Samsung B5310 CorbyPRO review: Type and go

GSMArena team, 22 January 2010.
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Tags: Samsung, Touch UI

Introduction

The S3650 Corby was just the beginning of a lineup that appears to have no visible end. There is a Corby for the touchscreen addicts, a Corby for the music buffs, Corby for the heavy texters, Corby for the young, and one for their parents. Thatís pretty much everyone, donít you think? We guess there should even be a Corby for the bored-with-the-Corby.

The founding member of the Corby wasnít announced so long ago, but so much has been changed. Well, if you put the S3650 Corby and the recently announced B5310 CorbyPRO side by side you'll notice one thing that hasn't changed at all: design. But on the inside they are very different, indeed.

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Samsung B5310 CorbyPRO official photos

The Samsung CorbyPRO is meant for a different range of users altogether. It combines great texting and the intuitive touchscreen control tops that up with a nice connectivity package (such as HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack) and all that is delivered at a bargain price.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • Dual-band UMTS support with HSDPA
  • 2.8" resistive TFT touchscreen of QVGA resolution
  • Four-row side-slide QWERTY keyboard
  • 150 MB onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus camera with smile detection, QVGA video @ 15fps
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Find Music recognition service
  • TouchWiz and Cartoon UI
  • Social networking integration with direct file uploads
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Wi-Fi and GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer sensor for screen auto rotation
  • Office document viewer
  • Excellent web browser
  • Push email
  • Smart unlock
  • Replaceable rear covers (Fashion Jackets)

Main disadvantages

  • Disappointing sunlight legibility
  • The camera has no autofocus or flash
  • Video recording maxes out at QVGA@15fps
  • All preinstalled games are trial versions only
  • Google Maps is the only GPS navigation app
  • microSD slot is under the battery cover

The original Corby was all about design, about touchscreen, about budget. The CorbyPRO, on the other hand, has managed to keep all that but goes much further by adding some killer features that are well above the S3650 league.

For instance, now you get UMTS support with HSDPA which will dramatically boost web browsing. But the really big news here is Wi-Fi support. It is a great addition to the comfy QWERTY keyboard and the numerous social networking services that the phone gives you access to.

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Samsung B5310 live shots

Strangely, the latest of the Corbies also has an integrated GPS receiver. You can use it for image geotagging as well as for navigation. Unfortunately, if you decide to use your CorbyPRO into a GPS nav device you'll have to solely rely on the preloaded Google Maps app or on a third-party Java alternative.

And when it comes to the Corby basics, we shouldn't forget to mention the 2.8" touchscreen. Well, it turned out to be resistive this time around but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The colorful UI is also aboard and, unfortunately, so is the fixed-focus camera (3-megapixel this time).

The time gap between the S3650 and the B5310 is rather small but it was enough for the competition to release some good CorbyPRO rivals that offer a similar feature pack at nearly the same price. But before we come to that, thereís planty of Corby to cover here. Starting with the looks and feel of this Pro on the next page.

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