Samsung Genio Slide review

Top-end features in a high-value handset

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Our Verdict

A slick, affordable handset that offers a wide range of functionality and customisation.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 150 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.17 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA high-speed data connectivity
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Touchscreen control with widgets
  • A-GPS satellite positioning technology
  • 2GB MicroSD memory card supplied in-box
  • Decent music player with 3.5mm headphone socket
  • Swappable 'Fashion Jacket' covers
  • Good selection of social networking apps plus BBC iPlayer app preinstalled

Against

  • Resistive touchscreen control system is functional
  • 2.8-inch screen dimensions
  • Limited camera lacks autofocus and flash
  • Video recording lacklustre
  • Email wizard set-up could be easier

Samsung has fused elements of both the Genio Touch and the Genio QWERTY to come up with a hybrid device – the Genio Slide.

The Samsung Genio Slide combines a 2.8-inch touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and sports the colourful swappable back panels and youth-targeted features – with an emphasis on social networking – that mark the previous Genio models.

However, the Genio Slide packs a far more powerful feature punch than its Genio mates – and consequently has much wider appeal.

Samsung genio slider closed

Unlike its predecessors, the Genio Slide is a 3G-enabled handset, with high-speed HSDPA mobile data support (up to 7.2Mbps) and Wi-Fi connectivity built in.

It also has A-GPS satellite-based location finding onboard.

Cranking up the downloading and uploading speeds opens up the Genio Slide's potential for a quicker and more enjoyable online media experience than the EDGE/GPRS-only Genio Touch and Genio QWERTY.

Samsung genio slide

For instance, as well as faster applications such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, in the UK the Genio Slide comes with a BBC iPlayer app already installed, offering live and catch-up TV and radio programmes.

It also has pre-loaded links to mobile TV streaming services.

Onboard 3G also allows for video calling on this model, with a front-facing camera complementing the main 3.2-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.

In addition, Samsung aims to keep mobile music listeners happy by providing a standard 3.5mm headphone socket on top of the bodywork.

Samsung genio slider 3 5mm socket

The review sample we tested also arrived with a 2GB MicroSD card included in the box, and memory cards up to 16GB are supported.

Initially, the Samsung Genio Slide is debuting in the UK for free on contract deals and £120 on pay as you go, where it's currently being offered by Vodafone and Tesco Mobile.

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