Samsung B3210 review: Samsung B3210

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Typical Price: $149.00
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2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Easy-to-use interface. Loud earpiece speaker. Long battery life.

The Bad Tiny QWERTY keyboard. 2G only. Low-res screen. Almost no user-accessible memory.

The Bottom Line The tiny keyboard keys spoil the B3210's spotlight feature and not having 3G will irritate the teens this phone is supposed to appeal to.

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5.5 Overall

It's always cute to see toddlers dressed in adult clothing; babies in studded leather jackets and their feet wrapped in Converse sneakers. So does the same apply to tweens using BlackBerry clones while their parents chat on Bolds and Pearls?

Design

It's all but impossible to look at the B3210 and not imagine it's been picked from the BlackBerry bush. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the B3210 is like Samsung complimenting Research in Motion on a new haircut, laughing at all its jokes and sending over flowers and chocolates with a cute card. Side by side with the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the B3210 shares much more than its basic shape and glossy black exterior, as the position of the menu keys and curvature of the QWERTY keyboard are very similar, and the rim around the base of the keyboard seem familiar too.

Here the similarities end though, as too close a comparison between these two phones would be a great disservice to the excellent Bold. The B3210 sports a low resolution 2.2-inch display, a 3.5mm headphone socket and micro-USB charging, plus microSD memory compatibility up to 8GB.

Its full QWERTY keyboard should be the highlight, though the tiny size of the keys and the cramped spacing between them makes it very hard to type on as quickly as a full keyboard should allow you to. At this stage, we would often add a statement saying that people with smaller fingers, like the intended teen market, might have a better time with the keyboard than the editors here at CNET, but we won't say this for the B3210. The keys are so small you'd need to have fingers tapered to a fine point to use this keyboard with any precision.

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