]Amongst the increasing number of Samsung Corby mobile handsets is this, the Corby TV which is a CDMA device. Keeping the ‘Corby’ spirit alive, the Corby TV and the original S3650 are pretty much the same. Here’s a closer look.

Form Factor
There’s no difference between the S3650 and the Corby TV. It’s still a light weight handset at 90g with a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen that sports a 240 x 320 pixel resolution. The camera and screen lock key are one side and the volume/zoom keys along with the proprietary all-in-one port. This time around, Samsung has included a 3.5mm adapter so you can use your own set of earphones if you wish, not that the bundled handsfree isn’t comfortable. The microSD card is just under the interchangeable rear panel. Still nothing wrong with the design.

Features and Performance

Samsung’s TouchWiz UI works out just fine although sometimes it seemed quite unresponsive when it came to activating an option or making a selection. It is however easy to navigate with multiple desktops with plenty of drag and drop widgets. A QWERTY keypad has also been added but unfortunately the option to change the menu orientation to landscape seems to have been done away with. This makes it a bit awkward to use the QWERTY keypad. Other than that handwriting recognition (for which a stylus would have been handy) is also supported. What I was also unable to locate were the gesture based functions that TouchWiz UI usually incorporates.

With Samsung’s DNSe that come with EQ presets and a 5.1 Surround option, music playback had no issues. Tones were well balanced and clear at a comfortably high decibel level. The FM radio had pretty good reception. The lack of a recording feature is something only avid radio listeners would miss. One major issue I had was with the video player. The same test videos that played without an issue on the S3650 refused to play on this one. The error message I received was – Resolution Not Supported. The resolution of the files were 320 x 240. However lower resolution files played but of course they really didn’t look too good. When the box says multiple video format support what they actually mean is low-res MPEG4 and 3GP only. Samsung has also included a few of they’re famous try and buy games, however Pro Cricket is free. A voice recorder is also available.

Publish date: May 18, 2010 2:11 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:18 pm

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