Samsung S3850 Corby II Preview: First Look: Music Player, FM Radio, Connectivity And Browser

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Music player rocks with DNSe

The Samsung S3850 Corby II comes with fine music credentials to create carrying a dedicated music player unnecessary. There’s a standard 3.5mm audio jack and DNSe technology plus a microSD card slot for storing your music collection.

The music player allows filtering tracks by author, album, and genre. Automatic playlists (recently added, most played etc.) are also generated and can subsequently be used as filters. If that doesn't seem enough, you can create your own custom playlists.

The music player is up to scratch

The music player can naturally be minimized to play in the background and can be controlled from the notification area or the lock screen.

The Corby II equalizer offers the standard presets: pop, jazz, classic, stereo widening, dynamic and surround effects. You can’t create custom equalizers, but with such a rich selection of presets you really won’t need to.

The DNSe sound enhancing technology offers Externalization, Music clarity, Bass enhancement, Mega bass, Wide and Concert hall presets for an even better sonic experience. There’s also a virtual 5.1 channel mode too.

The equalizer supports DNSe effects

The Find music service is a tap away and can be used to identify music playing from somewhere else, e.g. at the café, by sampling about 10 seconds from it and looking it up online. There’s also a Find similar, which looks for similar songs to the one you’re currently playing.

Radio has RDS, can record too

The Samsung S3850 Corby II features an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS. The broadcast recording option is present, which can be a cheap way to acquire tracks or whole music sets off the radio.

The Frequency Modulation (FM) radio application • Recording

You still need to plug a pair of headphones to serve as an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio antenna to acquire reception unlike the Samsung Champ, for instance.

Basic browser, connectivity pivots on Wi-Fi

The Samsung S3850 Corby II is generally unimpressive, but it’s above the average for the price bracket. The inclusion of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) helps a lot – a phone in this price range doesn’t usually come with a decent data plan. The Corby II isn’t 3G-enabled, so EDGE will have to do while you’re out of range of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspots.

The Samsung S3850 Corby II’s web browser looks very much like its Bada Operating System (OS) sibling but it doesn’t offer much functionality. The browser supports kinetic scrolling and one-finger zoom. This about completes the list of browser features – there’s no text reflow or Flash support.

The web browser is OK

There are bookmarks too along with hitale list and a list of most visited sites (displayed as thumbnails). There is autosuggestion for the URL bar, which means you won’t have to type much on the uncomfortable keyboard.

The classy screen has enough surface area but the low QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution gets in the way of comfortable browsing – text is as fine as illegible at low zoom levels.



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