Samsung M3710 (Corby Beat) GSM phone review

Samsung M3710 (Corby Beat) GSM phone review

The model in appearance, and by name, belongs to the youth line of Corby, and the word Beat emphasizes the musical orientation. This unit will be lost in the background of the original Corby and cheaper derivatives. But at the same time, released as an assortment offer, it is one of the best Corby both in terms of performance and speed. It is impossible to expect that a high cost will attract the attention of a noticeable audience, even support through advertising will not work wonders, the model will be noticeably lower in sales than cheap counterparts.

This is one of the first handsets to feature Samsung's 2010 Music Concept, and the first touches of how things will look and work. In this aspect, the model is interesting for review, but against the background of music products from competitors, it can be somewhat lost. Cause? It was not created as a special musical solution, but they tried to create an assortment for Corby, so an unknown little animal turned out. On the one hand – a music phone, on the other – a model with a pronounced youth component. If it had no analogues, it would sell well, but when choosing from several devices with the same design, it is not a fact that the look and choice will fall on the M3710, the high price (30 percent up) and the advantages that are not always tangible in the store speak against it. How will you be shown the high speed of the device? No way. Therefore, the model will remain a thing in itself for a small circle of those who bought more expensive or understood from the beginning what the device is capable of giving.

The phone is aimed at a youth audience, schoolchildren, first-year students. He has no other audience, and it is hardly possible. In Europe, this model comes out under the M5650 index, it has a 3 megapixel camera versus 2 megapixels, 3G support. For Russia, a cheaper version was created, without these options, and we are considering it.

Design, dimensions, controls

Outwardly, almost a complete copy of the original Corby, but there are no interchangeable panels. The device has two colors – blue and black. In both cases, the back cover and the insert with musical keys under the screen are different. There is a chrome insert around the screen both there and there.

The size of the phone is 106x57x12 mm, weight – 98 grams. In the hands of the device lies well, the build quality is good. On the left side there is a coupled volume rocker, as well as a microUSB interface connector, which distinguishes the model from other devices of the family. On the right side is the lock button, as well as the camera key. At the top end there is a 3.5 mm jack.

Сравнение с Samsung Corby:

Разъем для карт памяти microSD спрятан под задней крышкой, поддерживается «горячая» замена.

Дисплей

В телефоне используется старый знакомый, дисплей пришел из S3650, никаких изменений он не претерпел. Это TFT-экран с диагональю 2.8 дюйма (емкостный), разрешением 240х320 точек (42х57 мм), отображающий до 262000 цветов.

В аппаратах от Samsung также используется технология VibeZ – при нажатиях на клавиши идет вибрация корпуса, что подтверждает ваше действие.

На экране помещается до 8 строк текста и до трех служебных строк. В режиме чтения сообщений это может быть до 16 строк, в зависимости от выбранного шрифта. Также можно масштабировать текст боковой клавишей регулировки громкости, от самого гигантского до самого небольшого. Для экрана в настройках можно выбрать размер и начертание шрифта, но они не сильно отличаются. Другое дело, что в отличие от многих моделей экранный шрифт здесь огромен, читается он без труда с любого расстояния. Это плюс аппарата.

In the sun, the screen fades, becomes indistinguishable, this is a big minus of the device.

The phone has a Gesture Lock function – from idle mode, you can draw a letter to start dialing a specific number or call a function (up to 9 shortcuts, an unlimited number of letters from the alphabet, of your choice). A nice feature that allows you to quickly launch applications.

Battery

The phone uses a 960 mAh lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 5 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours of standby time. In conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked on average for about 2 days with an hour of calls, several messages a day, minimal use of mail, up to an hour of music. For those who constantly use mail and the web, this device will be able to give only one day of work. In general, you should count on one or two days of work, the device is not capable of more. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, connectivity

Bluetooth. The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, A2DP. Bluetooth version 2.1, EDR supported. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

USB connection. In the menu, you can select one of three possible modes of operation: Media, Mass Storage, Samsung PC Studio. Modem mode for the device is not provided, but in this capacity it is easy to use using PC Studio or simply by installing the driver.

In USB Mass Storage mode, the device is perfectly picked up without additional drivers, you can copy the necessary data. USB version – 2, data transfer rate – about 2 Mb / s.

When connecting to a PC, simultaneous operation of USB and Bluetooth is not allowed, the device requires Bluetooth to be turned off regardless of the current state (whether there is a connection and transmission or not), this is extremely inconvenient.

When connected via USB, the device is charged.

Class 12 EDGE is provided for GSM networks.

WiFi. 802.11 b/g is supported, the device connects to any network and remembers it. WiFi operation is also possible without a SIM card.

Memory, memory cards

The phone has 55 MB of built-in memory, almost all of it is available to the user initially. The memory card is visible separately, it is possible to display all folders (both from the memory card and internal). There is a file manager that allows you to copy files both from the card and to it. Memory cards are hot swappable. We have tested microSD cards up to 8 GB and everything works.

Camera

Regular 2-megapixel fixed focus module. The camera interface is horizontal, all options are selected from the screen by simply clicking on the icons, they are large, it is convenient to work with the camera due to this.

The camera supports the following resolutions:

  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×960
  • 640×480
  • Single shot
  • Multi-shot
  • Panorama shot
  • Smile shot
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Cloudy
  • Black and white
  • Sepia
  • Negative
  • Watercolour

Video recording

The phone supports recording video in mpeg4 format for maximum resolution, and in the settings you can specify whether the video will be recorded with or without sound. All settings are comparable to those for photos, but the video resolutions are different, plus effects are supported. The maximum resolution is 320×240 pixels (15 frames), the video quality is average.

Menu, interface

The model is almost completely similar to the S3650, and if you read that review, you can safely skip this part.

In idle mode, the bottom bar with three shortcuts is displayed on the screen, these are access to dialing, contacts and menus. On the left, you can see an arrow that hides the application bar. With the ruler open, you can drag and drop any of the Widget's applications onto the screen. Their location on the screen is set by you, the device remembers it. It is clear that it is worth showing taste and not creating piles of different windows, but limiting yourself to a few. Let's see what features can be on the main screen:

  • Operator name – a regular rectangular box with the name of the operator
  • Date and time
  • Analogue clock
  • Digital clock
  • World time for the selected city
  • Player controls (Play/Pause key, rewind)
  • Radio controls
  • Album with thumbnail and scrollable photos
  • Game shortcut icon
  • Information about events, such as missed calls, SMS
  • Birthday information
  • Change profiles
  • Access to 5 favorite contacts – call, send SMS with one touch
  • Google search box
  • Access to the Samsung Fun Club
  • Alarm clocks
  • Weather by AccuWeather – shows graphically a sunny day or not, somewhat reminiscent of the application on the HTC Diamond in the shell from HTC
  • Stop Smoking – counts how many days you haven't smoked
  • Stop diet – counts how many days you are on a diet
  • Loading new widgets
  • Yandex Traffic
  • RBC News
  • Weather from Gismeteo.ru
  • Currency converter
  • Sports news from Championship.ru
  • Repertoire of cinemas from Afisha.ru
  • Facebook – shows a mix of the latest messages from your feed, you can quickly write something. The widget is inconvenient for viewing messages, only for quick sending.
  • Twitter – similar to the previous widget, also not very convenient for viewing messages and replying to them, it is almost impossible to do this.

It's easy to see that Samsung's Widgets allow you to customize the look of your screen inside and out. Unfortunately, we run into a limitation of the screen diagonal, we want more elements at the same time. But what is available today, already the most flexible solution, definitely outperforms the same Active Standby in Nokia phones.

The current model has almost two dozen of them, there is a manager that allows you to download new Widgets from the Samsung website. You see their name, description, size. None of the manufacturers has anything like this for the idle screen, this is the most flexible solution that is extremely attractive.

In total, widgets can be placed on three screens, paging through the transition between them. Pre-installed wallpapers can be installed on three screens at once, which is also convenient.

The main menu can be accessed by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen. The main menu is represented by a 3×4 matrix. Touch screen operation is simple. You click on the item you need, and it turns out to be selected, the field for entering information is double-clicked, the first one selects the field, the second one calls the keyboard.

Information is entered using the on-screen keyboard, which is as similar as possible to a regular phone keyboard. Buttons are depicted, each with several symbols. To select the desired letter, you have to press the key several times. There is no on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

There is T9 predictive text input. On the keyboard, this mode is turned on with one touch. The phone offers various word options, guesses them, which allows you to select them from the list with one touch.

All menus have a bottom bar, in which the keys are made contextual, that is, their value and number (maximum three) change depending on the current menu.

Scrolling through lists. If you swipe to the left of the screen, then scrolling will be faster than to the right. A trifle, but improves the functionality of the solution several times, makes it more convenient. For lists with titles, it is possible to quickly scroll to the desired word, for example, in an image list, you can quickly scroll to the desired letter, this is convenient.

On the second screen, the middle key is responsible for calling up a list with frequently used contacts (photo, name and phone), the location of this function within the menu is debatable, but the circle looks pretty. If you have, of course, photos associated with names.

Phonebook

You can call contacts from the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a list containing all entries, both from the phone's memory and from the SIM card. On the left is a label with a magnifying glass, this is a quick scroll through the list to the letter you need. From the drop-down list, you can select contacts, groups, or favorites.

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Sorting records in different languages ​​is done in order: first all contacts in the local language (for example, Russian), then all names in English. This is quite convenient and familiar to computer programs. Given the Free classifieds in Greater Accra ability to quickly switch languages ​​when searching, it becomes clear that entries in different languages ​​are not a problem in this apparatus. The list is sorted by first or last name.

Let&#39;s go back to filling in the name; in addition to phones, you can write down an email address (there may be several), a small text note. For the name, you can select any sound file as a ringtone, including mp3 compositions. You can easily create the required number of groups, choose your own melody, picture for each (by default, three groups are created and outside the group). For SMS messages, you can choose your own ringtone.

Up to 2000 names with all filled in numbers and data are stored in the phone memory. If you do not fill in all the fields, then the number of names will still remain equal to one thousand. In the settings, you can specify where all new numbers will be recorded by default. There is a setting for transferring records from the SIM card memory and vice versa. The developers felt that the best way to synchronize is a PC, in particular, using MS Outlook. Any entry can be quickly sent to another device as SMS / MMS, mail, and also via Bluetooth. There are no difficulties with sending, the phone book entry goes to another device without problems and is recognized in the same way.

You can have your own business card in your phone, its format is the same as a regular phone book entry.

You can have up to 8 numbers in the speed dial list, and individual numbers of the same name can also be entered. Buttons are labeled with the selected name or photo, but not with the phone type.

You can create any number of subscriber groups yourself. For each group, you can choose a picture and a melody. The group can include up to 20 subscribers.

When a call comes in, the picture is displayed on half the screen, it is clearly visible.

Call lists

Each list contains up to 30 phone numbers. There is a combined list of recent calls, SMS messages, e-mails (90 entries in total), here the icon marks the type of event. In my opinion, adding email addresses is more of an evil than a relief to the list. I get about a hundred letters in an hour, and they crowd out the usual events, the list becomes uninteresting.

You can quickly move from one list to another. For a single entry, in the detailed view, you can see the date and time of the call. Identical calls are summed up, opposite the number their number is shown. Traditionally, in this menu you can see the total time of all calls and their cost (if the service is configured).

For certain numbers, you can blacklist, then calls from them will not be accepted.

There is a separate list for sent messages.

Messages

Similarly to other manufacturers, Samsung has abandoned the artificial division of messages into SMS / MMS, you create a message, and depending on its content, it is already treated as SMS or MMS. The menu still has an option that allows you to force the message to switch to MMS (for example, you need to send only text, but to email, bypassing the built-in mail client).

The phone memory can store up to 500 messages, the device supports the EMS standard, compatible with Nokia Smart Messaging. When sending, you can select names both from the phone book and from the list of recently used or from groups. Traditionally, there is the possibility of maintaining a blacklist for all types of messages, then any messages from the specified numbers will be automatically deleted. It is possible to transfer messages to your folders. For e-mail, blocking is possible not only by the address, but also by the subject of the message.

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There is a 295 KB MMS message size limit, and there is no size limit for received messages. Of the additional settings, it should be noted the ability to reject advertising messages, the choice of the type of message reception in roaming and in the home network. Messages are stored in shared dynamic memory, same for email.

There is also a useful function for sending SOS messages. If it is activated, then in an emergency, after pressing the volume key four times, the message “I am in emergency. Please help me&#34; will be sent to the previously specified contacts, and incoming calls from these numbers received after the message was sent will be accepted automatically. Subscriber numbers (no more than 5) and the number of repetitions of the message can be specified independently, but the text is not edited.

Organizer

Up to 300 events can be stored in the phone&#39;s memory, this is one type of event – a meeting, in addition, up to 50 anniversaries are available. For each entry, the time and date of the event are set, and the end time is indicated. You can set a signal and the interval for which it will work, there are repeatable events (moreover, the repeat time is set, exceptions are indicated, this is convenient). Viewing the calendar for a month and a week is implemented conveniently, each type of event has its own color, everything is clear.

Unfortunately, you cannot immediately add an event by clicking on a specific day in the calendar, there is no display of a list of three tasks for the selected day when viewing the month, the screen diagonal was not enough.

Заметки – обычные текстовые заметки.

Задачи – до 100 задач с выставлением приоритета.

Мировое время. Отображается время для выбранных городов, все просто и наглядно. Появилась карта, на которой можно выбирать часовой пояс.

Калькулятор – простейший калькулятор.

Voice recorder. In total, you can record up to several hours of voice memos, while the number of entries is not limited. In principle, the limit on the duration of the recording is specified by the user, it can be equal to 1 hour. In memory, all records are stored in a separate folder. Dictaphone recording during lectures, round tables is quite adequate, it can be deciphered. To some extent, the phone replaces the digital voice recorder.

Stopwatch and countdown timer are common.

RSS Reader. This app looks like a standalone utility, and it is. It would make sense for RSS feeds to be linked to the web browser, but that&#39;s not the case here. Accordingly, RSS links in the browser are not processed in any way and are not transmitted to the application. You need to enter the channel address in the app to subscribe to it. Another option is to enter the address of the page, and then the program itself will try to find the channel on it (the channel must be explicitly specified in the page code).

Within the selected channel, not only text information, but also sound and video files can be downloaded to the phone. You set a limit, the default is 5 MB per single file. Unfortunately, there is no scheduled download, you always need to download all channels manually.

Bluetooth. Visually, the utility is unusual, you can see a map of devices, like some managers on desktop computers, you can switch to the usual list of devices. All functions are supported, no limits

Samsung M3710 (Corby Beat) GSM phone review

The model in appearance, and by name, belongs to the youth line of Corby, and the word Beat emphasizes the musical orientation. This unit will be lost in the background of the original Corby and cheaper derivatives. But at the same time, released as an assortment offer, it is one of the best Corby both in terms of performance and speed. It is impossible to expect that a high cost will attract the attention of a noticeable audience, even support through advertising will not work wonders, the model will be noticeably lower in sales than cheap counterparts.

This is one of the first handsets to feature Samsung&#39;s 2010 Music Concept, and the first touches of how things will look and work. In this aspect, the model is interesting for review, but against the background of music products from competitors, it can be somewhat lost. Cause? It was not created as a special musical solution, but they tried to create an assortment for Corby, so an unknown little animal turned out. On the one hand – a music phone, on the other – a model with a pronounced youth component. If it had no analogues, it would sell well, but when choosing from several devices with the same design, it is not a fact that the look and choice will fall on the M3710, the high price (30 percent up) and the advantages that are not always tangible in the store speak against it. How will you be shown the high speed of the device? No way. Therefore, the model will remain a thing in itself for a small circle of those who bought more expensive or understood from the beginning what the device is capable of giving.

The phone is aimed at a youth audience, schoolchildren, first-year students. He has no other audience, and it is hardly possible. In Europe, this model comes out under the M5650 index, it has a 3 megapixel camera versus 2 megapixels, 3G support. For Russia, a cheaper version was created, without these options, and we are considering it.

Design, dimensions, controls

Outwardly, almost a complete copy of the original Corby, but there are no interchangeable panels. The device has two colors – blue and black. In both cases, the back cover and the insert with musical keys under the screen are different. There is a chrome insert around the screen both there and there.

The size of the phone is 106x57x12 mm, weight – 98 grams. In the hands of the device lies well, the build quality is good. On the left side there is a coupled volume rocker, as well as a microUSB interface connector, which distinguishes the model from other devices of the family. On the right side is the lock button, as well as the camera key. At the top end there is a 3.5 mm jack.

Сравнение с Samsung Corby:

Разъем для карт памяти microSD спрятан под задней крышкой, поддерживается «горячая» замена.

Дисплей

В телефоне используется старый знакомый, дисплей пришел из S3650, никаких изменений он не претерпел. Это TFT-экран с диагональю 2.8 дюйма (емкостный), разрешением 240х320 точек (42х57 мм), отображающий до 262000 цветов.

В аппаратах от Samsung также используется технология VibeZ – при нажатиях на клавиши идет вибрация корпуса, что подтверждает ваше действие.

На экране помещается до 8 строк текста и до трех служебных строк. В режиме чтения сообщений это может быть до 16 строк, в зависимости от выбранного шрифта. Также можно масштабировать текст боковой клавишей регулировки громкости, от самого гигантского до самого небольшого. Для экрана в настройках можно выбрать размер и начертание шрифта, но они не сильно отличаются. Другое дело, что в отличие от многих моделей экранный шрифт здесь огромен, читается он без труда с любого расстояния. Это плюс аппарата.

In the sun, the screen fades, becomes indistinguishable, this is a big minus of the device.

The phone has a Gesture Lock function – from idle mode, you can draw a letter to start dialing a specific number or call a function (up to 9 shortcuts, an unlimited number of letters from the alphabet, of your choice). A nice feature that allows you to quickly launch applications.

Battery

The phone uses a 960 mAh lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 5 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours of standby time. In conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked on average for about 2 days with an hour of calls, several messages a day, minimal use of mail, up to an hour of music. For those who constantly use mail and the web, this device will be able to give only one day of work. In general, you should count on one or two days of work, the device is not capable of more. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, connectivity

Bluetooth. The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, A2DP. Bluetooth version 2.1, EDR supported. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

USB connection. In the menu, you can select one of three possible modes of operation: Media, Mass Storage, Samsung PC Studio. Modem mode for the device is not provided, but in this capacity it is easy to use using PC Studio or simply by installing the driver.

In USB Mass Storage mode, the device is perfectly picked up without additional drivers, you can copy the necessary data. USB version – 2, data transfer rate – about 2 Mb / s.

When connecting to a PC, simultaneous operation of USB and Bluetooth is not allowed, the device requires Bluetooth to be turned off regardless of the current state (whether there is a connection and transmission or not), this is extremely inconvenient.

When connected via USB, the device is charged.

Class 12 EDGE is provided for GSM networks.

WiFi. 802.11 b/g is supported, the device connects to any network and remembers it. WiFi operation is also possible without a SIM card.

Memory, memory cards

The phone has 55 MB of built-in memory, almost all of it is available to the user initially. The memory card is visible separately, it is possible to display all folders (both from the memory card and internal). There is a file manager that allows you to copy files both from the card and to it. Memory cards are hot swappable. We have tested microSD cards up to 8 GB and everything works.

Camera

Regular 2-megapixel fixed focus module. The camera interface is horizontal, all options are selected from the screen by simply clicking on the icons, they are large, it is convenient to work with the camera due to this.

The camera supports the following resolutions:

  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×960
  • 640×480
  • Single shot
  • Multi-shot
  • Panorama shot
  • Smile shot
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Cloudy
  • Black and white
  • Sepia
  • Negative
  • Watercolour
  • Operator name – a regular rectangular box with the name of the operator
  • Date and time
  • Analogue clock
  • Digital clock
  • World time for the selected city
  • Player controls (Play/Pause key, rewind)
  • Radio controls
  • Album with thumbnail and scrollable photos
  • Game shortcut icon
  • Information about events, such as missed calls, SMS
  • Birthday information
  • Change profiles
  • Access to 5 favorite contacts – call, send SMS with one touch
  • Google search box
  • Access to the Samsung Fun Club
  • Alarm clocks
  • Weather by AccuWeather – shows graphically a sunny day or not, somewhat reminiscent of the application on the HTC Diamond in the shell from HTC
  • Stop Smoking – counts how many days you haven&#39;t smoked
  • Stop diet – counts how many days you are on a diet
  • Loading new widgets
  • Yandex Traffic
  • RBC News
  • Weather from Gismeteo.ru
  • Currency converter
  • Sports news from Championship.ru
  • Repertoire of cinemas from Afisha.ru
  • Facebook – shows a mix of the latest messages from your feed, you can quickly write something. The widget is inconvenient for viewing messages, only for quick sending.
  • Twitter – similar to the previous widget, also not very convenient for viewing messages and replying to them, it is almost impossible to do this.

It&#39;s easy to see that Samsung&#39;s Widgets allow you to customize the look of your screen inside and out. Unfortunately, we run into a limitation of the screen diagonal, we want more elements at the same time. But what is available today, already the most flexible solution, definitely outperforms the same Active Standby in Nokia phones.

The current model has almost two dozen of them, there is a manager that allows you to download new Widgets from the Samsung website. You see their name, description, size. None of the manufacturers has anything like this for the idle screen, this is the most flexible solution that is extremely attractive.

In total, widgets can be placed on three screens, paging through the transition between them. Pre-installed wallpapers can be installed on three screens at once, which is also convenient.

The main menu can be accessed by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen. The main menu is represented by a 3×4 matrix. Touch screen operation is simple. You click on the item you need, and it turns out to be selected, the field for entering information is double-clicked, the first one selects the field, the second one calls the keyboard.

Information is entered using the on-screen keyboard, which is as similar as possible to a regular phone keyboard. Buttons are depicted, each with several symbols. To select the desired letter, you have to press the key several times. There is no on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

There is T9 predictive text input. On the keyboard, this mode is turned on with one touch. The phone offers various word options, guesses them, which allows you to select them from the list with one touch.

All menus have a bottom bar, in which the keys are made contextual, that is, their value and number (maximum three) change depending on the current menu.

Scrolling through lists. If you swipe to the left of the screen, then scrolling will be faster than to the right. A trifle, but improves the functionality of the solution several times, makes it more convenient. For lists with titles, it is possible to quickly scroll to the desired word, for example, in an image list, you can quickly scroll to the desired letter, this is convenient.

On the second screen, the middle key is responsible for calling up a list with frequently used contacts (photo, name and phone), the location of this function within the menu is debatable, but the circle looks pretty. If you, of course, have photos associated with names.

Phone book

You can call contacts from the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a list containing all entries, both from the phone&#39;s memory and from the SIM card. On the left is a label with a magnifying glass, this is a quick scroll through the list to the letter you need. From the drop-down list, you can select contacts, groups or favorites.

The list is displayed only by names, to the right of them is a call or message icon (as a rule, the default number is selected). It is impossible to view a photo in the general list, as well as numbers. To do this, select a contact and select a number from the inside.

Any graphic file can be used as a picture name, as well as your photos or videos. You can record up to 5 phone numbers of various types (mobile, office, home, fax, other) for a name, one of them will be the main one (by default, the first one entered). The fields are not fixed. From the phone menu, you can enter additional fields, such as an email address, a regular address, and so on.

The phone has two fields for first name and last name (search only by the first field), when displayed, the fields are summed up, the first field is First Name. Moreover, the summing field was created explicitly. For example, Eldar Murtazin is shown in this sequence. The length of each field is 20 characters, and for any of the supported input languages. You can also alternate between different languages ​​when typing the name.

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Sorting records in different languages ​​is done in order: first all contacts in the local language (for example, Russian), then all names in English. This is quite convenient and familiar to computer programs. Given the Free classifieds in Greater Accra ability to quickly switch languages ​​when searching, it becomes clear that entries in different languages ​​are not a problem in this apparatus. The list is sorted by first or last name.

Let&#39;s go back to filling in the name; in addition to phones, you can write down an email address (there may be several), a small text note. For the name, you can select any sound file as a ringtone, including mp3 compositions. You can easily create the required number of groups, choose your own melody, picture for each (by default, three groups are created and outside the group). For SMS messages, you can choose your own ringtone.

Up to 2000 names with all filled in numbers and data are stored in the phone memory. If you do not fill in all the fields, then the number of names will still remain equal to one thousand. In the settings, you can specify where all new numbers will be recorded by default. There is a setting for transferring records from the SIM card memory and vice versa. The developers felt that the best way to synchronize is a PC, in particular, using MS Outlook. Any entry can be quickly sent to another device as an SMS / MMS, mail message, as well as via Bluetooth. There are no difficulties with sending, the phone book entry goes to another device without problems and is recognized in the same way.

You can have your own business card in your phone, its format is the same as a regular phone book entry.

You can have up to 8 numbers in the speed dial list, and you can also enter individual numbers of the same name. Buttons are labeled with the selected name or photo, but not with the phone type.

You can create any number of subscriber groups yourself. For each group, you can choose a picture and a melody. The group can include up to 20 subscribers.

When a call comes in, the picture is displayed on half the screen, it is clearly visible.

Call lists

Each list contains up to 30 phone numbers. There is a combined list of recent calls, SMS messages, emails (90 entries in total), here the icon marks the type of event. In my opinion, adding email addresses is more of an evil than a relief to the list. I get about a hundred letters in an hour, and they crowd out the usual events, the list becomes uninteresting.

You can quickly move from one list to another. For a single entry, in the detailed view, you can see the date and time of the call. Identical calls are summed up, opposite the number their number is shown. Traditionally, in this menu you can see the total time of all calls and their cost (if the service is configured).

For certain numbers, you can blacklist, then calls from them will not be accepted.

There is a separate list for sent messages.

Messages

Similarly to other manufacturers, Samsung has abandoned the artificial division of messages into SMS / MMS, you create a message, and depending on its content, it is already treated as SMS or MMS. The menu still has an option that allows you to force the message to switch to MMS (for example, you need to send only text, but to email, bypassing the built-in mail client).

The phone memory can store up to 500 messages, the device supports the EMS standard, compatible with Nokia Smart Messaging. When sending, you can select names both from the phone book and from the list of recently used or from groups. Traditionally, there is the possibility of maintaining a blacklist for all types of messages, then any messages from the specified numbers will be automatically deleted. It is possible to transfer messages to your folders. For e-mail, blocking is possible not only by the address, but also by the subject of the message.

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There is a 295 KB MMS message size limit, and there is no size limit for received messages. Of the additional settings, it should be noted the ability to reject advertising messages, the choice of the type of message reception in roaming and in the home network. Messages are stored in shared dynamic memory, same for email.

There is also a useful function for sending SOS messages. If it is activated, then in an emergency, after pressing the volume key four times, the message “I am in emergency. Please help me&#34; will be sent to the previously specified contacts, and incoming calls from these numbers received after the message was sent will be accepted automatically. Subscriber numbers (no more than 5) and the number of repetitions of the message can be specified independently, but the text is not edited.

Organizer

Up to 300 events can be stored in the phone&#39;s memory, this is one type of event – a meeting, in addition, up to 50 anniversaries are available. For each entry, the time and date of the event are set, and the end time is indicated. You can set a signal and the interval for which it will work, there are repeatable events (moreover, the repeat time is set, exceptions are indicated, this is convenient). Viewing the calendar for a month and a week is implemented conveniently, each type of event has its own color, everything is clear.

Unfortunately, you cannot immediately add an event by clicking on a specific day in the calendar, there is no display of a list of three tasks for the selected day when viewing the month, the screen diagonal was not enough.

Заметки – обычные текстовые заметки.

Задачи – до 100 задач с выставлением приоритета.

Мировое время. Отображается время для выбранных городов, все просто и наглядно. Появилась карта, на которой можно выбирать часовой пояс.

Калькулятор – простейший калькулятор.

Converter – allows you to convert one value to another, very convenient implementation, the entire list is immediately visible on the screen.

Applications

FM radio. Up to 99 radio stations can be stored in the device&#39;s memory, the range of available frequencies is from 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz. There is an automatic setting of all stations, but for individual channels you cannot assign your own name, they are always displayed as a frequency, numbers. The radio also works in speakerphone mode. The implementation of the radio is normal, the device does not receive all radio stations well, but in general everything is at a normal level, comparable to phones from other manufacturers. The radio is running in the background.

The RDS function shows only the title of the radio station in the general list at the top, this option has no other assignments.

Voice recorder. In total, you can record up to several hours of voice memos, while the number of entries is not limited. In principle, the limit on the duration of the recording is specified by the user, it can be equal to 1 hour. In memory, all records are stored in a separate folder. Dictaphone recording during lectures, round tables is quite adequate, it can be deciphered. To some extent, the phone replaces the digital voice recorder.

Stopwatch and countdown timer are common.

RSS Reader. This app looks like a standalone utility, and it is. It would make sense for the RSS feeds to be linked to the web browser, but that&#39;s not the case here. Accordingly, RSS links in the browser are not processed in any way and are not transmitted to the application. You need to enter the channel address in the app to subscribe to it. Another option is to enter the address of the page, and then the program itself will try to find the channel on it (the channel must be explicitly specified in the page code).

Within the selected channel, not only text information, but also sound and video files can be downloaded to the phone. You set a limit, the default is 5 MB per single file. Unfortunately, there is no scheduled download, you always need to download all channels manually.

Bluetooth. Visually, the utility is unusual, you can see a map of devices, like some managers on desktop computers, you can switch to the usual list of devices. All functions are supported, no limits

Samsung M3710 (Corby Beat) GSM phone review

The model in appearance, and by name, belongs to the youth line of Corby, and the word Beat emphasizes the musical orientation. This unit will be lost in the background of the original Corby and cheaper derivatives. But at the same time, released as an assortment offer, it is one of the best Corby both in terms of performance and speed. It is impossible to expect that a high cost will attract the attention of a noticeable audience, even support through advertising will not work wonders, the model will be noticeably lower in sales than cheap counterparts.

This is one of the first handsets to feature Samsung&#39;s 2010 Music Concept, and the first touches of how things will look and work. In this aspect, the model is interesting for review, but against the background of music products from competitors, it can be somewhat lost. Cause? It was not created as a special musical solution, but they tried to create an assortment for Corby, so an unknown little animal turned out. On the one hand – a music phone, on the other – a model with a pronounced youth component. If it had no analogues, it would sell well, but when choosing from several devices with the same design, it is not a fact that the look and choice will fall on the M3710, the high price (30 percent up) and the advantages that are not always tangible in the store speak against it. How will you be shown the high speed of the device? No way. Therefore, the model will remain a thing in itself for a small circle of those who bought more expensive or understood from the beginning what the device is capable of giving.

The phone is aimed at a youth audience, schoolchildren, first-year students. He has no other audience, and it is hardly possible. In Europe, this model comes out under the M5650 index, it has a 3 megapixel camera versus 2 megapixels, 3G support. For Russia, a cheaper version was created, without these options, and we are considering it.

Design, dimensions, controls

Outwardly, almost a complete copy of the original Corby, but there are no interchangeable panels. The device has two colors – blue and black. In both cases, the back cover and the insert with musical keys under the screen are different. There is a chrome insert around the screen both there and there.

The size of the phone is 106x57x12 mm, weight – 98 grams. In the hands of the device lies well, the build quality is good. On the left side there is a coupled volume rocker, as well as a microUSB interface connector, which distinguishes the model from other devices of the family. On the right side is the lock button, as well as the camera key. At the top end there is a 3.5 mm jack.

Сравнение с Samsung Corby:

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Дисплей

В телефоне используется старый знакомый, дисплей пришел из S3650, никаких изменений он не претерпел. Это TFT-экран с диагональю 2.8 дюйма (емкостный), разрешением 240х320 точек (42х57 мм), отображающий до 262000 цветов.

В аппаратах от Samsung также используется технология VibeZ – при нажатиях на клавиши идет вибрация корпуса, что подтверждает ваше действие.

На экране помещается до 8 строк текста и до трех служебных строк. В режиме чтения сообщений это может быть до 16 строк, в зависимости от выбранного шрифта. Также можно масштабировать текст боковой клавишей регулировки громкости, от самого гигантского до самого небольшого. Для экрана в настройках можно выбрать размер и начертание шрифта, но они не сильно отличаются. Другое дело, что в отличие от многих моделей экранный шрифт здесь огромен, читается он без труда с любого расстояния. Это плюс аппарата.

In the sun, the screen fades, becomes indistinguishable, this is a big minus of the device.

The phone has a Gesture Lock function – from idle mode, you can draw a letter to start dialing a specific number or call a function (up to 9 shortcuts, an unlimited number of letters from the alphabet, of your choice). A nice feature that allows you to quickly launch applications.

Battery

The phone uses a 960 mAh lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 5 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours of standby time. In conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked on average for about 2 days with an hour of calls, several messages a day, minimal use of mail, up to an hour of music. For those who constantly use mail and the web, this device will be able to give only one day of work. In general, you should count on one or two days of work, the device is not capable of more. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, connectivity

Bluetooth. The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, A2DP. Bluetooth version 2.1, EDR supported. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

USB connection. In the menu, you can select one of three possible modes of operation: Media, Mass Storage, Samsung PC Studio. Modem mode for the device is not provided, but in this capacity it is easy to use using PC Studio or simply by installing the driver.

In USB Mass Storage mode, the device is perfectly picked up without additional drivers, you can copy the necessary data. USB version – 2, data transfer rate – about 2 Mb / s.

When connecting to a PC, simultaneous operation of USB and Bluetooth is not allowed, the device requires Bluetooth to be turned off regardless of the current state (whether there is a connection and transmission or not), this is extremely inconvenient.

When connected via USB, the device is charged.

Class 12 EDGE is provided for GSM networks.

WiFi. 802.11 b/g is supported, the device connects to any network and remembers it. WiFi operation is also possible without a SIM card.

Memory, memory cards

The phone has 55 MB of built-in memory, almost all of it is available to the user initially. The memory card is visible separately, it is possible to display all folders (both from the memory card and internal). There is a file manager that allows you to copy files both from the card and to it. Memory cards are hot swappable. We have tested microSD cards up to 8 GB and everything works.

Camera

Regular 2-megapixel fixed focus module. The camera interface is horizontal, all options are selected from the screen by simply clicking on the icons, they are large, it is convenient to work with the camera due to this.

The camera supports the following resolutions:

  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×960
  • 640×480
  • Single shot
  • Multi-shot
  • Panorama shot
  • Smile shot
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Cloudy
  • Black and white
  • Sepia
  • Negative
  • Watercolour

Video recording

The phone supports recording video in mpeg4 format for maximum resolution, and in the settings you can specify whether the video will be recorded with or without sound. All settings are comparable to those for photos, but the resolutions of the videos are different, plus effects are supported. The maximum resolution is 320×240 pixels (15 frames), the video quality is average.

Menu, interface

The model is almost completely similar to the S3650, and if you read that review, you can safely skip this part.

In idle mode, the bottom bar with three shortcuts is displayed on the screen, these are access to dialing, contacts and menus. On the left you can see an arrow that hides the application bar. With the ruler open, you can drag and drop any of the Widget&#39;s applications onto the screen. Their location on the screen is set by you, the device remembers it. It is clear that it is worth showing taste and not creating piles of different windows, but limiting yourself to a few. Let&#39;s see what features can be on the main screen:

  • Operator name – a regular rectangular box with the name of the operator
  • Date and time
  • Analogue clock
  • Digital clock
  • World time for the selected city
  • Player controls (Play/Pause key, rewind)
  • Radio controls
  • Album with thumbnail and scrollable photos
  • Game shortcut icon
  • Information about events, such as missed calls, SMS
  • Birthday information
  • Change profiles
  • Access to 5 favorite contacts – call, send SMS with one touch
  • Google search box
  • Access to the Samsung Fun Club
  • Alarm clocks
  • Weather by AccuWeather – shows graphically a sunny day or not, somewhat reminiscent of the application on the HTC Diamond in the shell from HTC
  • Stop Smoking – counts how many days you haven&#39;t smoked
  • Stop diet – counts how many days you are on a diet
  • Loading new widgets
  • Yandex Traffic
  • RBC News
  • Weather from Gismeteo.ru
  • Currency converter
  • Sports news from Championship.ru
  • Repertoire of cinemas from Afisha.ru
  • Facebook – shows a mix of the latest messages from your feed, you can quickly write something. The widget is inconvenient for viewing messages, only for quick sending.
  • Twitter – similar to the previous widget, also not very convenient for viewing messages and replying to them, it is almost impossible to do this.

It&#39;s easy to see that Samsung&#39;s Widgets allow you to customize the look of your screen inside and out. Unfortunately, we run into a limitation of the screen diagonal, we want more elements at the same time. But what is available today, already the most flexible solution, definitely outperforms the same Active Standby in Nokia phones.

The current model has almost two dozen of them, there is a manager that allows you to download new Widgets from the Samsung website. You see their name, description, size. None of the manufacturers has anything like this for the idle screen, this is the most flexible solution that is extremely attractive.

In total, widgets can be placed on three screens, paging through the transition between them. Pre-installed wallpapers can be installed on three screens at once, which is also convenient.

The main menu can be accessed by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen. The main menu is represented by a 3×4 matrix. Touch screen operation is simple. You click on the item you need, and it turns out to be selected, the field for entering information is double-clicked, the first one selects the field, the second one calls the keyboard.

Information is entered using the on-screen keyboard, which is as similar as possible to a regular phone keyboard. Buttons are depicted, each with several symbols. To select the desired letter, you have to press the key several times. There is no on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

There is T9 predictive text input. On the keyboard, this mode is turned on with one touch. The phone offers various word options, guesses them, which allows you to select them from the list with one touch.

All menus have a bottom bar, in which the keys are made contextual, that is, their value and number (maximum three) change depending on the current menu.

Scrolling through lists. If you swipe to the left of the screen, then scrolling will be faster than to the right. A trifle, but improves the functionality of the solution several times, makes it more convenient. For lists with titles, it is possible to quickly scroll to the desired word, for example, in an image list, you can quickly scroll to the desired letter, this is convenient.

On the second screen, the middle key is responsible for calling up a list with frequently used contacts (photo, name and phone), the location of this function within the menu is debatable, but the circle looks pretty. If you have, of course, photos associated with names.

Phonebook

You can call contacts from the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a list containing all entries, both from the phone&#39;s memory and from the SIM card. On the left is a label with a magnifying glass, this is a quick scroll through the list to the letter you need. From the drop-down list, you can select contacts, groups, or favorites.

The list is displayed only by names, to the right of them is a call or message icon (usually, the default number is selected). It is impossible to view a photo in the general list, as well as numbers. To do this, select a contact and select a number from the inside.

Any graphic file can be used as a picture name, as well as your photos or videos. You can record up to 5 phone numbers of various types for a name (mobile, office, home, fax, other), one of them will be the main one (by default, the first one entered). The fields are not fixed. From the phone menu, you can enter additional fields, such as an email address, a regular address, and so on.

The phone has two fields for first name and last name (search only by the first field), when displayed, the fields are summed up, the first field is First Name. Moreover, the summing field was created explicitly. For example, Eldar Murtazin is shown in this sequence. The length of each field is 20 characters, and for any of the supported input languages. You can also alternate between different languages ​​when typing the name.

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Sorting records in different languages ​​is done in order: first all contacts in the local language (for example, Russian), then all names in English. This is quite convenient and familiar to computer programs. Given the Free classifieds in Greater Accra ability to quickly switch languages ​​when searching, it becomes clear that entries in different languages ​​are not a problem in this apparatus. The list is sorted by first or last name.

Let&#39;s go back to filling in the name; in addition to phones, you can write down an email address (there may be several), a small text note. For the name, you can select any sound file as a ringtone, including mp3 compositions. You can easily create the required number of groups, choose your own melody, picture for each (by default, three groups are created and outside the group). For SMS messages, you can choose your own ringtone.

Up to 2000 names with all filled in numbers and data are stored in the phone memory. If you do not fill in all the fields, then the number of names will still remain equal to one thousand. In the settings, you can specify where all new numbers will be recorded by default. There is a setting for transferring records from the SIM card memory and vice versa. The developers felt that the best way to synchronize is a PC, in particular, using MS Outlook. Any entry can be quickly sent to another device as SMS / MMS, mail, and also via Bluetooth. There are no difficulties with sending, the phone book entry goes to another device without problems and is recognized in the same way.

You can have your own business card in your phone, its format is the same as a regular phone book entry.

You can have up to 8 numbers in the speed dial list, and individual numbers of the same name can also be entered. Buttons are labeled with the selected name or photo, but not with the phone type.

You can create any number of subscriber groups yourself. For each group, you can choose a picture and a melody. The group can include up to 20 subscribers.

When a call comes in, the picture is displayed on half the screen, it is clearly visible.

Call lists

Each list contains up to 30 phone numbers. There is a combined list of recent calls, SMS messages, e-mails (90 entries in total), here the icon marks the type of event. In my opinion, adding email addresses is more of an evil than a relief to the list. I get about a hundred letters in an hour, and they crowd out the usual events, the list becomes uninteresting.

You can quickly move from one list to another. For a single entry, in the detailed view, you can see the date and time of the call. Identical calls are summed up, opposite the number their number is shown. Traditionally, in this menu you can see the total time of all calls and their cost (if the service is configured).

For certain numbers, you can blacklist, then calls from them will not be accepted.

There is a separate list for sent messages.

Messages

Similarly to other manufacturers, Samsung has abandoned the artificial division of messages into SMS / MMS, you create a message, and depending on its content, it is already treated as SMS or MMS. The menu still has an option that allows you to force the message to switch to MMS (for example, you need to send only text, but to email, bypassing the built-in mail client).

The phone memory can store up to 500 messages, the device supports the EMS standard, compatible with Nokia Smart Messaging. When sending, you can select names both from the phone book and from the list of recently used or from groups. Traditionally, there is the possibility of maintaining a blacklist for all types of messages, then any messages from the specified numbers will be automatically deleted. It is possible to transfer messages to your folders. For e-mail, blocking is possible not only by the address, but also by the subject of the message.

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There is a 295 KB MMS message size limit, and there is no size limit for received messages. Of the additional settings, it should be noted the ability to reject advertising messages, the choice of the type of message reception in roaming and in the home network. Messages are stored in shared dynamic memory, same for email.

There is also a useful function for sending SOS messages. If it is activated, then in an emergency, after pressing the volume key four times, the message “I am in emergency. Please help me&#34; will be sent to the previously specified contacts, and incoming calls from these numbers received after the message was sent will be accepted automatically. Subscriber numbers (no more than 5) and the number of repetitions of the message can be specified independently, but the text is not edited.

Organizer

Up to 300 events can be stored in the phone&#39;s memory, this is one type of event – a meeting, in addition, up to 50 anniversaries are available. For each entry, the time and date of the event are set, and the end time is indicated. You can set a signal and the interval for which it will work, there are repeatable events (moreover, the repeat time is set, exceptions are indicated, this is convenient). Viewing the calendar for a month and a week is implemented conveniently, each type of event has its own color, everything is clear.

Unfortunately, you cannot immediately add an event by clicking on a specific day in the calendar, there is no display of a list of three tasks for the selected day when viewing the month, the screen diagonal was not enough.

Заметки – обычные текстовые заметки.

Задачи – до 100 задач с выставлением приоритета.

Мировое время. Отображается время для выбранных городов, все просто и наглядно. Появилась карта, на которой можно выбирать часовой пояс.

Калькулятор – простейший калькулятор.

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Applications

FM radio. Up to 99 radio stations can be stored in the device&#39;s memory, the range of available frequencies is from 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz. There is an automatic setting of all stations, but for individual channels you cannot assign your own name, they are always displayed as a frequency, numbers. The radio also works in speakerphone mode. The implementation of the radio is normal, the device does not receive all radio stations well, but in general everything is at a normal level, comparable to phones from other manufacturers. The radio is running in the background.

The RDS function shows only the title of the radio station in the general list at the top, this option has no other assignments.

Voice recorder. In total, you can record up to several hours of voice memos, while the number of entries is not limited. In principle, the limit on the duration of the recording is specified by the user, it can be equal to 1 hour. In memory, all records are stored in a separate folder. Dictaphone recording during lectures, round tables is quite adequate, it can be deciphered. To some extent, the phone replaces the digital voice recorder.

Stopwatch and countdown timer are common.

RSS Reader. This app looks like a standalone utility, and it is. It would make sense for RSS feeds to be linked to the web browser, but that&#39;s not the case here. Accordingly, RSS links in the browser are not processed in any way and are not transmitted to the application. You need to enter the channel address in the app to subscribe to it. Another option is to enter the address of the page, and then the program itself will try to find the channel on it (the channel must be explicitly specified in the page code).

Within the selected channel, not only text information, but also sound and video files can be downloaded to the phone. You set a limit, the default is 5 MB per single file. Unfortunately, there is no scheduled download, you always need to download all channels manually.

Bluetooth. Visually, the utility is unusual, you can see a map of devices, like some managers on desktop computers, you can switch to the usual list of devices. All functions are supported, no limits

Samsung M3710 (Corby Beat) GSM phone review

The model in appearance, and by name, belongs to the youth line of Corby, and the word Beat emphasizes the musical orientation. This unit will be lost in the background of the original Corby and cheaper derivatives. But at the same time, released as an assortment offer, it is one of the best Corby both in terms of performance and speed. It is impossible to expect that a high cost will attract the attention of a noticeable audience, even support through advertising will not work wonders, the model will be noticeably lower in sales than cheap counterparts.

This is one of the first handsets to feature Samsung&#39;s 2010 Music Concept, and the first touches of how things will look and work. In this aspect, the model is interesting for review, but against the background of music products from competitors, it can be somewhat lost. Cause? It was not created as a special musical solution, but they tried to create an assortment for Corby, so an unknown little animal turned out. On the one hand – a music phone, on the other – a model with a pronounced youth component. If it had no analogues, it would sell well, but when choosing from several devices with the same design, it is not a fact that the look and choice will fall on the M3710, the high price (30 percent up) and the advantages that are not always tangible in the store speak against it. How will you be shown the high speed of the device? No way. Therefore, the model will remain a thing in itself for a small circle of those who bought more expensive or understood from the beginning what the device is capable of giving.

The phone is aimed at a youth audience, schoolchildren, first-year students. He has no other audience, and it is hardly possible. In Europe, this model comes out under the M5650 index, it has a 3 megapixel camera versus 2 megapixels, 3G support. For Russia, a cheaper version was created, without these options, and we are considering it.

Design, dimensions, controls

Outwardly, almost a complete copy of the original Corby, but there are no interchangeable panels. The device has two colors – blue and black. In both cases, the back cover and the insert with musical keys under the screen are different. There is a chrome insert around the screen both there and there.

The size of the phone is 106x57x12 mm, weight – 98 grams. In the hands of the device lies well, the build quality is good. On the left side there is a coupled volume rocker, as well as a microUSB interface connector, which distinguishes the model from other devices of the family. On the right side is the lock button, as well as the camera key. At the top end there is a 3.5 mm jack.

Comparison with Samsung Corby:

The microSD card slot is hidden under the back cover, hot swapping is supported.

Display

The phone uses an old friend, the display came from the S3650, it has not undergone any changes. This is a 2.8-inch TFT screen (capacitive), with a resolution of 240×320 pixels (42×57 mm), displaying up to 262,000 colors.

Samsung devices also use VibeZ technology – when you press the keys, the body vibrates, which confirms your action.

Up to 8 lines of text and up to 3 service lines fit on the screen. In message reading mode, this can be up to 16 lines, depending on the selected font. You can also scale the text with the side volume key, from the largest to the smallest. For the screen in the settings, you can choose the size and font style, but they do not differ much. Another thing is that, unlike many models, the screen font is huge here, it can be read without difficulty from any distance. This is a plus of the device.

In the sun, the screen fades, becomes indistinguishable, this is a big minus of the device.

The phone has a Gesture Lock function – from idle mode, you can draw a letter to start dialing a specific number or call a function (up to 9 shortcuts, an unlimited number of letters from the alphabet, of your choice). A nice feature that allows you to quickly launch applications.

In USB Mass Storage mode, the device is perfectly picked up without additional drivers, you can copy the necessary data. USB version – 2, data transfer rate – about 2 Mb / s.

When connecting to a PC, simultaneous operation of USB and Bluetooth is not allowed, the device requires Bluetooth to be turned off regardless of the current state (whether there is a connection and transmission or not), this is extremely inconvenient.

When connected via USB, the device is charged.

Class 12 EDGE is provided for GSM networks.

WiFi. 802.11 b/g is supported, the device connects to any network and remembers it. WiFi operation is also possible without a SIM card.

Memory, memory cards

The phone has 55 MB of built-in memory, almost all of it is available to the user initially. The memory card is visible separately, it is possible to display all folders (both from the memory card and internal). There is a file manager that allows you to copy files both from the card and to it. Memory cards are hot swappable. We have tested microSD cards up to 8 GB and everything works.

Camera

Regular 2-megapixel fixed focus module. The camera interface is horizontal, all options are selected from the screen by simply clicking on the icons, they are large, it is convenient to work with the camera due to this.

The camera supports the following resolutions:

  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×960
  • 640×480
  • Single shot
  • Multi-shot
  • Panorama shot
  • Smile shot
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Cloudy
  • Black and white
  • Sepia
  • Negative
  • Watercolour

The phone supports recording video in mpeg4 format for maximum resolution, and in the settings you can specify whether the video will be recorded with or without sound. All settings are comparable to those for photos, but the resolutions of the videos are different, plus effects are supported. The maximum resolution is 320×240 pixels (15 frames), the video quality is average.

Menu, interface

The model is almost completely similar to the S3650, and if you read that review, you can safely skip this part.

In idle mode, the bottom bar with three shortcuts is displayed on the screen, these are access to dialing, contacts and menus. On the left, you can see an arrow that hides the application bar. With the ruler open, you can drag and drop any of the Widget&#39;s applications onto the screen. Their location on the screen is set by you, the device remembers it. It is clear that it is worth showing taste and not creating piles of different windows, but limiting yourself to a few. Let&#39;s see what features can be on the main screen:

  • The name of the operator is a regular rectangular box with the name of the operator
  • Date and time
  • Analogue clock
  • Digital clock
  • World time for the selected city
  • Player controls (Play/Pause key, rewind)
  • Radio controls
  • Album with thumbnail and scrollable photos
  • Game shortcut icon
  • Information about events, such as missed calls, SMS
  • Birthday information
  • Change profiles
  • Access to 5 favorite contacts – call, send SMS with one touch
  • Google search box
  • Access to the Samsung Fun Club
  • Alarm clocks
  • Weather by AccuWeather – shows graphically a sunny day or not, somewhat reminiscent of the application on the HTC Diamond in the shell from HTC
  • Stop Smoking – counts how many days you haven&#39;t smoked
  • Stop diet – counts how many days you are on a diet
  • Loading new widgets
  • Yandex Traffic
  • RBC News
  • Weather from Gismeteo.en
  • Currency converter
  • Sports news from Championship.ru
  • Repertoire of cinemas from Afisha.ru
  • Facebook – shows a mix of the latest messages from your feed, you can quickly write something. The widget is inconvenient for viewing messages, only for quick sending.
  • Twitter – similar to the previous widget, also not very convenient for viewing messages and replying to them, it is almost impossible to do this.

It&#39;s easy to see that Samsung&#39;s Widgets allow you to customize the look of your screen inside and out. Unfortunately, we run into a limitation of the screen diagonal, we want more elements at the same time. But what is available today, already the most flexible solution, definitely outperforms the same Active Standby in Nokia phones.

The current model has almost two dozen of them, there is a manager that allows you to download new Widgets from the Samsung website. You see their name, description, size. None of the manufacturers has anything like this for the idle screen, this is the most flexible solution that is extremely attractive.

In total, widgets can be placed on three screens, paging through the transition between them. Pre-installed wallpapers can be installed on three screens at once, which is also convenient.

The main menu can be accessed by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen. The main menu is represented by a 3×4 matrix. Touch screen operation is simple. You click on the item you need, and it turns out to be selected, the field for entering information is double-clicked, the first one selects the field, the second one calls the keyboard.

Information is entered using the on-screen keyboard, which is as similar as possible to a regular phone keyboard. Buttons are depicted, each with several symbols. To select the desired letter, you have to press the key several times. There is no on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

There is T9 predictive text input. On the keyboard, this mode is turned on with one touch. The phone offers various word options, guesses them, which allows you to select them from the list with one touch.

All menus have a bottom bar, in which the keys are made contextual, that is, their value and number (maximum three) change depending on the current menu.

Scroll through lists. If you swipe to the left of the screen, then scrolling will be faster than to the right. A trifle, but improves the functionality of the solution several times, makes it more convenient. For lists with titles, it is possible to quickly scroll to the desired word, for example, in an image list, you can quickly scroll to the desired letter, this is convenient.

On the second screen, the middle key is responsible for calling up a list with frequently used contacts (photo, name and phone), the location of this function within the menu is debatable, but the circle looks pretty. If you have, of course, photos associated with names.

Phonebook

You can call contacts from the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a list containing all entries, both from the phone&#39;s memory and from the SIM card. On the left is a label with a magnifying glass, this is a quick scroll through the list to the letter you need. From the drop-down list, you can select contacts, groups, or favorites.

The list is displayed only by names, to the right of them is a call or message icon (as a rule, the default number is selected). It is impossible to view a photo in the general list, as well as numbers. To do this, select a contact and select a number from the inside.

Any graphic file can be used as a picture name, as well as your photos or videos. You can record up to 5 phone numbers of various types (mobile, office, home, fax, other) for a name, one of them will be the main one (by default, the first one entered). The fields are not fixed. From the phone menu, you can enter additional fields, such as an email address, a regular address, and so on.

The phone has two fields for first name and last name (search only by the first field), when displayed, the fields are summed up, the first field is First Name. Moreover, the summing field was created explicitly. For example, Eldar Murtazin is shown in this sequence. The length of each field is 20 characters, and for any of the supported input languages. You can also alternate between different languages ​​when typing the name.

Sorting records in different languages ​​is done in order: first all contacts in the local language (for example, Russian), then all names in English. This is quite convenient and familiar to computer programs. Given Free classifieds in Greater Accra&#39;s ability to quickly switch languages ​​when searching, it&#39;s clear that listings in different languages ​​are no problem on this machine. The list is sorted by first or last name.

Sorting of entries in different languages ​​is carried out in order: first, all contacts in the local language (for example, Russian), then all names in English. This is quite convenient and familiar to computer programs. Considering Free classifieds in Greater Accra Free classifieds in Greater Accra the ability to quickly switch the language when searching, it becomes clear that records in different languages ​​are not a problem in this device. The list is sorted by first or last name.

Let&#39;s go back to filling in the name; in addition to phones, you can write down an email address (there may be several), a small text note. For the name, you can select any sound file as a ringtone, including mp3 compositions. You can easily create the required number of groups, choose your own melody, picture for each (by default, three groups are created and outside the group). For SMS messages, you can choose your own ringtone.

Up to 2000 names with all filled in numbers and data are stored in the phone memory. If you do not fill in all the fields, then the number of names will still remain equal to one thousand. In the settings, you can specify where all new numbers will be recorded by default. There is a setting for transferring records from the SIM card memory and vice versa. The developers felt that the best way to synchronize is a PC, in particular, using MS Outlook. Any entry can be quickly sent to another device as an SMS / MMS, mail message, as well as via Bluetooth. There are no difficulties with sending, the phone book entry goes to another device without problems and is recognized in the same way.

You can have your own business card in your phone, its format is the same as a regular phone book entry.

You can have up to 8 numbers in the speed dial list, and individual numbers of the same name can also be entered. Buttons are labeled with the selected name or photo, but not with the phone type.

You can create any number of subscriber groups yourself. For each group, you can choose a picture and a melody. The group can include up to 20 subscribers.

When a call comes in, the picture is displayed on half the screen, it is clearly visible.

Call lists

Each list contains up to 30 phone numbers. There is a combined list of recent calls, SMS messages, e-mails (90 entries in total), here the icon marks the type of event. In my opinion, adding email addresses is more of an evil than a relief to the list. I get about a hundred letters in an hour, and they crowd out the usual events, the list becomes uninteresting.

You can quickly move from one list to another. For a single entry, in the detailed view, you can see the date and time of the call. Identical calls are summed up, opposite the number their number is shown. Traditionally, in this menu you can see the total time of all calls and their cost (if the service is configured).

For certain numbers, you can blacklist, then calls from them will not be accepted.

There is a separate list for sent messages.

Messages

Similarly to other manufacturers, Samsung has abandoned the artificial division of messages into SMS / MMS, you create a message, and depending on its content, it is already treated as SMS or MMS. The menu still has an option that allows you to force the message to switch to MMS (for example, you need to send only text, but to email, bypassing the built-in mail client).

The phone memory can store up to 500 messages, the device supports the EMS standard, compatible with Nokia Smart Messaging. When sending, you can select names both from the phone book and from the list of recently used or from groups. Traditionally, there is the possibility of maintaining a blacklist for all types of messages, then any messages from the specified numbers will be automatically deleted. It is possible to transfer messages to your folders. For e-mail, blocking is possible not only by the address, but also by the subject of the message.

Unfortunately, you cannot immediately add an event by clicking on a specific day in the calendar, there is no display of a list of three tasks for the selected day when viewing the month, the screen diagonal was not enough.

Notes are plain text notes.

Tasks – up to 100 tasks with priority.

World time. The time for the selected cities is displayed, everything is simple and clear. There is a map where you can choose the time zone.

Calculator – the simplest calculator.

Converter – allows you to convert one value to another, a very convenient implementation, the entire list is immediately visible on the screen.

Applications

FM radio. Up to 99 radio stations can be stored in the device&#39;s memory, the range of available frequencies is from 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz. There is an automatic setting of all stations, but for individual channels you cannot assign your own name, they are always displayed as a frequency, numbers. The radio also works in speakerphone mode. The implementation of the radio is normal, the device does not receive all radio stations well, but in general everything is at a normal level, comparable to phones from other manufacturers. The radio is running in the background.

Within the selected channel, not only text information, but also sound and video files can be downloaded to the phone. You set a limit, the default is 5 MB per single file. Unfortunately, there is no scheduled download, you always need to download all channels manually.

Bluetooth. Visually, the utility is unusual, you can see a map of devices, like some managers on desktop computers, you can switch to the usual list of devices. All functions are supported, no limits

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