The Samsung Corby Plus is a curvy phone with good looks. Launched along with the Corby Pro, this device marks the beginning of Samsung’s messaging phones. The phone has a touchscreen as well as a QWERTY keypad. The front panel has a 2.6-inch TFT screen with three hard keys at the bottom. The calling key is placed on the left, the back key in the centre and the call end/power key on the right. The left spine of the device sports a volume rocker, which also works as a scroll for the list menu along with a lock key and a short key for voice recorder. The right side has the charging/USB slot and the camera key. The 3.5 mm jack is at the top. The camera is placed at the top of the back panel with the loudspeaker grill on the right.
The Corby Plus has a capacitive screen and is also loaded with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI. The home screen has a scrolling vertical sidebar with various shortcuts, which can be customised. At the bottom of the menu grid are three touch keys for keypad, phonebook and widgets. The phone does not have kinetic scrolling, so users have to drag fingers up and down to scroll. Here the volume rocker comes handy. However, it takes users directly to the bottom of the screen instead of going down one tab at a time. Despite the fact that Samsung has some of the most responsive touchscreen devices, the Samsung Corby Plus left us wanting more.
The Samsung Corby Plus comes loaded with a number of applications. For starters, it has the Gmail and Google search. This is followed by Instant Messengers (IM) and Social Networking Sites (SNS) like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Photobucket, Picassa, Friendster and Orkut. However, users cannot sign into all networking sites at one go and have to exit from one to log into another. Users can upload pictures to Facebook through MMS or Email. The device also has the Palringo IM and comes with Collins Dictionary. The device supports both POP3 and IMAP4 Email accounts. Internet browsing on the device is an OK experience. The small screen and the relatively unresponsive touchscreen make navigation on Web pages a little difficult. Moreover, there are no smart navigation gestures for Internet browsing.
Apart from the usual, the Corby Plus has some interesting features like fake call, which once activated, makes the phone ring automatically. It also has a reject list for SMSes and calls and comes with a mobile tracker. The battery backup of the phone is average. A full charge lasts an hour of playing music, half hour of browsing the Web and Emailing and two hours of making and receiving calls.