Samsung Genio Slide review

Top-end features in a high-value handset

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We got a decent battery performance out of the Genio Slide. It has plenty of functionality inside that can sap battery power, but it delivered an acceptable amount of juice during our tests.

The 960mAh battery back is expected by Samsung to deliver up to 390 hours of standby time on 3G networks (or 560 hours in GSM-only coverage), or up to 230 minutes of talktime on 3G (490 minutes on GSM-only networks).

Samsung genio slide

We managed 2-3 days between charges with minimal Wi-Fi usage, though with more online activity we did find ourselves charging more frequently; how exactly you use the phone will determine what mileage you get before a refill is required.

Samsung genio slide

However, the Samsung Genio Slide outperformed much more expensive smartphones with nearly 40% larger batteries, so on that aspect alone it can't be faulted.

Organiser

The Samsung Genio Slide packs a standard set of organiser tools for a Samsung mid-tier model.

These include calendar, memo, voice recorder, task, calculator, convertor, world clock, calculator and world clock functions.

Samsung genio slider calendar

There aren't many gimmicky elements to the organiser tools; they're generally functional and work effectively with the touchscreen interface, without much graphical eye-candy to distract.

Connectivity

The Samsung Genio Slide is a dual-band (900/2100 MHz) 3G handset, utilising HSDPA mobile data connectivity boasting data download of up to 7.2Mbps (although average real life speeds are always lower on any phone).

Operating outside of 3G coverage, the phone is a quad-band GSM model (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), supporting lower speed EDGE and GPRS data connectivity.

Samsung genio slide

Higher speed 3G data connectivity may make the Genio Slide a much more attractive proposition than the Genio QWERTY or Genio Touch for those that want to use its online-focused services.

But the addition of Wi-Fi really seals the deal on that score, providing high speed connectivity on home Wi-Fi networks, on office WLANs or via public Wi-Fi hotspots.

It makes it a more versatile device than others in the Genio range, and can deliver a far more satisfactory experience and better services than those handsets.

Samsung genio slide

Bluetooth 2.1, featuring wireless stereo streaming A2DP for wireless headphones, speakers, etc., is included.

Samsung genio slide

The phone also supports USB 2.0 connectivity, using a microUSB port multi-connector socket and there's a USB data cable packaged in-box.

Exchange ActiveSync is supported for over the air syncing of contacts, calendar events, email, and tasks with a remote Microsoft Exchange server.

Samsung Kies software suite is supplied on CD, enabling back up and transfer of personal information management data with a Windows PC plus content management and sharing of content. Over the air online backup using ActiveSync is supported too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory150 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time8.17 Hour
Product ModelGT-B5310 Genio Slide
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height105 mm
Width56.9 mm
Depth15.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time560 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGT-B5310 Genio Slide Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B5310RRAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Hybrid form factor offers the best of both worlds: chic touch screen and easy-to-use QWERTY keypad. Slim dimensions puts the mobile comfortably in your hand. Sleek and spacious 2.8. QVGA screen pops with 16M color.

Package Contents
  • GT-B5310 Genio Slide Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual