Posted by: Rehan Today | March 8, 2010



The mobile phone industry is not only competitive; it is exciting and innovative-where our imagination is materialised and growing needs are created to.

Set Qualities:
Model Number: S3653
Price: 14,800 PKR & 599 SAR
Form Factor: Candy bar
Input Type: Full touch screen

Design and user interface:
103 × 56.5 × 12 mm
Display: 2.8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
Fashion Jackets
Weight: 90 Grams

SMS, MMS, E-Mail
Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
Java: MIDP 2.0
Games: built in + downloadable
Social networking integration with live updates
MP3/WMA/ eAAC +player
Memory: 50 MB built-in + microSD card (up to 8GB)
2 MP camera with autofocus, smile detection
Image format: .jpg
Digital Zoom: 2X
Video: 15 frames per seconds
Video Format: .mp4
Shooting Mode: Single shot, smile shot, continuous shot and panoramic mode.

GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32-48 kbps
Connections: Bluetooth v2.1) with A2DP, USB v2.0
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML


Battery lasted 4 days on average use
Charging Time: Approximately 70 minutes

First Impression:
The Samsung Corby design is chic and glossy and seemingly caters to a young market that cheers on feature phones.

The Experience:
The phone comes with colourful fashion jackets. However, the colours are not as glaringly solid as those of the Corby TXT. The front of the phone has a minimalistic design, often appearing to be bare – with only three keys to work with. The widgets make it easy to access social networking services such as Facebook, My Space and Twitter. The camera and video quality are good, with a passable resolution and frame-rate. Unfortunately, the call quality is not up to mark; there is a little voice clarity, with a lot of noise in sound reception (in some sets). Messaging is made possible through a virtual keypad, which is easy to use and responds well to taps. However, considering it is completely touchscreen, navigating through various UI elements can be exhausting. On the plus side, the UI is mostly consistent and touchscreen gestures are intuitive, which means the user will not be frustrated by its lack of a physical keypad.

The Verdict:
Considering it is a mid-budget phone, the Samsung Corby, is a reasonable deal. It is unfortunate that such a visually pleasing phone suffers in the area, which is the most important – the call quantity (in some sets). Nonetheless it is a good looking phone with a lot of features.

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