Written on 9/07/2009 11:13:00 AM by poison_ivy
Judging by all the comments I've received about the Samsung Tocco Lite, it's a very popular phone. No wonder Samsung is trying to recapture that winning formula with the Samsung S3650 Genio, it's also known as the Samsung Corby outside the UK.
Undoubtedly, Samsung is gearing the Samsung Genio for the younger market segement with its colorful back covers. The Samsung Genio is a bit smaller in length than the Samsung Tocco Lite though the former is also a tad wider and thicker than the latter. The Samsung Genio only has 2.8 inches of screen, which is resistive. On the front we have the menu and the call and end buttons, on the left side you have the volume controls and Samsung's proprietary connection which you can use to charge your phone or connect it with your computer. On the right side is the screen lock button and the camera button. The memory card slot is found at the back when you remove the battery cover. Thankfully, Samsung didn't put it behind the battery so you won't have to remove your battery in order for you to access your memory card.
There's not much I can say about the Samsung Genio's design except that it reminds me of the first generation HTC Touch phones. The Samsung Genio is reasonably palm friendly and pocketable.
Display and User Interface
The Samsung Genio has 2.8 inches of screen which is capable of displaying 16 million colors. The phone vibrates with each gesture you make and it also has an accelerometer which allows you to rotate the screen. The screen reminds me of my Samsung Omnia because colors are a bit washed out and suffers a lot when viewed under direct sunglight. The User Interface uses Samsung's TouchWiz UI which means you'll get widgets galore and kinetic scrolling.
I don't know whether this is a software issue since this is a fairly early model but responsiveness is not up to par with the Tocco Lite although its still very much responsive compared with the first generation Samsung Omnias.
The UI is very similar to the Samsung Tocco Ultra. You can change fonts and even zoom in on the contents using the volume rocker. The only thing new on the Samsung Genio's UI is that like all new TouchWiz phones, it has three homescreens which you can fill up with widgets.
The Samsung S3650 Corby is disappointing when it comes to messaging. First of all, you'd think they would have put in a QWERTY keyboard but no, you're stuck with the alphanumeric keypad. The good thing is that even though this phone is youth-centered, your grandparents can use without having trouble seeing the fonts since the size is adjustable. The Samsung Genio is capable of MMS although there's no separate option for that. The message only turns to MMS once you've inserted pictures, videos, voice tags, etc.
The calendar is pretty useful for a budget phone. You can set up appointments with reminders and even set up recurring events. There's also a Memo application, tasks, and World Time. On the widgets screen there's a birthday reminder, and two widgets which can help you remind you of your diet or if you want to quit smoking. The Samsung Genio has a built in FM radio with RDS, RSS reader, YouTube App, Picsel Viewer and a NetFront Browser. The Picsel viewer really comes in handy when viewing documents such as MS word, Excel, PDF, and PowerPoint files. There's also a messenger application which is actually Palringo, my favorite IM application.
I've always liked Samsung's built in music player. Unlike the Touch Player on my Samsung Omnia, the Samsung Genio can support WMA files directly as well as MP3s, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+. Audio through the speakers is poor and doesn't really play music loud enough. Wasn't able to see how the Samsung Genio handles videos but don't expect it to play DivX files outright. There's no onboard 3.5 mm headset jack but like the Samsung Omnia, there's a 3.5mm headset jack on the Samsung proprietary connector.
Now here's what separates the Samsung Genio from the Samsung Tocco Lite. The Tocco Lite has 3.2 megapixel camera while the Genio only has 2 megapixels. The Tocco Lite supports smile shot while the Genio doesn't so undoubtedly, the latter is left behind when it comes to camera performance. The camera also doesn't have auto focus so if you have shaky hands, expect your pictures to come out blurry. Images come out a bit washed. Check out some sample pics taken with the Samsung Genio Touch aka Samsung Corby:
I don't know how Samsung will price the Genio but if the price it higher than the Tocco Lite, then people are just probably going to ignore this phone and go for the one that has the best bang for their buck, in which case, that's the Samsung Tocco Lite. However, if Samsung pegs the price of the Genio lower, then teeners will probably opt for this one considering that it's more stylish than the Tocco Lite. Since carriers will probably offer the Samsung Genio for free, users would just have to factor in what do they want more: a cameraphone or a stylish phone, in deciding whether to get the Tocco Lite or the Genio.
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