Samsung M5650 Lindy Review: Corby's Significant Other

By 09:10 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


You just couldn't have missed the Samsung Corby. Dirty cheap phone with replaceable rear covers and more clones than features. That's the one. Newsflash: the outbreak of cheap as chips touchclassy screen handsets continues now that we have the Lindy - fresh off Corby's rib.

Here's the deal. Samsung want to put a touchclassy screen in every pocket but the Lindy is also trying to give quick data and WLocal Area Network (LAN) to the masses. It's all Corby on the surface - to the extent that you will want to put some of Corby's fashion jackets on the Lindy. They won't fit but that's not the point. The point is the Lindy is a plain and friendly touchclassy screen that puts a bargain price on all-round functionality.

Someone at Samsung must be in love with the Corby concept since the family is getting bigger by the day. The number of Corby sequels is beyond belief: the QWERTY packing CorbyPRO and CorbyTXT were followed by the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) enabled, but still rumored S3650W and - finally - out came the M5650 Lindy. Not to mention the several handsets that don't exactly follow the same design outline but have the same naming in certain regions - Samsung B3313 Corby Mate, Samsung CorbyPlus B3410 and Samsung C3510 Corby Pop.

Samsung M5650 Lindy official photos

The Samsung Lindy however inherits all the traditions of the original - neat and friendly plasticky design, rich social integration, modern interface with the optional cartoonish graphics on top and the most vital thing - a capacitive touchclassy screen with an affordable price. But like all the other recent members of the family, the Lindy tries to break out of the clone syndrome by offering its own special powers. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity, 3.5 mm audio jack and dedicated music keys put it well above the basic Corby.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps

  • 2.8" capacitive TFT touchclassy screen of QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, 256K colors

  • 50 Mega Bytes (MB) onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 8GB)

  • 3 megapixel capturing camera with smile detection, QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 15fps

  • Secondary video-call camera

  • Dedicated music controls on the front panel

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity

  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Universal Serial Bus (USB) v.2.0

  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) slot

  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

  • DNSe and SRS sound effect

  • Excellent audio reproduction

  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS

  • Find Music recognition service

  • TouchWiz and Cartoon UI

  • Office document viewer

  • Smart unlock

  • Social networking integration with direct file uploads

  • Quite reasonably priced for a full touch Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) enabled phone (around 160 euro)

Main disadvantages

  • No accelerometer for classy screen auto rotation

  • No on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard

  • No smart dialing

  • microSD slot under the battery cover

  • Music controls only work on the homescreen

The Corby need not feel threatened: the intended markets are poles apart. The recent features raise the M5650 above the rank and file and straight into the mid-range, while the Corby is very much an entry-level kiddie phone. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) is welcome, but this is not the only upgrade that the Lindy offers over the Corby. It loves music and has dedicated media controls correct up front, DNSe and SRS surround enhancements and the 3.5 mm audio jack of course. We nearly forgot the quick network data speeds. And then all of a sudden, the Lindy costs the same as the S3650 Corby did at launch.

Samsung M5650 live shots

So, we have to admit that Samsung have flooded the market with similar handsets. There's the Star, Star Wi-Fi, Star TV, the Corby bunch, the Diva and the Marvel. The Lindy looks set to lead in both features and design, but it's not like we haven't seen all this before. Will it succeed to stand out among so many siblings? And more importantly, can it stand up to the competition? The journey begins with design and ergonomics.



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