The Samsung S3650 is an exciting touchscreen mobile for the youth. Check out our review of the phone which also details the price, features and technical specifications of the phone.

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The Samsung S3650 Corby is a cleverly repackaged Samsung Jet with a slightly reduced feature-set at a very interesting price. Together with a well-defined target market and an innovative market ploy, the Corby will sensitize youth to both touchscreens (the phone of the future) and the Samsung brand.

Design and Looks
There is no dearth of touchscreens in the market today, but only few of them are targeted at one specific group of customers or the other. The best among these cater to a wide cross-section of mobile users. In the emerging touchscreen phone market, the next logical thing to do would be to diversify and create touchscreens specific to target audiences. Nokia has done that with its music phones but until now there hasn't been one for the you-tube watching, social-networking youth. Enter the Corby- the first touchscreen for the youth.

And it certainly looks like it, given its diminutive, rounded form and bright colours, the phone will likely find favour among teenagers. On the inside however it's not so different from the Samsung Jet from which the phone derives its soul. But the Corby's smaller form and overhauled user interface makes it look totally different.

Talking about design, the phone has a very plastic feel to its build and features a glossy fingerprint prone front. However it does not get scratched easily. Being small, the phone is perfectly capable of being held in one hand and operable with the thumb of the same hand. The rounded back makes gripping easier, which is completely interchangeable thanks to the two additional Fashion Jackets that ships with the phone.

The display is of the resistive touchscreen type and is very responsive to gentle touches. Visibility under direct sunlight is poor and the viewing angle is narrow, so it's hard to make out what's on the display at odd angles or under bright light. The screen, albeit small at 2.8 features the low QVGA resolution of 240 x 320. Below the screen are three hardware keys- an attractively designed back button in the centre and call and end keys on either side. The screen itself takes up little space, unlike the large touchscreens on other phones that nearly comprise the entire front fascia.

The phone sports the same TouchWiz UI as seen on the Samsung Jet, this time it's rebranded as Cartoon UI. The homescreen has three different panes, each with its own set of icons and widgets. Scrolling sideways will reveal the other two panes, where each pane is essentially a new screen altogether. This way, it's possible to access even least frequently visited apps and widgets that are generally buried deep deep inside obscure sub-menus. The current selected pane is indicated by three dots on the bottom half of the screen. Of course, what appears in either of the pane is totally user-configurable; to change what's on, users simply have to drag and drop the necessary app or widget from the side-tray and vice-versa when they wish to remove something. A nice gimmick here is the accelerometer which lets users auto-align Widgets and app icons by simply shaking the phone.

Being a touch sensitive phone (and an extremely sensitive one at that), it's quite possible that accidental presses are likely to happen when the phone is kept inside the pocket. To avoid this, the phone has the Smart Unlock feature that's now called the Gesture Lock. It's basically a touch operated mechanism to unlock the phone where the user has to assign any one of the 26 Roman-English alphabets that he or she must trace across the screen every time they wish to unlock the phone. Similarly, users may use this feature to start any app by simply drawing the assigned alphabet on the screen.

In terms of telephony, the phone scores well offering good reception and voice quality. Dialling numbers can be done the usual way of invoking the numeric keypad or users can make use of the Photo Contacts which lets you dial the the person they wish to call by selecting their photograph stored in the contact list. The photo can also be a video instead.

The provided email client is modestly functional and integrated an office doc viewer that supports all types of office files. It has a maximum attachment limit of 5MB which is rare for phones. Organizing features are standard fare but useful nonetheless. The browser that comes built in to the phone is the Dolfin browser. It supports one finger zoom, kinetic scrolling and also features full flash support.

The camera provided is a measly 2MP unit. However support for smile-shot that clicks away only when the subject smiles (provided you press the capture button once.) The images are what you'd expect from a 2MP sensor; the noise levels are high. But the camera application applies some noise suppression technology; the only downside is that some of finer details are lost as a result.

Well, so far the phone looks pretty OK, and provides almost every new technology ubiquitous to touchscreen phones. However, don't forget that the phone is easy on the pockets- so there must come a sacrifice. The phone does not have 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity.

The apps on the phone are an office document viewer developed by Access that supports Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and PDF files. Support for Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube is also available and can be accessed through the appropriate widgets. So users can check their status messages or upload pictures and videos on the go.

Like most Samsung phones, the Corby offers good quality at a great price and may be the first in a long line of affordable touchscreen phones targeted at a particular market segment.

  • Attractive, sporty design
  • 2.8” capacitive touchscreen display
  • Smart unlock feature
  • TouchWiz and Cartoon UI
  • Support for social networking including Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Flickr
  • Office document viewer
  • 2MP camera with smile detection

2 Fashion Jackets (available with phone)

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Samsung S3650 Corby Price India
Price:Rs. 8,200
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Jamaican Yellow, Cupid Pink, Minimal White, Festival Orange

Technical Specifications of Samsung S3650 Corby
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 500.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 4 Hours
Dimensions Width 57 mm
Depth 12 mm
Length 103 mm
Weight 90 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera NO
Camera Resolution 2 MP
Camera Flash N/A
Auto Focus NO
Display Display Size 2.8 inches
Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT Touchscreen
Colours 256K
Memory Internal Memory 90MB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card No
Expandable Memory 8 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi NO
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System TouchWiz UI
Features Input Type TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight NO
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