Samsung Corby S3650 Review1
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.