The charming Corby line gets beefed up with more features and hardware upgrades that make it worthy of being called a “Pro.” Techies looking to stay connected and updated on their social-network stats will be happy to know that all the core features of the Samsung Corby Pro B5310‘s simpler kin are intact but now packs more muscle to get the job done.
A true (Corby) pro
The features that made the Corby S3653 a big hit make a comeback – with some getting a slight boost on performance. Compared to the classic Corby, the Pro’s bright and vibrant touch screen is noticeably more responsive. There’s still no need for double-clicking, and the surface recognizes pressure points well. Even the Java games are less tedious to play. However, the screen still poorly responds when you click URL links – even if you utilize the Pro’s one-tap zoom feature.
The widget tray still keeps its rightful place on the left side of the Pro’s triple-paneled screen, and widgets of the usual suspects (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, etc.) are still enlisted for easy access.
Bulkier but better
Unlike the ol’ Corby, the Pro has a slide-out QWERTY keypad (which comes in red or white), so it’s understandable why the Pro is plumper than its predecessor. It also offers more typing options besides the slide-out keypad. There’s the touch-screen alphanumeric keypad, the Writing Box 1 (recognizes your handwriting per letter box), and the Writing Box 2 (recognizes your handwriting per word).
The Pro also sports a 3.5mm earphone jack on its crown, a secondary camera on the upper left for 3G video calls, and an upgraded 3.2-megapixel main cam (with smile technology) on its backside – still without a flash, though.
The Pro also scores brownie points for additional customization features not present in the classic Corby. You’ll find a curious-looking little icon on the upper right of the menu. Tap it, and you’ll be able to rearrange and drag around the order of the icons in your menu.
The B5310 still allows you to crop your wallpaper images, but Samsung chose to limit it to one-panel max instead of the panoramic, three-panel scaling. The package also includes 3 back covers (white, black, and white with green circles), but we can’t help but miss the sunny yellow of the original.
Pass the message
SMS Messages go up to 15 threaded messages, and you won’t need to switch to MMS mode just to attach photos and sound files (regular MMS charges apply, of course.) The Pro also has a Conversation option, which will allow you to view your text messages as chat logs a la the iPhone. And if you’re not a fan of scrolling (or if you have a pair of grandpa eyes), clicking the Up and Down buttons (found on the left side of the phone) will adjust your message’s fonts to 6 different sizes. Nifty, eh?
Yes, the Corby Pro is Wi-Fi-ready, which will save you a lot of dough when you want those cool widgets to keep rolling. Others M.I.A. in the classic Corby also surface in the Pro: GPS, 3G video calling, and the Parlingo app, which is a universal instant messenger that supports Windows Live, AIM, YM, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook Chat, etc.
The Corby Pro definitely packs more punch than the classic Corby, but still manages to stay affordable for practical users who won’t settle for just the basics.
Click here to see the Samsung Corby Pro B5310 in the Buyer’s Guide.