Samsung Genio QWERTY review

The budget option for the BlackBerry lover

The definitive Samsung Genio QWERTY review
The definitive Samsung Genio QWERTY review

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Without 3G or higher spec power-hungry features like GPS or Wi-Fi to sap juice, the Samsung Genio QWERTY puts in a decent battery performance.

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Samsung reckons on its 800mAh power pack clocking up up to 7.5 hours of talktime or up to 390 hours on standby.

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In our tests, the handset doggedly kept going for 3-4 days between recharges with our normal phone usage. Extensive use of the music player or online services, though, could soon see you slim that performance down, however.


A regulation set of Samsung organiser functions are loaded onto the Genio QWERTY, including calendar, memo, tasks, world clock, calculator, converter and alarms.

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All are straightforward to use and intuitive, with a functional layout and operation. A voice recorder, stopwatch and timer are also included.


The Samsung Genio QWERTY is a quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 handset, and doesn't support 3G data connectivity, relying on GPRS/EDGE for online connectivity.

This limits its online speed for browsing and uploading or downloading content.

The handset supports stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, so you can use wireless stereo headsets and stream music to other Bluetooth devices such as wireless speakers.

While the phone supports USB connectivity via a MicroUSB port on the top of the phone, there's no USB cable included in-box (presumably for cost reasons).

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No software disc for PC syncing is included either, though you could download the relevant Samsung PC Studio software online.

As mentioned previously, the Genio QWERTY does support MicroSD cards up to 8GB. The slot is under the back cover and requires the battery to be removed for access.


The Genio QWERTY doesn't do too much extra fancy stuff. There are a trio of demo versions of games, which you can buy if you like them.

A typing training application is included, just in case you've bought a QWERTY keyboard-packing phone without knowing how to type.

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On the Orange version of the Genio QWERTY there's an Orange Widgets application that enables you to get online updates and headlines for sports, news, entertainment and weather, plus an online search facility.

The updates are effectively a series of RSS feed consolidated into one Widgets application, so nothing groundbreaking.