Samsung Corby S3653 Full Touch Screen Phone review

Sporting a 2.8  inch capacitive touch screen, Samsung Corby definitely makes a strong statement in the Mobile market. With no real competition in the low end Touch Screen scenario, Samsung tries to strengthen its hold in the sub Rs 10,000 / $240  Touch screen market. After good success with Samsung STAR and STAR 3G, this phone is expected to consolidate its hold.

The phone has an unusual rounded shape rather than a typical bar shape of Nokia 5800 or Apple Iphone. Also the phone comes in funky colors like Caribbean Yellow,Pink etc. Lets look how it compares against other similar full touch screen phones in terms of dimensions and thickness

Samsung Corby S3653 Black and Yellow  Face book app
Samsung Corby S3653 Black and Yellow Face book app

Samsung Corby – 103 x 56.5 x 12 mm
LG Cookie KP500 -106.5 x 55.4 x 11.9 mm
Nokia 5800 – 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm
Nokia 5530 – 104 x 49 x 13 mm
Samsung STAR – 104 x 53 x 11.9 mm
Nokia X6 – 111 x 51 x 13.8 mm
Nokia X3 – 96 x 49 x 14 (Not a touch screen) mm
Nokia N97 – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 (18.2 max) mm
Iphone 3Gs -115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Nokia E71 – 114 x 57 x 10 mm
Nokia N97 mini – 113 x 52.5 x14.2 mm

The phone is definitely a slim one in its league also very light weighing at 94 g. And its screen is bright and as you would expect from a capacitive touch screen, doesnt support multi touch etc.

But Samsung Corby comes preloaded with variety of Apps for the internet hungry youth, Orkut,MySpace,Facebook, Twitter,Yahoo messenger,Google Talk, Gmail , Youtube, Flickr,Picasa to name a few. It comes with 27 widgets preloaded and you can still download 75 more from samsung site for free.

Samsung Corby S3653  Home Screen
Samsung Corby S3653 Home Screen

It has a inbuilt memory of 64 MB and supports upto 8GB in External Memory Cards. The phone comes with 2MP camera without Autofocus, with One touch zoom. In connectivity Corby supports Bluetooth A2DP (streaming stereo music over bluetooth). There is no 3G and Wifi.

The phone comes with an office viewer, but strangely Samsung omitted On Screen QWERTY keyboard, which might be a turnoff for many considering this phone is targetted at social media fans. Also there is no accelerometer to Auto rotate the screen mode between Landscape and portrait.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Dimensions 103 x 56.5 x 12.4 mm
Weight 90 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
Speakerphone Yes
Memory Phonebook 1000 contacts, Photocall
Internal 64 MB
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 8 GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G No
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Features Smile detection
Video Yes, QVGA@15fps
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Jamaican Yellow, Cupid Pink, Minimal White, and Festival Orange; 2 Fashion Jackets
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Find Music recognition service
– H.263/H.264/MP4/WMV player
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– T9

Well if you have sub 10k budget Samsung Corby S3653 is definitely a good buy. The price of Samsung Corby S3653 is Rs 8600 ($ 200 ) and you might end up getting more discounts during Diwali or New Year offers.

Nokia X6 vs Nokia 5800 Comparison

Nokia has recently launched the Nokia X6 and it is basically an upgrade to its first Full touch screen phone Nokia 5800 Xpress Music. Many are wondering what are the major changes in the new phone. Here we are listing the differences between the phones.

Touch Screen
Nokia X6 – Capacitive
This type screen supports multitouch and it is similar to the one found in Apple Iphone. So this is a major change and will make the touch experience better in the new Nokia.
Nokia 5800 – Resistive touch screen

Internal Memory
Nokia X6 – 32GB Memory (Doesnt Support Memory card slot)
Nokia 5800 – 81 MB + 8GB Memory Card free

Nokia X6 – 5 MP Camera
Nokia 5800 – 3.2 MP camera

In other features both the phones are almost same both have very similar dimensions, same battery and similar Talk and Standby times, also both phones run S60 V5.
In terms of looks X6 looks seems to be better.

Nokia N97 Mini Review – Not very mini at all

As we have seen and heard from the  other blogs like engadget and GsmArena, the N97 Mini turns  out not very different from the Nokia N97, it cant even be termed as a mini interms of its dimensions. Maybe we can call it N97 8GB version and the original N97 as N97 32 GB version, just the way Nokia called the N95 and N95 8GB.

It is kind of disappointing to see the supposed to be mini version, not making much changes in looks. But the cost of the N97 mini is expected to be less than the original N97 and hence allowing more users to enjoy the product.

Nokia N97 mini black slided out keyboard
Nokia N97 mini black slided out keyboard

We observed three primary differences between N97 and N97 mini they are

* N97 Mini has 8GB inbuilt memory against N97’s 32 GB.

* N97 Mini has a smaller battery and hence less talk time and standby by 20%

* N97 Mini has lost few mm in width and thickness. Below is comparison of N97 and N97 Mini in terms of dimensions.

Nokia N97 mini black  Front view - Home screen
Nokia N97 mini black Front view - Home screen

Nokia N97 mini – 113 x 52.5 x14.2 mm
Nokia N97 – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 (18.2 max) mm
Apple Iphone 3Gs -115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Nokia X6 – 111 x 51 x 13.8 mm

Below is the video of N97 Mini intro