Samsung Genio Touch review

A cheap touchscreen phone that does the basics well

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Battery life from the Genio was excellent.

Over three days, with frequent calls and text messages, the odd bit of web browsing and the occasional refresh of the email inbox, plus a photography session in which the screen was left almost constantly on for hours, it lost a single bar of battery life.

The 960mAh battery doesn't have to work that hard - with no Wi-Fi or 3G chips to support the Genio merely sips electricity, making this a superb choice if you regularly find yourself away from the mains for a few days.

The ultimate convenience would be being able to charge the Genio via a mini-USB plug, but alas the data connector is proprietary.

Organiser and synchronisation

The ability to use social networking is a definite plus when it comes to using the Genio to keep things together.

In particular, if you use Facebook to keep track of events and so on, the Genio could be a godsend.

However, integration isn't as tight as we'd like. You can't download Facebook events to the phone's calendar, so it won't actually notify you when they're bearing down on you.


And, while there's a reasonable calendar application included, the inability to sync from the internet is a real hassle compared to top-end touchscreen phones.

Synchronisation is another bugbear for anyone in need of a phone that will help keep them organised.

Our review model didn't come with a USB cable in the box, so the only way to keep it synchronised was by painfully slow Bluetooth.

Nor do you get a synchronisation application in the box - instead, you need to download Samsung's PC Studio, a 117MB download.

This is a reasonable piece of work when it comes to copying photos from your phone, and will be user friendly to anyone alarmed by the complexity of Outlook.

However, lack of integration with the latter means you'll need to adopt it as your primary calendar and scheduling application if you're going to get much use from it.

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.