Samsung Genio Touch review

A cheap touchscreen phone that does the basics well

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If you're thinking of getting a phone with a decent camera, the Genio isn't the place to look.

Not only are the images produced by the 2MP sensor tiny at just 1,600 x 1,200, they look poor.

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A tendency to overexpose and a susceptibility to lens flare meant that pictures taken outdoors looked blown out and weak.

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We also noticed softness and poor colour accuracy. The camera is at least responsive, and there are some decent modes, such as the different self-timer settings, which are good for taking pictures of yourself and friends.

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There's also a continuous mode which takes nine frames in about seven seconds, but in order to ease the load on the camera and the phone's processing hardware images are downsized even further to a measly 320 x 240 pixels.


Encouragingly, the Genio includes a widget for YouTube, but this is a disappointment from the start.

To begin with, all the widget does is launch a web browser and redirects you to, and secondly, because of the slow data connections, actually watching anything without letting it buffer fully, is laughably hard going.

That means you need to have a decent stock of media ready before you leave the house, and the Genio is reasonable good on this count.

It doesn't have much in the way of built-in memory - just 50MB is enough for a small commuter's library of music - but there's a microSD slot buried under the battery cover, and the Genio supports up to 8GB of external memory. The media player is no iPod, though. It works well enough, but it looks appallingly basic.

One area we can't criticise the Genio in is its integrated FM radio. This largely atones for the inability to stream rich media such as video. We had no problems finding stations, and the player can tell you which radio station you're tuned to, as well as exactly which show you're listening to.

The bundled headphones are good enough, besides being non-leaky plug-style affairs. The FM radio can't be played over the Genio's speaker unless the headphones are plugged in - they act as an aerial.

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.