Where the Genio Qwerty really impresses us, for such a budget device, is its inclusion of the supposed-to-be-standard microUSB data and charging socket and 3.5mm headphone jack. The former means you’ve a good chance of finding a spare cable when in need of a battery boost, while the latter makes it easy to substitute the, surprisingly decent but bizarrely white, bundled headphones for your preferred set. Unfortunately, it’s a mixed blessing as sound quality from the socket is compromised by a background hiss that’s noticeable even in the bundled headphones – often budget phones suffer from noisy audio outputs but the bundled headphones are usually so poor that you can’t make out the hiss. It’s only a problem for quiet genres like classical or acoustic and should be drowned out easily by more poppy or rocky fare – it is still a minor annoyance though.
It’s not just the headphones that don’t quite hold up to scrutiny, the music player, while mostly easy to use stupidly orders songs by track name rather than track number so all your albums are out of order. This is particularly annoying as the phone includes a microSD slot so you can easily fit loads of music on it. At least the music does pause when you remove the headphones rather than playing through the speaker like on some phones.
Along similar lines the 2.0 megapixel camera that sits on the back is about as basic as they come. It’s fairly quick in operation and in good light will generally get you a decent picture with surprisingly good colouration but you’re unlikely to get anything useable in dimly lit environments. The lack of autofocus and flash also greatly limits your possibilities.
Also leaving a lot to be desired is the screen, which is a tad small, has a low resolution of 220 x 176, and mediocre viewing angles. Combined, these make the B3210 a bit of a strain to look at for any length of time. However, it’s not significantly worse than many phones in this price range and given the functionality of this phone compared to other similar devices, it’s understandable that money had to be saved somewhere.
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