press the widget button) drag it there and press done if you're finish.

45. eric unregistered

yes click on widget and drag the widget to the down menu and leave it there and you will not see them.

56. khrysstine unregistered

pleas hold the thumb on the widget for 1 second then it get yellow and drag it into widget group

2. Afsar unregistered

I cant see my wallpapers without widget pls tell some solution to take out widget...

3. goku unregistered

how to put a pic on contact number?

46. eric unregistered

go to the picture and check the menu options. there is a option of photo Id, select it

4. sai unregistered

yes you can remove those widgets. Just click on edit. hold and drag the icon back to the boxes.

5. elias unregistered

why i can not use a pen for the screen and the batery is lasting only 3 day s in normal use

28. dodong unregistered

Do more research regarding your phone before that rant you are making. And 3 days is tlong enough considering that androids just laslast for only 2 days with minimal usage.

6. dodette unregistered

is there a dialogue feature in messaging?

7. corby 2 GT - S3850 unregistered

how can we remove the widgets please answer my question

16. Sukh unregistered

u can first click on widget button on the homescreen and then touch the widget and drag it to the widget block and then click done !

8. xx unregistered

when i connect corby 2 to pc studio it shows Unregistered model cannot be connected

9. gwapogi unregistered

better have your phone trashed out. :) Have you tried installing a PC Suite for your Samsung Corby II?

36. vhin unregistered

try using SAMSUNG KIES for phone to PC connectivity.

10. betakun

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

i haven't found the Notification icon when i open my facebook?

12. ericanievas unregistered

i have a problem , the size of the font size of my messages changed to large and I can´t get it smaller as it was before. pls help me. my phone is corby II too.

44. rio unregistered

the font of the messages became larger and i can't get it back to its normal size. what do i do?

13. ania unregistered

how will you rate this phone? is it a good buy?

70. fafss2405

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

ok for your second handphone.. hehehe...

74. prc1406

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

yes,you can buy without problem.i have one and that\'s great.

14. jenn unregistered

i just bought corby 2. i have set some privacy lock on some applications on my fone like messages,log & contacts. After i set it up, i tried to access my messages and im happy to see that the lock is working. someone texted me and i promptly open the message. I went back to the main screen and clicked on the message box again and i was frustrated because the lock code was not working again; also the log button.why is that? can anyone help me?thank you very much.

39. dangmarcelo

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

i have the same problem.

40. dangmarcelo

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

i'll repost it again. :)

58. GHHELAI unregistered

try to went to settings.. then phone.. then cpu.. then task manager... possible that u're still using d message and still open.. u didnt close properly d message thats why d passcode didnt work .

15. Sukh unregistered

hey i have corby2 but the thing that i dont like is the messaging can i have the qwerty key pad somehow help soon

17. Bboy.kidd unregistered

how to install operamini for samsung corby 2 ?

18. joren unregistered

mharap ba mag type??

19. ash unregistered

what o.s (operating system) is in corby II? how do i upgrade it? am a newbie using corby II
Corby II
  • Display 3.1" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.026 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(9.50h talk time)

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