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Samsung Genio Touch - Samsung Genio Touch

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Unfortunately, Samsung's decision not to include an onscreen QWERTY keyboard in the operating system has hampered the interface. Instead, you have to always rely on the alphanumerical key pad, which is a pain when you're texting or entering web addresses. Perhaps this was a necessity because the resistive touchscreen isn't as accurate at registering finger presses as the capacitive screens found on the iPhone and HTC Hero. Certainly the touchscreen can be a little temperamental when it comes to registering user input. Most of the time it does a good job, but every now and again it just fails to register a finger press at a crucial moment and this can soon become frustrating.

Another area that's certainly not the Genio's strong point is connectivity. There's no 3G or Wi-Fi support leaving you completely reliant on GPRS or EDGE for data downloads. This means the browser can be excruciatingly slow to use and that downloads, such as music tracks, take so long that you won't bother trying again after your first attempt. Another thing that may be an issue for some is the phone's lack of GPS, although at this price you can hardly expect this feature to be included. Nevertheless, the phone's Java version of Google Maps can use triangulation to give you a rough estimate of your current location.

Price cutting is also evident in the phone's camera. As a result you get a very basic 2.0-megapixel shooter that lacks both a flash and autofocus. As you would expect, indoor shots in low light come out looking quite poor with the little detail on offer swallowed up by graininess. Outdoors in decent light it performs a little better, but let's face it, you're never going to get great results from a camera with such a low resolution.

On the plus side, battery life is pretty impressive, no doubt helped by the fact that the phone doesn't have to deal with battery-sapping 3G or Wi-Fi technology. The upshot is that you can expect to get around three and a half days worth of moderate usage from it, which isn't bad for a touchscreen phone.

Unfortunately, charging and syncing the phone with a PC is carried out via the handset's proprietary Samsung connector, so if you don't have this lead to hand you won't be able to upload new music or photos to it. Worse still, if you're left it at home before going on holiday with your mates, the likelihood of borrowing a compatible charger when the battery's flat is reduced. The sooner manufacturers standardise on micro-USB, the better we say. This port also doubles as the headphone socket. However, Samsung has been smart enough to supply the phone with a stereo headset that has a split lead so you can use your own cans with the phone without forsaking the hands-free functionality.

Verdict

The Samsung Genio Touch is by no means perfect. It's disappointing that a phone that's targeted at social network users lacks 3G and it's maddening that Samsung hasn't include an onscreen QWERTY keyboard. In other areas, however, it puts in a good showing thanks to its easy to use operating system, impressive line-up of widgets and good battery life. If you're on a budget, but are interested in a touchscreen handset, it's worth checking out.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 8
  • Features 6
  • Design 7
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Fireshade

November 18, 2009, 4:53 pm

While the review does point out the good and bad points evenly, I can't understand why this phone is constantly compared to iPhone class products. Come on, it's just an 80 quid phone (PAYG). What do you expect?


Fortunately, the value verdict seems to justify it in the end.

lifethroughalens

November 18, 2009, 5:22 pm

@Fireshade - The iPhone has become a universally accepted unit of measurement now, like the centimetre, the yard, Belgium and Wales :)





ie 'I'm 16.5 iphones tall'

DrDark

November 19, 2009, 6:32 pm

It's terrible of me to ask this here, but I'm in a hurry, and scared of the Forums...


When can we expect an E72 review? :-D

speedyg2012

November 25, 2009, 11:42 pm

Not a fan of it tbh, looks quite tacky for the teen market. (circa 2000-04 and the infamous nokia 'express on covers...)

Tim Bain

December 19, 2009, 10:49 am

I just won one of these little things, it's a long way from tacky..in fact it's solid and well built compared to most mobiles...it's also a really handy size and nice to use.


For a lady or teen it would be perfect being quite a nice design. Comparing it to an Iphone is just daft, it's not meant to compare as it's aimed at a different market.


This one isn't for me, I love my N series too much...but so many people want this little phone I won't have a problem finding it a new home. It's cute.





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Aisling

February 4, 2013, 4:44 pm

i am waitng for my samsung genio to be delivered and from what i have read it sound quite cool and quirky but thats only just me . i am looking forward to trying it out and i hope its easy to handle and i fall in love with it :)

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