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Samsung Genio QWERTY review

The budget option for the BlackBerry lover

Without touchscreen goings-on, the Samsung Genio QWERTY's user interface is based on a conventional type of Samsung menu system, with a grid format main menu and subsequent lists and tabs as you proceed through the phone using the navigation keypad.

The navigation pad also prompts the usual feature shortcuts – out of the box these include new message, music player, and a buddy list.

The buddy list allows you to display five of your favourite contacts, with photos, enabling you to make calls or send texts quickly and to view logs of your communications.

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However, the home screen does have some customisation features, including a quick-access 'shortcuts toolbar', and a sidebar option which is enabled out of the box on the Orange version of the handset.

Both of these options can be switched on or off from within the menus, and if they're on, they restrict the navigation pad shortcuts.

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These shortcut toolbar features are easy to operate and intuitive. Rows of feature icons are displayed, which can be browsed through and selected from the navigation pad.

They're not particularly whizzy or sophisticated like Samsung's TouchWiz touchscreen widgets.

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The shortcuts toolbar, which runs in a strip across the bottom of the display, can be edited to your tastes; five shortcuts are pre-set (messaging inbox, new message, music player, organiser and alarms), though up to 15 can be used, and all can be assigned to one of a dozen features or applications.

It's a useful option to have to hand, though not a particularly special feature.

Oddly, it's switched on or off via the phone's wallpaper menu rather than the separate Shortcuts Toolbar menu (which is used for editing options only).

With the Orange sidebar activated, though, the Shortcuts toolbar option can't be selected, as they won't work together, like some sort of Sharks and Jets dance face-off.

The out-of-the-box Orange sidebar can be switched off or activated via the Home screen menu options, again quirkily located in the Phone Settings menu rather than in the Display and Light menus.

Navigation of the sidebar differs slightly from the simple highlight-and-select shortcuts toolbar.

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As you scroll down the sidebar, you can also scroll across to get additional options for that particular icon – for example, different messaging options under the Messages icon, or links to different parts of the Orange World portal from that icon.

Again, it's not particularly innovative, but it makes accessing certain applications quicker and easier directly from the home screen.

Not that the Genio QWERTY's menu system isn't accessible enough in itself. Samsung's convention of using numbers next to sub menu options for quick selection is used again here, cutting down on having to continuously scroll as you drill down through the sub menus.

Apart from the quirkily placed shortcuts settings mentioned above, most of the Genio QWERTY's menus appear straightforward to work through and uncluttered, so shouldn't present too many issues for Samsung newcomers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory41 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourYellow
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time7.50 Hour
Product ModelB3210 Genio Qwerty
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution220 x 176
Weight (Approximate)94 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110 mm
Width59 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time390 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameB3210 Genio Qwerty Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B3210CWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The colorful and convenient Samsung Genio Qwerty keeps you in-touch and in-style. Totally friend-friendly, it keeps you and your social circle connected 24 / 7 so you never miss a thing. You can send SMS texts, instant messages and emails, as well as tweet your latest thoughts. The full QWERTY keyboard makes it quick and easy. But even when you're not typing any words, this eye-catching mobile makes a statement.

Package Contents
  • B3210 Genio Qwerty Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (Charger)
  • User Manual