If you are addicted to that idiot box and hooked on to the world of social networking, you would have missed this one only if you have the memory of a goldfish! Even in that case, the bright hues of the ‘cutie’ called Samsung Corby will make sure that it attracts your attention.
The latest handset from Samsung aimed primarily at the ‘Youngistanis’ who want a touch-screen phone, high on features yet low on cash has managed to create quite a buzz over the past few weeks. We decided to checkout the Cool Q of Corby and let you know whether it truly delivers all that it promises to deliver or not.
Designed keeping their target audience, that is that is youngsters in mind, Samsung Corby looks rather trendy and stylish. While the front cover is black the rear side can be covered in any of the four different colored jackets, orange, white, yellow or pink.
The phone has a 2.8”, 240 X 320 pixel, 262k color, capacitive touchscreen display. Although the phone could have done with more vivid colours, but overall the display is pretty good. The touchscreen response of the phone made us happy and it responded to even the lightest of touches making typing quite comfortable.
Samsung Corby uses the latest edition of TouchWiz UI and has some of the coolest widgets. Cashing in on the popularity of social networking sites amongst youngsters, Corby
has widgets for Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Flickr amongst others which let you view these websites as the TVC of Corby claims “with just a touch”.
The uniqueness does not end here as Corby
comes loaded with many such quirky surprises. An interesting one that we noticed is the Smart Unlock feature that lets you unlock your phone by drawing a special character rather than pressing few keys. That apart, they have a rather interesting take on regular functions, such as speed dial, etc.
The Samsung Corby is a GSM Quad band handset supporting 850/900/1800/1900 bands. The phone does not support 3G but does have GPRS , EDGE Class 10, Bluetooth v2.1 and USB 2.0. The overall call quality from both the ends was satisfactory. The phone comes with a standard on-screen phone keypad and there is no on-screen QUERTY mode. The standard keypad is decent and works well for applications like messaging but some users might face problems while browsing as the keypad does not automatically capitalize the alphabets after a period of time.
Talking about an important factor that affects a youngster’s choice of cellphone, Corby
comes with a 2 Megapixel CMOS camera with a fixed focus. Video-recording is also a facility offered by the phone. The quality of images and visuals is just about okay. The colors are decent while the details and specifications are missing. Along with the camera, the second most important multi-media feature in a phone for an average youngster is the music player. The music player of Samsung Corby is good with easy to use on-screen buttons for better control. The sound in the loudspeakers mode if loud but more clarity would have been appreciated.
The fully-loaded phone targeted to the young has a 960 mAh Li-on battery, which on an average use of messaging, music player, camera and browsing runs upto 2 days on a single charge which os quite good, especially for the youngsters who are always on the run.
Easy to use, compact, loaded with features and cute that’s Corby
for you! All this and much more, at a price as low as Rs 8569, truly makes it a steal.
First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 19:00