Samsung Genio Slide review: Samsung Genio Slide

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
Pricing Unavailable

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 4 user reviews

The Good Good connectivity; great keyboard; excellent value for money.

The Bad Basic camera.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Genio Slide's impressive keyboard, friendly user interface and excellent line-up of features make it a great option for those whose budget won't quite stretch to a full-blown smart phone

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The Samsung Genio Slide is a touchscreen phone with a slide-out keyboard and loads of social-networking features. Available for £15 per month on a 24-month contract, for £130 on a pay-as-you-go contract, or £190 SIM-free, Samsung is aiming to bridge the gap between full-blown smart phones and traditional pay-as-you-go handsets. But has it succeeded?

Let it Slide
The Slide is a dead ringer for Samsung's Genio Touch  -- both share the same curvy design and funky, triangular control pad. But the Slide is about 5mm thicker than the Touch, which gives away the fact that it houses a slide-out Qwerty keyboard within its petite frame.

The keyboard is one of the best we've come across on a budget device. The keys are quite large and produce a pleasing click when they're pressed, so you get good tactile feedback as you type. The layout is also impressive, as most of the commonly used punctuation keys are accessible without the need to reach for the shift key. Samsung has also found room to add shortcut buttons next to the spacebar for the messaging application and Web browser.

Tiny touchscreen
Unfortunately, the display isn't quite as impressive as the keyboard. At 71mm (2.8 inches), it's small by touchscreen standards, and its resolution of 240x320 pixels is rather limited. It's only really when using the Web browser that the limited space becomes something of a problem, though. And, although the touchscreen is of the resistive type, which can often be less accurate than capacitive versions when it comes to registering finger presses, it's not a problem, as the phone's menu system is driven by relatively large icons.

The keyboard's buttons are surprisingly satisfying to use, given the Slide's budget nature

The Slide uses the same TouchWiz interface found on many of Samsung's other touchscreen handsets. It's fairly easy to use, and one of its big benefits is that it comes with widgets that you can drag and drop onto the phone's three home screens. These widgets can be used to search Google, access Facebook and Twitter, or listen to radio via the phone's FM tuner, for example. The Slide also comes with a BBC iPlayer widget that lets you stream or download TV programmes. The resolution of the video is low, at 320x176 pixels, but it still looks perfectly acceptable on the Slide, as its screen isn't very big anyway.

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Samsung Genio Slide

Part Number: CNETSamsung Genio Slide

Typical Price: £190.00

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