The Corby range has been enjoying some very serious attention for quite a while now since the first model the S3650. Samsung’s affordable range of touchscreen, multimedia and social networking ready handsets are doing well and more installments in the series have been cropping up periodically, like this the Corby Pro B5310. Here’s a quick look.

Form Factor
In most facets it’s exactly the same as its predecessor with a couple of modifications. It’s twice the size in depth to accommodate the full QWERTY slide out (very smooth pop slider) keypad and of course it weighs more because of this and Samsung’s gone with a Resistive touchscreen as opposed to the Capacitive version that was incorporated into the S3650. It is bulky and a bit heavy as well, but not enough to make it an issue for users. The keypad itself may seem a little congested however it’ll take no more than a couple of minutes to get used to. The 2.8-inch display is large and convenient enough to easily view in both modes.

What’s truly remarkable about this specific Corby model is the fact that Samsung has incorporated a very standardized norm for its outward connectivity options. It comes with a 3.5mm handsfree port and a micro USB port for the charger and PC connectivity. It also comes with changeable rear panels and the colors available for this model are so much sober than the originals.

Even with the added weight and bulk it’s still a well designed handset.

Features and Performance

The TouchWiz UI hasn’t been altered in any way for the handset. It’s smooth and quite responsive for all operations. The Accelerometer works just fine to switch screen orientation whenever required. Samsung’s Etiquette settings and Gesture Unlocking features also work without a hitch and are still very intuitive as far as mobile technology goes especially when you consider the price points of their handsets. Widgets are in plentiful for the multiple desktops and you can also choose to download more.

A minor issue that popped up was that in landscape mode, some of the screens appear a bit cramped with little space provided for actual data entry. Functions and headers etc. seemed to occupy most of the top and bottom portions. This is also something one can get used to though. On the plus side the resistive touchscreen made a little bit of difference when it came to touchscreen responsiveness and control. I especially liked the End Task option that it also presents. It helps conserve the battery and you’ll need it. More on that later.

The music player has been upped a bit to include a few more EQ presets. Audio quality and overall output is really good. The tones are well balanced and the bass line can be enhanced if you find it lacking a bit, which is very doubtful. The handset’s FM radio also turned out to be a great asset for those who liked tuning into the radio waves. Reception was decent in most areas with a little bit of static while commuting. That’s expected though. The radio also supports recording on the go. Samsung’s FindMusic application that works just like Sony’s TrackID is a good way to get information on tracks played through the radio or external sources. It uses the handset’s voice recording capabilities to function for outside sources.

While some sites mention that the CorbyPRO supports codecs for DivX and XviD video formats, my test files did not play. Nor did any other videos I loaded onto the card. 3GP and MPEG4 videos were a non issue though and were comfortable to view on the device’s 2.8-inch display.

Single Page

Pages: 1 2

Tags: , , , ,