Touchscreen handsets are becoming more main stream with each passing day; the price of owning a touch sensitive device has dropped unbelievably compared to say a year ago thanks to entry level touch pioneers such as the ....
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Touchscreen handsets are becoming more main stream with each passing day; the price of owning a touch sensitive device has dropped unbelievably compared to say a year ago thanks to entry level touch pioneers such as the LG Cookie and the Samsung Corby. The Samsung GenoA is building on the legacy laid down by these handsets by bringing another great touchscreen device at an even more affordable price!!!
The Samsung GenoA is the latest offering in the Corby range, bringing almost identical hardware and software features as its slightly bigger brother the S3653, the main differences being that the GenoA houses a slightly downgraded camera and a simplified TouchWiz interface in particular the social networking widgets have been replaced with simplified shortcuts that now open up corresponding social networking web pages.
The GenoA follows the now familiar Corby design; in fact the two devices look almost identical, an oval shaped body, smooth round edges and a distinctive rounded diamond selection button. The mobile is remarkable compact and light, weighing in at 92 grams; to give you a bit of an idea just how compact and light the handset is, it’s almost half the size and weight of the latest iPhone. When it comes to handling, the handset fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and is remarkably comfortable to operate one handed. You won’t be getting any sore thumbs from over extension to try and reach the top left or right corners of the screen. Which brings us to the screen, the GenoA packs a 2.8 QVGA display capable of displaying 256K colours, the screen size is a testament to how far touchscreen technology has advanced in recent year, not too long ago flagship mobiles such as the Nokia N86 were hitting our shelfs with 2.6 inch displays, now we have entry level touchscreen phones with 2.8 inch displays!!
Standout features of the handset include a 3.5mm audio jack for using your own headset, DNSe(Digital Natural Sound Engine) sound, which allows for some really excellent audio, an FM Radio which not only supports RDS but also has a FM recorder ability, which allows you to record straight from the radio onto your handset. Internal memory is somewhat lacking with just 30MB, but thankfully this can be supplemented with a MicroSD Memory card which allows the memory to be expanded by an additional 8GB, offering plenty of room for music files , radio recordings, video clips and photos.
The 1.3 megapixel camera is adequate for a quick point and shot, recording a quick video clip at 15fps or sending MMS’s but not much else. The picture quality is ok but not great; extra camera features include a 4X optical zoom which is quite rare in low resolution cameras, a shoot timer, ISO and night shoot setting.
For an entry level handset the GenoA supports a remarkable number of file formats including MP3, WMA and AAC on the music front while when it comes to video files the handset supports MP4, H.263 and H.264 video files. The media player is straight forward and easy to use, however it would have been nice to have seen some sort of filtering functionality such sort by artists or track names included. If you have a huge library you might find it tiresome scrolling through your library finding that one particular track you are after.
The GenoA utilise a simplified version of Samsung renowned TouchWiz touch user-interface; the widgets are large, colourful, cartoonlike and responsive. The handset features Samsung’s intuitive drag and drop technology, allowing the user to customise the handsets desktop by adding, removing or adjusting widget positioning. A nifty new feature to the TouchWiz interface is its ability is to have your messages displayed as a thread, a great feature to ensure that you never lose track of your conversation.
For the social network minded, Samsung has included the usual suspects including widgets to go directly to the mobile web pages for Facebook and Twitter.
For an entry level phone the GenoA provides a tremendous amount of talk time, the manufactures promise up to 600 minutes and an amazing 720 hours of standby time. Really quite impressive for an entry level handset when considering that the LG KP500 Cookie is only capable of 180 minutes of talk time.
The call quality of the GenoA is surprisingly good once again considering that it’s only an entry level handset, sound on both ends of the call was crisp and clear, and the loudspeaker packs a remarkable punch.
The GenoA has one major drawback; it’s not capable of 3G transmission, unfortunately it’s stuck using only the 2G network which will result in some significant data speed reductions, however if you are not too worried about not being able to browse the web super quick or watch stream video on your mobile you got nothing to worry about.
Overall the Samsung GenoA is a great little phone, it’s fun, packs a 3.5mm audio jack, has a nice range of multimedia features, a great intuitive user interface, provides hours and hours of talk time and best of all its super cheap. If you are looking out for stylish entry level touchscreen phone that will not break the bank and you are not too worried about not having Wi-Fi or 3G then you simply can’t go past the Samsung C3510 GenoA.