Samsung Genio Touch review

A cheap touchscreen phone that does the basics well

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The Genio feels like a cheap phone. Its build quality isn't particularly convincing and its interface looks cheap, although this is largely by dint of the rather blurry, low resolution screen.

Samsung has also made some significant cuts to the list of features to bring the Genio in at a bargain basement price.

We liked:

The Genio is certainly a bargain, and if all you want is a simple, fun phone for calling and texting people, there's no significant reason not to consider it at under £100.

Its media handling abilities aren't particularly graceful, but they work, and the inclusion of the FM tuner is useful.

The bundled headphones are pretty good as well, and the fact that you can attach your own 'phones as long as they have a 3.5mm audio connector is a definite plus.

The interface might not be terribly responsive, but we never experienced a crash even with multiple widgets running. Writing text messages is also easily done, and you'll hit decent speeds in no time - if your current phone has a T9-enabled keypad you'll have no trouble upgrading to this one.

We disliked:

Power users should look elsewhere. The Genio's email abilities are hampered by the lack of a full QWERTY keyboard and limited space for text entry, and the omission of 3G or wireless puts a major dent in the Genio's data handling abilities.

And, even if 3G was present, it's unlikely it would improve the browsing experience much thanks to the limited internet browser.

The interface also re-inforces the Genio's budget positioning. The screen is demonstrably worse than other touchscreen handsets.

It's responsive enough, but the edges of text are blurry and relatively indistinct, which is annoying.

Verdict:

The Genio is an also-ran in the war of the touchscreen phones.

It offers a few organisational, web browsing and social networking features, but unfortunately that doesn't make it anywhere near as fun to use or as handy as a bona fide smartphone.

The lack of 3G makes it grindingly slow compared to others and the inability to sync with proper office applications or online services such as Google Calendar is annoying.

The interface isn't particularly subtle and the screen isn't as crisp as some.

It's an undeniable bargain, though - if you're looking for a for a neat, functional touchscreen handset on a budget this could be it - but we'd advise saving up a while longer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
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
ColourWhite
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameS3650 Genio Touch Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S3650CWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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.