Samsung Corby S3653 Review & Specs

Corby – Affordable Stylish Touch Phone From Samsung Mobile

Samsung S3653 Corby is aimed at tech-savvy, young and fresh audience, who like to personalize and customize their phones. Just like its target audience, the phone is stylish and has a fresh look. This entry level touchscreen can make it big as it quite nicely seems to suit both the user’s liking and budget. Well, the stores are already reporting good response to this little wonder. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Samsung Corby’s Key FeaturesSamsung Corby

•Quad-band GSM/EDGE

•2.8″ capacitive TFT touchscreen of QVGA resolution

•90 MB onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 8GB)

•2 megapixel fixed-focus camera with smile detection, QVGA@15fps video recording

•FM radio with RDS

•Find Music recognition service

•TouchWiz and Cartoon UI

•Social networking integration with direct file uploads

•Blue tooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB v.2.0

•Office document viewer

•Smart unlock

•Interchangeable rear covers (Fashion Jackets), ships with two extra panels

•Relatively low price for a full touch phone

Samsung Corby’s Design

The Corby has a nice curvy body and a very attractive design. It is quite light and nicely fits in your palm, making it ergonomically perfect. The left side of the phone has the volume keys and charger/headset slot, while the right side has the hold (keyboard lock) and camera buttons. The MicroSD slot is below the battery cover, yet is hot swappable.

The plastic body is perfectly finished, and the Corby looks much more rich in hand compared to Samsung’s own STAR range and a few other competitors. Needless to say, the looks are pretty amazing. The glossy finish adds to the beauty, but it certainly does attract fingerprints. It is quite resistant to scratches, which makes it a good choice for daily rough-use.

Samsung Corby’s Touch Screen Display

The 2.8″ Touch Screen takes center stage on the S3653 front. It has a standard 240 x 320 pixel resolution. It uses the superior Capacitive Touch Technology that is a treat to fiddle with, though its image quality isn’t as impressive as that on high-end Samsungs with capacitive displays.

The capacitive touchscreen requires only a touch rather than a push to register a click. Even the lightest of touches work, which probably one of the greatest advantages of the phone.

Corby

Samsung Corby’s Usability

As far as the calling in concerned, there absolutely no complaints. Zilch! It does its work perfectly with great voice quality. The loudspeaker performance, the dialer and contact management, all are fine.

The S3653 is not a smart phone, but the software is quite good for basic navigation, music, text messaging and other basic stuff. The TouchWiz interface feels right at home in this entry level touchscreen, in which fun and ease of use are the key. Corby has 3 home screens, and you can pull out icons from the sidebar to any of the screens. The menu similarly has 3 pages. You can ‘flick’ around the screens and pages like the iPhone, but the experience isn’t as smooth as it is on the iPhone. This is not an issue with the touchscreen but rather with the UI behavior.

It comes with a standard virtual keypad, and T9 comes into good use here. A QWERTY Keypad is missing though. The phone is quite user-friendly and one can easily get used to it in a short time.

Samsung Corby’s Camera

It, definitely, is not a camera centric phone, but is pretty decent. The Corby features a 2.0 MP camera compared to the 3.2 megapixels that most its competitors have. It lacks a flash and that might be a concern. But the camera clarity looked good surprisingly. The Corby’s bright display makes it look much richer than it is.

corby camera

The camera does not have auto-focus, but it sports the nice Smile shot feature. It tracks a frame and takes a picture as soon as it detects a smiling face. It does work quite brilliantly. The camera interface is nicely touch-optimized and is certainly among the most comfortable camera interfaces on a touchscreen device

Samsung Corby’s Organizer and Apps

Well, the phone comes with all the standard organizer widgets like the calendar, alarm clock, calculator and to-do lists, memos and notes. The interface is quite decent and the widgets are easy to use. The alarm clock is pretty useful that allows you to set up to 10 different alarms with personalized tones.

As a pleasant surprise, the Corby comes with an office document viewer that supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. It is rare in a non-smart phone and it works well.

Verdict

The S3653 Corby is a simple, affordable and attractive touchscreen with modest but very focused feature set. It is designed to be small, to suit the social needs of youngsters and to be trendy. There’s nothing unique about it’s features, but the way it is packaged is surely amazing. The capacitive touchscreen makes it standard apart in its category and gives you the value for money. The Corby makes sense as an entry level phone, offering all that the target audience wants.

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26 Comments

  1. “The Corby makes sense as an entry level phone, offering all that the target audience wants.”

    well said..my corby wins accolades from every critiques..

  2. i got problem with touch screen in SAMSUNG CORBY.
    There is two horizontal lines crossing the screen.
    some problem with the display

  3. I am shocked to know that it is such a cheap phone, available for only Rs.6300/- in Karol Bagh’s Gaffar market.
    Worth more than that. Will give competition to Nokia for sure.

  4. Thank you very much for the valuable information. I will buy it soon 🙂

  5. I’m planning to get a mobile postpaid line with this phone as its package. should I get this one or should I go for the Nokia 2700c that is also available in same package?

    thanks for your kind advice.

  6. Amazing touch phone with nice Features. Worth to buy.

  7. touch screen problem

    My S3653 is having a problem with touchscreen,especially when we touch required numeric or text skips another number/text and further some times screen hanging like desktop,after some time it works. It is very frustrating while typing sms or doing usual/normal mobile functions

  8. Its a nice phone but the only problem is that its 2mp camera is not that good as compared to other 2mp camera phone & also when we play music at full volume it doesn’t seems to be that good.Rest all is good in this phone.

  9. im planing to buy samsung corby 3653..well i want some information regarding this mobile..whether the themes are applying for this mobile?? is it supports da themes?? and wat abt da music n clarity of camere!! is there any drawbac’s….da look s superb n stylish ..so please give ur advice..

  10. I am Rawala from Pakistan,i bought this mobile for thinking of smart phone,but now i face the problem by using this mobile that it stores only 202 messages and there is no option available to store messages on memory card,so i am unsatisfy by the using of this mobile.

  11. its really amazin n fantastic.first tim wen i saw dis i thought it ll b an avg one.buts its fabulous wen i got tat in to my hands.really awesome.

  12. THE PHONE IS CAUSING A LOT OF PROBLEM,
    1.THE BUTTONS JUMPS ON ITS OWN AND MAKES WEIRD CONTINOUS NOISE OF JUMPING FROM 1 BUTTON TO ANOTHER.
    2.PHONE HANGS OFTEN AT A TIME AND WHEN WE CLICK TOUCH SCREEN IT DOESNT WORK AND SCROLL DIFFERENT PAGES.
    3.REALLY DONT KNOW WAT TO DO WHETHER ITS VIRUS PROBLEM OR SOMETHING ELSE.
    4.BOUGHT IT FROM ALFA STORES MUMBAI INDIA 2 MONTHS BACK AND IM IN AUCKLAND DONT KNOW IF WARRANTY WILL WORK HERE OR WHETHER I HAV TO SPEND MONEY HERE IN DOLLARS

  13. it is a very nice mobile i am having it but one thing that is not good that this mobile do not have wifi

  14. i am having trouble setting different wallpapers for each of the three screens…i can set only one pic on any of the screens ( ideally it is the 1st screen).
    can some one help me here pls.

  15. hi all,
    if any is planning to purchase samsung corby, beware dnt go for this it has vary serious display problem. After purchasing the mobile ur will find after some days the problem.
    this is an friendly advice

  16. I don’t know how to take pictures and videos…any help?

  17. corby 3653 is good phone as no another set gives you so many features in this cheap price. i m happy to use it.

  18. Will putting a 8GB memory card slow down corby S-3653?

  19. this phone is looking good, and one can hold better in hands, but
    there are no themes available to download from any where for this model, including games, and other extras are not downloadable.
    music is good, but 3screen wall papers are also not available.
    not available to buy online atleast for indians. bg waste to buy it, if u wnt to use mobile only for calls u can buy. message memory is very less, it wont take space from memory card. only fixwd message memory, hardly300 text messages will be stored.
    I dont like this phone’s features.

  20. i have a question with regards to the file viewer,
    how does it work?
    and i would appreciate every response to this question.
    p.s. just be nice!

  21. Now the price has been declined. Available for Rs.5500 only at online and offline.

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