Samsung Genio Touch review

A cheap touchscreen phone that does the basics well

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Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 40 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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  • Cheap and cheerful
  • Interesting widget features
  • Good battery life
  • Responsive touchscreen


  • Feels cheap
  • Fuzzy screen
  • No 3G, Wi-Fi, or GPS
  • Limited PC synchronisation
  • Dodgy 2MP camera

Pull the Samsung Genio touch out of its packaging and you could be forgiven for mistaking it, at first glance, for the Palm Pre.

The gentle curves, the 2.8-inch touchscreen and the rounded button in the middle of the face are all heavily reminiscent of Palm's new baby.

But where you'll pay around £600 over the lifetime of a new Pre, the Genio can be had for around £100 on a pay-as-you-go contract, and the specification sheet is still pretty compelling.

Not only do you get the flavour du jour - the touchscreen - but also a 2MP camera, an FM radio and a full HTML web browser. For the fickle, it comes with three interchangeable backs.

The Genio was originally called the Corby, and was marketed as a phone for kids.

It's easy to see why - the bright colours and emphasis on entertainment rather than heavy-hitting business features such as Microsoft Exchange compatibility make it a tempting handset for youthful show-offs.

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That doesn't mean it lacks power, though. There are 27 widgets included, allowing you to access services such as Facebook and Twitter, and there are 75 more available to download, making the Genio potentially the best of both worlds: an upgradeable, flexible handset with plenty of data-handling capabilities, with none of the costs associated with top-end devices such as the Apple iPhone 3GS.

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Samsung has embraced the touchscreen phone, and the Genio sits towards the bottom of its nearly all-encompassing range.

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While devices such as the Omnia 2 and Jet build in everything but the kitchen sink, the Genio is more pared back.

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That means there are compromises virtually everywhere you look, but should any of them make bargain touchscreen hunters look elsewhere?

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory40 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelS3650 Genio Touch
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)90 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height103 mm
Width56.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time730 Hour
Product NameS3650 Genio Touch Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S3650CWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Genio Touch mobile phone is the cool and colourful way to connect. Not only is it packed with features, it's got flair. Its bold bi-colour cover can be interchanged with a funky patterned one or a chic black one - choose which based on your vibe each day. And when you're in the mood to message, Genio's convenient widget icons give you instant access to your favourite social networking sites. Update your Twitter status or send that picture you just snapped to your best friend in just seconds. Whether it's a funny Facebook comment or its cool case colours, Genio Touch was designed to help you share who you are, inside and out.