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Samsung Corby 2 S3850 Unboxing and Review

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The Samsung Corby 2 is the successor to the original Corby, a might successful college/ ladies phone. So, the corby 2 has huge shoes to fill, the question here arises weather or not it can fill them. We take a look at the new Corby 2 and see its capability in the exact situation where a lot more competition is available even from the likes of Samsung themselves.

BUILD QUALITY and HARDWARE

The build quality of the new Corby 2 is far superior to its predecessor. The plastics are well weighed and the switchable panels are form moulded and fit perfectly like a glove without creaks or sounds.

As far as hardware is concerned the Corby 2 has two major changes (corby 2 = 2 changes hah). Seriously the addition of a capacitive touchscreen will definitely attract previous Corby owners to buy the new improved Corby 2. But wait there is WiFi onboard so that means faster internet and easily downloaded Apps.

SPECS and FEATURES

 

Camera & Display

  • Camera – 2.0 Mega Pixels, Resolution 1600×1200 Pixels, (VGA)Video
  • Screen Display – 3.2 inches, Resolution 240×320 Pixels
  • Color – TFT Capacitive Touch Screen with 256K colors

Special Features

  • Accelerometer
  • Digital Natural Sound Engine
  • Social networking integration with live updates
  • TouchWiz UI
  • Find Music recognition service
  • Organizer, Document viewer
  • Voice memo
  • Audio, Video Recorder & Playback
  • MP3, MP4 Player
  • MP3, WAV Ring tones, Vibration
  • 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Speaker Phone

Message Support

  • SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
  • Instant Messaging
  • Predictive Text Input

Connectivity

  • Connectivity Options – Bluetooth v3.0, Micro USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Data Modes – GPRS 32 – 48 Kbps, EDGE, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Internet Browsing

Memory

  • Internal Memory – 26 MB
  • Expandable Memory-  16 GB MicroSD/Card Slot
  • Phone Book – Contacts, Photo call
  • Call Records – Yes

Battery Power

  • 1000 mAh Li-Ion Standard Battery
  • Battery Life – 620 hours
  • Battery Talk Time – 9.30 hours

Mobile Size and Looks

  • Size – 109.9 x 60.6 x 11.7 mm
  • Weight –  102 grams
  • Body Colors – White, Pink, Yellow & Black

 

 

 

MULTIMEDIA and CAMERA

The Speaker is nice and loud, Wifi enables users to watch youtube videos (read iGyaan videos) directly on the phone, The lack of 3G somewhat limits the Multimedia aspect on the go, the screen resolution is also somewhat a disappointment at 240×320 px with only 256 colors. Although, movies and videos can still be streamed via wifi and loaded onto the memory card and the device is ready to serve its master.

The camera is a poor demonstration of keeping the price of the phone low. But, then what all do you expect in a phone that costs merely minimum wage + couple of hundred. But, hey there are effects and scene modes and brightness setting and movie mode, The quality of which is as bad as you think it is. If you want a phone with a camera, that you will use, this is definitely not it.

 

PHONE and MESSAGING

Thank you Samsung for making us work hard with the resistive screen to make us understand that a capacitive screen is heaven sent. The dialer and messaging on the keyboard just seem to improve tenfold simply because of the touchscreen improvement. The call quality is decent with little or no dropped calls. Volume at both ends is good and no issues there. An overall performer in the phone department.

The messaging in portrait does not bring up a QWERTY keyboard but switch to landscape and “boom” a QWERTY experience the keyboard is fast and intuitive with the text prediction and large keys make it fun to use. So, Messaging and Phone systems are  sorted in this device and will not disappoint basic users at all.

OTHER

The Touch-wiz 3.0 UI is a great add-on , the BADA-esque interface is a great improvement, with widgets and a notification panel make this device a better Smart-phone than the Corby ever could have been. The interface is hugely colorful and the icons are large and easily readable. The interface is pleasing to the eyes and the menus are fast and responsive.

 

CONCLUSION

The Corby 2 is a huge improvement over the Corby, But, is it enough with a host of Android devices from companies like Micromax and Spice the corby seems lost. There is still however a charm about the Corby brand and those loyal to it should definitely upgrade to the new Corby 2. Build and Phone is impressive along with good multimedia, But, a poor camera and a average display. The touchscreen is a massive improvement and Wifi adds to the experience.

 

[xrr rating=3.5/5 label=”We Rate The Corby II” imageset=shiny_yellow_star display_as=fraction_stars]

VIDEO UNBOXING AND REVIEW

 


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Bharat Nagpal
Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+
  • alvishendy

    The Corby II feels extraordinarily solid despite its all-plastic body. With DNSe and a apparent microSD agenda you can skip the committed music player, the Corby II will handle your musical needs.

    Camera Samsung

  • Anuragrp1988

     @djkrimp:disqus  sir i too checked it at one of croma retail store but i didn’t find any option to activate virtual qwerty keypad and accelerometer.can you please tell me in which retail store the second slot that you mentioned will be available?or where did you get the sample piece so that i purchase that phone from that store only.  sir i too checked it at one of croma retail store but i didn’t find any option to activate virtual qwerty keypad and accelerometer.can you please tell me in which retail store the second slot that you mentioned will be available?or where did you get the sample piece so that i purchase that phone from that store only.

  • hi bharat i want to buy an touch screen phone my budget is Rs 7200 and my choices are samsung wave S5250 or Samsung Star 2 is their any other phone in this price …..
    if not thn which do you recommend for me to buy
    my preffrence is music , touch nd camera  
    pls tell me my email is singhharprit 70@yahoo.com

  • Anuragrp1988

     @ bharat nagpal. hi this is anurag sharma. i want to know that is there accelerometer and qwerty keypad(in landscape mode) as u mentioned in review ? because i too checked the phone but i didn’t find any option for these facilities. please verify it coz i wanna buy this phone but lack of these two features are stoping me to buy it.

    • there is actually a lot of confusion regarding this, the unit we got for testing had an accelerometer, but Some indian units are shipped without Accelerometers in them. Perhaps you should check the device before buying. There are two different lots , and samsung claims the second lot has a accelerometer

      • Anuragrp1988

        and what about the virtual qwerty keypad. you told that it works in landscape mode. so bharat sir i have checked this phone in one of croma retail store but even after putting lots of efforts i didn’t find any option for accelerometer and virtual qwerty keypad.  

        • Someonewantingtoknow

          I could switch it to qwerty touch (landscape) when using the internet but I can’t when it comes to messaging. Perhaps it is only available in certain places?? 

      • reply-quick

        I also tried but i there was no QWERTY keyboard in landscape view.