Samsung has just launched a new terminal for the younger audience . It is the Samsung Corby , a phone with a touch screen , brightly colored covers and a philosophy very focused on social networks . Suddenly, Samsung has decided not to provide the Corby with 3G connectivity , leaving it with a simple EDGE link .
Equipped with a simple camera and basic features , the Samsung Corby will hit stores this September at a price , yes, very cheap: 160 euros in its free version .
Samsung claims to have designed the Corby with an audience between 18 and 25 years old in mind . In fact, the terminal recovers long-forgotten concepts such as interchangeable covers . Each terminal comes with a normal back cover and another decorated with circular motifs. The phone will go on sale in various colors with names as cheery as ”˜rose cupid” ™, ”˜orange festival” ™ or ”˜jamaican yellow” ™. In addition, Samsung has announced that it will soon launch covers with additional designs .
Aesthetically, the truth is that the Samsung Corby is a beautiful mobile , divided by a diagonal of two colors and with a rounded shape and pleasant to hold . The mobile measures 103 x 56.5 x 120mm and weighs only 93 grams .
Screen and image
The terminal integrates a 2.8-inch QVGA (240 × 320) touch screen with 265,000 colors and accelerometer-guided . It also has zoom that can be activated with a single finger and a smart lock method called Smart Unlock, which allows you to unlock the screen by drawing a letter with your finger. The terminal has the Touchwiz graphical interface installed , common in the company.
As for the camera , it is a discrete 2 megapixel CMOS (1600 × 1200) without flash although with the ability to record video in QVGA resolution . The terminal has 50MB of internal memory expandable up to 8GB via microSD cards .
In terms of compatibility, the Corby is capable of playing audio in MP3, AAC, AAC + and WMA , and video in MP4, WMV, H-263 and H-264 . It also has an FM radio tuner with RDS.
Connections and batteries
The connections section is the least understood about the phone. Samsung has wanted to attract the young public with a phone very oriented to social networks. The Corby has a new application called Pop-up SNS that centralizes messages and notifications from the main social networks and also allows access to images and multimedia content from pages such as Picasa, FlickR or YouTube .
The problem is that Corby is not a 3G terminal , its GSM connectivity only reaches EDGE , so it cannot qualify for a data rate . It also does n't have Wi-Fi connectivity to lean on and it only has Bluetooth 2.0 and USB.
The batteries , are about to finish is TANDAR of 960 milliamperes . Samsung does not offer data on its autonomy although, given the lack of 3G connectivity, it will be normal in today's mobile phones.
The design of the Corby is successful and the idea of selling a cheap terminal so that young people can be connected to their networks of friends is a good idea.
It can improve
Precisely because of the Corby's vocation for social connectivity , the lack of a 3G connection is inexcusable . Even if the price had risen a bit, they should have integrated it.
GSM / EDGE
|Weight and measurements||103 x 56.5 x 12 mm|
|Memory||50 MB of internal memory expandable by microSD cards up to 8 GB|
|screen||2.8 inch QVGA TFT touch (240 x 320 pixels)|
|Camera||2 megapixel CMOS sensor (JPEG 1600 x 1200 pixels)|
Video recording at 15 fps (320 × 240 pixels)
|Multimedia||Play music, video and photos|
Supported formats: MP3 / AAC / AAC + / WMA / WMV / MP4 / H.263 / H.264
FM Radio Tuner with RDS
|Controls and connections||Touchwiz touch interface|
Call / pick up / accept key
Call reject / hang up key
3.5 mm minijack headphone output
Wireless: Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
|Autonomy||960 mAh battery|