Samsung Genio QWERTY review

The budget option for the BlackBerry lover

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The core appeal of the Samsung Genio QWERTY is, of course, the QWERTY keyboard. While not everyone prefers these to a regular numberpad for texting, the Genio QWERTY does offer a very affordable option for those who do.

This style of keyboard, popularised by the BlackBerry, has been done by Samsung before, but the Genio QWERTY takes it down to mass market for those who want to pump out messages or do plenty of online social networking updates.

Samsung genio qwerty

While the individual keys are quite tiny, they are sufficiently usable and we didn't have any major issues tapping away at it.

Sure, we'd have liked more room to stretch our fingers, but we found it accurate and were able to get reasonably good speeds with it, even with our large thumbs.

Samsung genio qwerty text messaging

Changing texts to multimedia messages is a matter of pressing an Options softkey and selecting multimedia file to add from the phone (or memory card).

On the Orange-branded Genio QWERTY we reviewed, the Orange Messenger Windows Live Messenger-powered instant messaging application was pre-loaded, enabling users to get IM on the handset in a similar way to a desktop PC.

It also had Orange Email preloaded onto the phone's email client, which you can use to aggregate various email accounts into one account, if that appeals to you.

The email client also makes it reasonably straightforward to set up some regular web-based or ISP email accounts.

Samsung genio qwerty email accounts

Settings are pre-installed for various popular email services, including Hotmail and Google Mail, and an email wizard takes you through the procedure to add your email account address, password and username for POP3 or IMAP4 email access.

If the email provider you want to use isn't included, you can type in details manually.

You can set up up to five different email accounts and switch between them when you select the email inbox option in the messaging menus.

Samsung genio qwerty

The email user interface and functionality is pretty average though. It's a low-tier Samsung client, with a functional mobile phone look rather than being anything more desktop PC-style or BlackBerry-esque.

You can select headers you want to open, and basic no-frills text from the email is downloaded.

There was a limit, however, of 100 email headers at a time on our review sample, after which some had to be deleted – something many may find insufficient.

Samsung genio qwerty inbox

The phone does support attachment downloading and storing, although there isn't any document reader software to open them on the screen – you can view jpeg images, but not Word documents or PDFs, for example – which is a shame for a messaging-orientated device.

Overall, we'd have expected a bit more for a device clearly geared up for messaging as a priority feature.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
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
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
Product NameB3210 Genio Qwerty Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B3210CWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
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