Samsung S3650 Corby review: Samsung S3650 Corby

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Compact touchscreen handset. Great web browser. Cheap as chips.

The Bad No 3.5mm headphone socket. No bundled memory card. Poor 2MP camera.

The Bottom Line The Corby is excellent value, matching a very usable touchscreen mobile with a bargain bin price tag. If you're spending under AU$200, the Corby should be on your list to compare.

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Design

The Corby may not be the sharpest looking tool in the shed, but don't forget its low price tag. For your AU$180 you get a solidly built plastic handset with a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen. The screen has a QVGA resolution, meaning it will look a little duller to those who are used to the higher-res screens found on the Samsung Icon family of phones, but it doesn't mean it's any less responsive. The Corby delivers a very usable system all round, with thanks to the screen and adequate processing power.

Samsung seems so confident of this little touchscreen that it's kept the rest of its mechanical input to a minimum, with only calling keys and a single-purpose "back" button available under the display. While we love the minimalism we do dislike the absence of a 3.5mm headphone socket; the Corby instead uses a dual-purpose proprietary input that is shared for charging the phone. We know Samsung would want to keep the Corby as cheap as possible, but surely a 3.5mm socket wouldn't blow the budget on this one.

Features

Running on Samsung's proprietary platform, the Corby has a surprisingly deep suite of apps to mess around with. Sifting through the menus we discovered Facebook, MySpace and Twitter apps, a dictionary, stopwatch, calendar, FM radio and voice recorder. There are also 10 Java games pre-installed, although only trial versions; the full games require an authentication code to play.

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Where to Buy

Samsung S3650 Corby

Part Number: CNETSamsung S3650 Corby

Typical Price: $179.00

See manufacturer website for availability.