Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 & CorbyTXT B3210 Preview
but without 3G.
Introduction and Design:
The Samsung Corby S3650 is the first handset of the manufacturer aimed at young people. It comes with a cheerful design, easily replaceable panels and affordable price-tag. The former two are among the things that youngsters do like, while their parents are sure to find latter appealing. There is a really important thing, however, that Samsung forgot at first. The statistics says that most young people are really eager on text messaging and we have to say it didn’t take Samsung much time to decide what to do to fill the market niche. They are about to release two QWERTY handsets, effectively turning the original Corby into the forefather of a new range of cell phones dedicated to young people. Today, we are going to introduce to you the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 and Samsung CorbyTXT B3210. The former is the most technologically advanced member of the Corby family and comes with 3-megapixel camera, support for high-speed 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps) and a side-sliding keyboard with four rows of buttons.
Actually, it´s exactly the keyboard that makes the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 so different from the Corby S3650 – the newer handset is substantially thicker and heftier than its predecessor. They both have pretty similar faces and you can easily get them confused if you fail to notice the small video-call camera placed above the 2.8-inch resistive, QVGA screen of the CorbyPRO B5310 (the Corby S3650 has a capacitive display). It supports 16 mln colors unlike the original Corby that copes with just 262k.
We still do not have official information on the replaceable panels that will be offered, but we hope the manufacturer comes up with cool and good-looking ones that don´t get dirty and stained as easily as the white one. We are pleased to see the Samsung Corby B5310 sports standard connectors only – 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port for charging and data transfers.
You can compare the Samsung CrobyPRO B5310 and Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 with many other phones using our Size Vizualization Tool.
The Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 features the same standard connectors, but that´s where the similarity ends. This is a cell phone coming in a classic, candybar form factor equipped with full QWERTY keyboard and 2.2-inch display with low native resolution (220x176 pixels). We quite like the large functional keys around the D-Pad. The keyboard buttons are small, but with a specific form, just like those of BlackBerry devices. Still, we tend to think it´s just people with smaller fingers that will find them comfy enough, i.e. youngsters. Hulk and Hellboy on the other hand, are bound to face BIG troubles with them.
As a whole, the Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 remains true to the spirit of its predecessor - it´s a compact, likeable handset that will fit perfectly into the hands and pocket of any kid. We, however, believe the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 is aimed at teens and older kids, since it delivers more features and sports a more, erm, austere design. By the way, take a look at the comprehensive comparison of all features of the Corby family members available here.